The Box is a new artist-run gallery and performance and workshop space at West End. You can find it happily kicking on in the Vulture Street shopfront previously occupied by retro fashionistas Box Vintage* (just around the corner from Hardgrave Road).
The folks behind The Box have done a great job of turning the space into a minimalist gallery, complete with polished wooden floors and light walls that make the perfect backdrop for a range of changing art exhibitions.
In a dashing stroke, they've also installed a grand piano that you can enjoy if you attend one of their regular jazz nights or other piano performances.
If you're a culture vulture, it's worth checking out the program pasted to the outside wall of the space, or visiting their online calendar to see what's on. There's a constantly changing program with something to interest most audiences.
While things are a bit quiet at present (in the lull after Christmas), The Box has hosted some great events since opening. December alone saw a vintage fashion sale, an ambient electronica show, a screenprinting workshop, and a series of art exhibitions, including one to raise funds for the Animal Welfare League.
If you're a performer, artist or workshop facilitator, the website also has information about how to book the space. The organisers are keen to see the community using and enjoying The Box for 'cultural events, performing arts, musical rehearsals, dance workshops, health and well-being workshops and musical performance'.
While I haven't managed to actually get to any of the events at The Box yet, I have peeked in on them while walking past more than one evening.
The music events in particular have tickled my fancy, with people chatting and laughing in the back garden while gorgeous melodies drift into West End's night air. With Jazz in The Box held most Sunday evenings at 6pm (including through January), I'm going to try to get one of these shows soon.