Naomi paints a new chapter as doors open at arts centre

The Fairmoor Centre.
The Fairmoor Centre.

A Thropton-based artist has opened the doors on a new arts and crafts venue.

Naomi Walker launched the venture last week, to provide exhibition and retail space for fellow artists and craft workers from the region.

It is hoped the centre will provide a platform for creative people to showcase their work.

“As an artist, I know how important it is to be able to get your work out there in front of people and to be able to sell it at an affordable rate,” said Naomi, who has previously exhibited across the county, including at The Alnwick Garden over two consecutive years.

“There are so many talented artists and craft workers in Northumberland and I’m really excited to be involved in this project.

“I think, because our region is so dramatic and beautiful – particularly the coast and moorland – so many creative types settle here to work.”

Naomi’s Fairmoor Arts and Crafts Centre is housed in the building that was formally occupied by Farmway, behind the Fairmoor Gargage, near the north exit onto the A1 from Morpeth.

There are also working studios open upstairs that visitors are welcome to visit and artists and craftworkers are often available to chat about their work.

There is parking, coffee and a warm welcome available for visitors seven days a week.

The building also houses two other new businesses.

Fairmoor Country Store offers fine foods, organic produce and specialist wines and beers.

Meanwhile, Powerequestrian offeress equestrian supplies.

Naomi believes the future looks good, adding: “Along with the other established businesses in the direct area, this will become a great place to visit for all the family.”