Opened in June 2011, Down Stairs is a 6,000 square foot artist-run space located at Great Brampton House in Herefordshire.
It supports contemporary artists from a variety of backgrounds and across all media. It seeks to nurture and support artists at the early stages of their career, and is committed to showing emerging artists alongside established names in group and solo exhibitions. Down Stairs offers a diverse visual arts experience to the local community and visitors from further afield through an ambitious programme of exhibitions and events, inside the ten rooms of the gallery as well as the extensive grounds and outbuildings of Great Brampton House.
Exhibitions to date include Change The World Or Go Home, which questioned the role of the artist within contemporary culture; Heartlands, which united artists interested in the countryside and its relationship with British national identity; and most recently The Stone of Folly, which used local Neolithic burial site Arthurs Stone as the basis for exploring ideas around local folklore and forgotten histories through works that overlap notions of fantastical narrative and shifting materiality.
Artists exhibited to date include Benedict Drew, Heather Phillipson, Nicholas Pope, Katie Cuddon, Alice Anderson, Cathy Lomax, Sarah Woodfine, Jimmy Merris, Hennessy Youngman, Jeremy Deller, Mark Titchner, Gavin Turk, Simon Roberts, Sean Dower, John Goto, Mark McGowan and Susan Stockwell amongst many others.
Down Stairs aims to provide a platform for both the creation and experience of ambitious contemporary critical practice on a much needed regional level, whilst seeking to align its aims and dialogues with similar peers on a national and international level. As part of this Down Stairs also offers an Artist Residency programme as part of its commitment to supporting artists. Residents have included Tom Howse, whose residency led to the solo exhibition Fantastic Salad, Adeline de Monseignat, Daniel Kelly, and recent recipient of our inaugural prize for a graduating student from Hereford College of Arts, Kayley Gladwin.
Down Stairs is programmed and run by artists Craig Barnes and Dmitri Galitzine, with the support of artist, entrepreneur and philanthropist Martin Miller.