We are currently closed for rehanging and maintenance.
The Isle of Purbeck is a wonderful place to be in the summer months and gives inspiration to all our Dorset painters and sculptors. Please join us to see their celebration of all Purbeck has to offer from its blue sea, beaches, cliffs and the stunning Purbeck Hills to its flora and fauna.
The theme of Purbeck Art Weeks thus year is ‘Flights of Fancy’ and our Dorset artists will stimulate your imagination and memories in a wonderful exhibition inspired by the beautiful Purbeck countryside and coast, gardens, flora and fauna. We open every day except Tuesday 11 to 5.
6th April to 11th May 2019
What better way to start the season than with our Dorset painters and sculptors in a new show. With new work from painters David Atkins, Felicity House PS, Judy Tate, Rob Adams, Edward Vine, Vicky Finding and Roger Dell Seddon and sculptors Laura Pentreath, Brendon Murless with Jewellery from silversmith Karina Gill and beautifully decorated ceramics by Janet Parker-Laird. We look forward to welcoming you.
17th March to 30th March 2019.
‘Into the Light’ a Retrospective of the work of Richard Price ROI 1962 – 2018 who sadly passed away in October 2018. Richard was a wonderfully talented painter who specialised in light and atmosphere in land and seascapes as well as in the human form captured with great sensitivity in his studio. He was essentially a plain-air painter and could often be seen on the shores of Poole Harbour capturing the sparkle on the water and the movement of ships, kite surfers, bait diggers and dog walkers as the sun rose or fell and the colours changed. His other love was Venice and he always managed to take an ordinary subject like the vaporetto crossing the lagoon and make it extraordinary.
Wednesday to Saturday 11 to 4. and by appointment.
A bouquet, a scented garden, a deserted beach, a storm at sea, that shaft of sunlight illuminating the landscape, glowing sunsets, fun on the beach, a walk across an ancient landscape, some of the memories captured in the work of Dorset artists for our exhibition for the autumn and winter.
Exhibition for Dorset Art Weeks and Purbeck Art Weeks
‘Life in Motion’
26th May to 10 th June 2018
Monday to Sunday but closed Tuesdays.
11 to 5. and by appointment
The essence of movement and stillness. Clouds scudding across the landscape, seascapes, changing weather, boats in the harbour, running hares, sleeping dogs, walking on the beach and dance,in paint, bronze and stone.
All by our own Dorset artists.
This exhibition will continue during the summer but will be changed as we get new work from artists.
‘A Way of Seeing’
to 12th May 2018
Tuesday to Saturday 11 to 5.
Showcasing the breathtaking variety of the work of our Dorset artists in oil, watercolour, pastel, ink, mixed media, bronze, stone and ceramic.
11th November to 23rd December. Friday to Sunday. 11 to 4.
‘Seasons’ As the days are drawing in remind yourselves of the delights of the passing year. Autumnal mists, early sunsets, leading to spring flowers and balmy summer days.
16th September to 28th October
‘The Inspiration of Light’ Shifting, falling, sparkling, glowing light, affecting our moods and the way we see the world. All explored in a wonderful collection of paintings by our Dorset artists.
‘Colour and Form’ 1 July to 2nd September
An exciting exhibition by our Dorset artists exploring the challenge and variety of colour and form in the landscape, figuratively and in still life.
‘The Captured Moment’ 27th May to 11th June open every day.
The theme for Purbeck Art Weeks is ‘A Moment in time’ and to complement this we are mounting our special exhibition ‘The Captured Moment’ Our gallery artists, all based in Dorset, know this feeling so well. Looking for that special view, or time of day, in the changing weather and light, that resonates with them and draws them in to capture what they see. Do join us. as well as our wonderful longstanding gallery artists we are delighted to be welcoming a new painter, Rob Adams, who has recently moved into Dorset and is already immersed in this beautiful county. He works in oil and watercolour as well as lino cut prints and ink drawings so keep an eye out for him.
Spring Exhibition to May 6th.
