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WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We’re SO pleased to hear that the Observer Food Monthly Awards are returning again this year! These national awards reward the finest in British food and drink and we have been lucky enough to have our Café listed as finalists in the ‘Best Cheap Eats (under £20 per head)’ category on six previous occasions!
Having been nominated again this year we really need to ask for your help and VOTES.
If you love what we do, then please vote for us here.
Voting closes at midnight on 20th June 2022.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN OUR CREATIVE COMMUNITY?
We have a couple of beautiful studio spaces available on the first floor here at Fisherton Mill. These spaces are perfect for small creative businesses or artists looking for somewhere from which to make and sell their work. You'll be surrounded by likeminded creatives and just steps away from the award-winning cafe downstairs... what's not to love?
Flexible, all-inclusive terms which means no expensive energy bills.
If you'd like to find out more about the spaces available, please email us with a little about yourself and we'll send you the details.
LOCAL ARTIST NICK PHILLIPS TO EXHIBIT IN THE MAIN GALLERY
Our next exhibition, 'Observed & Abstracted' by local artist Nick Phillips, opens in our Main Gallery on Saturday 23rd April. Nick has created a beautiful collection of pieces for the exhibition including drawings, watercolours, Indian ink and oil paintings inspired by local landscapes.
This exhibition has been featured in The Budget Travellers blog post 'Affordable things to do in Salisbury' which can be viewed here.
On until 21st May, you can find out more about Nick Phillips and his exhibition here.
HOT OFF THE PRESS
A celebration of contemporary printmaking, this exhibition is filled with brilliant and affordable pieces for your home. With nine very different artists involved, this exhibition showcases the diverse world of printmaking with work made using processes such as mezzotint, cyanotype, screen printing, lino and block printing, collagraph, etching, lithography and more.
The exhibition will run until 16th April. Find out more about this exhibition and the artists involved here.
THE GLAMOUR OF ABSTRACTS
This wonderful exhibition by Munro Wright starts in our Main Gallery on 12th February. Munro Wright is a Saatchi Art abstract artist who founded the new 21st Century art genre 'Abstract Spiritualism' in 2016. His pieces are vibrant and full of energy.
The exhibition will run until 12th March. Find out more about Munro Wright and his exhibition here.
ENTER OUR EXHIBITION PRIZE DRAW
As part of The Affinity Exhibition on in our Main Gallery this month, the artists are running a prize draw for two lucky people to win one of two artworks (a giclee print by AM Thomas Paintings or a mini original by Heather Miller).
Entry is free and no purchase is required, simply fill out a form in the Gallery and post it in the secure box provided. The two winners will be picked at random once the exhibition has finished in February. Terms and conditions apply.
THE AFFINITY EXHIBITION STARTS SATURDAY 8TH JANUARY 2022
We welcome in the new year with a wonderful exhibition from two very talented local artists. The Affinity Exhibition by AM Thomas Paintings and Heather Miller is a celebration of a friendship forged through painting.
The exhibition starts this Saturday 8th January and will be on until Saturday 5th February.
Free entry. Find out more about the exhibition and the artists involved here.
OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK IN DECEMBER
To maximise your shopping opportunities, we will be open each day of the week right up to (and including) Christmas Eve. Please note that on Sundays the cafe will be open for drinks and cakes only.
On Christmas Eve we will be open for shopping until 3pm but the cafe will be closed on this day.
Our Studios each have their own opening hours so if you're after something in particular from them then please contact them directly to check when they'll be in.
OUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENING IS BACK!
Friday 26th November | 6-8pm
We are thrilled to be able to have our Christmas Shopping Evening again this year. Come and join us on Friday 26th November between 6-8pm to enjoy a festive shopping experience. There will be a complimentary glass of mulled wine on arrival, live music from local musician Luke Futcher and 10% off* purchases on the night. Take in the atmostphere and browse for beautiful gifts from our Gallery Shop, Studios and Christmas exhibition.
Free entry - no booking required.
*10% off purchases over £25
CHRISTMAS WINE TASTING IN THE GALLERY CAFE
Friday 10th December at 6.30pm
Join us for a festive evening of delicious wine and cheese with our award-winning independent wine supplier, Ben from Novel Wines. Ben has picked a selection of six truly unique wines that make for perfect Christmas dinner pairings or lovely gifts.
Tickets are limited to 24 guests so booking is essential. You can find out more about the event and book by clicking here.
HELP US TO HELP YOU
We are raising money to install a defibrillator in our Courtyard for the use of our customers, staff, studio tenants and any other visitors to Fisherton Mill. The total cost of installation is £2500 of which we are able to fund £500. We very much hope that our customers and supporters will be able to help us raise the balance in order for us to purchase this important piece of equipment.
Find out more about it and donate here.
OUR CHARITY RECIPE CALENDAR IS HERE!
