never - forever invite


Orb Gallery would like to invite you to the opening of our next exhibition, a solo showcase of new paintings by New Forest artist Malcolm Crocker titled ‘Never-Forever’ on 01.05.15 from 6pm

Words like history, evolution, sequences, layers, processes, beginnings and endings might describe the preoccupations and concerns which influence the imagery Malcolm Crocker uses in his sublime paintings.

‘We progress through our lives for a few short years in an almost endless flow of time and we are part of a sequence of change, development, destruction and regeneration. We may be aware of this, but it’s easy to ignore it in order to cope with a ‘here and now’ which takes most of our energy and attention.’ (Malcolm Crocker)

Crocker highlights this other timeframe in his thought provoking paintings stating:

‘I take some comfort from the fact that every ending follows a beginning and every beginning follows an end. Not because I will be there, but because it will happen.

I’m questioning attitudes, preoccupations, and impacts on a small planet. Our time here is short and precious. Ultimately are we really realising our potential as an intelligent life form or just a bunch of primates whose brains got too big???

I don’t know.’ (Malcolm Crocker)

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Our next show at the Gallery is ‘Finch’s Fantastic Funland’you are invited to the Private View on Friday 13th of March! 6pm Till 9pm.13th March – 3rd April – Saturdays & Sundays 1pm-4pm‘Finch’ is a Southampton based artist who creates a whole tripped out world of graffiti, most of which is made up from colourful text and vibrant illustration you have to see for your self!!!

Follow Finch on titter: @Finch_Arts

Inquiries about purchasing any of the artists work, please contact the ORB Gallery:


Tel:07922 911 591

or Visit the gallery during exhibition opening times

13th March – 3rd April – Saturdays & Sundays 1pm-4pm




The Arches and unitIIstudios are pleased to announce the inaugural exhibition of their collaborative project ‘Support’. Taking place at the newly opened Orb Gallery on Northam Road, the show will run from 30th November – 14th December with a private view on Saturday 29th November, 6-8pm.

Over the past few months unitIIstudios and The Arches have been exploring how to support the development of individual practice and the contribution this makes to the local artistic community as a whole. Support began with both studio groups committing to attend fortnightly critiques of each other’s work and to an on going conversation about how this could assist in the realisation of a group exhibition. Intended as a long-term collaborative project the aim was to develop a working relationship between the artists and studios located less than two miles apart. What results is an interrogation of support structures and the necessity to bring creative practice to finite conclusions.
Participating artists: Scott Bradley, Malcolm Crocker, Christopher Cudlip, Jilly Evans, Sarah Filmer, Lydia Heath, Celeste Ingrams, Liz Jones, Helen Marland, Pauline Pratt & Steve White.

Orb Gallery is a new contemporary art gallery, located on the historic Old Northam Road in Southampton, at the heart of Southampton’s grassroots cultural quarter. 90 Old Northam Road, St Marys, Southampton, SO14 0NZ, Tel: 07922 911 591

The Arches, located under the historic Central Bridge in Southampton, is one of many creative projects run by a space arts, offering local artists affordable studio space and assistance since 2004.
10 & 08 Captains Place, Terminus Terrace, Southampton
S014 3FE,, Tel: 023 80 338 778

unitIIstudios, located on the bank of the river Itchen, is an independent artists collective for making, thinking and contextualising contemporary art.
Suite 7a, Fairways House, Mount Pleasant Road, Southampton SO14 0QB Tel: 07808 545998

Support opens at Orb Gallery with a Private View on Friday 29th November, 6-8pm. The show will continue until Sunday 14th December. Gallery opening hours are Friday 3-7pm, Saturday & Sunday 12-4pm. 20% of all sales will go towards the newly formed Artists Union England.