News and Events
Upcoming Exhibition - IMPRESS IV
Starting on 20th July, this exhibition is a showcase of contemporary printmaking. We have curated this exhibition ourselves and pulled together a group of exceptional printmakers, all exhibiting different techniques and styles. Head to our Exhibitions page to find out more about this and other exhibitions at Fisherton Mill. Free entry, Monday - Saturday in the Main Gallery.
Book signing with Angie Langley
Local author, Angie Langley, will be joining us on Friday 12th July to do a book signing in our cafe. Do bring your books along for signing and to meet Angie, or if you haven't read her books yet you can purchase them on the day.
Angie will be here between 12-4pm.
South Wiltshire Business of the Year Awards 2019
We were thrilled to be a finalist for the Retailer of the Year award at the South Wiltshire Business of the Year Awards 2019! We had a great evening out at the ceremony which was attended by so many fantastic local businesses.
Exhibition Talk : The Tentmakers of Cairo
Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to learn more about our upcoming exhibition of contemporary textile art from The Tentmakers of Cairo. The talk will trace the evolution of tentmaking design from the traditional patterns of the 19th Century Khedival Revival period through to the exuberance of their contemporary work, exploring the external influences that prompted those changes and the new designs which resulted from them.
Big welcome to The History Bookshop studio
If you've visited recently you may have noticed the barn studio in the courtyard is now full to the brim with historical reads... opened recently, we'd like to give a big warm welcome to Patrick and The History Bookshop. The shop will usually be open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday but if you're planning a trip especially then please do give us a call on 01722 500200 to check it's open.
Following on from their successful exhibition in 2017, this exhibition will showcase the beautiful textile art from The Tentmakers of Cairo. From the 15th June to the 13th July you'll be able to view these colourful and intricate textiles up close, they will also be available to buy. There will be a free talk between 6-8pm on the 27th June where you'll be able to learn more about the art from the curators of the exhibition (free admission but booking essential, please contact us for more details).
See here for more details of this exhibition.
Fancy joining the Fisherton Mill team?
We're currently looking for two members to join our friendly team:
- Food preparation assistant - 5 days a week (includes some Saturdays).
- Gallery assistant - 2 days a week (including Saturdays) plus holiday cover.
For further information please email email@example.com
Revival - a collection of paintings by Fiona Forbes
Our Main Gallery is full of colour with a collection of beautiful and vibrant paintings by Fiona Forbes. The exhibition runs from Saturday 11th May through to 8th June 2019 so please do pop by to have a look.
Admission is free.
Head over to our Exhibitions page for more information.
We are so thrilled to have been nominated for the Observer Food Monthly Awards again this year! Thank you so much to anyone who has put us forward - we really appreciate it.
If you would like to vote for us in these awards, please click here and enter Fisherton Mill Gallery Cafe in the 'CHEAP EATS' Category.
Our Spring Awakening exhibition opens this Saturday 6th April and runs through to 4th May. Featuring the work of 11 different artists, this is a collection of pieces inspired by spring.
More info and examples of our menu on our exhibitions page.
THE GALLERY CAFE REFURBISHMENT
All the hard work has paid off and we're thrilled to share with you our newly refurbished Gallery Cafe. It maintains all the things everyone loves about Fisherton Mill, but with a more contemporary look and a shiny new Italian coffee machine serving delicious coffees (regular fans of our cafetiere coffee need not be disappointed, this is still on offer too!) The food menu has also had an update, and you will find a host of seasonal dishes on offer as well as some of the usual favourites... we've also added a few interesting cocktails and aperitifs to the drinks menu for those who fancy something a bit stronger with lunch.
More info and examples of our menu on our cafe page.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
*** SALE *** NOW ON IN OUR GALLERY SHOP
Ends Saturday 23rd March 2019
Don't miss out on some great offers in our Gallery SALE, there's some lovely pieces available at a reduced price... treat yourself or find something nice for a gift, our sale is for a limited time only so come and bag yourself a bargain!
