Community at Western Avenue
When we talk to the artists of Western Avenue, the one thing that resonates with all is the sense of community they experience when they have a Studio or Loft here. To be part of an intentional community of creative people is a joy. Artists have arrived working in one medium and are inspired by their peers – expanding their creative vision and skills. Some retire to devote themselves to their craft. Many are teachers and professors throughout the greater Boston area. All have a passion for what they do and share in each others successes and growth..
We celebrate the art of the handmade in small creative businesses as well. We have a book bindery, apparel lines, homewares, an independent book shop, and a live stream performance venue. With 370 creatives there is no shortage of great ideas.
Loading Dock Gallery is a cooperatively run artist gallery that is open Wednesday through Sunday and offers a monthly show.
Tiny Arms Coffee serves up simply the best coffee in the region. They are open Wednesday – Sunday on the A Mill loading dock, and offer tea and lite fare as well. Western Avenue is also home to Navigation Brewing Company which opens their taproom to the public Thursday – Sunday to serve up some of the tastiest brews in New England. Food trucks are always on site when the brewery opens it’s doors.
We invite you to wander our hallways and take in the breadth of art and creative passion found here.
The repurposing of mill buildings and the creation of a community
Located on the Pawtucket Canal, Western Avenue is a five-building complex encompassing 265,000 square feet of converted mill space where industrial fabrics were once manufactured. The buildings are now completely renovated to spaces that celebrate art and the art of the hand made.
Our mission was to infuse the entire site with a new life as a place that supports the endeavors of those who toil with their hands as the mill workers once did. Now the hands, hearts and minds of our artists create beautiful objects for you to gaze upon, wear, listen to, read, imbibe, and share.
With all the buildings converted over to creative space, our mission now is to keep Western Avenue as a permanently affordable home for artists.
Creative spaces thrive when the regional communities they are part of understand the value of the arts in terms of place making, and the value of creative spaces and artists as their energy flows outward into the lives of the community. This is a part of our goal as well and we hope you join us attaining it.
Our City. Our Home.
Lowell is known primarily for its pivotal role in the Industrial Revolution, yet the city has also been home to creatives and artists, such as James Whistler, Jack Kerouac, and Sarah Whitman. And Bette Davis.
Today, Lowell’s fusion of history and creativity continues to draw, support, and become home to hundreds of aspired artists. New galleries and cultural hubs are opening every year, making Lowell one of the most hospitable cities for artists in New England.