Anteros Arts Foundation, Fye Bridge Street, Norwich NR3 ILJ
The Anteros Arts Foundation is a charity for education and the promotion of the arts in Norfolk. Housed in an ancient Tudor merchant's house that is grade 2* listed, we teach short courses in fine art skills alongside the eight-month Anteros Arts Diploma. Our art reference library is available to students as well as the general public and contains shelves of how-to books as well as catalogues of collections and artists.
We have two gallery spaces, each with a different exhibition at any one time. The exhibitions change every two weeks, so there is always something new to see. On the first Thursday of each exhibition cycle the gallery is open late 6-8pm and these evenings offer a relaxed opportunity to view the work (with a drink in hand!) and meet the artists.
Upstairs in the music room, we have a busy programme of music featuring artists from the UK and abroad. Genres include classical, jazz and folk.
On the third floor of the building, and in the basement and cafe mezzanine are artists' studios. These are often open during open view events on Thursday evenings and, in between times, by appointment. See our studio holder page for contact details.
The Anteros Arts Foundation is entirely self-funded: no Arts Council funding, no Lottery Heritage grants. To maintain the building and staff our reception we rely entirely on studio rents, income from the cafe and venue hires for our survival. The gallery spaces are self-sufficient, artist's pay to rent the spaces and Anteros takes a modest commission on sales. Likewise, the courses and Diploma are run at cost. If you would like to make a donation to help with running costs and future planning, you can do so here.
It’s not easy being a charity for the arts in Norwich. Money is always short and often relies on volunteered time to do essential work. As a charity, we have obligations to take meetings, keep records, be transparent and produce reports for the charity commission. We have to save a reserve amount in case of a rainy day, and justify why we don’t have one if we can’t save.
We have to not only do good by supporting and promoting the arts, by hosting exhibitions, organising concerts, running a comprehensive selection of fine art classes and by ensuring fair access to the arts for all.
We have an obligation to find ways of funding the good things that we do. Day to day we do this by renting out rooms in the building, and every now and again we also ask people to help us raise funds.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT OF ANTEROS