CLOSE is a rural contemporary art gallery set in the grounds of Close House, Hatch Beauchamp, South Somerset. Founded by curator and art advisor Freeny Yianni RSA who has worked in the international art world for over 30 years developing opportunities for artists and running a visual arts and design practice. Programmed exhibitions as well as our ever growing permanent collection are available to view.


CLOSE Ltd curates, (clc) presents exhibitions off campus. We collaborate with organisations and institutions to create outstanding projects that matter.


With over thirty years experience in art and commerce, CLOSE collaborate with the world's leading artists, collectors, foundations, galleries, museums, patrons and sponsors of art and culture.

  • Freeny Yianni, Creative Director of Close Ltd
    Freeny Yianni, Creative Director of Close Ltd. Photograph by Neil Cunningham.

    Who We Are



    Freeny Yianni is a curator and owner of CLOSE Gallery. CLOSE represents artists, runs exhibitions, residencies and education programs. Yianni's home gallery and studios are set in Somerset, her gallery has been established since 2009. She is a Greek Cypriot and has lived most of her life in the UK.


    Yianni is an important figure within the history of contemporary art of the 1990's to the present day. She has been responsible for nurturing artists careers from the onset and seeing them flourish in the cultural arena. Yianni's ethos for her gallery concentrates on a contemporary art program in a unique way, developing artists legacy's through astute direction, and a bespoke approach, whilst engaging art programs in collaboration with inspiring partnerships with museums, galleries and cultural institutions. Yianni sees art as a vehicle to transformation.  


    The rostra of artists include the representation of:

    The Estate of Jane Harris  

    The Estate of Grenville Davey

    Both are testament to Yianni's devotion to her work, and reflect relationships built that span 30 years. Other artists she represents comprise; Trish Morrissey, Simon Hitchens, Anna Mossman, Carali McCall, Katherine Perrins, Magnus Hammick, Stewart Geddes & Toni Davey.


    Yianni has worked with many other associated artists who have made projects at CLOSE, she keeps her artist list lean and maintains the continuity of creative practice and relationships concentrated and relevant. 

  • The gallery is called CLOSE, which shares the same name as the 17th century house, and forms part of the estate Yianni owns with husband Magnus Hammick. Yianni aims to build artist careers and set them free.  She hopes that CLOSE will be the same and will outlive her and not carry her namesake, unlike many galleries. "We have been told so many times that CLOSE offers a warm welcome to artists and visitors, this is a great achievement for me". (Freeny Yianni).


    Formerly a major part of the Lisson Gallery, Yianni challenged art genres in digital art, video and performance based work. She worked with the great sculptors McCracken, Kapoor and Deacon as well as mentoring many of the Frieze generation and Young British Artists within the London and New York art scene. Yianni is a storyteller and has a multitude of fascinating stories of artist studio visits and the special relationships she formed with artists, gallerists and writers. When the time came to leave Lisson Gallery, her loyalty to the gallery meant she initially chose to pursue her love of public art and architecture, launching in 2000 with husband Magnus Hammick, a design company BLU (Beautiful Lines Unexplained). During this time Yianni developed work within Art and Architecture realising projects that took the company into a new realm of design underpinned with a conceptual discipline including prestigious projects such as the Monte Verdi Building, London and The Fontana Project at the Hayward Gallery to name a few. 


    After the birth of her two sons Yianni returned to her roots and established CLOSE Gallery, fulfilling her passion for  working directly with artists and curating shows. Her home and gallery estate is a thriving hub of creativity which nurtures artists in residence, exhibition and education programs. CLOSE has grown into a discerning art centre which centres on sensitivity and excellence, something Yianni is very proud of. Her knowledge of contemporary art history sets the tone for exciting external projects and events that are underpinned with a first hand experience of contemporary art. Yianni is altruistic and develops her projects with a keen sense that her work is covering rare territory. 


    Freeny Yianni volunteers as Co Chair of charity SAW (Somerset Arts Works) a National Portfolio Organisation that serves to develop artists opportunities and inspire communities through their outstanding art engagement. They are funded by Arts Council England. She lives between London and Somerset. 


    • Born in London.

