Exeter's huge new gallery with posh champagne bar boasts famous names

Castle Fine Art gallery is relocating to Exeter High Street
-Credit: (Image: Castle Fine Art)

What is being hailed as the South West's 'biggest' art gallery is to open in Exeter this week, complete with a plush champagne bar. Castle Fine Art, renowned for selling works created by famous names from Andy Warhol to Johnny Depp, is moving from its current location Cathedral Yard to the nearby former Waterstones building in the High Street opposite Marks & Spencer.

The gallery will spread across several floors and will be approximately five times the size of its current premises. There will be a champagne bar on the second floor.

Castle Fine Arts has promised work by some of the biggest artists in the world will be available to buy including Andy Warhol, Ron English, Richard Hambleton, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Wood and Johnny Depp. It will open its doors this Thursday, June 20, and will be hosting a champagne daytime party which everyone is welcome to attend.

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The popular art gallery abruptly closed in 2016 after it was completely destroyed, including its entire contents, by a fire which also destroyed the Royal Clarence. It later reopened as a pop-up location in Roman Walk before returning to its premises in Cathedral Yard in 2019 following its revamp.

The Castle Fine Art gallery team in Exeter
The Castle Fine Art gallery team in Exeter -Credit:Castle Fine Art

Over the the last couple of years, led by gallery manager Chris Mendoza Hawkins and his team, assistant manager Mollie McIntosh and art consultant Jessica Clarke, Castle Fine Art has sold millions of pounds worth of art each year. It claims to have become the highest turn-over gallery in the south west. It is now hopes it will build on its success.

Gallery manager Chris said: "Having a prestigious gallery of this size in the heart of Exeter will hopefully become a landmark for the city for many years to come. "

Art Consultant Jessica added: "We welcome collectors, people who buy art that they love, interior designers, investors, artists, curious passers-by, everyone will have the same treatment when walking through our doors."