Florence Arts Centre is a creative and performance space based at the disused Florence Mine, in Egremont, a historic market town in West Cumbria.


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Housed in the old mineworkers’ buildings the Arts Centre incorporates many spaces, from a small café, a Gallery, workshops and an 80-seat auditorium with full professional lighting and sound equipment. The schedule of events marries visual and performing arts across a broad spectrum, attracting local, national and international artists. Please note that the mine and accompanying heritage centre closed in 2007.


Throughout the year at the arts centre we present an eclectic mix of exhibitions, live music, film screenings, talks and Q&As, comedy and theatre performances and private events. There is also a paintmakers’ studio where Florence Paintmakers create artists’ materials by hand using the left over hematite from our iron ore mine.


Please note that Florence Mine and Florence Mine Heritage Centre closed in 2008 and the site is now privately owned. There is no public access to the mine or to the mine buildings. 


We are open:
Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday to Sunday: 11am to 4pm
If there is an evening event we re-open at 7pm
Bank Holiday opening times vary, please check for details on 01946 824946 or 
email us.

Our manifesto

  • Florence Arts Centre is a flexible resource where people can do and make; a studio, gallery, and a meeting place.
  • Creativity in all its forms will be celebrated. From music – intimate concerts and gigs in the auditorium, rehearsal and recording facilities, to model making; video and film-making to traditional arts and crafts. Workshops will develop skills of participants in a range of creative activities: pigment and paint making, framing, ‘up- cycling’, drawing in the skills of experts in the area and beyond.
  • Artists will work in collaboration with Florence Arts Centre and our partners to create an always-evolving exhibition, open to the public on a weekly basis.
  • A programme of artists in residence will develop projects throughout communities in West Cumbria, using the resources in the centre and the local area.
  • A regular programme of film screenings to complement other activities will be scheduled, including a series of free films to offer a communal cinema experience for those in the area.
  • Provision for events at Florence Arts Centre will be sourced form local suppliers wherever possible, including homemade baking for the café or supplies from Cumbrian businesses.
  • We will always look for opportunities to develop income streams to sustain the operation of the centre, where these complement the core work, be that printing, framing, or products utilising the fruits of our community orchard.
  • Florence Arts Centre is a new take on the mechanics' institute, a place where people develop their creative skills, making and doing and finding new ways to do things, sometimes building on the past, always looking to the future.

Florence Arts Centre has one full-time and one part-time member of staff who support our dedicated team of volunteers, without whom we would not be able to operate. Volunteers are integral to Florence’s vision of an arts centre which is run by and for the local community, bringing art, film and live events to this rural location. Volunteers can gain a wealth of experience in all areas, from the paintmaking process and technical assistance for live events to ticketing, front-of-house, café and bar. We are always encouraging new volunteers so visit out Volunteering page to find out more about how you can get involved.


Florence Arts is managed by a voluntary Board who oversee the governance, artistic and strategic direction of the organisation.

Arts Council video introducing Florence Arts Centre in 2011 made by Forest Lane Films. Contributors include: Simon Walker (FAC), Elaine Woodburn (Copeland Borough Council), Pip Seymour (artist), Alistair Hudson (Grizedale Arts), David Gaffney (Arts Council), Matt Do (artist).

Live music at FAC is supported by RnR Magazine - buy your copy here each month!

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Florence Arts Centre
Florence Mine, Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2NR
florence@florenceartscentre.com | 01946 824946

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