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Art at Kingcombe


The Dorset countryside has long been an inspiration for artists and we are proud to showcase a wide range of works here at the Centre. 

Throughout the year we host our Art in the Barn exhibitions – regular month-long exhibitions with works for sale and free entry. New for 2018.

We are a venue for the popular work of sculptor David Metcalff, which you can view and purchase at the Centre year-round. We’re also the venue for some special exhibitions and projects throughout the year, and work with a range of organisations and individuals in the arts including outdoor performance and workshops.

Find out more below on what's coming up.

Exhibitions and projects

We are delighted to announce that we will soon be hosting an exhibition by the Society of Wildlife Artists and we will be a venue for Dorset Arts Week.

Kingcombe Meadows - SWLA Art Residency - March 28th - April 6th

In 2017, Dorset Wildlife Trust celebrated 30 years of Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve, a stunning swathe of over 450 acres of wildflower meadows, pasture, woodlands and ancient hedgerows in the heat of the rolling hills and vales of west Dorset. The 9 artists from the Society of Wildlife Artists created artwork in response to the incredible wildlife and nature they found on the reserve. 

The SWLA art exhibition at Kingcombe will run from March 28th - April 6th, and will feature works from Carry Akroyd, Bob Greenhalf, Simon Griffiths, Richard Jarvis, Harriet Mead, Nik Pollard, Greg Poole, Matt Underwood and Antonia Phillips.

Find out more about the artists here.

Poundbury Garden Centre Exhibition - April 7th to April 20th

We are delighted to be hosting a new exhibition for 2018. The exhibition, held upstairs at Poundbury Garden Centre, will be from Saturday April 7th to Friday April 20th. The exhibition will feature work from Antonia Phillips, Stephen Banks, David Metcalff, Kathleen Wyatt, Samantha Dodd, Pippa Hill

Dorset Arts Week - May 26th - June 10th

This year Kingcombe will again be a venue for Dorset Arts Week. We will be hosting artworks from Saturday May 26th - Sunday June 10th. This year our artists will be; Stephen Banks, Sally Derrick, Penny Brown, Jake Winkle, David Metcalff, David Cove, Caroline Scott, Carla Taylor and Antonia Phillips. For more information click here.

Art in the Barn 

Sally Derrick and Alex Ogg 

Mon 9 – Mon 30 April

An exhibition of works from renowned Dorset sculptor Sally Derrick and illustrator Alex Ogg.

Click here for more information.


Southern Contemporaries

Sun 1 – Mon 30 July

‘A Natural Celebration’ -  a rich and varied exhibition exploring two and three-dimensional art forms from Southern Contemporaries, the exhibiting name for Bournemouth Arts Club. 

Click here for more information.