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Kenwick Galleries, Beecroft

Mystery pot with Kenwick Galleries labelI thought it might be useful from time to time to feature a gallery that has played an important role in the promotion and selling of Australian ceramics.

The Kenwick Galleries in Beecroft, NSW, was established in 1969 by potters Joan Beaston and Billie Brown. The name Kenwick came from the names of their husbands, Ken and Wickham. The gallery was initially above Sparks Shoe store in Wongala Crescent. Shortly after it opened, it was taken over by Pat Ashford and Dawn Fitzroy who moved it to 14a Hannah Street. In 1989, the business was sold to Barbara and Don Furnass, Judith Taylor and Marilyn Chivers. In 1994, it was moved to Shop 8, The Module, 16-24 Hannah St, Beecroft. In 1996, Barbara and Don Furnass retired. In 2007, Judith Taylor and Marilyn Chivers also retired and the business was closed.

This information comes from Time’s up for gallery (2007). Northern District Times, 20 June. Illustrated: image on Flickr by Identifying Australian Pottery member m a D of a mystery pot with the Kenwick Galleries label.

Throughout its thirty-eight years of operation, the gallery provided craft artists and painters from NSW and interstate with a venue for displaying and selling recent work.  Advertisements in the Sydney Morning Herald Archive identify the following potters whose work was sold there, but there would have been many more:

  • Brian Alexander
  • Peter Anderson
  • Warren Arthur
  • Arnaud Barraud
  • Paul Bruce
  • Kevin Buik
  • Heather Chapman
  • Marian Coughlan
  • Malcolm Cooke
  • John Eagle
  • June Emmins
  • Stephen Fletcher
  • Malou Frank
  • Victor Greenaway
  • Phil Greed
  • Deirdre Greene
  • Greg Hamilton
  • Barry Hayes
  • Fred Hillier
  • Elaine Howe
  • Robyn Hurst
  • Maldon Pottery
  • Jan Merritt
  • Richard Murray
  • One Tree Hill Pottery
  • Chris Pepper
  • Robyn Ressom
  • Derek Smith
  • Fran Swinden
  • Val Turner
  • Barbara Wallace
  • David Williams


4 thoughts on “Kenwick Galleries, Beecroft

  1. I am trying to locate figurines by artist Marian Coughlan. If you know of anywhere that has them could you please contact me .


    Posted by Dale Hayes | December 26, 2013, 11:20 pm
  2. I was fortunate to have been represented by Kenwick for many years. They were wonderful people to deal with through all the various owner ships. They all did a great deal to foster Australian clay workers. Sydney was lucky to have had Kenwick.


    Posted by John Eagle | September 13, 2015, 9:38 am
  3. Hello

    Gavin Byrt (The Giddy Bullfrog Gallery, East Malvern now Red Hill South Victoria) sold extensively at Kenwick also


    Posted by Chris Byrt | December 13, 2015, 7:45 am
  4. I sold there for many years. They were on my list off galleries to see first. It was a sad day when the to girls resided to sell/ retire and loss to the people of western Sydney as well.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by peter wallace | March 17, 2016, 7:39 pm

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