    • Brought up in Cyprus until 1974 when the Turkish Invasion of the Island brought her and her family back to the UK. Her father died in a tragic accident in 1973 her mother, a couturist brought Yianni up in 70's London with her three older siblings, two sisters and a brother.

    • She studied BA Honours Fine Art at Winchester School, Hampshire and her tutors included Cornelia Parker, Clyde Hopkins and Vanessa Jackson.

    • She then went on to study for a Masters Degree in Interdisciplinary Art and Architecture at The Kent Institute under Andrew Brighton. 

    • Between 1990 and 1999 Yianni went onto work at Lisson Gallery and then set up her design company in 1999 called Beautiful Lines Unexplained. Here she designed for prestigious projects like the Monte Verdi Building, The Fontana Project at the Hayward Gallery as well as personal appointments with The Beckhams family and Madonna. 

    • 2001 saw the birth of her first son Yanis Hammick who is now a contributor to her gallery and a part 1 architect in his own right. And 2006 saw the arrival of Cassius Hammick, a young musician and songwriter. 

    • In 2007 Yianni bought CLOSE Estate and in 2009 she established her art gallery. "We used to have exhibitions in the house itself and I was very much dipping my toes back into the art world. My first show was a photography show called 'Cuba Italy China' by Barry Cawston" By 2018 the courtyard was developed into CLOSE Gallery, much revered for its simple rural aesthetic, which launched its first show in 2019. Yianni lives and works from the estate and travels regularly to see her artists as CLOSE develops situations for them on an international scale. 



    Sarah Watney, Head of Communications and Exhibitions, plays an essential role for Close Ltd bringing our work alive on screen to enable the character of our projects to transcend to our audiences, helping to reduce our carbon footprint and yet remain relevant on an international platform. She is sensitive to the artists we work with and integral to developing our activities. Contact


    Katherine Perrins leads our marketing and sales here at Close. Contact Katherine directly at


    Contributors include;

    Yanis Hammick

    Tim Bowery                     

    Andrew Brown       

  • Anna Mossman with her works on paper at Close Ltd gallery
    Anna Mossman solo show, Shifts | Shivers | Overlays, 2021

    Art Consultancy

    CLOSE is an art consultancy which works with artists, businesses and individuals, creating outstanding curatorial work for exhibitions, while underpinning cultural strategies, developments and programming.
    CLOSE believes that creativity has a positive and lasting effect on our lives. Contact us to discuss your ideas or develop a way forward.
  • Close Ltd gallery
    Line Field Interalia exhibition, 2020

    Contemporary Art Space

    Close House is a private showing space which houses an eclectic collection of art, and hosts art exhibitions and inspiring events. Contact us to learn more.
  • Oil painting by Jane Harris
    Jane Harris, Out of Bounds, 2018



    Prada Foundation, Isaac Newton Foundations, Dakis Ioannou Foundations



    Tavistock Hospital, Camberwell School of Art, Chelsea Space, Goldsmiths College, Winchester School of Art, Horrible Histories



    The Secret of Change, Hayward Gallery, The Brewhouse Theatre, Playing for Change


    galleries and museums

    Lisson Gallery London, Newport Street Gallery, David Zwirner Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, Somerset Rural Life Museum, Taunton Brewhouse, Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine La MÉCA


    artists projects

    Anish Kapoor, Richard Deacon, Damien Hirst, Tony Oursler, Richard Wentworth, Jason Martin, Peter Davis, Diana Thater, Tracey Emin, Douglas Gordon, Simon Patterson, Liam Gillick, Sam Taylor Johnson, Christian Boltanski, Cindy Sherman, Dan Graham, Helen Barff, Simon Hitchens


    Playing for Change, TAH , Mind-Up, Somerset Art Works


    Royal Society of Arts, Design Awards - 1999, Innovative design



    ​FARM Group, Conran, Kelly Hoppen, Claudio Silvestrin, British Ceramic Tiles, Porcelanosa, Farrow & Ball, Smeg, Glaverbel, Pilkingtons, AGC



    Conran Associates, RIBA

    music media

    AEG live, MTV, BBC, IMG, Mahogany Sessions, Ibiza Rocks, Pasha, Amnesia