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Another vacant unit filled – The Contemporary to open art gallery in Altrincham

By David Prior at

A new art gallery called The Contemporary is to open in a vacant unit formerly occupied by Au Natarale Interiors on Stamford New Road.

The 3,400 sq ft unit, which is part of The Graftons shopping centre, has been taken on a five-year lease at an annual rent of £25,000.

It will be modelled on the company’s first gallery in Chester city centre, which sells original paintings, exclusive limited editions and bespoke commissions.

Jonathan Shingfield, creative director of The Contemporary, said: “We are looking forward to joining the growing buzz of independent shops in Altrincham.

Inside The Contemporary's gallery in Chester

Inside The Contemporary’s gallery in Chester

“We offer a range of internationally renowned artists that suit today’s growing demand for contemporary art. Following on from our success in Chester, we believe that Altrincham is ideally placed for us to grow and look forward to welcoming everyone through our doors into a gallery space unlike any seen in Altrincham before.”

Daniel Lee, director of Regional Property Solutions who let the unit on behalf of the landlord Grafton Centre Holdings Ltd, said: “This letting is significant within the Graftons Centre, which is managed by Landswood de Coy LLP, which is undertaking various asset management initiatives including turning the former Grafton Mall arcade of small retail units into a 7,000 sq ft single unit with double frontage on both George Street and Stamford New Road.

“This along with other redevelopments is contributing to the continued revitalisation of the town centre.”

The Contemporary is planning to open its new Altrincham gallery in December.