About Down Stairs
Opened in June 2011, Down Stairs is a new 6,000 square foot artist-run gallery space located at Great Brampton House in Madley, Herefordshire. The gallery shows a diverse range of work placing emerging artists shoulder to shoulder with established artists.
Exhibitions to date include Change The World Or Go Home’ which questioned the role of the artist within contemporary culture; and ‘Heartlands’, which united artists interested in the countryside and its relationship with British national identity. Artists exhibited so far include Jeremy Deller, Mark Titchner, Gavin Turk, Simon Roberts, Jimmy Merris, Ghazaleh Abassalian, Mark McGowan and Susan Stockwell.
Down Stairs also offers a Residency programme as part of its commitment to supporting artists. Residents in 2011 included the Bigtoe Group, who made work for the exhibition Change The World Or Go Home, and Mark Houghton, who made work for Upstare, that took place on the roof of Great Brampton House.
The most recent resident artist is Tom Howse, whose residency led to his solo exhibition Fantastic Salad. Forthcoming residents include Adeline de Monseignat, Pil and Galia Kollectiv.
Down Stairs is programmed and run by artists Craig Barnes and Dmitri Galitzine, alongside artist, entrepreneur and gallery proprietor Martin Miller.
Craig Barnes curates Down Stairs' programme. He graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in 2009 and was included in FutureMap and the Catlin Art Guide 2010. Recent exhibitions include As You Wish, Outpost, Amsterdam; How Could Everybody Be So Wrong, And/Or, London. At Down Stairs, Barnes curated Change The World Or Go Home, which is subsequently touring to Solent Showcase, Southampton, in May 2012.
Dmitri Galitzine manages The Stables, the studio complex at Great Brampton House, home of Down Stairs. He graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2009. Recent exhibitions include Prune, Fold Gallery, London; Hotel Palenque, Outpost, Norwich; and Given The Standards Of The Day, Formula Gallery, St Petersburg.
Martin Miller first went into business breeding hamsters whilst still at school. He later set up the bestselling antiques price guides Miller's Antiques, which became a publishing phenomenon. He has written numerous books, encompassing fiction, poetry and self-help, whilst also creating an award winning brand of gin – Martin Miller's Gin – and running numerous luxury retreats decorated in his renowned maximalist style. In 2010 he bought Great Brampton House.