STRICTLY PRINTING - MEET THE ARTISTS
Saturdays in March 11am-3pm
Our current exhibition in the Main Gallery runs until Saturday 30th March, 'Strictly Printing' is an exhibition of nearly 50 works of art created by members of Wiltshire Print Creatives. This is a new artists collective made up of 12 local printmakers based at a studio linked to Wiltshire College.
Do pop in to see the exhibition at any time during our opening hours, and if you fancy meeting the artists involved then please drop in on Saturdays between 11am and 3pm where some of the members of the Wiltshire Print Creatives will be here to chat with you about their pieces and processes.
Head over to our exhibitions page for more information about the exhibition.
Temporary Cafe closure - January 20 - 23rd 2019
The Cafe will be closed for 3 days for much needed improvement works in January. We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause but we hope that the benefits will be worth it!
***The Gallery and Studios will be open as usual throughout***
The Cafe will re-open as usual from 10am Thursday 24th January however all the improvements will not be complete until February when we will have a bit of a re-launch. Keep up to date with progress by following our posts on social media.
OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENING
Friday 9th November 2018 - 6pm to 8.30pm
Our annual Christmas shopping experience returns with live music, nibbles from Michael's kitchen and mulled wine to enjoy whilst you browse the wonderful array of art, craft and gifts on display and explore the Studio, as well as the Mistletoe and Merriment Exhibition that will be launched that evening.
This year there will also be a FREE to enter raffle on the night to win a selection of Fisherton Mill and Studios Gift Vouchers and also a Craft Beer and Cocktail Bar (sorry - the bar isn't free!).
Entry is free and no tickets are required. Do come along and bring your friends!
DESIGNS BY STEPHANIE | JEWELLERY VALUATION SERVICE
Stephanie Dowthwaite has joined us on the first floor here at Fisherton Mill to run two jewellery businesses and we are so pleased to have her here!
Stephanie makes artisan gemstone jewellery, from token gifts to landmark occasions, made on site in precious metals and showcased alongside a limited collection of vintage and antique pieces (Designs by Stephanie) and she also does on-site discreet valuations for your most precious jewellery possessions (The Jewellery Valuation Company).
Stephanie is a gemmologist, diamond specialist and Member of the Institute of Registered Valuers, Stephanie Dowthwaite P.J.Dip FGA FNAJ DGA MIRV.
OBSERVER FOOD MONTHLY AWARDS 2018
Best Cheap Eats in the West
We are delighted to announce that, for the fifth time, we have been selected by the Observer Food Monthly Awards for their "Best Cheap Eats in the West" category. This is all down to you voting for us and so we are thrilled and very grateful to you all.
SALISBURY'S ONLY ENTRY IN THE 2019 GOOD FOOD GUIDE!
We are truly delighted to announce that our Gallery Café is included in the keenly awaited Good Food Guide for 2019. Although a total of 20 Wiltshire eateries feature in the latest Guide, Fisherton Mill is the only outlet listed in Salisbury.
Here's what the Guide has to say: “A unique café providing tasty, interesting and unfailingly fresh food. The menu is innovative and ever-changing, but there is something for everyone, including vegetarian food and our favourite pudding - the gluten-free polenta cake.”
Although we have have won five times in the yearly Observer Food Monthly (OFM) Awards, this is the first time that the Gallery Café has featured in the Good Food Guide. We are so pleased that the Guide has recognised Michael's passion for delicious and healthy home-cooked food.
We'd like to express our sincere thanks to our hard-working staff, as well as to all our customers, especially those who have recommended us to the Guide. With their support, we will continue to keep Salisbury's flag flying on the UK food map.
Please help spread the word - visitors to Salisbury should definitely make a date to eat at the Gallery Café!
ON SALE NOW - FISHERTON MILL CALENDAR 2019
For the first time, we have put together and are selling our very own Fisherton Mill Calendar. A contribution from the sale of each calendar will be going to charity.
