Artspace26a is the exciting new studio/gallery created by artists from Mill Yard Studios at
The Factory. Designed as a multipurpose space, 800 square feet with huge clear walls, it’s
an excellent venue for displaying contemporary visual art, as well as for creating new
work, for workshops and other events.
Mill Yard Studios has an enviable record for encouraging emerging and established
artists; for showing work of excellence; for insistence on high artistic integrity; and for delivering high quality projects and commissioned work effectively, on time, on budget and
beyond expectations. The studios were established in Staveley about 12 years ago by
David Penn and Pam Williamson. Since then, we have shown the work of over 40 artists,
local and national, and have worked collaboratively with many of them. We’ve recently
been joined at The Factory by Imogen Bone.
- We mount regular solo and/or group exhibitions of contemporary (mostly new) painting, print, mixed media, photography, ceramics and ‘art quality’ crafts with an emphasis on national rather than local exhibitors. Initially these will be selling exhibitions, but with an option for other shows subject to funding.
- We offer ‘Hot Easel’ opportunities with or without mentoring.
- We run professional workshops, including guided life drawing; masterclasses (some- times related to exhibitions) We are currently developing our programme for 2015-16 and details will be posted on a new website (coming shortly). Meanwhile we welcome enquiries from artists and others who might wish to be included in the programme; and from individuals who interested in hiring the space for events.
Visitors are welcome and there will usually be a display of some of our work on the walls, with prints and cards for sale. During exhibitions there are regular advertised opening hours. We also join with other Factory artists and makers to run open days. At other times we welcome people who just drop in, but because we’re not available all of the time it’s wise to phone in advance.