The Gallery Melrose

The Gallery Melrose

Iain Loudon and David Wallace, both keen art enthusiasts, have established this quality retail outlet offering an eclectic mix of original art and gifts for sale, including paintings, ceramics, pottery, wood carving, designer jewellery and hand-blown glass pieces. Gift items such as prints, cards, candles, handbags, purses, quaichs and other items are also available.

Take time to amble around the gallery and enjoy the amazing collections available. Constantly changing, the art is offered for sale so if you like something, be quick at buying it before it disappears, but there will always be a new work of art for you here at The Gallery Melrose.

Contact Details


23 Market Square


01896 208190



Opening Times

  • Monday 9am - 5pm
  • Tuesday 9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 9am - 5pm
  • Thursday 9am - 5pm
  • Friday 9am - 5pm
  • Saturday 9am - 5pm
  • Sunday 11am - 3pm


Here are just a few of our Artists

Richard Wiatrek

Richard’s work has evolved from early art college figurative painting through abstraction in the seventies and, from the late seventies, back to the figurative.

Abstract/non-objective painting taught him much about space and shape and the delicate balance between them. He hopes his painting still retains the stillness that comes from that balance. Richard combines ordinary people with ordinary and imaginary scapes to create work which he hopes makes the viewer think and dream. For him each work has specific and vague meanings which arise from its conception and the process of its making.

The title he gives to each painting can help point the viewer in at least one direction but should not always be taken too literally. Richard considers himself to be a ‘symbolist’ in that the figures and objects portrayed often have more than one significance.  He always hopes that his work pleases the eye but also stimulates the mind.

Philip Hearsay

Beginning his training at the Camberwell School of Arts, Philip spent his first years as an artist exploring architecture, interior and furniture design as avenues for his skills, however it was the world of sculpture that eventually let him put his talents to their best use and Philip’s self-taught style has now become an iconic presence in the most luxurious of interiors.

“My sculptures are domestic in scale and intended for the interiors of home, office or hotel” says Philip of his work “Only occasionally do I make pieces intended for outdoor use.” Because of this more interior based approach to his work Philip has been able to create bronze sculptures that have a more intimate feel, using the traditional technique of sandcasting so that each one is unique and extraordinary.

Richard Bideau

Richard studied natural sciences at Cambridge and later engineering at Leeds and after leaving university, he worked as a chemical engineer.

Richards’s interest in pottery started at an early age, it came from his mother, the well-known Lancashire potter Joan Bideau. Initially, this was little more than dabbling and a way of earning a little pocket money but this was to change in 1995 when an article on crystalline glazes in the New Scientist magazine caught Richards’s attention. He was intrigued by the possibility of combining his knowledge of chemistry with the freedom of expression offered by pottery.

Starting with a published glaze recipe, Richard embarked upon a journey of experimentation that has, after many thousands of tests, resulted in a unique range of crystalline glazes.

Richard now has an international reputation for the quality of his glazes and fine porcelain forms.

Stuart Herd

Stuart is inspired by the varied and dramatically changing landscape of his country – Scotland. He was born in Scotland in 1971, and after growing up in England and briefly attending Amersham College of Art he started a career in photography in the South East whilst regularly travelling north to Scotland to explore and capture the landscapes.

In the mid 90’s he returned to live in Scotland and whilst living in Edinburgh he started producing highly detailed Pen & Ink cityscapes and scenes. Galleries started showing his work and his art career developed. Stuart now sells his work through over 20 Galleries around the UK and has had numerous exhibitions across Scotland.

Robin Fox

Robin and family relocated in 2015 to the market town of Hexham in Northumberland, following twenty one years in rural Scotland where he’d rediscovered his passion for sculpting. The move has enabled him to concentrate full time on further developing his style and experimenting with different media. He is self-taught and embraces the process of using materials in a unique way.

Much of Robin’s inspiration is attributed to a connection and respect with the rural environment in which he lives. His subject matter reveals his love of nature and features birds and animals to flora and fauna, all in a quirky style. He places emphasis on movement – expression – postures and mannerisms and uses dynamic surface finishes to add to the distinctive style.

Robin works in mixed media, each sculpture being unique and hand built with no casting involved. He predominantly uses a metal modified epoxy clay with a diverse variety of materials including: metal fillers, dyed silver leaf, heather root and native hardwoods. Each piece has a distinctive makers mark in the form of a seal with an embossed robin, typically stamped onto the base.

David Hay

David lives and paints in the Scottish Borders village of Yetholm. He was born in 1948 and graduated from the School of Drawing and Painting, Edinburgh College of Art in 1970 and became a Professional Member of Visual Arts Scotland in 2006.

He was Principal Teacher of Art and Design in Kelso High School from 1978 until retirement in 2008. Teaching commitments included work as SQA Examiner, Regional Trainer for Art & Design in Scottish Borders schools, Subject Advisor to the General Teaching Council in Scotland and Associate Assessor with HMIE.

His paintings relate mostly to the local landscape but also to travel and places remembered. Sources are environmental, natural or built and often beautiful but sometimes disturbing and threatening. Atmosphere and the effect of changing light on the mood of his subjects re of great interest to him.