FOOD MARKET TO BE HELD INSIDE PENARTH’S TURNER HOUSE ART GALLERY

The legacy bequeathed to the people of Penarth - Turner House is to become a food market

The legacy bequeathed to the people of Penarth – Turner House –  is to become a food market

Penarth’s Turner House Art Gallery – the art gallery bequeathed to the people of Penarth –  is to be the venue for a new once-a-month Food Market according to publicity material issued on social media.

Posters aimed at attracting stall-holders to the new monthly “50-Mile” Saturday-morning market have been distributed on social media.

Publicity material says the food market will be held indoors at Turner House

Publicity material says the food market will be held indoors at Turner House

The name  “50 mile market” implies that none of the stall holders will travel more than 50 miles to market their produce at the regular event – but local Green campaigners say they do not regard a 50 mile each-way van-drive as being in line with green policies.

A poster aimed at attracting stallholders to the new Turner Houose Market market to be held on the first Saturday of every month

A poster aimed at attracting stallholders to the new Turner House Market market to be held on the first Saturday of every month

The Turner House Gallery is legally the property of the people of Penarth but was handed over in trust to the National Museum of Wales by Penarth Urban District Council  in the 1921 and is now  leased to the photographic “charity” Ffotogallery – which uses it for photographic exhibitions .

Former Barrister Jenny Yeo is behind the venture

Former Barrister Jenny Yeo is behind the venture

The organisers of the 50-Mile Market say their goal is to “supply our customers with the freshest produce possible.” . They say most of the vendors at the event are actually also the producers of the food on sale . They say customers will be able to “have a conversation and meet the person behind the food you are feeding your family.”

The vague legal regulations on indoor farmers’ markets mean that it may not be necessary for the organisers of the market to obtain planning permission from the Vale of Glamorgan Council to set up the market  –  even though the use of a Grade II listed building like Turner House – situated in the Penarth Conservation Area – as a farmers’ market might well be held to represent a major “change of use“.

The first farmers’ market at Turner House is due to take place on September 3rd 2016. Penarth Civic Society has been told that the Ffotogallery’s lease on Turner House is to be extended by the National Museum of Wales for a further  eighteen months.

Turner House - which had been closed for 4 months re-opened with another Lithuanian exhibition - but has now closed again The first floor atrium has not yet been restored

Turner House – which had been closed for 4 months from November to March –  re-opened with another Lithuanian exhibition – but has now closed again. The windows remain blacked-out to daylight and the first floor atrium has not yet been restored

The gallery was closed for four months from the end of November to the end of March this year – and after re-opening for an exhibition by a Lithuanian photographer (see http://tinyurl.com/hp3fkf4 ) is now closed again.

James Pyke Thompson - benefactor and founder of Turner House Penarth

James Pyke Thompson – benefactor and founder of Turner House Penarth

The farmers’ market plans however might not be permissible under the terms of the will of the founder of Turner House – the flour magnate  James Pyke Thompson who created the gallery, encouraged it to be open to the people of Penarth –  and who, on his death,  charged his two brothers with ensuring the gallery was left to the people of Penarth.

In a will dated Julv 1, 1896, Mr Pyke Thompson, (who lived  in the mansion Redlands near the gallery in Penarth)  left  Turner House itself and the land upon which it was built and some adjoining land, and the Turner House collection,  to his brothers Charles and Herbert Metford Thompson absolutely as joint tenant who he said “are acquainted with the testator’s wishes as to the disposition of the Turner House Collection and of  residuary estate, which it may, perhaps, be assumed will be intended ultimately for public-uses or charitable purposes.”

The Pyke Thomson bequest

The Pyke Thomson bequest

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20 Responses to FOOD MARKET TO BE HELD INSIDE PENARTH’S TURNER HOUSE ART GALLERY

  1. cariad. says:

    Turner House was left to the Penarth people as an art gallery not a market hall. Where are the paintings now?They should be on show for people to enjoy; these included paintings by J.M.W Turner and Rossetti as well as some examples of porcelain. Have these disappeared, never to be seen again?

