Harrogate couple choose tribal theme for unique new art gallery

TRIBAL artefacts are on display at a unique new gallery in Harrogate.

Alison Brierley, 37, and her partner both from Beckwithshaw, have launched 'Rb' Tribal Arts Gallery which specialises in fine and museum-quality authentic tribal and primitive art made to be used during ceremonies and rituals.

“The aim of the gallery is to share with people something they haven’t seen before outside a natural history or archaeological museum in a friendly, comfortable and stylish venue,” said Alison.

“We want to convince the public that primitive art goes with everything, especially today’s modern interior designs.”

Almost all the pieces at Rb Gallery have been used in tribal ceremonies and are all for sale apart from Alison’s most special Voodoo statue.

Alison intends to put a donation from some of the sales towards indigenous people all over the world through registered charities such as Oxfam and Farm Africa.

Alison first developed a passion for tribal pieces whilst travelling overseas to destinations like Guatemala, Thailand, India, New Zealand, Fiji and Laos, exploring temples, ruins, customs, cuisine and traditions.

A ritual fertility mask found in Amsterdam began her collecting obsession.

She travelled to the galleries of the major cultural cities of Europe including Paris, Brussels and Maastricht and built up an impressive portfolio of objects to display at her gallery.

As well as holding regular exhibitions of tribal art, the gallery will also give local and international contemporary and modern artists the opportunity to exhibit their work.

Renowned English artist John Middleton will be the first to hang his paintings on the walls of Rb.

l For more information about Rb Tribal Arts or to enquire about VIP private viewing and champagne events, you can visit www.tribalartsofharrogate.com or ring 01423 520599.