13 artists who regularly have their work on show with us here at Fisherton Mill have very generously let us use one of their artworks for the calendar and Francesca Mclean, local artist and illustrator, has produced some beautiful calligraphy for the pages too. we are really delighted with the results and we hope you will be!
To make our calendar even more special, it includes 13 months rather than 12! In November and December, we often find that we need to write down dates of things happening the following January but there is usually nowhere to do it on a regular calendar. So we have addressed that problem by adding in an extra page for January 2020!
The calendar is on sale now in the Gallery shop for £7.95. £2.50 from the sale of each calendar will be going to support Julia's House, our chosen charity for this year.
ST THOMAS'S CAFE COOK BOOK
The St Thomas’s Café Cook Book is now on sale as a fundraising project for Quest 2020. Sponsored by Forkingout Ltd and Fisherton Mill, it contains 55 mouth-watering recipes, from a range of savoury dishes to an abundance of cakes, biscuits and desserts.
The recipes have been gathered in from members of St Thomas’s and well-wishers, as well as from several independent cafés in Salisbury. Michael, our owner and chef, has several recipes included in the cook book. Recipes have also come from The Antelope Café, Bernières Tea Room, Dinghams Café, Henderson’s Artisan Bakery and Café, Salisbury Cathedral Refectory Restaurant, The Yard and Robert Lewis of Britford Farm Shop.
At £5 a copy, and with costs covered by sponsorship and donations, all proceeds will go to QUEST 2020.
Copies can be bought:
- from the Parish Office (NB for cash only)
- at the Coffee Mornings on the third Saturday of each month
- at church after the 10.15 service
- at Fisherton Mill in the Gallery shop
TOILET TWINNING - A WATER AND SANITATION INITIATIVE
Now that the renovation of our toilets is almost complete, we are feeling very priviledged and wanted to share our good fortune by twinning our toilets with some in Milawi.
By donating £60 to twin a toilet, we can assist people in poverty to have access to a proper latrine, clean water and the information they need to be healthy.
In return we get a certificate, a colour photo of our twin toilet and GPS coordinates so that we can look our twin’s location up on Google Maps.
We have requested our twin toilets and are now waiting for further information.
Once the system is all up and running, you will find a donations box in the toilets asking for you to "spend a penny when you spend a penny"! There is no obligation to do this, but if you want to then the pennies collected will also go towards supporting this very worthwhile cause.
THE ARTISAN STUDIO IS NOW OPEN
Juliette Scott opened the doors of The Artisan Studio on 14th September 2018 and has been inviting visitors to come in and browse her collection of wonderful artisan items from Europe. She sources all the pieces herself and has an eye for exceptional quality and craftsmanship. The reaction so far has been an extremely positive one. Next time you are here, please do pop up to the first floor and say hello to her!
Visit her website at http://theartisanstudio.uk/ for more information.
Posted on 27th September 2018
THE COLOUR ROOM COMES TO FISHERTON MILL
Debbie and Mariella, who together run The Colour Room, have relocated from Winchester Street and have just opened their doors here at Fisherton Mill! We are delighted to have them here and we are all looking forward to booking in and having our hair expertly pampered. We hope you are too!
Believing in sustainable beauty and using only ECO-friendly Davines products, the Colour Room will treat you to a relaxing one-on-one hairdressing experience in a beautiful and creative setting.
Posted 11th July 2018
OPPORTUNITY TO BE RESIDENT JEWELLER --
Fisherton Mill will shortly have a studio vacancy ideally suited for a resident jeweller. Our current jeweller is sadly relocating to her hometown Winchester leaving the opportunity open for a new jeweller to take up the position at Fisherton Mill. The first floor studio is bright and airy with original wooden floors and a view over the courtyard. The terms are flexible and affordable and the Mill is easily accessed from the City Centre and public transport.
If you are familiar with Fisherton Mill you will know we have an award winning café, gallery shop and exhibition spaces as well as a lovely community of makers on site alongside other small creative businesses and we have always had a jeweller to fulfil demand for commissions and repairs etc. as well as selling pieces. It makes starting up or growing a jewellery business much less of a challenge as there is an established trade from which to build.
