A creative hub in a Georgian merchant's house
133 King Street
No. 133 King Street is a late 17th century dwelling with an attached warehouse. This Grade II listed building was converted into a shop with residential accommodation in 1885. To learn more about No. 133, Paul Davies’ article provides a comprehensive history.
Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust purchased the building in 2012, and began a programme of repair, a project which was part of the £4m Townscape Heritage Initiative, an area-based conservation-led regeneration scheme for the King Street area. The project converted the building into a ground-floor gallery, with four artists’ studios for rent in the former warehouse to the rear, plus the creation of one three-bedroom residential unit and one single-bedroom live-work unit. Building works were completed in May 2014. The repairs enabled the building to be removed from the Buildings at Risk Register.
The ethos of the project was to support the vibrant art community in Great Yarmouth by providing the gallery and studios on favourable terms – encouraging creative enterprise on King Street.
The project was also used as a training initiative to help tackle the acute skills shortages within the town, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Apprenticeships were offered to two trainees who had worked with the Trust on its Cemeteries Project. The apprenticeships were delivered by Wellington Construction Ltd. and Great Yarmouth College.
The project was highlighted on Episode 4 of Britain’s Empty Homes, transmitted by the BBC on 17/10/13.
133 King Street exterior prior to work, photograph by Derek Jackson
The building was officially opened by the Earl of Leicester on the 16th June 2014. Guests received a tour of the studios and enjoyed a wonderful exhibition of modern prints by renowned artists, loaned by David Case, ex-Director of Marlborough Fine Art.
The gallery was re-opened in January 2016 as Skippings Gallery, and has since seen great success celebrating the work of local and regional artists.
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The Gallery is available for hire to display artwork. The cost of rental is £100 per week, with a reduced rate available for students and people not in employment. We take no commission from any pieces sold whilst on display.
For further details and booking, please contact Lyn by email at or phone us on 01493 859640.
The Gallery floor plan is available here.