Gallery artists celebrate the new season in a range of mediums.
‘Spirit of the Seasons’
12th November to 23rd December 11 to 4
Our Dorset artists celebrate the atmosphere of the changing year in a range of mediums. The snowy fields of winter, spring’s blossoms and new life, summer’s heat, the fields, coastline and shifting light on the sea and the rich colours of a mellow autumn. We have stunning figurative sculptures and beautiful ceramics, glass and jewellery for that special gift. We hope you will join us.
‘A Place to Dream’
This exhibition for Purbeck Art Weeks and Dorset Art Weeks brought together our gallery artists, all of whom are based in Dorset in a range of work based on the wonderful atmosphere of the Isle of Purbeck and Dorset as a whole, the coast, moorland and meadows and the unique setting that is Venice.
The last day of the exhibition was the 16th June. The gallery will then close until the beginning of our new exhibition ‘The Summer Season’ on 2nd July.
As part of the Festival we auctioned the beautiful pastel ‘Midsummer’s Glory’ generously donated by Judy Tate. The auction raised £925 and all proceeds will go to the Citizen’s Advice Purbeck. .
Our spring exhibition will bring together the work of our Dorset artists and sculptors in a beautiful exhibition for the new season. The freshness of spring will dominate the exhibition but it will also explore colour in the life around us – Richard Price’s stunning sunsets, fireworks and beach scenes; David Atkins landscapes in the changing light and seasons; Vicky Finding’s atmospheric seascapes with a sea that changes colour with the light and the weather; Judy Tate, who is a wonderfully experimental colourist has pastels, oils and mixed media exploring the landscape, and the form and colour of plants; Felicity House explores colour in her beautiful pastels of France, Venice and Dorset and in her favourite domestic scenes; John Bowen loves to explore the structure, atmosphere and colour of Corfe Castle in a unique style and Edward Vine’s acrylics bring the colour and the drama of the Dorset coastline.
This exhibition brings together all our artists in an eclectic exhibition showcasing their work. There will be something for everyone and we hope you will join us.
1st to 18th July . David Atkins ‘Dorset Paintings’
21st July to 8th August. Richard Price ROI ‘With Light’
11th August to 22nd August. ‘Inspired by Corfe’. A special exhibition to coincide with an article by Dorset Life on what inspires artists to paint Corfe Castle.
25th August to 12th September. Corfe Castle’s own Judy Tate ‘The Colour of my Views’.
23rd September to 10th October. Felicity House PS. ‘Home and Away’
13th October to 31st October. Vicky Finding. ‘Isolated Images’.
Saturday 29th September to Sunday 28th October
Wednesday to Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.
Our Dorset artists capture the atmosphere and essence of our beautiful county and locations round the world.
Our artists are based in Dorset but their sketchbooks and easels go with them when they travel. This exhibition celebrates their diversity with paintings of the coastline and countryside of Dorset, canals of Venice, villages and fields of France and Tuscany, the soft landscape of Ireland, the bustle of London, the mystery of Istanbul and the vivid colours of Rajasthan.
The exhibition will include works by David Atkins, John Bowen, Felicity House PS, Mike Jeffries, Tony Kerins, Judy Tate and Edward Vine.
Our sculptors Moira Purver and Sue Lansbury complete the exhibition with their beautiful and atmospheric figurative works in bronze, bronze resin and Purbeck marble.
Our opening exhibition, “Spring into Summer”, displays nine Dorset painters and sculptors, many of whom have achieved national recognition.
Painters: David Atkins, Lucy Best, John Bowen, Felicity House, Tony Kerins, Richard Price and Judy Tate.
Sculptors: Moira Purver and Sue Lansbury.
The works include Dorset landscapes and seascapes, still life and life studies.
The gallery will also sell unique ceramic jewellery by Dorothy Michell, beautiful small wooden boxes by designer and fine furniture maker Fabian Maddison, delicate ceramic lamps by Sheila Hickey and functional art glass by Steve Robinson.
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