One Two Five Gallery origins
The creative partnership between Carole Waller and Gary Wood began over twenty years ago at their home in Bathford. Having just bought a house with two outbuildings in the back garden perfectly suited for conversion into studios, they then converted the main house, including provision for a gallery in which they could display Carole’s sumptuous clothing and art pieces alongside Gary’s ceramics. They already had a growing mailing list of clients and at this point began promoting a series of regular exhibitions at the house, which was called One Two Five. The name of the house came about because the main train line to London Paddington runs parallel to Box Road and having struggled to come up with a house name, they were inspired one day when a high speed 125 train flew past, immediately solving the problem of finding a name.
Three exhibitions a year in spring, summer and over Christmas soon became popular events, attended by an enthusiastic audience and the reputation of One Two Five as a great venue in which to see and purchase unique works of art, developed a strong following. In addition to showing and selling their own work, they also included work by other artists in their exhibitions and in the summer would show outdoor sculpture in the garden as well as other works in the main gallery indoors. Work by various contemporary jewellers became a popular, regular feature and was very sympathetic with Carole Waller painted clothing.
One Two Five Gallery on Box Road continued for the next 16 years. Many happy days.
One Two Five to Waller & Wood
After a brief experimental endeavour to take on a public retail outlet selling their work at The Shed on Box Road proved successful, they decided to seek a similar outlet in central Bath and in 2015 found the perfect premises at 4 Abbey Green. One Two Five Gallery now had an ideal opportunity to reach a wider public and the client base began to grow even stronger. Gary and Carole love meeting people and sharing the essence of what they do. Now in its second year, One Two Five continues to grow.
Because the title of the gallery historically linked to the name of their house in Bathford, Carole and Gary made a radical decision this year to re-brand and re-title their business WALLER & WOOD. Everyone out there in and around Bath who are already familiar with One Two Five Gallery will soon notice the new signage of WALLER & WOOD (written for Carole and Gary in 2017)
Waller & Wood in 2021 :
This short addendum fast forwards us to July 2021. We were sad to close Waller & Wood in Abbey Green in the Summer of 2020 due to the loss of footfall in our towns and cities caused by the pandemic of Covid19. We have returned to One Two Five on Box Road and have completely remodelled the gallery here. You will find us working in the studios behind the house, battling with the nettles in our garden, teaching fabric painting and printing, and working on our new online presence.
We look forward to greeting you here by appointment anytime to visit the studios, see new work, discuss commissions, or just for a catch up and a cup of tea!
Carole Waller and Gary Wood.