I’ve just come back from a lovely afternoon tea at Galerie Simpson. The gallery is the newest Arts addition to the High Street here in Swansea. Owner Jane Simpson makes the most delicious lemon drizzle cake so I must confess I lingered around the desserts just a little longer than most and it will probably take a week before I need to eat again.
The concept of afternoon tea at a gallery is not a new one but it is something that isn’t usually done here in Wales. It is becoming more common though and I much prefer it to the traditional wine-fuelled evening exhibition openings. Somehow scones, sherry, lemon drizzle cake, and bara brith* feels more refined and it’s a wonderful experience to encounter on a leisurely Sunday afternoon.
Galerie Simpson specializes in limited edition artworks and has strong connections to renowned British artists (previous shows have also included Peter Blake) as well as local arts organisations. Today I saw fine art prints from Gavin Turk and others sitting alongside those from Swansea Print Workshop.
It’s a fabulous little gallery space and I feel Swansea is really fortunate to have such a gem at the heart of its upcoming Arts district. You can find out more about Galerie Simpson here.
*made by fellow artist Rose Davies