Inspired by the wealth of talented artists and artisans living in the largely rural community of west Norfolk, West Acre Gallery has evolved in response to the need for a multifaceted space dedicated to art and creative pursuits, with grassroots, participatory work at its heart.
A FOCAL POINT FOR COMMUNITY AND ARTISTIC ACTIVITY, DRAWING FROM WEST NORFOLK'S DIVERSE POOL OF LOCAL TALENT
It is a place for community-led culture, where people can connect and reflect, inspire creativity, share ideas, network, educate, exhibit and exchange skills in an intimate setting rich with heritage.
Our eclectic programme includes monthly art exhibitions, weekly yoga classes, art clubs, women’s craft groups, children’s activities, school holiday programmes, holistic therapies and networking events.
EXHIBITIONS: CELEBRATING ART FOR ALL
West Acre Gallery welcomes both established and emerging artists working in all mediums to exhibit regardless of their training, gender, ethnicity and socio-economic status in this all-inclusive, non- discriminatory community venue.
We will be dedicated to promoting public awareness, understanding and the appreciation of visual art and making it accessible to the wider community.
Local artists as well as those outside of West Acre are invited to exhibit. We are particularly interested in discovering young emerging artists and showcasing contemporary and street art.
During exhibitions, artists’ work will be available to purchase both at the gallery and the onsite gift shop.
“I had such a good experience at West Acre Gallery, and I would definitely like to book the gallery for next year. The space, the ease of access, and the support they offered made the whole experience a pleasure, and inspired me to work hard for next year.” Garry Hobbs, exhibiting artist 2019
CLASSES + WORKSHOPS: A NEW CREATIVE SPACE
Culture can be an everyday experience, not just a special event.
Visit our new creative space, and leave inspired and invigorated, whether you’ve seen an art exhibition or taken part in a yoga class.
Our mission is to ensure that rural artists find confidence working outside of the urban elite, art buyers discover new talent at every level of their careers, tutors find an inspiring setting to teach their craft, children have multi-sensory experiences to cultivate their creativity, participants push boundaries and develop new skills, and visitors discover local heritage in our restored flint barn and 12th-century ruins on its doorstep.
We hope that visitors will leave West Acre Gallery with a sense of wellbeing, united by community, and feeling connected to their common humanity, whether they are looking at art, making art, or partaking in a class.
WITH SPECIAL THANKS
Thanks to the support of 40 backers we successfully raised £3,631 in our 2018 Crowdfunder campaign.
These funds have paid for our start up costs and equipment.
The generosity of those who donated has helped us breathe new life into this historic building.
Thank you also to West Acre Estate, the Birkbeck family, Design South East, and to everyone who backed and believed in this project.