Disused village phone box turned into unusual art gallery

PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 June 2014

Janice Randall prepares the phone box  for its formal opening

Janice Randall prepares the phone box for its formal opening


A disused village telephone box has been reborn with a new purpose – a miniature community art gallery.

Thanks to parish council funding, a traditional phone box in Northaw was opened on Monday as “The Old Curiosity Box”, available to Hertfordshire artists free of charge.

Northaw artist Janice Randall, who suggested the idea to the parish council and contributed to the initial display, said: “This listed K6 box is a British icon, designed by Sir Giles Scott, and the reinvention will ensure its future and hopefully help people to think outside the box.

“I am really hoping that our secondary school students who are interested in art take advantage of this, along with professional artists.

“The whole box can be booked for a single exhibition and the space can be used however the artist wishes.

“Sculptural works can also be accommodated.”

To book space, contact her at theoldcuriositybox@yahoo.co.uk

The initial display includes work by James Brum, Mount Grace School in Potters Bar, and Jason and Sharon Gale.

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