We have been selling fine art and contemporary craft for 19 years from our galleries in Shropshire in the UK. 2023 sees us move solely online
“Once someone shows you something, you can’t unsee it”, Mary tells me, describing the experience of being introduced to an artist’s work for the first time. A once familiar landscape becomes richly abstracted through the lens of Claire Scott’s work; Margot Bandola’s cacophonous canvas’ help us divine our inner landscape. This passion for sharing glimpses into other worlds was nurtured during the gallerists’ time at Bristol, and is evident in Mary and Hugh’s home, where every place the eye rests there’s another world to discover. Beckoned to Bristol by way of a William Scott painting, it’s there that they were introduced to a wider artistic community (Mary remembers visiting Patrick Heron in his studio). The importance of growing these authentic relationships that nurture an artist’s confidence to create and exhibit continues to be central to Twenty Twenty gallery’s mission.
Seeing a comparison between an art collection and an extended family, Mary and Hugh have nurtured an ever-growing community of artists and collectors and are delighted when those they’ve worked with early on in their careers move on to bigger things.
Alice Wadsworth 2023
With their knowledge and expertise accrued over decades, Mary and Hugh Elliott – co-directors of Twenty Twenty Gallery – have long been immersed in art and design. They first met as degree students at Bristol, where Mary, studying Fine Art, was taught by the St Ives painters Paul Feiler and Michael Canney. Hugh meanwhile studied three-dimensional design, specialising in furniture, in a department which followed Bauhaus principles of learning and development.
Mary and Hugh first established their gallery in Much Wenlock in 2004, and 14 years later relocated to Ludlow. From the outset, their focus has been on carefully curated exhibitions by a broad range of contemporary artists and makers, in work encompassing painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics. Over the years, the gallery has developed strong relationships with its artists, nurturing careers and promoting work to reach ever developing audiences via both physical and online presentations. Throughout, the focus has been on quality, individuality, and staying power.
The gallery clientele is local, national, and international, and includes both established collectors and those considering their first-ever purchase. Many take advantage of the interest free Own Art scheme, which makes collecting more easily accessible. Mary and Hugh pride themselves on the relationships they have developed with clients, many of whom have gone on to form substantial collections of gallery artists.
Dr Ian Massey 2022
A new addition to Twenty Twenty Gallery online is the writer Alice Wadsworth who will work with us as Writer-in-Residence this year. Alice wrote the foreword to our Margot Bandola catalogue 2022 and has written the introduction to Ann McCay’s new paintings for Spring 2023.
Alice Wadsworth is a writer, editor and researcher from South London. They received a Masters in English literature and culture post-1850 at King’s College London, where their dissertation (Opacity as an intersectional form of resistance) drew on cultural and critical studies as well as the work of artists such as Trevor Paglen and Jill Magid. Since then, they have written, edited and commissioned reviews and essays for The Times Literary Supplement (2017-2022) and the Brixton Review of Books (2017-present), a literary review they cofounded with support from the Arts Council. They have written interviews, articles and essays for publications including i-D Mazagine, The Telegraph and Paraphilia, and recently embarked upon interviewing artists and writing exhibition catalogues on behalf of Twenty Twenty Gallery as their Writer-in-Residence. Alice is also a part-time archivist at Infoshop and runs a monthly queer book club.
What our clients say about us…
“With Mary and Hugh’s expert advice we have discovered many treasures among TwentyTwenty’s carefully curated collections, involving some wonderfully creative artists. We have been delighted with our eclectic range of purchases – all supported by excellent customer service and would highly recommend.”
“I’ve been visiting Twenty Twenty for what must be 20 years now. As I look around my house I see many prints, pictures and objects that I have acquired from Mary and Hugh which I’m pleased to say I’m as thrilled with today as I was on the day I purchase them.”
“Always worth a visit when you are in Ludlow, their exhibitions are so well curated.”
“Since discovering the gallery on moving to this area, 8 years ago, we have been regular customers. We have always enjoyed the range of exhibitions Mary and Hugh have shown and have had many pleasant buying experiences.”
Ian & Sarah Highley
And some of our artists and makers…
I have shown my work with the Twenty Twenty Gallery four times now, once having a large solo show, every time has been a great experience, Mary and Hugh have been very supportive every step of the way, they have encouraged me to put in the work I wanted to show and made no restrictions on size or framing, they sold a lot of my work but we’re always supportive of the ones that they didn’t find homes for, and I felt that they were also very supportive of their clients and their tastes , you could tell that they delighted in matching artwork with patron!
“Working with Twenty Twenty Gallery is a wonderful experience for me. Mary and Hugh’s passion for art mixed with their creative approach to exhibiting is so enjoyable, involving the artist each step of the way and making for a very successful shows.”
“I have been showing artworks at the Twenty-Twenty Gallery for a few years. My work is constantly evolving, so the professional and friendly working relationship we have, allows for artistic development which is a valuable support.”
“I’ve been showing my work with Mary and Hugh at Twenty Twenty Gallery for many years. It has been a complete pleasure. They are very supportive and make the process of exhibiting and selling work simple and enjoyable with their enthusiasm and efficiency.”