It’s official – The Workhouse is now open…


After months of hard graft, artist Joanne Bowes finally saw her dream come to life on Saturday 7th October 2017 when Dunstable Town Mayor Gloria Martin cut the ribbon and announced the official opening of Joanne’s gallery – The Workhouse, Dunstable.

Gloria Martin, Dunstable Town Mayor with Joanne Bowes at the opening of The Workhouse on October 7th.

Joanne has cherished the wish to create a very special kind of gallery for many years. She wanted to establish a bespoke space where artists could show their work and where everybody would feel welcome to come inside to see art and mingle with the makers, a friendly environment that would nurture the creative talents of anyone with a desire to explore their artistic streak.

At the preview evening on Friday, Joanne thanked the many local business people who had helped her bring The Workhouse into being. MP Andrew Selous was on hand to cut the celebration cake and wish her every success.

And so The Workhouse is now open for business – you can find it at 5 Ashton Square, Dunstable, Bedfordshire. The Discover Group are proud to be hosting the inaugural exhibition and are joined there during October by a number of other local artists and makers showing a wide range of work, from paintings and prints to ceramics and jewellery and including textiles, photography, sculpture and pens.

Andrew Selous MP cutting the celebration cake.

In addition to the gallery space, The Workhouse also has a specially equipped Workroom which can be hired for use for workshops and meetings and where Joanne will be hosting a programme of creative workshops covering many disciplines throughout the year.

For more information about The Workhouse, news, events coming up and details about the artists currently showing there, follow this link to the Facebook page.


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