Belfast Telegraph

Co Down gallery to consider plan for an extension

Emma Deighan

By Emma Deighan

An art gallery in Co Down could be set for an extension as the council advertises for design professionals to tender for an "expansion review".

The FE McWilliam Gallery outside Banbridge, which celebrates the work of Banbridge-born sculptor Frederick Edward McWilliam, has been established for almost 10 years and houses the majority of the artist's work.

Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council purchased and added a number of finished bronzes to the collection while private collectors have loaned their works to the gallery for public viewing.

The tender is for the appointment of a consultancy team to carry out a feasibility study for an extension and alterations to the FE McWilliam Gallery.

The venue is also home to a craft retail unit and Quails at the Gallery, a coffee shop and restaurant run by Banbridge retailer Quails. The Quails also have a deli in the town.

In a Belfast Telegraph review in 2012, restaurant critic Joris Minne described the gallery as "an independent island" giving the impression of "being cut off from the rest of the country".

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