Spaces available to hire (please call 01795 535515 for prices & bookings. Detailed Floor Plans are available for each area):
- Upper Gallery (Ground Level off Abbey Street): 90.5 sq m (974 sq ft)
- Project / Teaching Space (Basement Level off Belvedere Road): 32.1 sq m (346 sq ft)
- Print Studio (Basement Level): 29 sq m (312 sq ft)
- Lower Gallery (Basement Level): 112.4 sq m (1209 sq ft) + Tunnel 72.4 sq m (779 sq ft)
Our premises is built into a slope which can be confusing, as our hireable exhibition, project, teaching and event facilities are arranged on two “Ground Floors”. The Basement Level is the lowest floor (aka ‘Zone G’ or Lower Ground Floor) accessed either directly from Belvedere Road at the back, or via the Main Entrance on Abbey street and front stairs. The Ground Level is the middle floor (aka ‘Zone 1’ or Ground Floor) accessed from Abbey Street at the front, and the Top Level (aka ‘Zone 2′ or 1st/Top Floor) is reserved for the private artists’ studios above. Our conversion works are ongoing as the project evolves.
Ground Level Space:
The Upper Gallery, accessed by the Main Entrance Lobby on Abbey Street, is our primary meeting and display space and the first major one any visitor will encounter: it merges with our award-winning Gallery Kitchen Cafe and Artisan Shop in one large and welcoming open plan area.
Basement Level Spaces:
The Lower Gallery is accessed via the Front Staircase when exhibitions are running (turn left through double doors in the Front Lobby): this quiet, dedicated gallery space accommodates exhibitions requiring the higher ceiling and a cool, reflective atmosphere, in contrast to the busy, multi-functional Upper Gallery. The adjoining Tunnel Areas offer a unique environment at a modest extra cost.
The Printmaking Studio (ZG 09) and flexible Project/Teaching Space (ZG 05) are mainly available for teaching activities, and to date this has included painting, drawing, mask-making & cartoons for kids, craft workshops, creative upholstery, ceramics, linocut printing, flower arranging, and experimental sculpture.
Please Note: the Performance Space (which has hosted many exhibitions, Visual Arts classes and various evening events over the years) has now been converted into more artist/maker workshop studios: ‘PS Studios 10 & 11’ are nearly complete (as of 30/10/19) and multi-use area ‘PS Studio 12’ is in the pipeline.