Smiths Row is a contemporary art gallery in the heart of historic Bury St Edmunds. We curate an exciting programme of exhibitions and public art projects, accompanied by a range of tours, talks and workshops. Admission to all our exhibitions is free. Our contemporary Craft Shop showcases affordable work by the very best British makers, including ceramics, jewellery, textiles and printmaking, alongside artist-designed cards and wrapping paper.
Smiths Row supports the careers of artists and makers through a variety of different programmes including Smiths Row Surgeries, and during 2013 through Hot House East, a maker development programme we delivered in partnership with the Crafts Council and the University of Hertfordshire.
The architecture of Smiths Row is quite spectacular. The gallery occupies the first floor of an elegant Grade 1 listed building originally designed as a theatre in the 1770s by Robert Adam, which has retained its high ceilings, Georgian façade and elegant arched windows. At the centre of the space is a pair of magnificent Venetian crystal chandeliers.
Smiths Row is a great place to see new work by up-and-coming artists, alongside more established names, and to see and buy the best contemporary craft.