Florence Arts Centre
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Florence Paintmakers is a small co-operative, based here at Florence Arts Centre, they produce hand-made artists’ materials with the haematite from Florence Mine. The now-disused mine was renowned for the quality of its iron ore and was the last working deep mine in Western Europe when it closed in 2008.


The artists: Jill Davis, Margie Foots, Jenni Payne Sue Jackson and Liz Redmayne have experimented with various formulae to create a niche range of high-pigment art materials. They are embracing traditional paint-making methods and locally-sourced natural materials at a time when artisan products are increasingly valued.


The current range includes Egremont Red watercolour and oil paint, pastels, watercolour pencils and artists’ dry pigment. They are available to purchase from the Arts Centre here at Egremont and various outlets in Cumbria including Rheged. The products are now also stocked at The Whitworth Gallery in Manchester.  Egremont Red has been laboratory-tested and is completely light-fast. Egremont Red drawing ink is now available.


If you would like to help out with the production of the Paintmakers products volunteers are always welcome call 01946824946 or email florence@florenceartscentre.com for details.




Watercolour paint tin  £5.00

Watercolour paint box £5.00

Watercolour pencil £1.50

Oil Paint £10.00

Small tin Pastels £8.00

Large tin Pastels £12.00

Mixed media set £12.00

Artists pigment 75g £6.00

Artists pigment 150g £10.00

Artists pigment 300g £18.00

Artists pigment 500g £25.00

Drawing ink 30ml £4.00

Sketchbook (300gsm cartridge) £10.00

Ingres paper Pastels pad £20.00

Sketchbook, watebrush and watercolour pencil pack £16.00


To find out more, or place an order 

Email florence@florenceartscentre.com or phone 01946824946


Many artists, in varied media, have used the Paintmakers’ materials or the raw pigment in their works – you can see a selection in the online gallery below.

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Florence Mine, Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2NR
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