Southwell-born performer is opening gallery on King Street that brings her passion for music and the arts together
A performer with a passion for music and the arts is opening a gallery that brings the two together.
Tina Hall, who grew up in Southwell, has returned to her home town after many years of living in Spain, where she has worked in the music and television industry.
Southwell Gallery, due to open soon, is on King Street, opposite the Market Square.
Tina said it had been a long-held ambition to bring together her love for music and the arts in some form of business venture.
When she saw the vacant shop on a visit to the town from Spain, she knew the time was right.
“The passion has always been there, so it was divine intervention,” she said. “I am so excited about it. It just feels so right.”
Throughout her time in Spain, Tina returned regularly to Southwell, and has always felt a close connection to the town.
“I went to the Minster School and every week we would have an assembly in the minster,” she said. “It is so exciting that the town has evolved into such a music-orientated place.”
Southwell Gallery will cater for a wide range of musical requirements, with instruments including everything from recorders for children just starting to learn their first instrument to stringed and woodwind instruments, electronic keyboards,and even a harp.
There will also be PA equipment to hire for events.
The gallery will double as a showcase and studio for Tina’s partner, artist Steve Jessop, who lives in the town.
A huge painting of one of his heroes, rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, will be a feature of one of the walls.
The couple are working on their first album, with lyrics by Tina and music by Steve, who also plays guitar.
Guitars will feature heavily in Southwell Gallery, which has been approved as a stockist for both Marshall and Fender brands.
Tina is also a big fan of flamenco music, which she grew to love in Spain, and will have an area of the gallery dedicated to the the style.
While Tina will still be travelling to Spain fortelevision work, she plans to spend as much time as possible in the new gallery.