We have put together a very special calendar for 2022 featuring Michael's delicious recipes from the Gallery Cafe. Each month features a different recipe using seasonal ingredients and will hopefully inspire you to don your apron and get cooking! £2.50 from the sale of each calendar will be donated to our chosen cause this year which is the Salisbury Pantry, a social enterprise which helps local people on low incomes to have access to affordable food.
Find out more about it and buy yours here.
LEMON TIMERS EXHIBITION - NOW ON
Local artist group, the Lemon Timers, have returned to Fisherton Mill for their fifth exhibition here in recent years. The exhibition, entitled 'From Mind to Line', is on now in our Main Gallery and features wonderful landscapes, abstracts, still life, sculpture and more.
View this exhibition during our opening hours from Saturday 2nd - Saturday 30th October.
Find out more about it here.
APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR MAKERS
Following the success of last years Christmas markets in our courtyard, we are now looking for talented Makers to take part again this year on Saturdays in November and December.
Download the application form to find out more about the Markets and to apply. Deadline for applications is Sunday 19th September.
EXHIBITION PRIZE DRAW!
As part of Nick Andrew's current exhibition in our Main Gallery, he has kindly offered up three fantastic prints (unframed) as prizes in a prize draw which will run for the duration of the exhibition. It's really easy to enter... just pop up to see the exhibition, fill out an entry form and post it in the secure box provided.
The closing date for entries is Saturday 25th September and we'll be picking three lucky winners (each will receive a print) at random the following week.
WE ARE WINNERS!
It has just been announced that we are winners in the Muddy Stiletto Awards 2021 and have been declared the 'BEST CAFE' in Wiltshire! We are so happy and proud of our team for achieving this fabulous accolade. Thank you to everyone who voted for us in these awards, we really couldn't have done it without you.
RECREATE exhibition opens Saturday 10th July
Our next exhibition, Recreate, starts this weekend on Saturday 10th July. The exhibition is filled with beautiful creations made from recycled materials. You'll find sculpture, jewellery, mosaics, glass frames, lighting, homeware and furniture all made from reclaimed and recycled materials by artists who are dedicated to creating new art from old waste.
Find out more about the exhibition here.
Prize Draw now open for entries!
Local artist Louise Luton is exhibiting her beautiful paintings here from 5th June - 3rd July and is very kindly offering one lucky person the chance to win a pair of wonderful giclée prints from her exhibition. No purchase necessary, just pop upstairs to the view the exhibition and fill out an entry form whilst you're there, fold it up and drop it into the secure box provided. See here for full terms and conditions.
Deadline for entries is Saturday 3rd July 2021 and we'll be picking a winner at random the following week.
Find out more about the exhibition here.
Courtyard Makers Markets this summer!
Following the success of our Christmas Makers Markets, we're bringing them back this summer. There will be eight markets throughout the summer months, running each Saturday from 24th July.
Artists and Makers can apply to sell at our markets by downloading the application form here.
Studio Space available
We've got a lovely small studio available to rent on our first floor, perfect for a budding artist or maker looking to join a community of like-minded creatives.
If you'd like to find out more about the space, please email us to register your interest and we'll send you some more information.
A very special Prize Draw!
We really wanted to do something special to mark our fresh new start and to thank you for your amazing support through the last year, we wouldn't have got through it without you. So we're launching a very special prize draw where you have the chance to win £200 to spend in our Gallery Shop and Cafe.
Once we have opened again on Monday 12th April, you'll receive an entry form with any purchase from our Gallery Shop or Cafe. Fill out the form, pop it in our big red post box on the Gallery counter (ask a member of staff if you're not sure) and we'll be drawing a winner on Monday 17th May 2021.
Terms & Conditions apply.
Upcoming exhibition - IMPRESS V
We are busy getting the Main Gallery ready for an exhibition which starts from Monday 12th April. IMPRESS V is our fifth in a series of exhibitions celebrating the fantastic work of printmakers from across the country.
You'll find a wonderful collection of affordable wall art, textiles, homewares and more.
You can find out more about this exhibition here.
We'll be open again from Monday 12th April
Following the latest Government guidelines, we are able to open our doors again from Monday 12th April 2021. Lockdown 3.0 has felt like an eternity and we can't wait to see you all once again! Our Gallery & Cafe will be open from 10am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday. For the time being, the Cafe is able to open with outside seating only in our Courtyard and covered pergola. We will be offering a brunch, lunch and afternoon tea menu to be enjoyed al fresco.
Many of our Studios will also be re-opening on this day although they all have their own opening times, so best to check with them individually.
Lockdown 3.0 - we'll be back soon!
Due to the current Government Covid-19 Guidelines, we have had to close until further notice. We are confident that we will get through this and can't wait to see you all when restrictions are eased. In the meantime, we'll be busy planning, doing some experimental baking and revamping our Online Shop. We will let you know as soon as we have the green light to re-open.
Our Studios will also be closed to the public but many of them will continue to work behind the scenes and some offer online services too so please do check with them directly.
We'll be taking a little break over Christmas
Fisherton Mill will be closed from Christmas Day and re-opening on Friday 8th January 2021. We are open as normal this week (10am - 5pm) and 9am - 2pm on Christmas Eve for shopping (please note, the Cafe will be closed on Christmas Eve).
