Alison Cosserat

Alison Cosserat The Old Brick Workshop

The Old Brick Workshop is a vibrant space for creative industries in Wellington. It houses nine artist's studios, a community space and now a contemporary art gallery.
The building is found on a small rural industrial estate next door to Viridor and not far from Poole waste recycling. Maybe not the obvious place to find an art gallery and studios but once inside it has a quiet, calm atmosphere that lends itself to industrious creativity. It's a spacious, versatile building over two stories that is now being utilised by many local people within many different creative fields.

The concept for The Old Brick Workshop was brought together by artist and local business woman Alison Cosserat. She discovered the building while searching for new premises for her gilding and restoration business. The building was far too large for her purpose but had such massive potential it was an opportunity not to be missed. Alison felt sure there must be other creatives out there needing space. Her aim was to develop a much needed artistic hub for the local community. Alison's risk has certainly paid off as all the art studios are fully occupied, the community room is now being utilised regularly and the gallery has hosted a variety of interesting and diverse exhibitions.

The first year of the project involved a lot of renovation of the rather neglected and down at heal building. Originally part of the historic Poole Brickworks and more recently Viridor offices, the building was certainly in need of some love and attention. Alison started work creating the upstairs studios, putting up walls, building doorways, and covering the insipid yellow walls with vast amounts of white paint. Downstairs walls were demolished, damp was tackled, ceilings plastered and floors replaced. Lighting and hanging systems were installed and the gallery was born.

The gallery opened just in time for Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2015, and was a tremendous success with over 800 visitors through the door. Now one year on, the nine member artists are getting ready for this years Open Studios 2016 which runs from the 17th of September through to the 2nd of October. Venue number 202. Not only will the artists once again be exhibiting in the gallery and throughout the building, they will also be opening their own studios allowing you a glimpse into their creative processes.

This year The Old Brick Workshop is also delighted to be host venue to one of SAW’s Creative Pathways artists. Out of the many artists who applied for this bursary it was Bristol based artist, Veronia Gayle, who won the opportunity to exhibit alongside the member artists. Veronia creates colourful abstract collages, paintings and drawings inspired by surrounding environment. Her practice is based on the experimental exploration of the ambiguous abstract nature of form, line and texture. She is going to be resident in a pop up studio during the Open Studios event and will be leading some printing workshops and a collaborative community art project throughout the two weeks.

Other opportunities being offered at The Old Brick Workshop include an art club run every Friday morning, willow workshops available during November and December, an Acrylic and Oil beginners course starting in January 2017 and printmaking and life drawing classes coming soon.
The gallery is also available for group, joint or solo exhibitions. For more information you can visit the website or email Alison directly at
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The Old Brick Workshop is an exciting ‘work in progress’ and will continue to adapt, change and develop alongside its occupants and the creative community who use and enjoy it.

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Studio Available / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2016-11-10T00:00:00Z">Thu 10 Nov 2016</span>Studio Available / Thu 10 Nov 2016

An opportunity to join our creative community. A Studio has become available at The Old Brick Workshop, Higher Poole, wellington, somerset, TA219HW....

The Old Brick Workshop / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2014-11-26T00:00:00Z">Wed 26 Nov 2014</span>The Old Brick Workshop / Wed 26 Nov 2014

The Old Brick Workshop is a new project that started I July his year. It came about as a result of needing new premises for my own business. I discove...

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Oil Painting and Acrylics - Eight week course for beginners / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2017-01-12T00:00:00Z">Thu 12 Jan</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2017-03-09T00:00:00Z">Thu 09 Mar 2017</span> <span>(2 months)</span>Oil Painting and Acrylics - Eight week course for beginners / Thu 12 Jan to Thu 09 Mar 2017 (2 months)

Oil Painting and Acrylics course starting in January 2017. An eight week course for beginners learning the basics painting with Oils and Acrylics. Ta...

Christmas Willow Workshops / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2016-12-08T00:00:00Z">Thu 08</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2016-12-17T00:00:00Z">Sat 17 Dec 2016</span> <span>(1 week)</span>Christmas Willow Workshops / Thu 08 to Sat 17 Dec 2016 (1 week)

1/2 Day workshops making Willow Christmas Decorations, Wreaths or Baskets. Join sculptor Stefan Jennings in our Community Space at The Old Brick Wor...

Willow workshops / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2016-11-19T00:00:00Z">Sat 19</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2016-11-26T00:00:00Z">Sat 26 Nov 2016</span> <span>(1 week)</span>Willow workshops / Sat 19 to Sat 26 Nov 2016 (1 week)

MAKE A WILLOW CREATURE IN A DAY - With sculptor Stefan Jennings. Come and spend the day making a deer, fox, dog, goose or creature of your choice. ...

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An opportunity to join our creative community. A studio has become available at The Old Brick Workshop, Higher Poole, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9HW...