Studio Visits

The Camburn Fine Art Gallery

and Alan Halliday's Studios.

 Open by Appointment

To book your visit, please contact us on:

UK mobile : + 44 7774 165621
France land line : + 33 961636274
France mobile : + 33 641514140

By car : we are a four hour drive from the French Channel ports of Caen, Le Havre, Dieppe, St. Malo, or a six hour drive from Calais, (via Rouen).
By train : one hour from Paris by TGV to Tours or Chatellerault, followed by a 50min/30min drive.
By air : Ryanair from Stansted to Tours or Poitiers.

Les Pailles (which means ‘bales of straw’) is a period converted farmhouse set in the French countryside with substantial outbuildings now used as studios by Alan Halliday.
Set in the peace and quiet of the surrounding French countryside, there are over 200 square meters of exhibition space where our latest collection of paintings can be seen.
Purchased paintings can be sent to London free of charge.
We also recommend shippers to destinations worldwide.

“We visited Alan Halliday's studios and Gallery near the Loire Valley. He paints in two studios, one for oils on canvas and the other for works on paper. It was fascinating for us to see him at work as we have a substantial collection of Alan's paintings. The galleries, which are converted barns, presented the finished works professionally and beautifully. The lighting was superb. The visit was a pleasure and a wonderful experience”. ~ Rupert Sword OBE, Buenos Aires and London.

“We have become regular visitors. Whatever the season, whether there is an abundance of flowers in the garden or not, there are Alan’s paintings, vibrant, colourful, always interesting and distinctive. His work must be seen in real life to get the full impact. ~ Sir Rob Young GCMG, and Lady Cathérine Young.

“We've visited the Studio at Les Pailles several times now. As long time collectors of Alan Halliday's work, it is fascinating to see the place where so much of it is created, and see examples of different phases and styles next to one another. The beauty of the surroundings is immanent in the exuberant colours and juxtapositions of the paintings on display. The romance of the surrounding countryside is a clear inspiration for the dreamy, evocative landscapes which are a significant part of Alan's work, and local eccentricity perhaps encourages the mischievous wit that brings such comic energy to his studies of clowns and actors, animals and birds. It is a wonderful place to visit." ~ Francis Matthews and Jon Plowman OBE.

“I’ve been collecting Hallidays for more than two decades and at long last had the chance to see him in action by making a detour on a trip to France. It was worth it. His residence and gallery are, like him, understated, show great taste and beautifully lit. One of his studios is as one would expect – messy, paint-ridden and explosive. The other is calm and surprisingly neat. The gallery is a delight and the paintings tempting. I shall return to see what’s new and recommend any followers of Halliday to do the same. " Rupert Radcliffe-Genge, 'The Inside Page'

"Because of my involvement with Opera at the Royal Opera House and internationally, I was attracted to Alan Halliday's faithful paintings of Royal Opera productions which he drew in General Rehearsals at Covent Garden in the 1990s, and I have formed a representative collection of them. I was also interested to hear that Halliday's first mentor was John Piper whose paintings and prints I also collect. Uniquely, this artist captures the essence of an opera performance; and long after the Curtain comes down, the painted image remains."

Harry Hyman, Founder of 'The International Opera Awards', CEO of Nexus Tradeco.

'Late Summer Flowers', gouache, 80cm x 120cm, (2014)

In the Sunday Times 'Money Supplement' Back Page Interview with award winning chef Alexis Gauthier said,
"I’m building a collection of paintings by a British artist called Alan Halliday. He’s well established but hasn’t yet reached the point where you can’t afford him."

Visitors have the opportunity of meeting the artist, seeing the two working studios and the extensive archive of works on paper.

