About Heart of The Tribe

Our Vision

The Heart of The Tribe gallery showcases provocative contemporary art and supports local artists by facilitating their professional and creative development.

Founded in Glastonbury Somerset, we support and empower local arts and culture through hosting exhibitions, events, workshops and educational talks.

We are incredibly excited to be working with our group of core artists from the Somerset area, reflecting a wide selection of styles and talent. And very proud to present such a fantastic selection of local creativity.

Please visit our Core Artists page for further details and examples of their work.

We also offer a free artist directory open to all.

Art Talks‘ – curated by Melanie Thompson

A monthly eclectic programme of South West contemporary art practitioners sharing their process of making art. Each month a different practitioner will share their background and process of creating art through film / slides / music and words. The talks will happen in Heart of the Tribes event space which sometimes might spill into our beautiful garden.

Tea, coffee and cake will be on sale. Entrance is free.

All are welcome.

Andy Ralston
Gallery Manager

Andy has a background in Animation and Videography, and as a freelancer has collaborated on a variety of creative projects, delivering visual content to a whole host of arts and heritage organisations. He has extensive gallery experience working as an Assistant Curator, Gallery Administrator and Duty Manager both in the UK and Canada. Andy is delighted to be with Heart of the Tribe and is excited to immerse himself in the creative community here in the South West.

Jolene Feeley
Company Secretary

Jolene recently graduated with a degree in Psychology. Her passion lies with helping people and she plays a crucial role in the smooth runnings of the company. She hopes to increase accessibility to the arts by providing an opportunity for conversation and participation for people from all walks of life.

Kim Von Coels
Assistant Manager

Kim is an artist, photographer and passionate member of the Glastonbury Community. Graduating with a degree from Central St. Martins after studying Art, Graphic Design and Photography, Kim has always pursued a creative lifestyle. She is the founder of the Glastonbury Mural Trail and spends much of her time contributing to local creative projects.

Melanie Thompson
Creative Co-ordinator

Melanie is a practising interdisciplinary artist and teacher both in the UK and abroad. Since she did an M.A. in Fine Art in Context she has focused on supporting collaborative projects and is now looking forward to opening up dialogues and creating events that challenge and inspire.

Sarah Griffiths
Front of house

Jazz singer and events organiser.

Mentoring

Melanie Thompson can offer one to one mentoring for all types of visual artists  / writers / dancers / theatre and film makers and musicians.

Melanie has taught and mentored many artists all over Europe over the last 25 years. For over 10 years she was a visiting tutor for Nordisk Theatre School, Denmark and Sheersburg College, Flensburg Germany. In this country  she has taught at Bristol University, in the art/ music / writing and dance departments at Dartington College of Arts for 20 years, and Falmouth University for 4 years.

She is available to meet face to face for initial 1 hour sessions live or on line. She can give advice on career development but most importantly give support and strategies to develop creative goals and processes.

Please go to her web site for more information melaniethompson.me.uk  or contact her on melart55@gmail.com.

TESTIMONIAL – “Melanie has been and continues to be a huge part of my creative professional life. She has a capacity to always encourage, whilst also pushing you to open your mind that bit more, and always in directions you were not previously even aware of. She has a caring but honest nature. Her aim and passion, above anything else, seems to be the creative pursuit for the individual, for the community and for the world. This is truly inspiring no matter what discipline you work in.” Todd Speakman

Reviews;

“I came to the gallery and had a fresh upbeat time. Met the owner in the garden he was very open and good to talk with. There was a humble open to all feeling with good high quality arrangement of art. The quality spoke for itself, there was no need for people being elitist ……….its a place I will always come back to. I can’t wait to see the new shows and exhibits as time goes on. Really enjoyed the garden space … really good experience…a lot of heart has gone into the place as well as money and good sound judgement.”

Chris Hutchens, Gallery proprietor Cornwall.

 

“The Heart of the Tribe is a wonderful Gallery space, and a welcome lift to and expansion of the art environment in Glastonbury. It is high end without being snobbish, uplifting, high vibe, and the artists are as cosmic as you would hope for in this town without a hint of naff. It is a breath of fresh air for all of the artistic community and  I highly recommend a visit.”

Rosie Morris, Glastonbury Artist.