Dorset Arts and Crafts

Dedicated to the cultivation and promotion of both traditional and modern Arts and Crafts

The Association holds an annual, five day exhibition, showing local talent in Fine art, Photography and hundreds of Craft exhibits in all disciplines.

To actively encourage new talent, we have the hugely popular Children’s Have-a-Go sessions, Workshop promotions, Competitions and Demonstrations.

A great place to visit for inspiration and to purchase some amazing work from our incredibly talented members.


Dorset Arts and Crafts Showcase 2022

Dorset Arts and Crafts Showcase 2022 in Wareham

5th - 9th August 2022

Come and be inspired in Wareham!

Come and be inspired by the skill and creativity of Dorset Arts & Crafts. The main hall in Purbeck School hosts the largest sales gallery in Dorset with work by members of the Dorset Arts & Crafts Association. It’s the place to find that perfect present or souvenir of your holiday.

All the art, craft and photography in main hall is for sale and can be taken away on day of purchase. This year we also see the return of our Open Art, Craft and Photography competitions. There are over 20 different craft sections including – beadwork, jewellery, lace,
recycling, patchwork and quilting, spinning and weaving, pottery and woodwork.

Probably the largest variety of craft in one place in Dorset!
We have 3 guest exhibitions – “From Fleece to Felt” by 5 Feltmakers, a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Dorset Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers, and a photography exhibition by Wareham Camera Club. Meet the makers, many of whom will be demonstrating their craft in our stalls areas.

Children’s Workshops
Let the youngsters ‘have-a-go’ in our Children’s Workshops, there will be a variety of activities including making beaded geckos, watercolour painting, air dried clay models and Dorset buttons. Advanced booking is not necessary, there is a nominal charge
per workshop activity to cover material costs. Free entry to the Showcase for children.

There’s free parking, disabled access throughout and refreshments available in the cafeteria.

Admission charges: £5.00 / seniors £4.00 / under 18 free / DACA members free.

The Dorset Arts & Crafts Showcase is organised by the Dorset Arts & Crafts Association
and further details can be found at

Images: Fine Art by Annie Lovelass, John Flint / Glass by Beth Tierney/ Photography
by Jane Lee/ Felt by Janine Rees

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