Cormorant with struggling fish, 2020 Maggi Hambling

Opportunity, 2022. Tessa Newcomb. Oil on board. H1220mm W1520mm.

Galloper-Sands Gallery

Galloper-Sands Gallery


Residency Exhibitions + Tea Rooms + Farm Walks
Open on Saturdays from 10am – 5pm
White House Farm, Great Glemham, Suffolk IP17 1LS

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We will be returning to large seasonal Spring and Autumn festivals in 2024. In the meantime, we are open on each Saturday through the Spring and Summer of 2023 as Galloper-Sands Gallery : our new year round Gallery showing beautiful paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, textiles, furniture, pottery and basketry sourced from the Spring Festival’s extensive nature-based Residency Programme.

Ongoing residency collaborations include : The Cherry Ingram Blossom Residency with Emma Green; The Pollard Residency with Julian Perry; Suffolk Sakura Silk Scarves with Jenny Nutbeem; The Hedge Residency with Jane Wormell; Into the Light / An Exploration of the Alde Valley with Ruth Stage; Alive in the Landscape / Dreaming a New Dream with Perienne Christian.We also hold collections of work by other artists and makers from recent collaborations. These include : Gathered from Gardens with Tessa Newcomb; From this Land / The Walks Land Residency with Melanie Comber; The Everest Fundraising Series of Seagull Drawings by Jason Gathorne-Hardy.

Our Galloper-Sands Historic Collections hold work by notable East Anglian artists including Harry Becker [from the Loftus Family Collection], Mary Potter, Peggy Somerville and Margaret Mellis.

Through Galloper-Sands Handmade we also offer a design and build service for furniture, specialising in very large live-edge Big Tables, Suffolk Long Benches, Hedge Chairs and Great Glemham Stools.

For more information please visit or contact us at

The Alde Valley Spring Festival

The Alde Valley Spring Festival usually runs for four weeks each April and May. Based at a small farm in the beautiful Upper Alde Valley on the Suffolk Coast, it celebrates the importance of the visual arts, heritage crafts, local food and rural writing in a working farmed landscape.

We moved the Festival online in response to the coronavirus epidemic of 2020 and you can still view Highlights of the 2020 Alde Valley Spring Festival Programme on this website The Festival Exhibition, Open Studios, Food for Thought, Summer Residencies, Festival Events and seasonal Green Shoots.

Our sister Festival Pesta Nukenen, located in the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak in East Malaysia, opens over the last weekend of July each year.

In the UK, we will be returning to larger seasonal Spring and Autumn Festivals in 2024. In the meantime please do feel welcome to explore our year round online gallery at or come and visit us at the farm on Saturdays throughout the Spring and Summer of 2023 !

We hope to see you on a Saturday !


The Festival Exhibition

The online Festival Exhibition presents beautiful works by 12 Guest Artists that explore the theme of “On a Turning Wing”  – including a magnificent new painting “Cormorant with struggling fish, 2019” by Maggi Hambling.

Open Studios

The online Open Studios showcase the work of 12 artisan makers who were selected for our seasonal Workshop Residencies. These are now virtual residencies with all the Makers now based at home. But we are offering their work for sale – and also inviting bespoke commissions and other orders.

Food for Thought

The Farm Suppers we have had to cancel. In their place we have invited guest writers from the planned 2020 Writing at Great Glemham residency to prepare a small literary feast to share with you online – and we have added a checklist of essential local food suppliers and online cookery ideas to provide inspiration for home cooking.

Shop & Events

The Festival Shop itself is closed, but we will move stock online later in the summer. Please do contact us for any special orders or requests.

The Festival Events were to include a series of Festival Talks at the farm. These are now cancelled, but we have instead invited our Guest Speakers to share their ideas, references and talks online through the website. If you are interested in the Japanese hanami tradition and flowering cherries, edible swiftlet nests from Borneo or the mathematics of loop basketry head straight over to the Festival Events !

The Festival Tea Rooms are also closed. When open, we work with amazing local cooks and suppliers and specialise in offering teas, cakes and pastries that are made with ingredients from local suppliers and the local landscape – which is also home to the birdlife that we are celebrating.

Whilst the Tea Rooms are closed, we want to celebrate and promote local foods and home growing – and bird-watching. There are many local cooks, chefs, community groups, small businesses and sole traders who are rapidly adapting and re-shaping their actions and activities to provide community support and resilience. It also feels like an important time for home growing, community agriculture and re-localised food supply chains.

These are the seeds of change and the seeds of survival – so we have re-purposed the Tea Rooms section of the website to support collaboration and help celebrate the new Green Shoots of Suffolk and beyond.

If you would like to explore the farm’s beautiful little Woodland Nature Walk, Bluebell Walk and Meadow Walk, or the Festival’s Rebirding Projects, you can find photo-trails and video recordings on the Festival’s instagram account.

With very best wishes from the Festival Team – all now home-working.

Stay Safe – Stay Well.

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