You have read about our mission and aims behind our work at Green Close, but here is a little more about who we actually are…
Sue trained in Three-Dimensional Design / Ceramics, and is now working in the field of environmental arts. Working in a social context is an important part of her creative practice.
Pete trained in Fine Art at Manchester and did his post graduate degree in printmaking at Chelsea College of Art. Pete has a long career in lecturing and community arts work and has exhibited work in a number of major London galleries, including the Royal Academy, Hayward, Whitechapel and the Camden Arts Centre; as well as New York and the Middle East.
Green Close was established and founded by artist directors Sue and Pete Flowers in 1996 to provide quality affordable studio space for practising professional visual artists. It is based on Melling, rural Lancashire
The building was converted by the company in 1997 with EU funding to create 5 fully re-furbished, heated studio spaces and has since provided accommodation for 20 artists. The accessible building created is an important resource, only 6% of studios nationally are rurally based, and only 6% are accessible (‘A Survey of Artists’ Studio Groups & Organisations in England’, ACME May 2005). It has provided access to office space, a kiln, and to IT facilities including office applications, Internet access, and basic digital imaging.
The building provides designed spaces, catering for artists, schools, community groups and professional organisations. The studio layout is open-plan on three levels with disabled facilities on the ground floor. It provides workspace for practicing professional artists & open resource areas for exhibitions, training, learning and creative workshop delivery.
For more information on renting out the studio, please do not hesitate to contact us.