Gallery Forty5

Gallery Forty5 is a hub for creative businesses with a café, gallery and gift shop


Gallery Forty5

Gallery Forty5 is based in a former Victorian pub in the village of Felton, in rural Northumberland, and opened in 2013. 

It is a hub for seven creative businesses and a café, gallery and gift shop run by owners Jane Hunt and Mary Mewett. 

It is an example of a rural microcluster of creative businesses into which NICRE and the Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre have published research. 

Its offer:

  • The hub offers artists’ studios which have been converted from former bedrooms and outhouses.

  • They host artists working in a variety of materials including textiles, acrylics, leather, watercolour and print, as well as a wool shop and soap maker. 

  • Jane Hunt owns the property and looks after the fabric of the building, as well as providing internet and utilities for the tenants. There is some shared marketing and the hub holds regular events as a group. 

  • Rents are kept low to support emerging creative businesses. 




Its key successes

  • Being within a hub brings massive advantages for the creative businesses. 

  • Each of the artists promotes their own work which brings customers into the shared space and has a knock-on effect for the other businesses. This wouldn’t happen if they were based in individual premises or at home, as many of them were before joining the hub, and it makes sense to form a cluster. 

  • Being able to see artists at work is also an attraction for the gallery’s customers and is good for business. 

  • While Gallery Forty5 has built up scores of loyal customers over the years, it also benefits from the popularity of Felton’s artisan bakery and coffee shop The Running Fox. This draws so many people who would have likely just continued on the A1, and bypassed the village completely. 

Owners Jane Hunt and Mary Mewett explain more:

Jane and Mary said:

“After 10 years, we are a thriving hub of creativity and have always been fully occupied as artists are keen to work here. Some of our tenants have been here all along too which is testament to the set-up and support we provide. We are now a firm favourite for visitors to the area and attract new customers all the time."

Contact details:

Mary Mewett


01670 783 424