The village of Prickwillow, in Cambridgeshire has been put on the map by its innovative scheme to encourage and promote local arts and crafts in a restored K6 phone box. The Phonebox Gallery is the brainchild of gallery curator Nick Edell who received enthusiastic backing from Prickwillow Village Council.
"We are hoping that this phone box - an iconic English space -
will capture community imagination and we're already very
excited about the level of enthusiasm the idea has received."
The council purchased the phone box from BT for just £1 with the only restriction on the sale being that it was not moved.
With no funds available for the restoration, a number of villagers stepped in to offer their services for free.
Local builder Dave Simpson carried out the bulk of the work using red and black paint leftover from a refurbishment of the village hall.
The door lock was fitted by Council Member Richard Raine and the box was cleaned by East Cambs District Councillor Jackie Petts.
The gallery has been featured in numerous print and online publications worldwide, with the news even reaching radio audiences in Canada and the US.
Speaking of the global attention the project has received so far, Mr Edell said:
"It's amazing that our little telephone box has made international
news. It's very surreal... but I guess that suits the project!"
Villagers are planning approximately one show each month and will work alongside ADeC (Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire) on certain projects.
"Our aim is provide an open art space for local artists, craftspeople, galleries and school children as well as contemporary artists and photographers from further afield."
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