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9th February 2021


Citing the organisation’s “ingenuity and hard work” SME News has named Fermynwoods Contemporary Art as Northamptonshire’s Best Contemporary Art Gallery as part of the 2020 Midlands Enterprise Awards.

Fermynwoods finds innovative ways in which the arts can reach non-traditional arts audiences, in particular rural or disadvantaged communities. They regularly work with members of the public, schools and young people not currently in mainstream education to ignite an enthusiasm for learning through the arts. This experience served them well in 2020, enabling positive response to new challenges, whilst navigating the trickiest periods thanks to the adaptability and innovation of artists who continue to be devoted to supporting life through art.


The latest lockdown has forced the closing of art galleries across the nation, including a recent Fermynwoods exhibition at The Arches, but those local to Sudborough can still view The Phone Box Gallery during daily walks. The Phone Box Gallery is a project from Fermynwoods Contemporary Art in partnership with Sudborough Parish Council and students from The CE Academy, transforming the decommissioned telephone box in the village of Sudborough into an evolving exhibition space.

This gallery will show exhibitions curated and featuring work by students working on the artist led Alternative Provision programme based at nearby Sudborough Green Lodge.

This first exhibition features work made by students aged between 11 and 15, created during the first nationwide lockdown earlier in 2020, working with artists Emma Davies and Stuart Moore through a bespoke online interface.

The Phone Box Gallery is made possible through a grant from The Wooden Spoon Fund


Isolated Moments, a programme of free workshops and creative prompts for all ages, is available on the Fermynwoods website. Created during the first nationwide lockdown, the series comprises twenty activities by artists and creative educators designed for those socially isolating and quarantining inside their homes. Disciplines include drawing, installation, sound recording and manipulation, collage, sculpture, collaboration and competition with search engines, and much more.


Breathing In Art is a series by Fermynwoods Contemporary Art supporting and promoting mask wearing whilst celebrating and featuring artists. Two new designs are now available on the Fermynwoods website.

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