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community news A NEW ART GALLERY


for Charlton Kings Rebecca Gardner visits Deepspaceworks


Deepspaceworks Gallery M


ost people know that Charlton Kings is lucky enough to have its


own library and post office as well as gift shops and coffee shops but have you ever been to the local art gallery? One of Charlton Kings’ best kept secrets is tucked away down Hamilton Street, just off the London Road near Sixways. (Look out for the bunting outside the gallery building).


LBD – artwork by Janie Ranger created using labels from little black dresses.


Deepspaceworks, a gallery,


studio


and workspace for artists and comm unity groups,


is the


result of the hard work of artist Su Billington and many of the other 15 artists who work there. The unusual,


rambling


building was once a sail maker’s warehouse and later a small factory; five other local businesses are still based there. With the gallery set up as a not-for-profit company, Su is keen to get involved with local groups to undertake art projects together. One recent collaboration was with the pupils of Glenfall School. Su was commissioned to design one of the life-size horse sculptures


displayed around Cheltenham to celebrate the centenary of Cheltenham Racecourse. “The children, along with Artspace, another community group, created 100 images in 100 minutes to celebrate 100 years of racing,” says Sue. “I then recreated them onto the actual sculpture, which was eventually displayed in Pittville Park.” To encourage people to come and see the work in 1000 sq ft art space, Su and others at the gallery have hosted several monthly ‘Busy Bazaar’ events. These mix stalls selling hand- made and vintage items with a toy theatre performance for children. This is followed by a free kid’s workshop to inspire young artists. The Busy Bazaar is taking a break until the Spring but other art classes are still available for all ages including portrait and life drawing. The gallery is not open every day for visitors so Su advises people to keep an eye on their website for up and coming events and exhibitions. “The space is available to hire for suitable events,” she says, “and I’m always very interested in talking to new artists or community groups who want to get involved with a project at the gallery.” Now you know where it is, keep an eye out for Deepspaceworks’ next event and enjoy your local art gallery. • For more information call Su on 07974 697 666 or see the gallery’s website at www.deepspaceworks.co.uk


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