Phonebox Gallery

The Phonebox Gallery, Main Street, Prickwillow

This was the brainchild of villager and gallery curator Nick Edell who received enthusiastic backing from Prickwillow Village Council, back in the Autumn 2010, when the council purchased the phone box from BT for just £1 with the only restriction on the sale being that it was not moved. With no funds available for the restoration, a number of villagers stepped in to offer their services for free. Local builder Dave Simpson carried out the bulk of the work using red and black paint leftover from a refurbishment of the village hall. The door lock was fitted by Council Member Richard Raine and the box was cleaned by ex-villager, Jackie                                                                       Petts.

“We are hoping that this phone box – an iconic English space – will capture community imagination and we’re already very excited about the level of enthusiasm the idea has received.” The gallery has been featured in numerous print and online publications worldwide, with the news even reaching radio audiences in Canada and the US.
Speaking of the global attention the project has received so far, Mr Edell said: “It’s amazing that our little telephone box has made international news. It’s very surreal… but I guess that suits the project!”

The Phone Box has displayed approximately one show each month since that time and works alongside ADeC (Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire) on certain projects.  “Our aim is provide an open art space for local artists, craftspeople, galleries and school children as well as contemporary artists and photographers from further afield.”

The exhibit for Christmas 2018 is from the Cary Outis – the whole box being turned into a Father Christmas’ head – complete with velvet red hat! Check out his work at

Curators – the job of selecting artists for display of their work is conducted by local resident and potter, Sonia Lewis. If you are interested in displaying your work, please e-mail: –


Exhibitors for 2018:

January: James Ryder – Letter Cutter

February: Elizabeth Robertson – Flowers

March: Little Thetford Primary School

April: Speedwatch campaign

May: Ladybird Class, Ely Primary School

June: Chris Wood, Light Artist

July: OPEN STUDIOS display – see

September: Terry Ward, Communication Breakdown – A print exhibition

October: Izzy Bradwell – Influences of Monet’s Water Lilies

November: Brownies – The End of World War, 1918

December: Cary Outis, Christmas Spectacular

Exhibitors for 2019:

January: Bethany Taylor-Shaw

February: Elizabeth Robertson, Enchanted Flowers

April – Ely Primary School-Easter Special

May – Nadine Anderson, basket maker-work based on the Green Man

June – Jane Frost, willows, textiles and mixed media artist

July - Cambridge Open Studios

August – Joseph Baker, photographer

September – Rebecca Taylor-Shaw and Sharon Tooley – ‘Rootless’

October – Boys from Prickwillow (Ben, Tom, Johnny, Struan and Jacob)



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