Welcome to Unit 6

Unit 6 Art Studios, Mill Road, Barnstaple

Unit 6 is a Community Interest Company offering individula work spaces for creatives.

Unit 6 has a collaborative, creative vibe.

Unit 6 holds creative exhibitions and workshops in Art, Music, Fashion and Well-being

To hire space contact:

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Unit 6 creative  Spaces

Whether you are looking for a creative space to work or to hold a drinks reception, a team building day, exhibition, product launch or anything in-between, Unit 6 would be delighted to accommodate you.

Unit6 is located in the historic Rolle Quay area of Barnstaple, close to affordable long stay parking and bus routes.  

Resident Artists

Unit6 is home to a variety of artists ranging from painters, photographers, printmakers and woodworkers.

Framing Services

Unit6 offers a bespoke framing service for all customers.

Event Space 

Unit 6 has hosted a number of exhibitions and workshops. 

Washhouse Studio

7 years ago, Kevin and Sarah restored a hitherto roofless derelict village ex-wash house in Westleigh, as somewhere to work, and thus The Washhouse Studio was born.

Both of them are fanatical about repurposing, reusing and recycling. They are very well known locally to take in other peoples unwanted items and giving them a new purpose. They are registered with keep Britain Tidy’s Beach Care to organise local beach cleans where they collect sea debris and that also gives them many treasures to model into things of beauty.

The Washhouse Studio host a weekly art club and Sarah provides art and craft workshops collaborating with various agencies, including the Plough Theatre, Clovelly Village, Groovee Deals and the La Di Dah Pottery.

Washhouse has now moved into new larger premises in Barnstaple at Unit 6, Mill Road and will be continuing and expanding workshops for both adults and children throughout the year

Unit6 is home to a variety of artists ranging from painters, photographers, printmakers and woodworkers.

Sarah Farrell-Roberts

Paintings

Sarah’s propensity to paint larger than average canvases is somewhat explained by the fact that she honed many of her skills while prop making and painting tennis court sized backdrops for pantomimes and some of London’s best loved 90s West End shows including Cocobana and Grease. Moving on from painting theatre scenes in draughty Soho warehouses and working all night arranging shop displays and setting up exhibitions Sarah stepped aside from the ‘glitter’ of the theatre and the ‘aromatic’ smell of size to the more physically comfortable marketing world of graphic design.

Sarah then enjoyed a period of arranging photo shoots, advertising campaigns and designing marketing materials for well two known High Street retail outlets before giving it all up in 2003 to start a family. However she could not ignore her craving for the desire to wear paint splattered clothes and the joy of loaded paint brush in her hand forever, so in 2010, two children later, having spent a short time designing and implementing an art therapy programme for an addictions charity in London, Sarah moved to Devon to concentrate on her own painting.

Sarah’s paintings have now been exhibited at the Broomhill Art Hotel and Sculpture Garden and sold through Saatchiart as far afield as Las Vegas an

FAQ

What can I expect if I rent an artist space?

Our artists spaces come with tabletops, easel space, bookshelves and bookcase. There is access to a washout area both downstairs and upstairs. Toilet area and Kitchen. There is free access WIFI and tea/coffee.

Can I book an artist space once a week?

Yes. We do have some art spaces that you can book either for a week or reguarly once a week. 

Is their a membership agreement?

Yes. To make sure Unit6 runs well, we ask you to sign a usage agreement alongside some membership rules.

Can I rent space for an exhibtion or workshop?

Yes, the space has a cool vibe, it is wheelchair accessible and can be used for a variety of events  including; fashion shows, filming and exhibition.

Journal

Our Latest News

New Covid-19 Measures

We have been making some changes at Unit6, to get ready for when we can safely open again.  On the ground floor we have used our exhibition space to create  4 distinct ‘socially distancing’ art pods. Also exciting news, the pony box is nearing completion and will the...

