Francis Iles Galleries

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Francis Iles Galleries
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futtock21
London, UK11,100 contributions
One of the best private art galleries in Kent
Aug 2020 • Solo
It’s an art supply shop and framing service downstairs and several separate rooms exhibiting art on the two floors above. There’s even art on the staircases. Its strengths lie both in championing the work of Kentish artists and contemporary Russian work. Individual rooms exhibit work by three or more artists at a time. In the upper rooms I found browsers containing prints and etchings by Kentish and Russian artists alike at very appealing prices. Entrance to the shop and gallery alike is carefully controlled; indeed the staircase to the upper galleries is roped off to ensure no more than a couple of visitors are present at any given time.
Written August 22, 2020
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Anne C
Kent, UK7 contributions
Tranquility
Dec 2019 • Couples
So enjoy popping into the gallery and the art shop. The gallery has such a good mix of artists to suit all tastes with some beautiful sculptures and porcelain. The Christmas Room a bygone age and is certainly worth a visit it is a delight something for all the family.
Written December 11, 2019
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stella r
10 contributions
Visit
Jul 2019
Went to the town walked shopped had a bite to eat. Yes it was ok, would not say it was the best place I’ve ever been too but fine for a change
Written November 24, 2019
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Isobel B
Chatham, UK106 contributions
A must do visit when in Rochester.
Sep 2019
I always visit this shop if I want gifts, cards etc which are a little bit different. There is such a lovely selection to choose from. The staff are always friendly and helpful. It is a little bit more expensive than some other shops but worth the extra cost and always worth a browse.
Written September 4, 2019
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Sah52
Trowbridge, UK343 contributions
Nice to visit the shops again and see how it has changed from the 70's.
Apr 2018 • Couples
The art gallery is now upstairs on one side of the street with a lovely gift shop underneath. Whereas the crafts are now in the shop on the opposite side of the road.
Written April 29, 2018
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Soo M
Rochester, UK80 contributions
Lots of things for the artist
Jul 2017 • Friends
This shop has been at this location all of my life and I have been there so many times. It has lots of Arty things and trickets too, and an art gallery
Written February 8, 2018
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Jay1048
Maidstone, UK53 contributions
Great cards!
Sep 2017 • Couples
Some original gifts and greeting cards as well as art work. Always buy a stock of cards here when I visit.
Written October 2, 2017
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deadbeatdave
surrey61 contributions
GREAT GALLERY. GREAT PAINTINGS. UP HERSELF BOSS"
Jul 2017 • Couples
There was a great warm welcome to the Gallery and enthusiastic staff at the desk and in the main galleries. An amazing collection of works by Roland Hilder - some of which were a great temptation to buy; and works by Mike Chaplin of WaterColour Challenger fame. The Russian paintings revealed how far standards have fallen since the collapse of the Soviet Union - they may be decorative, but they seem to a collector of Soviet Art, to be gaudy and derivative. The lady who was on that floor was very dismissive of the Soviet tradition (which does back to the fine art days of the 18th and 19th century) and was condescending to a couple who had bought a Roland Hillier only a couple of months earlier.

She succeeded in undermining the good work done by her colleagues. So - great art for sale with some friendly staff and at good prices. But look out for she who is trying to push you into purchases. We went away empty handed
Written August 5, 2017
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futtock21
London, UK11,100 contributions
One of Kent's best art galleries
Jun 2017 • Solo
Apart from three impressive paintings in the window, little in the ground floor shop selling cards and general knick-knackerie prepares one for the quality of the art in the gallery above. It's almost two galleries in one focusing as it does not only on works by local artists from this century and the last but also artists of Russia, some, like Katya Gridneva, who live here in the U.K., others like the Vodka-sounding Andrey Smirnov, live in Russia. The current exhibition paiting works by Jeremy Sanders with Nicolai Romanov rather sums up this duality. Frances Iles also has an art shop opposite. For those who cannot easily get to Rochester the gallery exhibits in many fairs in London and elsewhere around the country.
Written June 10, 2017
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Allan H
Rochester, UK47 contributions
A gem of a shop!
Apr 2017 • Couples
A lovely, relaxing shop with an eclectic blend of art, books, toys and cards. Definitely a MUST visit for the Christmas Room- which is essential to get unusual stocking fillers ranging from practical, through crazy to some which are quite rude! The art galleries have a wonderful range of affordable art from local and international artists. We use the picture framing service regularly and have never been disappointed.
I highly recommend Francis Iles - wonderful, friendly staff, relaxing art gallery, great service!
Written April 28, 2017
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