Sutton Coldfield Gallery Opens Community Art Cafe and They Need Your Paper Chain Skills

If you have yet to visit the gallery in Sutton Coldfield’s Gracechurch Centre now is a good time to put that right.

Katie Hammond of Direct Art Action needs your help to create a giant community paper chain

Katie Hammond of Direct Art Action needs your help to create a giant community paper chain

Occupying the substantial premises that was previously BHS, Direct Art Action has created a fantastic community art space. With some great pieces of work on display the gallery is a delightful place to wander (and wonder) around. But there is still more to this space which brings a much needed cultural addition to the town centre.

The gallery has just opened its Art Cafe where you can sit after browsing the pieces on display and have a warm drink as the winter weather starts to move in – just this morning, social media posts were reporting on the first flurries of snow to fall on the Royal Town!

There is also a chance to raise funds for Sutton Coldfield charitable organisation Our Place by taking part in creating a giant paper chain.


Katie Hammond explains:

“We want to create a community paper chain. Basically it costs £1 to decorate a paper link, with 50p going directly to the Our Place organisation. It would be fantastic to get as many of the community as possible involved, and create a huge paper chain that will hang the entire length of the gallery.

“We decided to support Our Place as we were really impressed with the services that they provided. We liked that they provide youth services and support to people who may be struggling finding work.”

In addition to being part of creating the community paper chain there is a craft area to browse for Christmas presents.


Drop in with your little ones on Thursdays for the Tot Craft Sessions at £2 per child and check out some of the set events:
Make A Gingerbread Bookmark – 7th December
Make a Snowman Mask – 14th December
Make a Reindeer Hat – 21st December

Direct Art Action are also looking to utilise the upper floors and basement for events, studio space higher and workshops.


The gallery and community cafe is open Wednesday-Saturday from 12pm until 5pm, access through the Gracechurch Centre entrance (near Barclay’s Bank).

For more information and to keep up with the latest news from the gallery visit their Facebook page:

For queries regarding exhibiting or hiring studio space drop an email to Gavin Lawley on


Our Place is a Community Interest Company that provides services to enable everyone in our communities to be their best. They do this by supporting people through life challenges, through the offering of quality advice services and through the delivery of their accredited training and personal development opportunities.

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