Storey Gallery is an independent artist-centred publicly-funded contemporary visual art organisation. It commissions, promotes, and presents a programme of challenging contemporary visual art by nationally and internationally significant artists.
The programme has included exhibitions, installations, residencies, talks, discussions, projects in the public realm, practical workshops, and professional development sessions. Education, learning, and participation are integral to all activities. The organisation encourages participants, particularly young people, to engage with artistic practice and to develop their own creativity and reflective skills.
All aspects of the programme aim to foster and stimulate critical thought, debate, and reflection, both about contemporary art practice, and a wider range of intellectual and social issues.
Storey Gallery was started in 1991 by a group of Lancaster-based artists and is run by people who all are, or have been, practising artists. This staffing and ethos gives a very flexible and artist-centred approach to all activities, and provides close support for artists.
The organisation provides access for local residents to a range of high quality contemporary visual art. The audience have welcomed and appreciated this provision, praising the delivery of, and access to, such a high quality programme outside the major urban centres. It has attracted many people to Lancaster, and has been cited as a reason by individuals relocating to the area.
Storey Gallery is now a significant cultural asset for the district. It plays a key role in the pattern of contemporary visual arts provision in the North West region. It is an organisation with a national and international reputation.