If you would like more information or to view the space please do let us know on 01722 500200 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://fishertonmill.co.uk/studios/
Posted 10th July 2018
COURTYARD STUDIO AVAILABLE SHORTLY
Are you looking for a unique and creative space to work? Perhaps you would like to come and join us here at Fisherton Mill? We will shortly have a courtyard studio available. If you think you might be interested, please take a look at the details via the link below and then get in touch! We would be very happy to meet with you and show you around.
Posted 9th July 2018
VISIT WILTSHIRE VISITORS' MAP & VISITORS' GUIDE
Visit Wiltshire have just produced this very helpful Visitors' Map and Visitors' Guide, both available in lots of different locations around the City, including the Tourist Information Centre.
For a digital copy of the Visitors' Map, click here
For a digital copy of the Visitors' Guide, click here
THE SALISBURY GIFT CARD
Fisherton Mill is now accepting the new Salisbury Gift Card in the Gallery and the Café. Help support local businesses by using the card and keeping money in the City.
The Salisbury Gift Card is a pre-loaded Mastercard-based gift card which works in the same way as a store gift card, but can be spent in over 100 participating businesses all over the city.
All you need to do is buy your Salisbury Gift Card with the amount you want and then give it to your friend, family member or colleague as a present!
Read more about this new initiative by the Salisbury Bid here on the Salisbury Gift Card website. You can purchase the cards direct from this website.
PRINTMAKING DEMONSTRATIONS & MEET THE ARTIST OPPORTUNITY
Gemma Dunn, one of the artists currently showing here for the Salisbury Art Trail, will be doing printmaking demonstrations and will be available to answer questions about printmaking and her work on the following days:
Monday 11th June 1pm to 3pm
Tuesday 12th June 1pm to 3pm
Wednesday 13th June 1pm to 2pm
Thursday 14th June 1pm to 3pm
Friday 15th June 2pm to 3pm
She will also be running a linocut printmaking workshop on Saturday 16th June from 10.30 to 1pm. Read more ....
Gemma Dunn Feather Print
SALISBURY ART TRAIL RETURNS TO FISHERTON MILL
After a three-year break, the 2018 Salisbury Art Trail returns from the 2nd to the 17th June, beginning with a launch evening at the Salisbury Art Centre showcasing artworks from each Art Trail venue. Over 75 artists across 50 venues in the city centre and surrounding area are taking part and it's completely free to visit all venues (please check opening hours).
Major venues taking part include Salisbury Library, Salisbury Cathedral refectory and us here at Fisherton Mill, as well as local hotels, shops and artists' studios. As the biggest private venue taking part, we (venue 38) are proud to be supporting the Salisbury Art Trail once more.
Some of our Studios will be offering demonstrations and workshops during the Trail and six selected local artists have been invited to exhibit here: Amanda Fisher (Charcoal, Graphite and Ink Drawings), Annie Taylor (Oil Paintings), Gemma Dunn (Printmaking and Painting), Peter Matthews (Mixed Media and Acrylic Paintings, Collage and Print), Sarah Sowerby and Yvette Cannon (both Gold and Silversmiths).
The Art Trail brochure is available as a hard copy in participating venues NOW – pop into Fisherton Mill to pick one up or download HERE.
OBSERVER FOOD MONTHLY AWARDS 2018
We are very excited that our lovely café has once again been nominated in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2018. The award is simply down to customer votes, with a judges selection at the final stage, so if you could spare a moment to cast your vote for us for this, that would be great! And please do ask members of your family to vote individually as every vote really does count!
It only takes a minute and everyone casting a vote is entered into a draw for some amazing prizes as well.
Select : Best Cheap Eats as the category
Enter : Fisherton Mill Gallery Café as the Restaurant name
Enter : Salisbury as the City
Enter: Fisherton Street as the location
Many thanks for your support.
