Profession: I’m a gallerist.
Does that sound pompous? I don’t like the title art
consultant. I’m opening a new gallery space, Four Square
Fine Arts in Mount Place, on Tuesday. I’m hoping to
have five or six exhibitions a year there, and also use the
space, when possible, for community projects and one-off installations.
Are you local? We’ve been
living here for five years having moved down from Stamford
Hill in London. I’m originally from Surrey.
Best thing about Lewes? There
are a number of things. The best is the community spirit of
the place. I’ve just come from the Harvest Festival
of Lewes New School where all the parents and kids sang African
songs together: this really embodied the feeling of community
there is in this town, which is the reason we moved here.
Worst thing about Lewes? Traffic
congestion and the resulting pollution. I try to walk everywhere
- another good thing about Lewes is that you can - and the
pollution makes that unpleasant at certain times of the day.
Favourite pub? The Lewes Arms,
which is right next to my new space. I’m not a great
pub-goer, but I’ll start going there with the people
who work in the same building. Until they stop serving Harveys,
What’s your poison? Having
said that, it’s gin and tonic.
Waitrose or Tesco (or neither)?
Generally Waitrose because it’s a co-op but I try as
much as possible to use local shops, particularly Mays and
the Lansdown Stores.
What do you think about traffic wardens?
They are over-zealous. They wait outside our house at 8.05
on a Saturday morning, when they can book us if we haven’t
managed to find a residents’ space on a Friday night.