A year in the making

A year in the making

It was just a year ago when Kevin and Sarah embarked on creating a creative community art studio. Now we have a creative space right in the middle of the town. 

New Covid-19 Measures

We have been making some changes at Unit6, to get ready for when we can safely open again.  On the ground floor we have used our exhibition space to create  4 distinct ‘socially distancing’ art pods. Also exciting news, the pony box is nearing completion and will the...

Resident Artists

Being an artist can be quite lonely, however a residency gives artists the opportunity to connect and collaborate. At Unit 6 we have creative spaces, these are bookable spaces for long term residency. Resident artists get free...

Washhouse Studio

7 years ago, Kevin and Sarah restored a hitherto roofless derelict village ex-wash house in Westleigh, as somewhere to work, and thus The Washhouse Studio was born.

Both of them are fanatical about repurposing, reusing and recycling. They are very well known locally to take in other peoples unwanted items and giving them a new purpose. They are registered with keep Britain Tidy’s Beach Care to organise local beach cleans where they collect sea debris and that also gives them many treasures to model into things of beauty.

The Washhouse Studio host a weekly art club and Sarah provides art and craft workshops collaborating with various agencies, including the Plough Theatre, Clovelly Village, Groovee Deals and the La Di Dah Pottery. Sarah continues to show her versatility as an artist as these workshops have been based on subjects as varied as willow or apple sculpting, making baskets from rope salvaged from beach cleans, even making a Dr Dolittle ‘Pushmipullu’ at an event in Tapeley Gardens. Washhouse has moved into new larger premises in Barnstaple at Unit 6, Mill Road and will be continuing and expanding workshops for both adults and children throughout the year

Workshops

A range of workshops will be on available to get involved with.

Further details will be revealed soon!

Sarah Farrell-Roberts – Paintings

Sarah’s propensity to paint larger than average canvases is somewhat explained by the fact that she honed many of her skills while prop making and painting tennis court sized backdrops for pantomimes and some of London’s best loved 90s West End shows including Cocobana and Grease. Moving on from painting theatre scenes in draughty Soho warehouses and working all night arranging shop displays and setting up exhibitions Sarah stepped aside from the ‘glitter’ of the theatre and the ‘aromatic’ smell of size to the more physically comfortable marketing world of graphic design.

Sarah then enjoyed a period of arranging photo shoots, advertising campaigns and designing marketing materials for well two known High Street retail outlets before giving it all up in 2003 to start a family. However she could not ignore her craving for the desire to wear paint splattered clothes and the joy of loaded paint brush in her hand forever, so in 2010, two children later, having spent a short time designing and implementing an art therapy programme for an addictions charity in London, Sarah moved to Devon to concentrate on her own painting.

Sarah’s paintings have now been exhibited at the Broomhill Art Hotel and Sculpture Garden and sold through Saatchiart as far afield as Las Vegas and New Zealand.

Kevin Farrell-Roberts – Eco-Centrics

Kevin, following his retirement from a 40+ year career in social work and counselling, now whiles away the hours reforming and re purposing items he endeavours to save from their hitherto probable environmentally harmful destiny in land fill, the scrap heap or as fly tip debris.

Using the woodwork and engineering skills honed over the 20 years he worked to keep Darthula, his much loved 30’ft wooden yacht, afloat he now fashions exquisite and unique items that often incorporate the now almost unattainable Burmese teak that he salvaged from Darthula when she was sadly eventually broken up.

Kevin’s creations to date include 10 ft long wood and rope tables and benches, bespoke tables to fit round trees, children’s character tables and chairs, lights made from old industrial fittings as well as bird feeders and baths made from redundant garden implements. Kevin delights in going to his workshop with no idea what he will be making that day until he sorts through his hoarded and rescued stock to find something in there that inspires him.

Events

A range of events will be held here.

Further details will be revealed soon!

You can find us here!

Unit 6

Mill Road, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1JQ

email: art@unit6.co.uk