Our Studios each have their own opening hours, so please do check with them directly.
Makers Markets this December...
We're so thrilled that we've been able to go ahead with our Christmas Makers Markets which will take place under cover in our Courtyard this December.
The Markets are planned for 5th, 12th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 21st December.
We've got a great line-up of creatives for each date and you can find out more about it here.
Christmas Exhibition starting 3rd December...
Full of festive splendour, our Christmas Exhibition entitled 'Seasonal Treasures' is just that... a collection of wonderful and special products to inspire your Christmas shopping, full of great, unique gift ideas that you won't find anywhere else.
You can find out more about this exhibition here.
Christmas Shopping Evenings
A little bit different this year to make sure we can follow social distancing guidelines, our annual Christmas Shopping Evenings will be spread over two nights. There'll be a vibrant, festive atmosphere and a complimentary glass of homemade mulled wine on arrival.
Tickets are free but you'll need to book here in advance. This is to ensure that we can manage the numbers and enable a safe and relaxed shopping experience for all. We have two time slots per evening, please select from 6-7pm or 7-8pm on the date of your choice.
Courtyard Christmas Makers Market
Fisherton Mill will be hosting it’s first ever outdoor ‘Courtyard Makers Market’ this winter!
We’ll have seven covered spaces available within our courtyard area on various dates in the run up to Christmas, ideal for makers to sell directly to the public. We are on the lookout for talented makers from Wiltshire and beyond. If you'd like to apply, you can download the application form and terms here. If you'd like any further info, please email us.
We are looking for a Manager to lead the small and friendly team in our award-winning Gallery Cafe. This is a full time position, to include Saturdays.
If you would like to find out more about the job, please drop us an email and we'll send you some more information.
Eat Out to Help Out
We've now registered for the government scheme so you can enjoy up to £10pp off your meal here at Fisherton Mill. The offer starts from 3rd August and runs each Monday - Wednesday throughout the month. You don't need a voucher, we'll just automatically discount your bill when you pay.
This is a fantastic initiative to boost the hospitality industry and we look forward to seeing you!
Exhibition Coming Soon - #PAUSE by Rob Hames
We're now able to get our exhibition schedule back on track and first up is a fantastic exhibition by local artist, Rob Hames. He last exhibited with us here in 2018 and this time he'll be exhibiting the work he has created during the recent lockdown period.
Starts on Saturday 22nd August and will be up until 26th September.
Find out more about Rob and his upcoming exhibition here.
11th July 2020
A Message from Deborah & Michael
Following so many weeks of uncertainty Michael and I are delighted to say that Fisherton Mill will return to near normal service from Monday 13th July. Despite the enormous challenges we have faced this year, our passion for food and art remains undimmed and our extraordinary team are now gradually returning to the fold to ensure that everything is in place to welcome you all back safely.
We have been trading in a very small way for the last month, just 3 days a week, and the Café has operated a takeaway service. Next week will see the resumption of indoor tables alongside our lovely, sunny courtyard seating and we will return to opening every day (except Sundays) with slightly reduced opening hours of 10am – 3pm.
Our Studio tenants will operate individual opening hours but, with the exception of Eden Beauty (who is not yet permitted to re-open), they too are all back and working away on site. We are also very pleased to welcome two new tenants to the first floor – artist Tim Maddden and jeweller Jenny Tataryn (mhoho jewellery) - both are in the process of moving into their spaces and once they are properly at home, we will give you a better insight into what they do.
During the time we were in enforced lockdown many of you will have rediscovered or developed creative skills and endeavours. Michael started learning Italian and added new pieces to his clarinet repertoire and I took the time to try new recipes and cook for pleasure again (the kitchen is my domain at home!). We all realised the very significant role ‘art’, in the widest sense, plays in our wellbeing and how much we have valued it during lockdown.
Now that restrictions are easing, we need to call upon you all to value the creative offer at Fisherton Mill, and in Salisbury more generally, as much as you can. We understand that our customers all have very differing attitudes to, and perception of, risk and will all be facing different health and wellbeing situations which will impact what they can and can’t do. However, the vast majority of us are now permitted to carefully go about our lives more or less as before.
Whilst it does feel a little odd to be out and about again it also feels quite uplifting. Although I am sure we will all go forwards with adjusted priorities we hope that they will include resuming your daily (yes there are some!), weekly or monthly trips to Fisherton Mill. You have supported
us through thick and thin over 25 years (we were planning to celebrate that milestone with you all this summer) and we hope you will feel able and ready to do the same over these next weeks.
On a practical level we have set out the measures in place here, following current guidance, which will enable us to maintain a safe environment for both our team and customers. As you all know the Mill is a large airy, space which makes it easy to move around with consideration to others.
Finally (and perhaps most importantly) many of you have been concerned about toilet facilities and I am pleased to announce they will be open from Monday as well.
With warm wishes
Deborah & Michael