Florence Arts Centre is a creative and performance space based on the site of the last working Iron Ore Mine in Europe Florence Mine, a short walk from the historic market town of Egremont in West Cumbria.
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 paintmakers’ studio is where Florence Paintmakers create artists’ materials by hand using the hematite from the iron ore mine.
Check out the calender page for latest news of Exhibitions Workshops and Live events.
We are open:
Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday to Sunday: 11am to 4pm
Florence Arts Centre has one full-time member of staff supported by 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).