Rook Lane Arts Trust

Current Projects and Partnerships

Storywalks: Frome and Villages

Oct 2014 - July 2015

Our current education and outreach work focuses on words and stories, and the potential of taking gadgets outdoors to inspire literacy. Storywalks has already received a Shine Trust award for its innovative education potential, and now, through a partnership between Norton St Philip and Rode First Schools and Rook Lane Arts Trust, geo-located stories are growing in a further three schools, alongside the development of a new Storywalks project website.

Don't miss the Rook Lane Arts Trust exhibition and activity programme 'Shapeshifting and Storywalking' during Frome Festival 2015, for a chance to explore the project in the surroundings of Rook Lane Chapel.

This exciting work is being funded by the following trusts and foundations: Shine, Esmee Fairbairn, Ernest Cook and Garfield Weston.

Project team:
Chris Jelley (Storywalks) Claire Vowell (Primary Literacy Lead) Jo Plimmer (Project co-ordinator) Lucia Harley (Curator) Lisa Kenwright (Storyteller)

More information on the Rook Lane Blog »

Home of our Delight: Mells & the First World War

March 2015 - November 2016

Rook Lane Arts Trust is delighted to have received a grant of £46,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to research and share the impact of the First World War on the village of Mells. ‘Home of our Delight’, which refers to the inscription on the village war memorial, will explore the names and stories of the men remembered in the inscription, and their family, social and cultural connections at home.

Alongside gamekeepers, gardeners and colliery workers from Mells and neighbouring Vobster, these men also included Edward, last son and heir of the Horner family and Mells estate, and his brother-in-law Raymond Asquith, son of the World War 1 Prime Minister.

The grant will enable Rook Lane Arts to work with local organisations, volunteers, and local schools and throughout 2015 and 16 to investigate the Mells stories, share local knowledge, and learn new heritage skills in the process.

The two year project will culminate in an exhibition, real and digital heritage trail and online archive in September 2016.

More information on the Home of our Delight blog »


About Rook Lane Arts Trust


The Break 3 Crop Circle (2012)

Rook Lane Arts Trust was set up in 2002 and, with the support of NVB Architects, established an exciting programme of events and exhibitions at Rook Lane Chapel.  During this time the trust developed strong ties with the community and established a vibrant Classical and Jazz music programme.  National and local exhibitions of exceptional quality have been staged ranging from Peter Blake’s alphabet series, Richard Wood’s floor installation and Royal Photographic exhibition to local schools and art groups – Frome Art Society, Artists 303, Old Bakery Artists and Wessex Photographic Society.  The film club and many lectures have also become established as firm favourites in the Rook Lane programme. The trust has completed many excellent projects with funding help from many sources including Heritage Lottery fund, Awards for All, Ernest Cook, Flourish Homes, Garfield Weston and Frome Town council. Rook Lane 300 celebrating the 300 anniversary of the building, Bridging the World – uncovering the links between Frome and the Forth Rail Bridge through the achievements of Frome-born engineer Benjamin Baker, and the Break 3- crop circles and educational projects working with the Frome Community Learning Partnership are particular highlights.  Please do look at the links to the projects to find out more.

Benjamin Baker School Visit (2009)

Benjamin Baker School Visit (2009)

Since 2013 the trust has been free to concentrate on its primary purpose of initiating projects to promote the ‘Education of the public in all aspects of the Arts’. We continue to work in partnership with a wide range of organisations to scope and deliver imaginative and ambitious projects meeting these aims both for local people and audiences from further afield.


Previous Projects


Break 3

Throughout 2011 / 2012 / 2013

Getting creative with numbers with Frome area schools.

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Through the Woods, Darkly

Summer 2010

The power of the fairytale in pictures, words, film and storytelling.

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Bridging the World: Benjamin Baker

Summer 2009

Frome and the Forth Bridge. What's the connection?

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Frome Tree of Life

Autumn 2008

Community art and the new Frome Hospital.

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Rook Lane Chapel 300

Throughout 2007

"Say brother fanatics what led you to Frome?" Celebrating 300 years of Rook Lane Chapel.

View Project Page »

Rook Lane Chapel

Available to the community as the perfect setting to showcase skills and artistic talent, this prestigious venue is used for performances and exhibitions.

Around the chapel

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For information on hiring the venue for events/ exhibitions please do not hesitate to contact us directly to discuss available dates & times.

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This magnificent Grade I listed building in the heart of Frome, Somerset provides the most elegant and timeless of surroundings for your special day.