LHC has been commissioned to develop plans for a new community arts venue in the grounds of the Grade 1 listed house in Sherborne, Dorset with the aim of providing an inspirational, contemporary venue for the promotion and exploration of the visual arts in the county.
In design development
A number of proposed phases will see an Art Gallery / Gateway Building carefully designed in a contemporary style to sit sympathetically in close proximity to the Listed house; a sculpture garden; the redevelopment of the historic Georgian house into an arts destination in its own right, and new art workshops.
The gallery would feature five dedicated spaces with a programme of changing exhibitions, including paintings, sculpture, photography, printmaking, textiles, new media, craft and design.
The venue would show work by artists and craftspeople from Dorset, across the country and around the world. Education and community would be at the core of the programming, with both free and ticketed exhibitions.
The two-storey building would sit low in the garden, respecting the adjoining residents and exploiting the natural gradient of the land. The largely-glazed frontage is designed to offer the feeling of shared space between the Paddock Garden and the gallery. The atrium gallery, a double height exhibition space, would offer enticing views of larger artworks from street level, while the lower floor, directly accessible from street level, would offer a mixture of a relaxing café with a restaurant serving the best West Country produce. There would be direct access to the lower garden and the quiet sensory garden to the south.
The project received overwhelming support from Sherborne residents and stakeholders at a public meeting in April, which marked the end of a lengthy consultation process, The designs, developed by LHC’s John Baulch, are being finalised with a view to submitting a full planning application during 2017.