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.

 

Calendar

 

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.

 

Paintmakers Products

 

Check out the calender page for latest news of Exhibitions Workshops and Live events. 

 

How to get here

 

We are open:
Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday to Sunday: 11am to 4pm
 

 

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 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).

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

Find us on:

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

All content © Florence Arts Centre 2017