We’re excited to announce that Two Crows Arts Studio will be moving into The Met from this May to build a multi-functional creative space that will eventually become home to 6 resident artists to make and sell their work, deliver weekly workshops for all ages and abilities, and provide a social hub where you can grab a coffee, a slice of cake and browse the fantastic art on display. Initially running for a pilot period of 8 weeks, the intention is that this project will become a permanent fixture at The Met.

We will also periodically host exciting pop-up food events in the space and aim to serve a variety of local and international cuisines. Keep an eye on the website and socials for more information.  

Delivering the exciting new programme of events and artist space are the artistic trio Lee Crocker, Alison Erika Forde and Bob Nutts Jr. 

The exciting new workshop programme will include events such as life drawing, artist socials, family craft activities, family doodle discos and beginner artists workshops.

Alison Erika Forde
Alison Erika Forde is a Visual Artist/ illustrator practising in and around Greater Manchester for the past 14 years.  Specialising in painting, inspired by anything from high art to the sub-cultural with disarming playfulness, exhibiting Internationally and co-founder of Yiiikes! Art Collective. Alison believes art brings people together, she has always been passionate about making Art more accessible as well as sustainability!

about | alisonerikaforde 

Lee Crocker
Artist Lee Crocker is a believer in Art is for everyone, he has spread this belief with workshops, exhibitions and events for over 20 years working at Bury Art Museum as well as co-founding successful collectives , Bury Collective and Gang of Five along with Alison and Bob Nutts Jr.
Introducing… Lee Crocker (youtube.com) 

Bob Nutts Jr 

Bob Nutts Jr is an illustrator, artist and producer concentrating on inclusivity in the arts, communication and subcultures in the creative industries producing and delivering various creative projects, educational activities, arts events, exhibitions and publications over the past 15 years. 


‘The Met exists to provide development opportunities for artists and the new space is an extension of our work that makes Bury so unique. We’re proud to welcome Two Crows Studio into the building and their programme of events and workshops. We’re working closely with partners to ensure this is an exciting opportunity for the whole of Bury and adds to the already brilliant cultural offer we have hereVictoria Robinson, CEO, The Met 

‘It is extremely exciting to be creating a pop-up base for Two Crows Arts Studio with The Met, where we can channel all of our experience into creating a vibrant DIY art space, something we’ve been dreaming of for quite some time.  We are grateful for the opportunity, this is only the beginning!’ – Two Crows Arts Studio

Based in the large ground floor space at The Met that was previously occupied by Automatic restaurant, this new venture will open up the building to local communities and creatives, whilst providing a social refuge for anyone who would like to come in, buy a coffee and explore the artwork.  

Supported by GMCA & Bury Council

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