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…


Summer Exhibition 2017


It’s Summer Show time in the Gallery!

New paintings by Colin Willey, Sarah Jack, John Boyd, Philip Winstone and Angela Goodman; beautiful fresh ceramics from Richard Wilson, Elm House Studio and Rob Whelpton; magnificent glass from our very favourite glass blower, Bob Crooks.

The show goes an until the end of August, and things will change from time to time; as things sell, we introduce new elements and reshuffle…




New show: Colin Willey 2017

We’re starting 2017 on a high note with a new exhibition by our favourite Dorset landscape painter, Colin Willey.

A fresh series of pictures from Colin is always a highlight of our calendar, and this year it comes early: the exhibition starts on January 28.

Recently Colin has been ranging slightly further afield, and this time the lively Dorset landscapes and seascapes for which he has won such a following are complimented by a series from West Cornwall.

The show goes on for four weeks, before Colin’s pictures move on to this year’s Affordable Art Fair in Battersea; then some will go on to New York.

But our show comes first! If you would like an early look at the new exhibition, join us for a glass of wine on the first day, Saturday January 28, from 12 midday. Colin will be in the gallery from 12 until about 2pm.


From city to country: new paintings by Rob Adams

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Landscape painter Rob Adams, who lives in north Dorset, is back in the gallery with a superb new exhibition in September.

Rob made his name as a member of London’s prestigious Wapping Group of Artists. Said to be the oldest outdoor painting society in the UK, the group includes some of the most respected British landscape and marine painters.

The new show will feature a new series of Rob’s Dorset landscapes, as well as some of the atmospheric London scenes for which he has built such a reputation.

The exhibition starts on Saturday September 10. If you would like to join us for the private view on the evening before (6.30p, Friday September 9) just e-mail us ( ) or ring us on 01305 213322.


All around the Ridgeway

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Writer and artist Jennifer Hunt has just published a collection of her poetry, prose and images.

Sea Wall features Jennifer Hunt poetry about the South Dorset Ridgeway, but also includes extracts from her nature writing blog, and is illustrated by her own lino prints.

Jennifer, who has lived in West Dorset most of her life, began her career as a graphic designer, later taking up poetry and developing her interest in botanical illustration. Her paintings and drawings featured in the millennium calendar, Plants of the Chesil Beach, and her work has been exhibited in Westminster with the Society of Botanical Artists.

She runs regular art workshops and has a writing group, The Chalkstream Writers.
She has a nature writing blog linked to the BBC Wildlife Magazine website, and in 2011 and 2013 was runner-up in the BBC Wildlife Nature Writing competition.

Sea Wall is on sale in the shop at £10.