Founded by artists, Simon Spare and Anna Brice Cockland, Thompson Spare Art held its first show in December 2017. Simon opened his own bespoke estate agency business at 52 High Street, Tunbridge Wells the previous June, and it was Anna’s idea that they should start showing art, making use of their contacts in the local art community and an excellent central Tunbridge Wells location. The long wall on the ground floor acts as a “taster”, encouraging visitors in, and ultimately to the main first floor gallery. The intention was to have a dedicated space for artists to have month-long solo shows with the emphasis on serious contemporary work.
They now have an on-going programme of exhibitions, both solo and group shows, and a growing mailing list of enthusiastic art-lovers - with private views on the first Thursday of each month, they are trying to stir up the art scene in Tunbridge Wells.