About Fosse Gallery

Still in its splendid original Cotswold location in the Manor House on the Square, Stow on the Wold – no privately run art gallery in the Cotswolds has been established in the same place for longer – it is often described as one of the most important UK art galleries outside London. Founded in 1980, it has handled some of the most prestigious contemporary British artists in the last thirty years.


Founded by Gerard O’Farrell and Brian Sinfield, the UK gallery began by selling Victorian watercolours before establishing its reputation in the Modern British field. By the mid 1980’s a great partnership had been established between Don Steyn and O’Farrell.


In 2006 Sharon acquired the Fosse Gallery. Working increasingly closely to build the gallery’s relationship with the Royal Academy she has staged many major exhibitions for the RA out of London, as well as curating retrospectives for William Gear, RA and Richard Eurich, RA. Her specially themed exhibitions and One Man Shows are invariably well received. She is now recognised as running one of the few specialist galleries offering the work of Royal Academicians and established artists in a rural setting, with well-attended private views. Her knowledge and expertise is reflected in her regular contributions to arts magazines and papers.


With hundreds of exhibitions under her belt, Sharon has handled and exhibits some of the most prestigious contemporary British art since 1997 of investment quality and international standing while also offering art at fair prices and guidance to collectors.


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Today’s owner, Sharon Wheaton has been associated with the Fosse Gallery for thirty years. Visiting regularly with her art teacher mother as a child, she purchased her first painting at the gallery at seventeen. In 1997 she joined the Fosse Gallery team’s joint proprietors, Gerard O'Farrell and Don Steyn. Her first exhibition was for distinguished illustrator and artist, Paul Hogarth, RA. "When I was growing up, there was no degree course in gallery management. You really just have to experience as much great art as possible, develop and trust your eye for a good painting and be lucky enough to work with a great teacher. I learnt a lot from legendary art dealer, Don Steyn."