The HopBarn is a centre for contemporary culture situated in a rural and isolated area of East Nottinghamshire.
Located on a working farm and surrounded by approximately 100 acres of land. The HopBarn provides an ideal space for visiting artists and companies to undertake intense research and development periods into their artistic practice.
The HopBarn studio is a re-development of an existing agricultural barn used initially for the storing and drying hops for the brewing industry. Over the years, the barn was repeatedly modified and adapted to suit the farm’s core business when finally in 2014 due to another change in the farms business direction, Stuart and Mary Poole embarked on restoring the original buildings and creating a viable venue for small scale performances and rehearsals.
Additionally The HopBarn programmes live music events, visual art exhibitions and engagement opportunities for children and young people and families, focusing on the discourse between art and nature. The HopBarn hopes to inspire, planting a creative seed in everyone and leaving a legacy for the next generations to come.
The land surrounding The HopBarn has been incorporated into a Countryside Higher Level Stewardship Scheme (HLS) . The HLS allows a proportion of the land to revert back to a natural habit for the encouragement of a diverse bird, animal and plant species. As such, visitors to The HopBarn have exclusive access to private land, a sancturary and a hidden gem that is tucked away from the constant stress and strain of daily life.