Select : Best Cheap Eats as the category
Enter : Fisherton Mill Gallery Café as the Restaurant name
Enter : Salisbury as the City
Enter: Fisherton Street as the location
MUDDY STILETTOS AWARDS 2018
We won the Muddy Stilettos Best Art Gallery category for 2018! Thank you so much to all of you who voted for us. We were not expecting this and it is a huge thrill for our whole team here at Fisherton Mill.
We were amongst a number of winners from Salisbury in these awards which is wonderful news for the City. We send our congratulations to them all.
Please head over to the Muddy Stilettos website for more details.
PETER MATTHEWS PRIVATE VIEW OF "NEW PAINTINGS" EXHIBITION
Friday 25th May 6pm - 8.30pm
Peter Matthews is having a Private View of his exhibition "New Paintings" on Friday 25th May 2018 from 6pm to 8.30pm and you are all most welcome to attend! Come along, have a chat with the artist and enjoy a glass of wine and some nibbles as you have a leisurely look at his new work, some figurative and some abstract.
SALISBURY - CITY OF DOVES
Salisbury Cathedral is hosting a major art installation that carries a message of resilience, peace and hope. Les Colombes by multimedia artist Michael Pendry features a flock of around 2,500 white origami doves that ‘fly’ the length of the Cathedral nave. The installation opens to the public on Saturday 12 May.
Alongside the installation #SalisburyCityofDoves, a community project inspired by Michael Pendry’s work extends the message across the city. Shops, homes and schools are being encouraged to make paper doves and display them in their premises as a simple but powerful symbol of the city’s resilience in response to the nerve agent attack. We are delighted to be taking part in this and we have paper and instructions available for you here so that you can have a go. You can either take your dove home with you or leave it with us to be part of our large dove display.
We are also holding a drop-in "Make and Cake" event where you can come along to make some origami doves with us and also partake in some free cake! The date of this event is Thursday 10th May at 5.30 - 7.30pm.
If you have been to visit us in the last couple of weeks, you will know that we are in the process of having our toilets renovated. At the moment, it is the men's toilet that is being totally reconstructed. The work is now very near to completion.
The ladies toilets are also in line for a complete update. The work is scheduled for just after Easter.
We are so grateful to you all for your patience whilst all this is happening.
SAYING NO TO PLASTIC STRAWS
At Fisherton Mill, we are saying no to plastic straws and will only be using paper ones from now on, if requested.
The global movement to eliminate plastic drinking straws from our landfills, our streams, our oceans, and our beaches is picking up momentum now. People are refusing plastic straws and requesting that restaurants & cafés provide biodegradable alternatives, where needed.
Here are some steps you can take to help with this movement:
Level 1: Make a personal commitment to say "no" to plastic straws. When you order a drink, please say “no plastic straw, please.” Encourage your friends and family to do the same.
Level 2: Ask your favourite restaurants, cafés, bars, clubs and pubs to join in with this movement.
Level 3: If they need or wish to continue providing straws for customers, please ask them to change to an environmentally friendly version - eg. paper.
** LOVER VILLAGE VALENTINE'S DAY POSTAL SERVICE VIA FISHERTON MILL **
This year we are joining forces and working exclusively with the Lover Village Valentine Postal Service to help people send their cards from 'the most romantic village in the world.'
This is the second year that the Lover village Post Office has been running this special service and we are truly delighted to be involved.
To take part is simple:
1. Choose a card in our Gallery shop, write your message and address the envelope.
2. Hand it to one of our Gallery staff members.
3. Costs vary depending on the card you choose (from £3 to £8) but all options include the special processing in Lover.
4. Post the card in the Fisherton Mill post box on the counter by Saturday 10th February 2018.
The Lover cupids will collect the cards and process them from the village, stamping each one with a special cachet stamp on the envelope to mark its origin before they are sent from the village to your loved one in time for 14th February.
Part of the proceeds from each purchase will go to the Lover Community Trust.
Read more on the Lover village website.
** FISHERTON MILL WORKSHOP GIFT VOUCHERS NOW AVAILABLE **
We have just introduced our Fisherton Mill Workshop Gift Vouchers! They are a really great present for anyone in your life who enjoys being creative!
