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Cuckoo farm Studios was established in 1992 when a small group of artists moved in and began to turn this derelict farm into a suitable establishment for practicing professional artists to work from. Since then it has grown to house over 30 studios and prides itself on the professionalism of it's artists and the reputation that they bring to the organisation. One of the many farm buildings was a pig shed until a few years ago when the artists received funding from the Hervey Benham Trust to turn it into a gallery. The Benham Gallery now hosts a full programme of exhibitions and residencies year after year, many of which are open to the public. Events information is published on our website.
In the grounds of the farm is an annual contemporary Outside exhibition where artists come out of their studios to produce work specifically for the outside. This usually runs throughout the month of August and is open to the public at weekends.In September the artists open their studio doors to the public at the annual Open Studios weekend. This is an excellent opportunity to meet artists and designer makers in their workplace, see work in action or take the opportunity to purchase or commission work.
Cuckoo Farm Studios engages with local communities through workshops both at the studios and also in schools around Colchester and the wider region. Many artists are commissioned for public art projects where they work with developers, designers and communities regenerating specific areas of our region. There is also a Printworkshop on the site which is fully equipped and the members hold a variety of workshops where people learn many aspects and techniques of printmaking.
Cuckoo Farm Studios is a member of the National Federation of Studio Providers giving them access to a wide network of artist studios, information and procedures.
We are located in a rural location and are proud of our rustic environment. We have free parking, basic facilities and a warm welcome.
- Disabled toilets
- Picnic site
- Children welcome
- Free Parking
- Public toilets
- Telephone (public)
- Accepts groups
Map & Directions
By Road: From London/Chelmsford. Leave the A12 at junction 27, then merge onto unnamed road "Colchester", at Spring Lane Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A133 "Colchester", at roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A134 "Sudbury", next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A134 "Sudbury". At North Station continue forward onto the A134 "Sudbury", at traffic signals turn left onto the A134 "Sudbury", along Northern Approach Road straight through all sets of lights A134 "Sudbury", At roundabout take the 4th exit onto Boxted Road "Boxted", Cuckoo Farm Studios is Third right off Boxted Rd (1st is Severals Hospital, 2nd is United Way (Colchester FC)). From Ipswich. Leave the A12 at junction 29, then at roundabout take the 3rd exit, then immediately turn left onto Newcomen Way "Colchester Business Park", at roundabout take the 3rd exit onto The Crescent. At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Mill Road Next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Mill Road, follow till major traffic lights, turn right at lights towards "Sudbury", at roundabout take the 4th exit onto Boxted Road "Boxted", Cuckoo Farm Studios is Third right off Boxted Rd (1st is Severals Hospital, 2nd is United Way (Colchester FC)).By Public Transport:Trains run out of Liverpool Street Station, London, every 30mins to Colchester North Station. The studios are a short taxi ride from the station, or a twenty-five minute walk. There is a bus out to the studios, the no.2, need to get off at 'Boxted Rd', short five-ten minute walk up Boxted Rd, bus map.