Following seven years at the striking Electric Picture House, the eponymously titled Congleton artists’ collective will be moving to Spindle Mill.
The new premises on Spindle Street offers the collective significantly more space and makes use of one of Congleton’s historic mill buildings.
Latterly used as an interior design showroom, the layout lends itself perfectly to the studio format the group were looking for.
Petra Lea, spokesperson for the Electric Picture House, said: “We are delighted to have found the ideal premises practically on our doorstep.
“While we are sad to be saying goodbye to our first home, Spindle Mill offers an enormous growth potential as well as a significantly more modern environment.”
The Electric Picture House represents artists who are both nationally and internationally known.
“We offer a range of exhibitions throughout the year both group and solo shows, showing paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics and assemblages,” explained Petra.
“We work with lots of groups and organisations, including Friends For Leisure, Carers4All, Congleton Partnership, Congleton Town Council, Cheshire East, as well as lots of community art workshops throughout the year, working with local children, children with special needs and child carers.”
Petra added: “We will also be continuing to work in partnership with Cheshire Rural Touring Arts to provide high quality, touring theatre performances.”
Congleton Community Projects, headed by Jo Money, will also be relocating to Spindle Mill.
The organisation is heavily involved with the local community and the majority of events in Congleton – including Congleton Food and Drink Festival, the Christmas lights switch on event, lantern making workshops and lantern parade plus Congleton Carnival and much more.
Vince Cutcliffe, organiser of Congleton Jazz and Blues and Unplugged Festivals, will also be joining the collective at Spindle Mill.
The new premises at Spindle Mill will also be available to digital creatives in the form of a work sharing space.
This will allow up and coming creatives to have a base, a business address, a meeting space and to thrive in a creative environment.
The Electric Picture House Artists’ Cooperative is a non profit artist led collective. It provides affordable artists’ studios, gallery and workshop space.