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New Brewery Arts

Address : Brewery Court
Town/City : Cirencester
County : Gloucestershire
Country : England
Post code : GL7 1JH
Phone : 01285 657181
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Built in 1820 as a brewery, the premises continued to brew beer until 1937. After a period of use by a sheet-metal company the buildings were bought by Cotswold District Council for demolition. A local group, however, proposed repair and conversion into craft workshops instead and Cirencester Workshops opened in 1979.



cotsw newbrew2Subsequently, following a bequest, the former barrel store was converted in 1984 into educational studios surrounding a theatre (the Niccol Centre), an award winning redesign that was featured in Architects Journal on 19 June 1985. Brewery Arts was formed in 1989 from the merger of Cirencester Workshops and the Niccol Centre. Originally providing Third Age arts activities the centre has evolved into a provider of arts education and performance for all ages. Following extensive redesign and refurbishment, the New Brewery Arts galleries, shop, workshops and cafe opened in February 2008. Ceramicist Grayson Perry, winner of the 2003 Turner Prize, launched the new centre officially on 3 April 2008 and HRH Prince Charles visited on 23 December that year. We have now been a centre for experiencing, participating in, learning about and promoting the arts and artistic crafts for more than thirty years.


We improve lives by:

bringing the joy of discovering and creating craft to homes, community centres, hospitals and schools throughout the Cotswolds  encouraging everyone to find personal fulfilment through participating, making and liflong learning  holding creative events that best use our facilities and professional skills to meet specific needs in the community  designing and delivering challenging creative events for primary, secondary and special schools and colleges You can read more about what we do on our NBA in the community page.



Facts and Figures

Visitor numbers Around 200,000 people visit us every year, enjoying our craft shop, gallery, makers' studios, classes, workshops and drop-ins, pop up gallery, theatre and cafe. Income We are a registered charity, reliant on earned income to fulfil our charitable aims of:  enriching the life of the community by providing facilities open to the widest possible public access for education and recreation in the arts and artistic crafts and  providing cultural and recreational facilities and opportunities to everyone in the surrounding communities for the purposes of learning and social wellbeing 93% of our charity's income comes from a combination of trading income (cafe and shop), class and workshop fees, licence and hire fees, grant making trusts, commissioned projects, gallery sales, individual donations, and Gift Aid. Capital spending In recent years the Arts Council, charitable trusts, local businesses and individual donors have invested more than £2.6m into the fabric of Cirencester through the capital redevelopment of the centre, transforming it into a vibrant, accessible and dynamic venue for visual art and crafts. 

Visitor profile

As a well-used community resource, 75% of our visitors come from Gloucestershire and the surrounding counties of Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Warwickshire, Hereford and Worcester. We also welcome visitors from throughout the the UK and further afield including Japan, America, Australia and Europe. Employment The charity supports 20 full time equivalent jobs, plus work experience students and business apprentices. We also support hundreds of individuals indirectly - including tutors, featured artists and craftspeople, as well as many in the wider creative and visitor economies. The charity is supported by 20 regular volunteers. 

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