Kingsgate Workshops Trust
Kingsgate Workshops is a multi-use art space housed within a labyrinthine Victorian factory, providing affordable workspace for an exciting mix of artists, makers and designers.
Kingsgate Workshops’ Public Programme encourages experimentation, production and critical discourse. We support a crossover between disciplines, an exchange of skills and the development of critical and timely conversations about process, image making and object making. Our Project Space aims to profile a diverse range of contemporary national and international artists with a focus on emerging talent.
The Public Programme is generously supported by Arts Council England. As part of the programme, artists are provided with a free studio space for six months, a small stipend and professional support in creating a new body of work for exhibition at Kingsgate Project Space.
Gallery, Artist studio or collective
Project Space 12pm -6pm Thurs - Sat
Dependent on events/exhibitions.
Winter Designer Maker Fair
- 24 November 2017 6-9pm
- 25 November 2017 12-9pm
- 26 November 2017 12-6pm
The Winter Designer Maker Fair is Kingsgate Workshops’ annual festive craft and design sale.
This year a selection of contemporary craft makers and designers, producing everything from high-end ceramics to paper sculpture, will be selling their work from a new outdoor market and curated indoor shop spaces in our Victorian warehouse building. Unique and precious gifts, decorations, and wrapping paper will all nestle together on our fairylit market stalls.
We’ll also have festive food and a chance to peek inside the building and its beautiful yard, which are both usually closed to the public.
“When you buy these pieces directly from the makers, not only do you get to take home something beautiful, you are buying the designer makers more time to spend on doing what they love. Using your Christmas shopping to do good can’t fail to give you a warm glow, and even if it does, there’s the mulled wine. For a donation to our studios, of course!”
- Dan Howard Birt, Director of Kingsgate Workshops Trust
Beautiful new outdoor space
Celebrate the launch of our new revamped yard space – our beautiful garden is now twice the size, covered in twinkling lights, warmed by roaring fires in our patio heaters, and scented with woodsmoke and gingerbread spice.
Enjoy festive gourmet treats
The gingerbread scent we mentioned will be emanating from The Lounge Cafe's beautiful pop up kitchen, overflowing with lebkuchen and mulled wine. If you fancy something to take home to save for later, we'll have stalls full of festive treats ready wrapped for presents too!
Explore the historic Victorian warehouse
Visitors can head inside the building for a Christmas grotto for grownups, showcasing the objects made by studio holders in festive displays, and to see inside a selection of studios to get more insight into the making of the ceramics, jewellery and painting on display.
Christmas Light and Paper Installations
Chisato Tamabayashi's beautiful paper installations will cast enchanting shadows on the pavements outside.
Free canvas bag designed by a Kingsgate artist with every purchase
Our exclusive artist designed goody bags will be available for the first 20 visitors – after that, a donation of £5 will secure you one, plus a selection of limited edition badges designed by our studio holders.
Who are Kingsgate Workshops?
Kingsgate Workshops started life as an artists’ squat in the 70’s, and has blossomed into a charity which celebrates and supports the creative work of over 75 artists designers and makers who work in the building, and many more who take part in our artist residencies and shows.
For most of the year, the main building is closed to the public, and only our corrugated shed Project Space in the yard runs regular exhibitions, talks and screenings.
Just twice a year we showcase the beautiful pieces made by our studio holders, giving you a glimpse into our somewhat rickety, higgledy piggledy 3 floor warehouse.
- Any age
Kingsgate Workshops Trust
110-116 Kingsgate Road