At Guggleton we are about creativity and development. We aim to provide a welcoming environment for the creation of the new. In whatever form that might take for the individual. We support established artists by providing them with a space to experiment, new artists with the network, structure and exposure to develop and raw artists with the opportunity to grow.
Exhibitions at the Guggleton vary from season to season with one core theme, growth. We are, after all, occupying a farmyard.
The GUGG is run as a Community Interest Company, we have 6 local Directors and a 14 strong Creative Committee made up of artists, craftworkers and members of the local community. Our aim is to provide opportunities for residents and visitors to become involved in creative pursuits of all kinds and all levels, both showing work to inspire, running classes which allow the participants to aspire and engaging with as many individuals as possible. It is a place for all ages and experience, offering opportunities to become involved in a creative community, with all of the joy and growth that this creates.
With the appearance of wonderful galleries such as Hauser and Wirth and Messum’s in the area, and two new arts projects underway in Sherborne, we would like to think that there is the need and appetite for an everyday alternative to these facilities.
For this reason we hope to be able to demolish the threshold/barrier issues that face many Fine Art institutions [those which make people feel like places are ‘not for them’] by remaining true to our community; whilst at the same time building on and growing the receptivity of the surrounding area to the arts.
That said, we aim to offer support over every aspect of a persons’ creative outpouring, with a programme of exhibitions, events, workshops and talks that develop both the exhibitor and the viewer, entertaining and stimulating whilst remaining playful and relevant.
If our approach to life and the arts in any way coincides with your own then there are many ways that you can become involved at the yard. Please visit our Get Involved area to learn more.