2017 was fantastic, the new branch opened in Teignmouth in February, #sixtyone opened in Chester in July and shortly afterwards the maker space and new studios at areafiftyone.
We have won awards for our shop windows, hosted over 50 exhibitions across our 3 locations and helped keep thousands of pounds in the British economy by supporting local Artists.
Both branches have had visits from the local Mayors and have the support of our respective county councils. Two of our Attic Artists scooped top awards in the Cheshire Open Studios Exhibition and both branches enjoyed their Open Studios events.
We have gained a strong reputation for showing under-represented artistic disciplines and many people now travel to see our exhibitions and shop especially for our ceramics, textiles and urban Art as well as our fine Art.
Our Under the Sea textile and mixed media Art exhibition from the Project Sundays group was so popular most of it sold in the first weekend! The Teignmouth branch suffered from the stormy weather but failed to be swept out to sea. Check out our exciting news here: Something Exciting is Happening at Funky Aardvark Painting Gallery.
Nothing holds back the Aardvarks though and it was reopened within a week and now sports a lovely new carpet!
2018 promises to be just as busy with lots of new courses and master classes, a full exhibition schedule, new developments in the maker space, fundraising to complete, new opening hours of 10am – 5pm every day, studio challenges, open exhibitions and later in the year crafty holidays!
With so many exciting things going on every week it can be hard to keep up. Why not sign up for our newsletter via email and do not forget to like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter to see what the Aardvarks are up to now
The fundraising goes on with the chance to be involved in a HUGE mass participatory Artwork at Aardvark HQ in Chester. Click the picture for more details.
The areafiftyone maker space just keeps on getting bigger and better in Chester and with memberships available soon you will be very busy making – now where to start??!
Our Teignmouth branch is heading for it’s first birthday so watch this space for party details. Why not visit and see how far it has come in just a year.
In house attic studios are available in both branches so why not make this the year where you take the plunge and start you creative business full time.