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Contemporary Art, Furniture & Craft Gallery.

Licensed Café. Live Evening Events.


After Eighties: 

Fred Cuming RA, Robin Rae RCA, Alfred Stockham RWA RCA

Richard Batterham pottery

17 November until 20 January 2019





Sladers Yard is a private art gallery dedicated to exhibiting and selling contemporary British art, handmade furniture designed by Petter Southall and designer craft by leading artists, designers and makers. The gallery presents a high quality changing programme of selling exhibitions throughout the year. We sell work directly from the artist so customers know when they buy from us that the artwork is genuine and that the money they spend  supports and provides a living for some of the most talented artists and makers working today. Between exhibitions we represent artists, often holding  their paintings in stock and where appropriate we take and orchestrate commissions.

WEB Petter Southall Small Screen Desk with Treble Zero Chair in solid oak steam bent curves and oak bark tanned leather

Petter Southall Treble Zero Chair and Small Screen Desk in solid oak, steam bent curves.

View Petter Southall’s furniture

The changing exhibitions are accompanied by an ongoing and continuously renewed exhibitions of craft and accessories including ceramics, sculpture, glassware, leather and textiles by leading British designer craftspeople. Housed in an historic Georgian rope warehouse, with pillared galleries and flower-filled courtyard, it is five minutes walk from the beach and harbour in West Bay, Dorset.

Sladers Yard Licensed Café is open serving delicious food every day throughout the year. We have a high-class new chef who has joined our existing team. Come and try our new menu! View the menus and wine list.


Regular and varied live evening events with dinners are a highlight. The venue is also available for catered private parties,  weddings and celebrations. Upcoming Events.

‘Visit this wonderful place.’ Financial Times HTSI 2012 Read more…

‘Sladers Yard in Bridport, a gallery increasingly celebrated for its spirited showing of contemporary British art, furniture and craft…’ Andrew Lambirth, The Spectator 2014

‘This artist-owned gallery, situated in an 18th century warehouse near the harbour, has become a focal point for the county’s creatives since it opened in 2006.’ FT 2011

‘An idyllic gallery in West Bay… Everything looks exciting in the sunlight that floods in, especially [Petter Southall’s] pieces whose generous curves seem to have come straight out of the boat yard.’ Paul Atterbury (Antiques Roadshow) in BBC Homes & Antiques ‘Antiques of the Future’

‘Bridport and West Bay, the place that probably set the whole Dorset art-scene off back in the Noughties… The place that has set the pace here is Sladers Yard. Their series of immaculately curated solo shows by the region’s leading artists and crafts people are held almost all the year round, and complemented by regular top-notch jazz concerts, poetry events and a terrific restaurant.’  Nicholas Usherwood, Galleries Magazine July 2015


CAFE SLADERS is open every day 10am – 4.30pm serving sensational coffees, lunches, teas, cakes and cream teas as well as drinks and nibbles.

Taste of the West 2017 and 2016

View menus for daytime Café. Please phone 01308 459511 to book a table.

To see upcoming evening events usually ticketed with optional dinner.

‘There is a growing and loyal following for Sladers’ inventive, exciting and uplifting presentation of exceptional art and craft in a space that is in tune with, and celebrates, its environment.’ Coast magazine 2015

Petter Southall's furniture at Sladers

The first floor gallery at Sladers Yard with Petter Southall’s furniture

‘This splendid gallery… Its unreconstructed corn-scented timber interior makes an elegant setting…’ The Week

‘Simple and beautiful’ Mary Miers, Country Life

David Inshaw solo show with Petter Southall furniture




Coast Magazine March p1 of 8

The Southall family in Petter’s Oselvar Faering off Burton Bradstock.

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19 Responses to HOME

  1. Paul L says:

    Thank you for a super light lunch today. Esp the service given by the two young staff members present. Mike loved his ‘special’ chocolate drink.
    The mosey round the gallery was the usual pleasure.

  2. Kate Dean says:

    Have visited three years ago and am looking forward to seeing what will be on show this autumn.

  3. Last Saturday was very special. My favourite violin duo, Retorica, performing at Slader’s Yard, another favourite, coinciding with fantastic exhibition of works by Frances Hatch. What a Hat Trick! Thank you.

  4. Barbara Richardson says:

    Thank you for a quite fabulous lunch today with an inspiring hour and a half of jazz from the Ian Smith Trio and Vimala Rowe. I particularly appreciated Ian’s personal memories of Harold Pinter and learnt more about him than I ever hoped to know. Lunch was delicious and the welcome genuine. Thank you to all and to the Bridport Literary Festival.

  5. Superb exhibition of Philip Sutton’s work in a loverly setting with an excellent lunch. What more could you ask?

  6. Jim Bachman says:

    Pls send info on Pfilip Sutton exhibition Thank yuo

  7. Wabi sabi says:

    Wonderful gallery, excellent show and welcome tea! My post …

  8. Mrs Lorraine Slydell says:

    3 of us visited last Monday on our way from a dance weekend in Torquay and were very impressed with Petter’s furniture and also the artwork. The soup was great and I brought some delicious homemade Apple cake home with me.
    I will treat myself to a mirror or something as I have just moved to a new modern house near the sea. I will definitely pay you a visit in Spring if possible.
    Thankyou for your hospitality.

  9. Peter says:

    Your drop-down list of artists goes off the bottom of my screen, otherwise I think that it is a nice site with interesting artists.

    • Sladers Yard says:

      Thanks for your comment and praise for the website. I am sorry you have had trouble seeing all the artists in the drop-down list. If you cannot scroll with any kind of wheel or scrolling device, you should be able to rest your cursor on Artists and move down with the arrow keys. WordPress websites should fit all kinds of screens so I am interested to know if this isn’t the case on your screen. Thanks, Anna

  10. penny says:

    Ian Smith Trio superb on Sunday, accessible poetry and creamy jazz. More of the same. Well done! Do you have contact details for them?

  11. Peter French says:

    Visited Sladers Yard recently. Petter Southall”s furniture absolutely amazing – the design and craftmanship. Seen nothing so inspiring since the John Makepeace exhibition.

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