Longden Gallery is part of Longden Arts Ltd, a group of professional artists who work collectively in the shared print and ceramic studios on Shaw Street in Macclesfield. It was founded in 1979 by Ruth Davenport who recognised the difficulty artists experience after leaving college when making the transition to working independently. Ruth also felt it was important to have a space where the artists could exhibit and sell their work directly to the public.
The original ethos of providing affordable studio space and sharing equipment is still the cornerstone of Longden Arts while the gallery itself has gone from strength to strength. In 1981 the workshops moved from their original location at the Old Smithy on Longden Street, Macclesfield, to the quirky triangular building on Shaw street which they currently occupy, but it was decided to retain the name.
There are currently five artists who are members of Longden Arts, collectively managing the gallery and studio space. They are Anne Aspinall, Ian Jarman, Jan Lewis-Eccleston, Helen Wright, and Stephen Player. The range of work is diverse and many of the artists exhibit nationally and even as far afield as California. Ruth Davenport is now an honorary member and is presently living in North Yorkshire where she continues to paint. Membership is by invitation only, and over the years the Longden Gallery has been a valuable resource for many artists. The three other founder members Sue Henderson, Jane Osmond and Kate Watson, all went on to establish their own studios.
Twice a year we hold exhibitions by other artists of both 2D and 3D work. If you are interested in applying for an exhibition please click here. We also occasionally offer tuition in printmaking and ceramics.
Longden Arts is a non profit-making organisation. Management of the business and gallery space is shared between the existing members and is entirely voluntary. The commission from gallery sales goes back into the business and helps keep the studio rent affordable and assists in the running costs of the building.