Formed in May 2010, Crocus Gallery is an artist run contemporary art gallery displaying a dynamic programme of art exhibitions. Crocus Gallery Group is a not-for-profit organisation run by a committed team of volunteers who direct the exhibition space.
The Crocus Gallery Mission Statement is to:
1. Present a rotating schedule of high-quality exhibitions in a range of mediums.
2. Raise the profile of local artists, Crocus Gallery and individual members by offering opportunities to publicly exhibit their work, network and access new audiences.
3. Contribute to community cohesion and civic pride in the local community, through a schedule of exhibitions, events and activities that engages local residents and benefits the community.
4. Facilitate career development for aspiring arts industry professionals by providing the opportunity to gain new skills and experience of gallery functions including curatorships, fundraising, volunteer management, workshop & events organisation, arts marketing and exhibition installation.
5. Support and encourage members of Crocus Gallery, including creating and/or seeking out opportunities for the group to exhibit their work and be involved with curatorial projects and other art projects
6. Network with similar artist run groups to increase the scope of possible collaboration, mutual support and dialogue.
7. Raise the profile of the group and individual members within it.
8. To be self-sustaining and efficient in its management and organisation.
The Crocus Gallery was initiated by The Dunkirk and Lenton Partnership Forum, at the beginning of 2010, as part of their vision of "working towards a better Dunkirk and Lenton. Specifically the aim was to develop the Church Square Shopping Centre by transforming an old shop unit (which had been empty for a number of years) into a gallery. Nottingham City Council supports the project with a grant to cover rent.
Councillor David Trimble can be seen on the right at the official opening of the inaugural exhibition at the gallery on Saturday 16th May 2010.
In August 2011, volunteers working at the gallery formed an independent, constituted group called Crocus Gallery Group, to take over the running of the project. In December the project was awarded funding from the Natwest Community Fund to continue the work into 2012.
Volunteering at the Gallery
The gallery currently has vacancies for volunteers to assist with the running of the gallery. This provides a unique opportunity for artists and makers to get involved at the early stage of a new gallery and influence the work shown and direction taken.
Positions available include gallery invigilators and fundraiser. Support will be provided to enable those interested to gain experience of all aspects of running a gallery. If you are interested in becoming involved please contact Alyn Mulholland at: