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!  info@artbank.org.uk

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.

The Team

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!







Dimitris co-directs the Art Bank and is the Artist in Residence. Originally from Athens, Greece, but resident in the UK for more than 15 years and Somerset for 6, his passion is collage (including 3D collage and decoupage), mixed media, photography and book gardens, live plants that are grown in books. This ‘tree-cycling’ gives new life to forgotten books he rescues from collections destined for the bin or finds in charity shops. Commissions have included work for NHS Walsall Hospitals and private collectors. He has been successful in receiving funding from Arts Council England and charitable trusts and has devised community arts projects working with marginalised groups including carers, cancer patients, disabled adults and over-60s. Other work includes a documentary and performance based photographic installation (with James), 'The Social Death of Ray Crane,' which was exhibited at A.E.Harris in Birmingham, and 'Sub-Urban,' a solo exhibition at the Tacchi Morris Arts Centre in Taunton. In 2019 his Plastic Flowers were exhibited at Glastonbury Festival as well as at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, where they contributed to an award for Good Presentation. He also produced two pieces, ‘Spirit’ and ‘Memories’ for the Festival of Death and Dying and was the creative force behind the ‘Alice in Rubbishland’ exhibition and the ‘Shepton on Show' extravaganza. His current work is his ‘Plastidermy’ series, which incorporates waste from the Art Bank Cafe in the production of miniature, magical worlds that showcase the power, resilience and beauty of nature.

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Creativity is Our Currency

The Rubbish Art Project, the Community Benefit Society at the Art Bank, has received funding from the following organisations: