The Abbey Arts Centre

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The Abbey Arts Centre is located at 89 Park Road, New Barnet, Hertfordshire EN4 9QX, England.

It was originally owned by William Ohly, an art dealer who ran the Berkeley Galleries in Davies Street, London.

The Abbey attracted many expatriate Australian artists to its doors during the post war years 1947 - 1951. It became an early base of operations for artists, trying to gain a foothold in London's contemporary art industry.

Australian artists who stayed at the Abbey Art Center included: Noel Counihan, Leonard French, James Gleeson, Peter Graham, Douglas Green, Stacha Halpern, Grahame King, Robert Klippel and Bernard William Smith.


Smith, Bernard, Noel Counihan. Artist and Revolutionary, Oxford University Press Australia 1993 ISBN 0-19-553587-1

Smith, Bernard, A Pavane for another Time, Macmillan, 2002, ISBN 1-876832-66-5

Heathcote, Christopher, A quiet Revolution. The Rise of Australian Art 1946-1968, Melbourne: The Text Publishing Company, 1995, ISBN 1-875847-10-3

Coordinates: 51°39′03″N 0°09′40″W / 51.6508°N 0.1611°W / 51.6508; -0.1611