Faux Arts is housed in a former 18th Century grain mill/ tannery and store used during the canal era and latterly in the early days of the Dairycrest creamery, which languishes nearby. The building lay derelict for many years before it was rescued from residential development by the current owner, local artist Shan Miller.
Today The Loft is a multi-use space for artists and includes a nightclub/cafe on the ground floor, a gallery space on the first floor which can also be used for various activities and a prop store on the second floor with many curios and artefacts along with an extensive theatrical wardrobe.
The Faux Arts group was formed in 2010 as an alternative showcase for those creatives whose work would not by accepted by conventional galleries. The very first show was a photographic exhibition and since then there have been several others exploring different mediums and themes, including painting, sculpture, poetry and book-readings. The Loft soon became a centre of activity for numerous groups including The Women’s Rural Workshop, The Land Army Girls and various local drama groups.
The Loft continues to champion alternative thinking, by giving opportunities to those artists who wish to work outside the bounds of convention, thus providing a platform for individual arts practitioners.
Ground Floor - Lepa Night Club/Kitchen/Cafe Champignon/Boar’s Head Bar
A perfect venue for intimate birthday celebrations, parties and barmy gatherings, for which bands can be provided. Band nights every 3 months, usually themed, check for details. Always on the lookout for new bands. Also ideal for talks and meetings on a variety of subjects.
First Floor - Gallery Space
A large, airy, bright exhibition space available for hire, which can also be used for various activities such as yoga, exercise classes, drama groups and art classes.
Second Floor - Prop Store
Contains 17th century leper archives and reconstruction of a leper cottage, taxidermy, bizarre curios, occult artifacts and a variety of costumes and props for hire. Perfect for mock goth weddings with a period confessional room and banqueting table.
The exterior of The Loft and all the floors are ideal as photo and video locations, please enquire for more details.