Atelier & Commissions



Discover Norfolk's Utopia: an atmospheric gallery that transports clients into an inspirational world that exudes a faded grandeur. The Unexpected Gallery is a unique concept gallery for fine art and antiques.

The walls are adorned with fine art including: intriguing contemporary black and white studies of Norfolk’s wild landscapes and fauna plus original oil and encaustic paintings.

Utopia works to commission with private, corporate and retail clients, dynamically blending art, inventive design and expert craftsmanship.

Utopia offers something different, something unexpected… 

Utopia was born out of the aim to offer clients something different, something less expected, that was a leap away from the usual high street offering. The collective creativity of Jac Scott and Michael Slaney forms the backbone of Utopia’s vision.

Utopia's two key architects regard the atelier both as a laboratory for experimentation of new ideas and a giant cabinet of curiosities for their designs and creations. The atelier is spread over several sites and includes: a gallery on the high street in the pretty Georgian town of Holt, Norfolk, for  consultation with commissioning clients and retailing directly to the public, plus a workshop, studio, office and storeroom in a nearby village.


The Artisans

Creative Director and Founder of Utopia: The Unexpected Gallery: Jac Scott

Jac Scott MRBS is a multi-award winning visual artist, a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors with an international exhibition portfolio. Scott is an innate researcher and lateral thinker enabling her creative world to be without boundaries.







Environmental Philosophy

Utopia’s environmental policy underpins its design practice, hence the processes and materials used possess as green credentials as possible.

Utopia are advocates of reusing clean packaging, buying recycled packaging and promoting reuse - lets keep the cycle small.


Selling the Dream

Utopia: The Unexpected Gallery has a unique retail gallery in Holt, Norfolk.


Original oil and encaustic land and seascape paintings by Jac Scott are for sale plus fine art prints of her original drawings.

Curated antiques, that compliment our style, are lovingly restored or utopiaised to add interesting accents and furnishings.


Working to Commission

Utopia works to commission with private and corporate clients to create bespoke art.

Creative Director, Jac Scott, will be happy to discuss the possibilities with you.

Here is a small sample of some of the commissions

Encaustic Painting for Ms W

A prescriptive brief was rewarded with this feedback on her receiving the painting.

"I would never have been brave enough to commission a painting before I walked into the gallery but Jac made the whole process very enjoyable and managed to capture exactly what I envisaged. I love the painting and the light and movement makes it come alive."

Encaustic Painting for Mr & Mrs D

The clients wanted a dark, dynamic storm painting of a particular size, so Jac painted Rain Dance 2.

Rain Dance 2 drying in the studio before going to the framers.



Drawing Bayfield Hall


Mr & Mrs C of Bayfield Hall commissioned Jac to do a large drawing of the estate from a particular perspective. It was a surprise present for their son.

The clients were delighted with the result.


Giant Drawing of Alpacas

Owners of West Heath Barn, near Massingham, commissioned a giant picture of their alpacas for the wall of their dining room. The picture proved such a success with guests that the following year we designed a coordinating lampshade for some of the cottages.


Drawing Congham Hall

Owners of Congham Hall commissioned a drawing of the Hall for a wedding present to themselves with smaller print versions framed for guests.

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