Join us for coffee!

at Gallery On The Square, Poundbury
Thursday March 14

or Gallery On The Square, Brewery Square
Saturday March 16

10am to 1pm

Please join us for tea or coffee and scrumptious cake – and and a chance to look at our lovely new spring ranges.

Brighten up your spring wardrobe with a few carefully-chosen new pieces or a new bag and you will be ready whatever the weather brings.
There will be special discounts, goodie bags and, of course, delicious cake!

There is no charge, but we will have a collecting tin for the charity which supports the Fortuneswell Cancer Unit and Ward, along with the Robert White Unit, at Dorset County Hospital. The Fortuneswell Cancer Trust aims to improve services to cancer patients in Dorset, mainly through DCH.

We hope we may see you!


A Chesil Year with Jenny Hunt

Excellent time in the gallery last night, with a packed room to hear Jenny Hunt talk about her book A Year on Chesil Beach: A Sketchbook.

Hugely enjoyed, it was agreed, by everyone who came along. We currently have Jenny’s book on sale in the gallery (£20) as well as some of her originals in pen and watercolour, framed (£395) and unframed prints (£45). Do call in and have a look!


Something special! New paintings by Colin WIlley

Colin Willey’s annual exhibition at Gallery On The Square is always a highlight of the year, and this year’s show seems to be better than ever!

Now under way, the exhibition continues until September 30. Among the pictures sold in the first couple of days, one has left for Australia and another is heading for Utrecht.

Around 25 paintings on the walls, including four stunning large-scale oils, one of which is this one: Evening Sky, Charmouth, approx 140 x 130cm, £2150.

Please do call in if you have the chance…


Saved from the flames: John Boyd’s pictures for the Summer Show

   Saved: new pictures by John Boyd

The blaze which ripped through St Michael’s Studios at Bridport last week came two days before painter John Boyd was due to deliver his pictures for our 2018 summer show.

John, who lives at Bridport, was one of a number of artists with a workplace at St Michael’s. The fire devastated the old building, and some studios were completely destroyed.

To his relief he was able to retrieve the majority of his most recent paintings and deliver them on time.

He said: “I actually saw the fire as it caught hold. On Saturday, the afternoon of the fire, I was walking in the fields beyond the building. I glanced back and saw plumes of smoke rising.

“I thought, I do hope that’s not St Michael’s… I walked back to where I could see better and my heart sank. After that the fire just got worse.

“So I was amazed to find that in the end I was able to retrieve most of my work. It turned out that the part of the building my studio was in was not as badly affected as some others.

“Obviously it’s bad enough having lost my studio as well as some of my equipment and a few of my paintings, but at least I have been able to save most of the new pictures I have been working on for the last six months or so.

“I have been lucky in a way, because other artists have come out of it worse, losing all their work as well as their working base. It’s terrible.

“In terms of setting up a studio it’s start-again time for me; I’m just hoping for the best at the moment.”

In the Summer Exhibition at Gallery On The Square, which runs until August 29, John Boyd is joined by Colin Willey, Jan Walker, Rob Adams, Judy Tate and Philip Winstone.

PS: Like most of the artists who were based at the St Michael’s Studios, John is now urgently looking for a new space in which to work, or at least a temporary storage facility. If anyone is able to help, he can be contacted on 07784 942979.


Artists in the Gallery, Saturday

Dorset Art Weeks starts tomorrow (Saturday), and Jan and David Walker will be in the Gallery here from around 10am. Don’t miss the chance to talk to them about Jan’s terrific new pictures and David’s extraordinary pots…


What a show!

Great start on Friday evening to our exhibition which runs during Dorset Art Weeks: new paintings by one of our favourite artists, Jan Walker, and brilliant ceramics by her husband David.

Three pictures and several pots sold on the night, but plenty of marvellous ones still here, of course!  The exhibition runs until June 29.


New dimensions

Bridport-based sculptor Brendon Murless joins Charmouth painter Philip Winstone in our excellent current show in the gallery, running until April 25. Plus beautiful new glass from our favourite glass blower, Bob Crooks. If you’re anywhere nearby, please call in! If you aren’t nearby, well, it’s worth going out of your way! In our opinion, anyway…


We’re back! With more stock and a new look


The refurb is over and things are now settling down! The cafe has now gone, giving us space to double the size of the shop. New stock includes a gorgeous range of skandi-inspired occasional furniture, new Jenny Worral table lamps, beautiful soft furnishings by Biggie Best and more quality faux flowers.

In the gallery we currently have a roomful of framed prints and new stunning original drawings by Sarah Woolfenden, complemented by a new consignment of glass by our favourite glass blower, Bob Crooks.

And… for the first time we have sculpture by Brendon Murless. Brendon creates both large and small scale figurative sculptures in wood, stone and bronze. His series of small figures in circus poses is exquisite. We’re delighted to welcome him as one of our gallery artists.

We do hope you can call in soon! Don’t forget, though, that at this time of year we are closed on Sundays…



We’ll be closed – for two weeks

There are changes on the way at Gallery On The Square! The first thing is that we will be closed for refurbishment from Monday January 29th, re-opening on Monday February 12th.

We are developing the shop and gallery side of the business, which means more space is needed. And that means, sadly, that we are closing our lovely café. Our last day will be Saturday January 27, so please come and join us for coffee, cake and prosecco from 2.30 p.m.

The decision was a difficult one, because we have hugely enjoyed running our café for the last six years and our regular café customers have become real friends. We hope people will still call in and see us, but it is now time to take the business in a new direction.

We need a larger area for things like lighting, small furniture, faux flowers, decorative items, ceramics and sculpture – not forgetting our much-loved accessories, bags and jewellery.

We also will now have a chance to expand the gallery side, featuring more ceramic artists, local designers and makers, as well as some new glass blowers and more Dorset-based artists.

We have seen how much our customers appreciate things that are made and designed in the UK and are just a bit different.  This is the direction that we will continue to go in and develop.

That’s not to say there won’t be any more coffee at all. We will still have a wonderful coffee machine to offer people a cup while they browse, and we will be delighted to see you any time you are able to call in and say hello. There may just be some cake too….

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PS: Our Dorchester town centre shop at Antelope Walk will still be open throughout (except on Sundays).

Hope we may see you before long…

Best wishes,

David and Stephanie


Poundbury: one man’s perspective

Rowan Barnes-Murphy is an artist whose name you might not recognise, but you may well be familiar with his work.

During a successful career as an illustrator he has produced iconic work for (among others) the Royal Shakespeare Company, the BBC, The Savoy Hotel and Moet & Chandon. His drawings can regularly be found in leading newspapers and magazines all over the world, and he has created characters for books published by major publishing houses.

Now he has turned his attention to Poundbury, in a series of pictures which can be seen for the first time in our exhibition at the gallery from November 11, which will also include Rowan’s distinctive limited-edition prints of birds and animals.

PS: Rowan has also made quite a name for his house portraits, which he undertakes by commission. If the idea of an artist’s impression of your home (or holiday home) appeals to you, ask us for contact details…