Waterside, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4AU
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 includes the Babylon Gallery, which is located on the Cathedral city’s pretty riverside, and the Babylon Cinema at The Maltings, 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 and further afield. 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, paintings, digital artworks 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 groups.
Claire has been at the helm for around three years 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’ 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.
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?