ABOUT THE GALLERY
Established in 2003 by James Stewart and John Zimmer, the Zimmer Stewart Gallery shows emerging and established contemporary artists through a programme of 6-8 exhibitions each year.
James Stewart (see photograph by Jonathan Wilson) selects artists and curates each exhibition.
We want visitors to feel free to come in a see the work on show, talk about it frankly and let us have their honest opinion. We are here to promote artists, support collectors and showcase art in many forms.
ABOUT JAMES STEWART
James Stewart is an accountant who changed career in 2003 having moved to Arundel a few years earlier. The town's rich cultural and historic heritage was the perfect place to set up a new contemporary art gallery, with many resident artists, the annual Arts Festival & Gallery Trail and proximity to London and the South East.
His career in accounting included six years working as finance director, later managing director, of a top London interior and graphic design consultancy (1986-92). This introduced him to many creative people and started a lifelong interest in the arts.
In 1992, having just completed an MBA, he set up his own accounting business supporting small creative businesses with their internal accounting. At this time he also helped Bryan Montgomery set up The Montgomery Sculpture Trust, for which he was Treasurer/Trustee until 2012, when the Trust closed.
From 2004-7 James Stewart organised the Arundel Gallery Trail, and was also for short period a director of Arundel Festival.
James was a Town Councillor in Arundel from 2007-19, and Mayor for two years (2015-17). He also chaired the town's Neighbourhood Plan in 2014, and also the Reviewed Plan in 2019.
In 2009 James Stewart was a judge on the panel for the National Open Art Competition (Chichester) alongside Gavin Turk and Catherine Lampert (director of the Whitechapel Gallery) and in 2010 he was a judge for West Sussex Artist of the year with Gary Shipton, editor in chief of Sussex Newspapers.
In 2018 James Stewart was a Judge for the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition.
Also in 2018 James co-founded of Akin, Arundel's Creative Collective.