Richard Hawkes, Anna Martola and Liz Hawkes at Watermark Gallery

Our Story

Watermark Gallery is owned by Liz and Richard Hawkes, a Harrogate couple with a shared love of art and design.  Richard has been involved with the art world throughout his career as a conservator for many of the UK’s museums and gallery collections.  Liz’s background is in marketing and retail but ever since taking a City & Guilds qualification in silversmithing she has sought a way to develop her appreciation for contemporary jewellery, art and design.

Watermark Gallery began in 2015 as an online gallery exhibiting at art fairs and gaining a reputation for regular, pop-up exhibitions in quirky locations in an around Harrogate.  Seeking a permanent home to grow the gallery’s offering of paintings, prints, sculpture, jewellery, ceramics and glass we have loved renovating the old Post Office on Harrogate’s historic Royal Parade, right opposite the famous Pump Room at the entrance to the popular Valley Gardens.

The building is full of history from the stunning, Victorian, turquoise Burmantoft tiles revealed along the front of the building to the evidence of a former sulphur well-head in the back.  The gallery always has a wide range of art and design on display alongside featured exhibitions and a studio space for artist-led workshops.

Our gallery and website presents work by artists, illustrators, sculptors and designers from throughout the UK working in a variety of materials.  Alongside contemporary artists we also show and sell work by many modern British masters.  The gallery is supported by our sister business, Artworks Conservation Ltd, based nearby at Markington Hall, offering art restoration and bespoke framing.

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Liz Hawkes outside Watermark Gallery

“We’ve always loved visiting art galleries and our trips at home and abroad are often planned with them in mind."

Liz Hawkes, co-owner, We’ve always loved visiting art galleries and our trips at home and abroad are often planned with them in mind. In 2015, having started to buy and sell modern British artworks, we decided to set up Watermark Gallery. Initially, we specialised in the area which was our first love, artworks on paper.”

Richard Hawkes Director of Watermark Gallery

"My passion is for art on paper; the immediacy of mark-making that reveals so much about the artist’s thought process.”

Richard Hawkes, co-owner, “As an art conservator, I’ve been working alongside artists, curators and art collectors for thirty years.  Every aspect of art fascinates me: the materials, the themes and traditions but mostly the people and stories behind its creation. My passion is for art on paper; the immediacy of mark-making that reveals so much about the artist’s thought process.”

Anna Martola at Watermark Gallery Harrogate

Anna has an innate skill for visual merchandising and a passion for making sure artwork is presented to it's full potential.

Anna Martola is a full time member of the Watermark Gallery team having joined the business in August 2020. Her early career was in arts education where she gained a reputation for inspiring young people to paint. Anna also has a wealth of experience in retail and previously worked at the Zillah Bell gallery in Thirsk where she gained an indepth knowledge  of contemporary art and a passion for ceramics.

Anna has an innate skill for visual merchandising and when she is not with customers she is often found rearranging the gallery window making sure work is displayed to its full potential.

An artist in her own right, Anna specialises in ceramics and special occasion concertina cards, available to buy in the gallery as well as online.

Joshua Beresford at Watermark Gallery Harrogate

"I am really pleased to be working in a commercial gallery where I can learn about the business as well as the creative side of the industry."

Joshua Beresford joined Watermark Gallery in July 2021 as a gallery assistant. Prior to this he attended Leeds School of Art where he graduated with a first in fine art.

In addition to helping out in the gallery, Josh manages our website and assists with social media and digital marketing.

When he is not at work Josh is an artist himself, specialising in collage and mixed media.

What people say...

This is a great gallery! The owners Liz and Richard were so welcoming and very helpful. We spent a bit of time there. Ended up buying some really good pieces for our anniversary. In fact I went back a couple of weeks later to buy a picture for my friends wedding anniversary, truly a perfect present. We very much enjoyed our visit and will be back...

Trip Advisor Review

Watermark Gallery is such a bright welcoming place with beautiful things for all budgets. The gallery comprises a series of rooms that unfold to reveal a myriad of paintings, prints, ornaments and jewellery presented as a coherent display. From mugs to intricate inlaid boxes, irridescent glass tealight holders, to carved stone sculptures for the garden, Liz Hawkes has a discerning eye and nurtures a talented group of artists and artisans who keep the shelves and walls well stocked.

Customer, Edinburgh

A haven of exquisite objects with all the temptations of a favourite sweet shop with none of the calories! Today Liz kindly downed tools and helped me with a longed-for purchase so do visit when you can to enjoy an uplifting sensory experience curated by delightful owners.

Google Review

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