The Messy Hare Gallery

Opening on the 1st February 2019



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Updated 14/01/2019 – Busy week this week…meeting artists at the gallery, interviewing for new team members and meeting with suppliers.

Updated 04/01/2019 – Join us for our opening weekend! The Messy Hare Gallery will open its doors to the public on Friday 1st February 2019.  Cafe and Gallery opening hours are as follows:

Thursday / Friday / Saturday – 10am – 5pm

Sunday – 10am – 4pm.

Watch this space for details on activities taking place for the grand opening!

Grand Opening


Updated 03/01/2019 – Hoppy New Year! Things are well underway at the Gallery & Coffee Shop. We’ve completed the main bulk of painting and Michele is now getting her creative thing on by adding bespoke touches.  Closing date for applications to work as Barista / Retail assistant is 5pm Tuesday 8th January 2019.  Find out more here–coffee-shop/_hl/en_GB?cpref=JXWAtnzf3XWjLOi4YeVNLnsfzg9-fxtSmh6K4vRZ8nY.


Medley of images


Update 24/12/2018 – We’re in painting frenzy mode, bringing some life into the place! Lots of colour is being injected to make it creative happy zone.




We’re also hiring! So, if you or someone you know would like to join the Messy Hare Team, email us at

We're hiring


Have a hoppy Christmas! and let’s get leaping into 2019 with some creative vibes!


Update 07/12/2018 – Finally! We now have the keys and can use up the stored up anxieties and frustration in a positive way at last! There is alot to do on the property as it was left in a sorry state of neglect when we took over. We will be injecting some much needed TLC and vibrancy to bring this lovely building back to life.  The video below was taken after we started to neutralise the walls ready for painting proper.  We are pleased to announce that we will be opening the doors on the 1st February 2019.  If you are an artist / maker and would like to know more about selling and displaying your work, we’d love to hare, we mean hear, from you. Email us at

Below are photographs taken on the day after we got the keys when we first got access to the premises. Let’s see what TLC we can inject into it!


Update 16/11/2018 – It’s been like pulling teeth to get into the gallery, but we are, even if painfully slowly, getting there.  The current tenants have been served notice to vacate the premises by the end of November, so we hope to be in for December and up and running for the beginning of 2019.  Watch this space!

Update 09/10/2018 – We can now announce that the gallery / coffee shop will be located at Crossley House, Manor Croft Burton upon Trent.










Update – 14/09/2018 – We are pleased to announce that we have now been given planning permission for change of use from retail only to Retail, Cafe and Non Residential Institutions!

The Messy Hare Gallery and Coffee Shop will be a creative hub in the heart of Burton upon Trent.

  • Supporting local artists and makers
  • Creative Workshops
  • Coffee Shop – catering for a range of dietary preferences.
  • Exhibition Space

Calling all artists and makers in the Burton upon Trent area (includes Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire).  If you are looking for a new gallery in which to display your creative works, then get in touch at

Work also accepted from further afield.

Artist Michele’s background in the community and voluntary sector means that she is passionate about supporting her local community.  Together with her husband Kev, a trained chef, they will be the foundation for building a community space which is accessible to all.  They aim, as part of their activities, to hold a range of creative fundraising events for chosen local charities.