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Allendale Forge Studios Art Centre is situated in Allendale Market Square, in the beautiful Allen Valleys, Northumberland, just 10 miles from Hexham. We are open 9am to 5pm everyday, only closed for three days just after Christmas.
Allendale Forge Studios Art Centre is a not-for-personal-profit company built by creative practitioners who needed their own studio space and business hub to remain in the area. We share the running costs of the centre and we volunteer our time to staff the centre, so when you come in to look around or enjoy a coffee you will be speaking to one of our members. This means we don't charge any commission on sales by our ‘full members’ and your £ is kept in the town.
NORTH EAST RURAL GROWTH NETWORK (RGN) Funding: We secure minimal fundsing to run a youth proejct and receve no funding to run the Forge or pay staff, however in July 2014 we receved a grant from RGN of £4,890 towards marketing costs for 2014.
We set up in 2005, opening a community gallery in 2006 then after finding we needed business unites we set about raising the funds and project managed the building of the Forge Studios in 2010. The Forge was opened early 2011 by Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and it continues to develop its unique role as a strategic creative and business centre in Northumberland.
We make the most of our location promoting the North Peninnes, attracting walking groups, cyclists, families and many visitors from outside the UK.
Partners we like to work with:
2012 – Named as best practice project – Commission for Rural Communities – Barriers to education, employment and training for young people in rural areas.
2012 – Named as best practice Community Interest Company by the UK CIC Regulator.
2011 – Best Rural Business – Women into the Network (WIN)
2008 – Winners of the North East Business Awards – Cultural & Creative Business.
2008 – North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards – runner up.
2008 – One North East Enterprising Britain award - joint winners with Tynedale County Council.
2007 – The organisation represented the ‘Arts in Business’ for the judging of the Calor Village of The Year that Allendale later won.
2006 – Winner of the Scarman Trust Community Champions Award (Youth Project) "Can do Attitude'.
Allendale Forge Studios Art Centre & Café