This autumn ‘The Artists’ Gallery’, a cooperatively run gallery space in Bromfield, Ludlow, will open its doors to a wide range of local artists and creative practitioners in a three-week showcase running from 31 October – 22 November.
As with many small businesses, creative arts practitioners have been hit hard by the effects of Covid-19 and the knock-on effect that has had on the economy. Some artists have suffered the crippling loss of a year’s worth of events. Where temporary exhibitions, showcases and fairs are their only retail outlet, many creative practitioners find themselves without a ‘shopfront’ for their work.
Historically the eight permanent members of ‘The Artists’ Gallery’ have supported other creative businesses by offering weekend ‘pop-up ‘events in their large warehouse space adjacent to the main gallery. These ‘Open Art Days’ have worked well to provide a single affordable venue for a wide range of artisans to showcase their work. Facilitating them in presenting it to the public in a ‘meet-the-maker’ setting.
The cooperative group now seek to offer a longer-term exhibiting solution in a specially curated event spanning the three busiest shopping weeks of the year from 31 October – 22 November. Twenty-one artists and creatives will be on show at the gallery.
As the focus is on supporting local makers, the event is not for profit.
Businesses have needed to think laterally with the unexpected effects of the virus and the safety of both artists and visitors to the event remain paramount.
The gallery will adhere to its normal stringent cleaning policies. Visitor numbers will be capped. There is a rolling rota of the visiting artists available at the gallery to minimise the number of people at the event and a one-way system will also be in place.
The eight members of the gallery hope the event will not only provide a foothold for other businesses that have lost income streams due to the virus, but also help to kickstart customer spending in the creative arts sector in the area. Please do join us at the event. To book your space or to learn more visit here.
View some of the artists and work featured during the event below.