Unit 6 Althorpe Street Althorpe Industrial Estate, Leamington Spa CV31 2AU
Althorpe Studios & Gallery consists of 9 artists’ studios and 2 exhibition/workshop spaces across 3 buildings on Althorpe Street in Leamington Spa. It is a part of Leamington Spa’s thriving local art scene.
The aim of the volunteers at the Althorpe Studios is to provide affordable workspaces for local artists to practice and exhibit their work. The charity meets the running and maintenance costs and management of the site. Artists are expected to assist in education, tutoring and mentoring new and aspiring artists.
This created a space for people to enjoy the talents of their local artists called The Barn. Visitors could explore a regular rotation of exhibits, making it a unique experience every time they visited.
Visitors could explore a range of local talent. Sculptors, painters and digital artists could often be seen presenting their work. Exhibitions also included events from #RHPCDRs, a DIY record label/research unit.
If you were to visit the studio, visitors could also enjoy live music and multimedia art as well as traditional paintings and sculpture. Entry was always free and patrons could take advantage of a well-stocked bar.
The Barn is located in the south of Leamington Spa, in the Old Town. However, it is now permanently closed and the Althorpe Studios & Gallery charity is looking for a new site.
Today, local artists can take advantages of the Arts Trail, another charitable body that provides similar support for artists and the community. Their exhibitions act like pop-up stores, appearing all over Leamington Spa and the local area, from cafés to shopping centres to community halls.
Visitors to Leamington Spa should visit the local tourist information centre to find out where the latest exhibits are being held and discover the wealth of local talent.