    • AK says:

      Probably gone the same way as the treasures from Dyffryn House.

    • pompousfruit says:

      Another rubbish farmers market or is it the same one in a different location. The present one isn’t clear about the time it closes and there is no fruit and vegetable stall. There are too many meat and cake stalls there. It isn’t even a patch on Rhiwbina market held every Friday morning which has shrunk to half it’s original size since Ty Mawr Organics stopped trading there.

      • Jenny Yeo says:

        These are the very reasons for setting up a new vibrant local producer’s market. Your views on the current market are shared by many. So hopefully not ‘another rubbish farmer’s market’

  2. Anne Greagsby says:

    How to destroy your towns art gallery and listed building, turn it into a farmers market….I don’t know any other INDOOR farmers markets – is it so cheap to use the Turner gallery? Time the town council took control and run the gallery. Where is their civic pride?

  3. Jane Foster says:

    At least having a market there will mean that people visit our lovely treasure of a building and hopefully raise more awareness of its plight. The last time I visited was for an arts & crafts fair some years ago and before that to see the Young British Artists exhibition (with the cage of budgies, remember that?). Filling such an iconic building with sub-par snapshots is not just a waste but quite frankly, insulting, especially when you consider the quality of the art it was meant to house.

  4. johnm says:

    this is really not the best use of this space. the town council should re-examine the trust deed to see whether the indoor market is within the terms of the original gift, and should at the very least issue a stiff legal shot across the bows of the national museum for its stewardship. the fact that it is often closed may be worth exploring too.
    if the town council is not prepared to do this and report back they should perhaps get out of the way.
    a side point – how would someone even approach the national museum with a proposal such as this? I might like to run a jazz bar there.
    I expect there will be a ‘pop-up’ cafe!

  5. penarthblog says:

    I don’t know why, but I’m uncomfortable with this.

  6. Dizzydeb says:

    At least it will be used and not stood empty. Somewhere where we can buy fresh, local and hopefully organic produce. Well done to the organisers, lets hope they don’t need planning permission from our Speedy Vale Council!!!!

    • Anne Greagsby says:

      A grade2 listed building should be important to everyone, more important than a market. An art gallery is a precious resource that we should preserve not let the labour party destroy.

  7. sjleworthy says:

    i’m sure the Pag would be a more fitting venue?

  8. Dizzydeb says:

    At least it will be used and not locked up! We can buy fresh locally grown and hopefully organic food. Let’s hope they don’t need planning permission from Speed Vale Council!!!

  9. CelticMan says:

    Bonkers idea – as most of the comments here seem to confirm

  10. MGG says:

    Penarth Blog ref the pool.I think it is a reference to a collection of water by the bench at the front. Ref The Market . Perhaps keeping the building for purely art in these times is not effective and economic. Would hope those who visit might be their first time and then return for an exhibition.
    If the council took over i would suggest the economics challenge will still exist .Yes it would be wonderfull to have a ring fenced art display 52 weeks of the year but is that really practical. No.. expand the use I say . And seriously just think how enjoyable it would be to listen to EG some Jazz on a summers evening in that wonderfull building .

    • Ivor Bagman says:

      Thank you for being more aware than Pblog.
      The financial thing is difficult.
      I would have thought that , once the treasures
      were removed , any funding from the estate
      Would be compromised by greed .

  11. Elizabeth McCarthy says:

    I welcome a market for locally sourced food, but would also prefer that the gallery be returned to its original use. This issue isn’t isn’t the fault of the people running the market – but some public buildings can be downgraded by hiring them out for any use. There may come a time when this would seem more profitable and the idea of returning to a gallery would seem less interesting to some…that I have seen… Couldn’t they bandy together with the farmers market?

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