Naked Britain by Amelia Allen
to Apr 4

Naked Britain by Amelia Allen

Gallery Opening Times

Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 6pm and by appointment. (Please call in advance 07740-870579)

Preview Showings

Saturday March 3rd  Naturists Only 2.30pm - 5pm (Clothing optional)

Saturday March 3rd Preview Showing 6.30pm - 9pm


As a fashion photographer, Amelia Allen works in an industry obsessed with body image, one that focuses on the most flattering way of covering bodies. It was therefore an unusual and refreshing step for her to move into a world where the body is completely liberated, devoid of styling and stripped of fabric and fashion. People are no longer defined by appearance and are free to connect as equals, regardless of wealth, occupation or social standing.

In her book, Amelia explores the reasons behind the unique and controversial status of naturism in today’s society that often associates nudity with sex; to Allen that association is a harmful misconception. She says: “It is interesting that the sight of a naked child is perfectly innocent, but from puberty onwards nudity becomes somehow indecent. In my book I want to share with you the liberation and empowerment that naturism can provide in a completely non-sexual way. The sense of fun and freedom that naturism seems to bestow on its followers is extraordinarily infectious and I like to think I have captured the raw beauty of that.”

“There are four million naturists in the UK and nine thousand members of the British Naturism club. Social nudity gained popularity in the UK in the late 1930s and soon after, a number of ‘sun clubs’ sprang up. Naturism is not against the law. In fact, the Sexual Offences Act of 2003 specifically excludes it. However, intending to cause alarm or distress to somebody by being naked, in some circumstances, can be a criminal offence. UK law is definitely a grey area, but naturism is legal in a larger range of circumstances than most people assume. Naturists go to discos, dinner parties, tennis matches and bike rides all naked. They go to naked theme park events and there is even a naked holiday village where people shop, dine, explore, and enjoy their vacation, all competely nude.

Amelia Allen is a fashion, portrait, and documentary photographer. She was born in 1995 in the South West of England and now lives and works in London. Having made the decision not to go to university, she moved to London at the age of eighteen and started an internship in fashion PR and photography. She has been photographing shows, clothes, models, celebrities, and Fashion Week every season since she was eighteen. She has had work published in magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, Tatler, and Harper’s Bazaar.

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Saying it with Flowers by Rosie Nixon
to Feb 28

Saying it with Flowers by Rosie Nixon

Rosie Nixon is a Perthshire photographer (and writer) whose work thanks to the reach of the internet, is appreciated more globally than locally.

Gallery Close was delighted to come across her stunning work in 2017 and are delighted to be announcing her first solo exhibition.

A horticulturist by training, Rosie has a global following both for her photography and writing on the subject. She was asked by Google+  to become a member of their elite Google Create team as an expert in her field.

She even has an orchid officially named after her by the RHS plant registration (Masdevallia 'Rosie Nixon').

“In many ways Rosie is an undiscovered talent,” says Gallery owner Chris Close. “I look at a lot of photography and was aware of floral studies by industry giants like fashion photographer Nick Knight, Robert Mappelthorpe etc so when I stumbled across Rosie’s work by chance I was very excited by it. The fact that she is based so near was a happy coincidence.”

For collectors we have a special introductory offer on here work and for the large prints £100 discount if ordered before 14th Feb.

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