Babylon Arts may have a small team behind it, but the Ely-based charity is having a big impact on the
local arts scene.
The organisation, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, includes the Babylon Gallery, which
is located on the Cathedral city’s pretty riverside, and the Ely Cinema, a second screening cinema,
which can be found just a stone’s throw from the gallery.
Visitors to the gallery will find a light and airy exhibition space with regularly changing works from
artists across East Anglia. In the last year the small but perfectly formed space has exhibited over
165 artists’ work, something Chief Executive Claire Somerville and the team are rightfully proud of.
Exhibitions vary in length from three to five-week runs, and showcase a mix of media including,
ceramics, etchings, paintings and drawings. The artists behind the work varies too and visitors are
just as likely to see displays produced by professional artists as they are local school and community
Claire has been at the helm for a little over a year and with a background in the Performing Arts she
has added a selection of dance events to the mix for children and their grown-ups to enjoy.
In the gallery’s gift shop, you’ll find great gift ideas produced by the artists alongside quirky brands
Powder and Green Pebble cards. The gallery’s exhibition space doubles up as the venue for Babylon
Arts’ monthly study days where people can learn more about a particular artist or genre, and is also
available to hire for private events.
At the cinema, the monthly listing includes box office favourites alongside screenings from Royal
Opera House Live, National Theatre Live and Encore and Royal Shakespeare Company.
So, if you haven’t visited the gallery or cinema before, or perhaps haven’t been for a while, why not
pop by and see it for yourself?
The exhibition featured in the photos is: Anglian Potters 'Makers in Clay' (Oct 2019)
Tel: 01353 616991