The Cygnet Gallery is an original and imaginative collection of arts and crafts
As a combined gallery and studio, the Cygnet offers local artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work. Unique and varied pieces from ﬁne art to silversmithing, from glass work to textiles, to photography and ceramics, calligraphy and sculpture - there is always something new to see here and an artist to answer your questions. We enjoy talking about what we do - you're welcome to come in and browse or have a chat.
The Cygnet was opened on August 29th 2009, as a co-operative style space for artists and craftspeople. It currently hosts 12 artists’ studios and around 30 individuals, giving them High Street space in the heart of the town, for working and retail use.
Throughout the year the Cygnet has open days in Swans Yard; artists and craftspeople exhibit their work outside, and there's live music and a busy cafe.
Thinking of becoming a Cygnet Artist?
There are different ways to become a Cygnet Artist.
Single use space - To rent a Studio space or Unit on your own. You would become a License Holder and commit to covering one or two shifts in the Gallery per week.
Shared space - To share a Studio space or Unit with others. You would pay your portion of rent to the Licence Holder and commit to cover weekly shifts in the Gallery between you.
Outdoor events - To have a table or stall outside in Swans Yard at special events and fairs such as Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival, Shaftesbury Fringe, Gold Hill Faire and Christmas Late Night Shopping.
Artists wishing to apply for membership should click on the 'Apply to Join' button to find out more.