The Sanctuary Studio and Gallery opened in 2021 and occupies a historic Grade II listed medieval building in the beautiful village of Newnham on Severn, Gloucestershire. We offer a curated selection of exceptional work by artists working in and around the Severn Estuary, the Cotswolds and the wider United Kingdom.
With a changing program of exhibitions throughout the year, we show a broad spectrum of contemporary work, from figurative to abstract, by both emerging and established artists and makers in a welcoming and uniquely beautiful gallery space.
"Fabulous to see this historic building being used so creatively to display talented artwork"
Director Sharon Harvey
Gallery founder Sharon Harvey is a professional landscape artist. The Sanctuary Gallery, which also houses her working studio, is the culmination of her life-long ambition to create a gallery for the exhibition of both her own work and that of other talented artists, with a focus on quality and diversity of practice. When visiting the Gallery, you are welcome to explore Sharon's working Studio to gain insight into her creative process.
Sharon studied Interior Design at London’s KLC School of Design, and went on to study Fine Art at Winchester School of Art, graduating with a First. As Gallery Director she combines her interior designer’s eye with her passion for contemporary art, and acts as a Fine Art Consultant for domestic and commercial clients.
The historic village of Newnham is located on the banks of the River Severn beside The Forest of Dean, ten miles south-west of Gloucester. In Roman times three important roads converged on Newnham and a ford was built, linking the forest with strategic routes on the east side of the Severn. The Anglo Saxons established a permanent settlement here, the Normans fortified the village against the Welsh, and in medieval times it became a major river port with trading links in Great Britain and Ireland. The centre of the village is designated as a Conservation Area and boasts numerous beautiful listed buildings, and its clock tower is the first point where the famous Severn Bore can be seen as it starts its journey up the River towards Gloucester. With its beautiful architecture, glorious views, fabulous local walks and a growing selection of independent businesses, Newnham is a wonderful place to visit.