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)
- 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 exhibition space, and the first major area any visitor will encounter: it merges with our award-winning Gallery Kitchen Cafe and Artisan Shop in one large and welcoming open plan area. Historically, being our first completed publicly-accessible area, this gallery space has hosted the broadest selection of art exhibitions, events, classes and presentations, although currently availability for such activities is extremely limited. #SocialDistancing regulations continue to prohibit significant gatherings, in addition to our previous limits of hosting outside the Gallery Kitchen Cafe hours (ie 8.30am – 10am and 4.30pm – 10pm).
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. Since reopening after #Lockdown this space has been given a broader function, providing socially-distanced teaching capacity in between exhibition or presentation bookings, plus the adjoining Tunnel Areas offer a unique environment at a modest extra cost.
The Printmaking Studio (ZG 09) and now multi-function Lower Gallery are the main areas available for teaching activities (post-Covid-19). Prior to lockdown we also offered hire of a Project / Teaching Space (in ZG 05) for these activities, with the Performance Space available for larger presentations, drama workshops and life drawing sessions etc. To date the range of classes has included painting, drawing, mask-making & cartoons for kids, craft workshops, creative upholstery, ceramics, digital photo manipulation, linocut printing, flower arranging, and experimental sculpture. This range can be seen via our Creek Creative Archive Retrospective Show on YouTube.
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’ were completed by December 2019 and ‘PS Studio 12’ by March 2020. In addition, by September 2020 we had also partitioned off the former Project / Teaching Space (ZG 05) into a private studio with adjacent kitchen area.