These vouchers can be put towards the cost of any workshop running here at Fisherton Mill in the year after their purchase, either being put on by one of our Studios or by outside practitioners.
You can buy these gift vouchers in person in our Gallery shop or online via our Online Shop.
** TO CLAY PRACTITIONERS IN THE SALISBURY AREA **
Hey Clay! is returning next year from the 23rd to the 25th March 2018 and we are very much hoping to be involved with this again.
Organised by the Crafts Council, it is a national celebration of clay which gives everyone the chance to unleash their inner potter at venues across the UK through free workshops and taster sessions.
The only stipulation by the organisers is that the participation sessions are free. Whilst this is a big ask for clay practitioners and the venues hosting them, the hope is that taking part will bring in new audiences and that being part of a national campaign will help practitioners and venues raise their profiles.
Hey Clay! will once more be part of Get Creative (which is being extended to ten days, taking place from 17-26 March) meaning that the BBC will be promoting it on national and regional radio and online. Several Hey Clay! 2017 venues were featured on regional radio stations and one of our Hey Clay! makers threw a pot on air in the Radio 5 Live studio!
We will need to return our event listings forms to Hey Clay! 2018 by 15th January 2018, but earlier if possible, so if you are a clay practitioner interested in helping us be a part of Hey Clay! 2018 again, then please do get in touch as soon as possible.
Festive Opening Hours
In the run up to Christmas, we will be opening slightly different hours during the week and on Saturdays and are open every Sunday from 26th November onwards from 11am to 4pm. The Café will be open on Sundays for drinks and cakes only.
Please note that we are open 9am to 2pm on Christmas Eve in the Gallery shop for any last minute bits and pieces you need to buy as presents!
We'll look forward to seeing you here for a bit of calm, enjoyable Christmas shopping away from all the crowds.
Observer Food Monthly 'Best Cheap Eats in the West 2017'
We are delighted to announce that the Gallery Café is a winner in the highly prized Observer Food Monthly (OFM) Awards for 2017. Named as one of three winners of 'Best Cheap Eats in the West', the OFM praised Fisherton Mill Gallery Café as follows: "An 1880 grain mill with a gallery and a café which spills out into the courtyard on fine days. Imaginative, well-priced menus."
We're genuinely humbled to get this award again and we would like to express our gratitude to all of our customers - regulars, occasional visitors and one-off visitors - who all help to make the Gallery Café such a success. We look forward to welcoming you in the months coming up to Christmas and into 2018!
Julia's House Children's Hospice - Our Chosen Charity
The staff at Fisherton Mill have voted to support the charity Julia's House this year. Julia’s House is an award-winning children’s hospice charity dedicated to bringing comfort and care to families across Dorset and Wiltshire.
They provide practical and emotional support for individual children and their families, either in their own homes, in the community or at their hospices.
To find out more, please visit their website here:
Our Christmas Shopping Evening is nearly here!
Friday 10th November 2017 - 6pm to 8.30pm
You are warmly invited to come along and join us on Friday 10th November for our annual Christmas Shopping Evening. We will be open from 6pm to 8.30pm so please pop in on your way home from work or on your way out to dinner, and bring all your family and friends! We aim to take the stress out of Christmas shopping for you and help you find unusual handmade presents not available on the High Street.
Whilst you shop you will also be able to enjoy mulled wine and nibbles, listen to live music, get 10% discount on your purchases and be one of the first people to visit "Shine" - our Christmas exhibition which will be previewing on that evening!
First Floor and Courtyard Studios will be staying open for the Shopping Evening for browsing, buying, ordering (and making, if booked in advance). Many will also be offering 10% discounts, so come and get your Christmas gifts all sorted out in one place and then you can relax!
If you haven't visited for a while, you will find that we have two new studios on our First Floor - Alison Nash (an expert in bead embroidery, felting and mosaics) and Fisherton Framing (for all your artwork framing needs). They will be very happy to welcome you.