New Mercury



Originally Artspace was, as the name implies, a place. Our old hut was christened Artspace by the people who first adopted it as the place where they went to ‘do art’.

Why the New Mercury?

Because our new building was originally the Mercury Office and Print Works, as the restored stone sign over the door still states. It later housed the Forester newspaper, which was still printed on the premises up to 2001, but locally was still known as the old Mercury building. Cinderford has few historic buildings left and many local people strongly supported us in keeping this one, rather than pulling it down to build something new. So we wanted both to keep the name and sense of continuity with the past, and express our vision of a partnership project that would provide a resource for the wider community, be a place that other organisations could share.

In the five years we have been here the New Mercury has hosted arts activities by many other local and county organisations including: the Royal Forest of Dean College, CANDI, Forest of Dean Music Makers, Arts Matrix, Artshape, Forest Education Business Partnership, CLIMB, Forest of Dean Creative Partnerships, Brewery Arts, the Youth Forum, and local schools.

So – in case you are confused :

  • Artspace Cinderford is now an organisation which owns, lives in, manages and programmes the New Mercury, but also works in other venues in the community.
  • The New Mercury is a building, a community arts centre, which houses much of the work of Artspace Cinderford but welcomes other organisations sharing our space.