A visit to the New Brewery Arts, Cirencester – contemporary craft in the Cotswolds

A visit to the New Brewery Arts, Cirencester - contemporary craft in the Cotswolds

Located in the centre of the town, Cirencester’s New Brewery Arts centre houses a contemporary art gallery, craft shop, cafe and theatre, plus a host of on-site ‘maker studios’.

Billed as a ‘hub of visual and performing arts and crafts’ – and you can’t go wrong with a ‘hub’ in my book – the beautifully converted Victorian brewery reopened in 2008 after a £2.7million facelift.

A visit to the New Brewery Arts, Cirencester - contemporary craft in the Cotswolds

Located in the studio complex are glass blowers, textile artists, a ceramicist, upholsterer, bookbinder, stained glass maker and jeweller, and visitors are free to pop into the studios to chat to the artists or just to watch them at work.

A visit to the New Brewery Arts, Cirencester - contemporary craft in the Cotswolds

A visit to the New Brewery Arts, Cirencester - contemporary craft in the Cotswolds

A visit to the New Brewery Arts, Cirencester - contemporary craft in the Cotswolds

Embossed paper press.

A visit to the New Brewery Arts, Cirencester - contemporary craft in the Cotswolds

The studios are linked via elevated walkways.

A visit to the New Brewery Arts, Cirencester - contemporary craft in the Cotswolds

Glass blowing.

A visit to the New Brewery Arts, Cirencester - contemporary craft in the Cotswolds

On the potter’s wheel.

Sadly, there were no amusing “That’s Life”-style clay-based catastrophes to observe, but just in case you fancy taking a break at this point, here’s an archive BBC ‘Interlude’ film of a potter at work. It’s awfully soothing.

First floor cafe

A visit to the New Brewery Arts, Cirencester - contemporary craft in the Cotswolds

Back to the arts centre, there’s a rather pleasant cafe on the first floor, where we stopped off for a coffee and toasted cheese sandwich. With Double Gloucester cheese, natch.

A visit to the New Brewery Arts, Cirencester - contemporary craft in the Cotswolds

The craft shop stocks ceramics, glass, sculpture, jewellery, textiles and woodwork.

A visit to the New Brewery Arts, Cirencester - contemporary craft in the Cotswolds

A visit to the New Brewery Arts, Cirencester - contemporary craft in the Cotswolds

Looking over the craft shop from the cafe.

New Brewery Arts: info

ADMISSION FREE
OPEN DAILY Mon – Sat 9am – 5pm, Sun 10am-4pm
CLOSED: Easter Sunday, 25 – 28th December, 1 & 2 January

New Brewery Arts
Brewery Court
Cirencester
GL7 1JH
Tel: 01285 657181
admin@newbreweryarts.org.uk
www.newbreweryarts.org.uk