WATCH: Is a telephone box in Ufford one of the world’s smallest art galleries?

(L-R) Jane Cochrane, Nick Crocker, Tig Thomas and Sandy Greenard at Ufford's smallest gallery Pictu

(L-R) Jane Cochrane, Nick Crocker, Tig Thomas and Sandy Greenard at Ufford's smallest gallery Picture: RACHEL EDGE - Credit: RACHEL EDGE

A new temporary gallery opening in Ufford this weekend could be the world’s smallest according to organisers.

The gallery will be opened in a former telephone box on the corner of The Avenue and Barrack Lane in the village.

It’s part of the Ufford Arts Festival which is taking place this weekend.

Jane Cochrane is one of those involved in the creation of the new gallery and the wider festival.

“It’s a combination of the arts and community,” said Ms Cochrane,“We have got a whole host of events.”

Ufford Smallest Gallery Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Ufford Smallest Gallery Picture: RACHEL EDGE - Credit: RACHEL EDGE


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The idea for the new gallery came from the committees desire to highlight the important locations in the village.

“The Arts Festival Committee decided that we wanted to incorporate such a visually iconic feature into the festival,” said Ms Cochrane.

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Most of the pieces displayed in the gallery will be the same size: that of a postcard.

Those entering work so far have submitted a range of media to the gallery including pieces of art, photographs, prose and poetry.

Ufford Smallest Gallery Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Ufford Smallest Gallery Picture: RACHEL EDGE - Credit: RACHEL EDGE

“We’ve been delighted with the response and are collating all the works ready to display them.

“Gallery users will be able to sit in the gallery and enjoy the 360 degree display of work by every sector of the community,” said Ms Cochrane.

“We’ve already had cards submitted by young and old alike.”

This won’t be the first time that the telephone box has found a new use in the village.

In 2013 it was converted into what’s now known as The Ufford Book Exchange which the community embraced after losing their mobile library service.

“It is always well stocked with an interesting range of books for all ages and visitors to the village are often seen visiting the kiosk and taking photos of it,” said Ms Cochrane.

“It’s been very successful.”

The books have been taken away for safekeeping during the festival and will return next week.

The art work will remain in the telephone box in the form of an album, which will be available to look through in the book exchange.

There is still time to enter your artwork for the show by placing it in a container in the phone box.

Ufford Arts Festival will be taking place across the weekend in a number of different venues in the village.

Other unusual uses for phone boxes

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: The Dog and Bone pub opened for one night only in a former BT Box selling drinks out of thimbles.

SUFFOLK: A phone box in the village of Mellis was turned into a stained-glass ‘colour therapy’ room.

ARGYLL: A remote phonebox in Scotland is used to house a small cake shop called Cakes in the Call Box.

SUSSEX: On Eastbourne Pier a box is fitted out with a hot dog machine, ice cream machine as well as tea and coffee.

COUNTRYWIDE: A number of phone boxes across the UK have been turned into homes for defibrillators.

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