“The studio is a delightful place to visit, about one hour from Tours in the Loire.  It provides a beautiful and relaxing environment in which to view the full range of Alan's work.  As a prolific artist, he creates paintings covering a wide variety of subjects so there is something here for everyone.  A visit is an absolute treat and I would thoroughly recommend it" ~ Carys Blackburn, London

“The studio is a beautiful Tourangelle farmhouse set amidst rolling fields of farmland and not far from the elegant, historic town of Richelieu. We saw the studios and then the superb gallery. It is a great gallery with wonderful light and plenty of space to display a selection of Alan Halliday's work.  There are also many more paintings throughout the house which one can view. And then, when one has been thoroughly tempted by the joyful paintings, a lovely iced drink in the courtyard with cats sleeping in the sun and butterflies hovering around the garden, there is a chance to talk to the artist. If you get the chance to go there, don't hesitate!" ~ Patricia Heath, London

“Travelling to a delightful area of rural France may seem an eccentric way to meet Alan Halliday and enjoy his paintings, but it's a journey well worth making. The journey itself is not difficult in these days of fast trains: by Eurostar and TGV to Poitiers, where Alan and Stephen met us, then a drive through rolling fields and French villages where time is standing still, brought us to the sprawling farm buildings which are Chez Halliday. Alan has a lovely, almost formal, gallery for viewing selected paintings, especially an asset when looking at some of his bigger pieces, but for us surrounded by so much of his work, it becomes clear that falling in love with an image is not just a holiday romance. You'll want to bring that image - or those images - home, to live with you. Perhaps there is no better way to choose art." ~ Jeremy Rowe .

Visiting the Area

Chateau de Ménars, the chateau of Madame de Pompadour, gouache on board, 80cm x 120cm.

Nearby and throughout Touraine and Poitou-Charente, there are many beautiful, uncrowded and often unknown places to visit: superb gardens, period museums, eleventh century churches, the zoo at Doué la Fontaine, and the historic cities of Tours and Poitiers with their airport links to the UK and elsewhere. There are important though little-known historical sites such as the Abbey of Fontevraud which contains the tombs of Henry II, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine and their son, Richard the Lionheart. The fortress at Chinon and the royal town of Loches offer outstanding examples of medieval architecture with views from battlements that Joan of Arc would still recognise. And the village of Montrésor is considered to be the most attractive in Touraine.

The area of Poitou-Charente has long been associated with artists and writers. Balzac lived and wrote at Saché where Alexander Calder, the great American artist and inventor of mobile sculptures, also lived and kept his studio. He bequeathed one of his larger mobiles to the medieval village of Saché to be placed in the town square.

In exile, Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life at le Clos Lucé near Amboise at the invitation of Francis I in whose arms he is reputed to have died with the 'Mona Lisa' (which he had brought with him from Italy) looking on. The Renaissance poet Pierre de Ronsard lived and wrote his famous love-sonnets at Cosme not far from Rabelais at Chinon. Then in the nineteenth century, at the Chateau de l'Islette (still privately owned but open to the public during the summer months), Rodin and his mistress Camille Claudel snatched weekends away from Paris to enjoy the romantic grounds and waterways of L’Islette. The composer Francois Poulenc grew up in Tours where an auditorium is dedicated to him. Then, only an hour’s drive away from Camburn Fine Art at Les Pailles, there are the monumental chateaux and gardens of Azay-le-Rideau, Ussé and Villandry and other great chateaux of the Loire Valley.

Alan Halliday’s studio at Les Pailles was part of the domain of Cardinal Richelieu, the most powerful man in France during the reign of Louis XIII. The Cardinal grew up in the beautiful (though now partly-ruined) Chateau de Coussay a few miles away. Later in his career, the Cardinal built the magnificent chateau and town of Richelieu in his name. Filled with Classical and Renaissance statuary including the two 'Slaves' by Michelangelo and masterpieces by Poussin, the chateau of Richelieu was demolished in the early nineteenth century as the family fortunes declined. But the Great Park of Richelieu remains, including the moat and the island on which the chateau once stood. Also some smaller buildings including a singularly well constructed wine cellar, an ice-house, a pavilion and the original Triumphal Gate.

Also nearby is the moated seventeenth century town of Richelieu which was built to a symmetrical plan by Mercier, one of the architects of the Louvre. This little-known citadel is one of the architectural jewels of France, located just ten minutes from the Alan Halliday studios and the Camburn Fine Art galleries at Les Pailles.

If you are unable to visit the galleries in France please ask for free tickets and invitations to our events and exhibitions in London.

Please contact us for details of our London exhibitions.