Our exhibition spaces extend beyond the boundaries of the Gallery into the corridors and rooms of the old mineworkers’ buildings at Florence Mine. We have an ever-changing display of work by local and visiting artists which is free to enjoy during opening hours. Almost all of the artworks on display can be purchased and taken away immediately, so come down and see what we have on show or find a unique gift for yourself, or someone special. We also have a small selection of greeting cards for all occasions featuring work by some of our local artists. If you are interested in showing your work at Florence Arts Centre please get in touch.
Currently showing: a selection of pieces related to the mining industry, including machinery schematics and artwork by Tim Pugh.
The Long Gallery
Our Long Gallery is a flexible multi-sectioned space where you will find a range of artworks by local and visiting artists alongside the Florence Paintmakers.
A selection of images from husband-and-wife team Mary and Martin Cann, who have put together an exhibition of their favourite wildlife images combining photos taken from a month long photo safari in South Africa’s Kruger National Park with those taken in some of the UK’s wildest places – includes elephants, leopards, hippos, puffins and birds of prey.
Now showing: Florence Art Group
A permanent and ever-changing exhibition of work by members of the Florence Art Group. The group meets at Florence every Thursday evening between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along, bring your latest project or start a new one. There is a £5 per person fee (first two sessions are just £2.50). The group also hosts regular one-off workshop with guest artists; recent sessions have included digital comic book art, sketching figures and watercolours.
Now showing: Paintmakers’ Gallery
A collection of works by members of Florence Paintmakers and visiting artists inspired by our surroundings. In their studio on site they make handmade artists’ materials using the raw iron ore pigment direct from our mine and other local natural pigments. The works include watercolours, pastels, oil paintings and sketches and most of the work is for sale, as are the materials themselves, including pots of raw Egremont Red pigment.
The Miners’ Bouquet project is an ongoing collaboration between artists Lillian Wilkie and Jenni Payne from the Florence Arts Centre. The project has evolved out of the Doremifasolasido residency programme that took place at Florence Arts Centre in August 2016, during which sixteen artists from all over the UK spent a week at the mine exploring the site’s unique heritage and forging links between urban and rural practices. During the residency Lillian Wilkie created the first memorial flower arrangements for mines killed at work, using flowers and plants found growing wild on the site.
The bouquets are now maintained by Jenni Payne, replacing cutting as they wilt so that the arrangement is constantly evolving, taking on a new appearance and reflecting the seasonal changes of the site. In this way the arrangements reflect the passing of time, the mutability of memory and the persistence of loss. The regular reports sent between Florence Arts Centre and Lillian, who is London based, have also allowed for an ongoing dialogue and rapport to be sustained beyond the residency period.