Why we are called the Art Bank?
The surroundings are fabulous and creative, a grand building that formerly housed a high street bank. We are an inclusive and diverse community run venue, a neurodiverse and LGBTQ+ collective supporting people and ensuring they feel included and heard. Our mission is to provide a platform for everyone.
If you have an idea for an event, something you would like to see programmed into the ArtBank or want to volunteer please get in touch. We would love to hear from you! firstname.lastname@example.org
What does the Art Bank do?
The Art Bank works at improving social cohesion in Shepton Mallet and beyond by
offering a hub for creative connection and collaboration. We are an inclusive venue that provides a platform for the local community. An eclectic range of events are programmed weekly (see our what's on) The Art Bank houses the Not for Profit Art Bank Cafe and Bar and The Rubbish Art Project, that takes waste materials from local businesses, charity shops and individuals and helps artists and people transform them into thought-provoking art. Central to our aims is environmental messaging, a reconsideration of one-use plastics and other materials.
The project takes commissions from businesses and charities to create installations from waste to convey an environmental message about their organisation.
The ArtBank runs creative community events that are inclusive, immersive and bring everyone together under the umbrella of creativity and fun.
Many people collaborate at the Art Bank. As a community venue, we are proud to work with an array of talented creatives. Visual artists, musicians, writers, actors, producers, comedians, they have all brought a different flavour to the space.
But it is the people of Shepton Mallet, its surrounding villages and the wider community within Somerset and beyond who come with their flair and enthusiasm to enrich the work of the Art Bank.
The ArtBank team are proud to be members of the LGBTQ+ community, have lived experience of being long term carers and are neuro diverse.
We will be adding bios of artists, performers and some of our Art Bankers soon. Watch this space!