Feel free to come in and see our exhibitions.

Our new website will be ready very soon but please continue to use this one for now.


is open with indoor and outdoor table service.


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. Sladers Yard 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 artworks in stock and available to buy from this website, and where appropriate taking commissions for bespoke pieces. Please see individual artist pages for more information or contact the gallery on gallery@sladersyard.co.uk


Sally McLaren Submerged 2023. carborundum/drypoint print and acrylic paint ed.1/1 image size 98 x 198.5cm / paper size 110 x 242cm unframed £2950

The Life that Springs

Aquatint, carborundum, deep etching, linocut and woodcut prints by

Anita Klein RE

Fred Cuming RA

Martyn Brewster ARE

Merlyn Chesterman RE

Sally McLaren RE

ceramics by Yo Thom

25 March – 13 May 2023

This time of year alerts us to celebrate the life that springs all around us. We invite you to lift your heart with an exhibition of joyous colourful works of art made by some of the most brilliant print-makers working today. Prints of human life, the landscape and the sea resonate alongside the subtle irresistible ceramics of Yo Thom and Petter Southall’s lyrical furniture.

If you would like an invitation to the opening on 25 March, please let us know on gallery@sladersyard.co.uk. Please follow the links above to view work. It will appear online as soon as it is ready to be viewed and bought.


Anita Klein Oak in Winter 2022 linocut ed.17/50 image size 40 x 60cm /framed size 59 x 79cm unframed £760 / framed £880


Philip Sutton RA solo show of paintings, works on paper and ceramics

20 May – 8 July 2023

If you would like a notification when Philip Sutton’s work becomes available to view online and an invitation to the opening on 20 May, please let us know on gallery@sladersyard.co.uk.


Petter Southall furniture, Pod and Wave

Petter Southall’s handmade furniture and garden features are available to view at the gallery and on this website. Commissions are welcome for existing or new designs. Some furniture is the garden features are available to buy now from the gallery.

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.[/caption]

View Petter Southall’s garden furniture

Bent-wood eco-pod by Petter Southall available to buy now. More…

The gallery’s 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. Please see the individual designers and maker’s pages. Housed in an historic Georgian rope warehouse, with pillared galleries and flower-filled courtyard, Sladers Yard is five minutes walk from the beach and harbour in West Bay, Dorset. Don’t forget to reserve a table/takeaway at our acclaimed Café/restaurant.


Open for outdoor table service in our lovely yard and for Takeaway. We are delighted to offer all kinds of delicious treats. See our Menus. Phone 01308 459511 or email to reserve a table.

Chunky Fish Stew, mussels, prawns, white fish, fennel with Mediterranean veg

Sign up for Menu updates and offers. Or see Opening Times.

Regular and varied live evening events with dinners are on hold at the present time. The venue is also usually available for catered private parties, weddings and celebrations. Evening events are limited to artists and literary talks for the moment.

What the press say…

‘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


CAFÉ SLADERS has won eight Gold Awards from Taste of the West.

‘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
The cliffs at West Bay with the traditional Norwegian double-ended Oselvar Færing Petter built as his apprentice piece when he was 21.
Coast Magazine March p1 of 8
The Southall family in Petter’s Oselvar Faering off Burton Bradstock.

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34 Responses to HOME

  1. Please would you add me to your mailing list?
    Many thanks


  2. Valerie Hollands says:

    We have enjoyed our visits over the years to the Gallery and the Cafe but have now changed our e-mail address and think we may be missing out


  3. marlieke van rossum says:

    Hello Sladers Yard Gallery,

    Do you have work of Richard Batterham available? I am specialy interested in bowls.

    Warm regards from the Netherlands,



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  5. Rob says:

    Hi, you don’t seem to have a contact email for enquiries, please get in touch


  6. Jeremy Maidment says:

    Although ‘Shapeshifter’ by Daisy Cook is shown on your Instagram page I cannot see it in the illustrations of her work on your website. Is it still available?


  7. Helen Garrett Solomons says:

    Dear Anna and Petter,
    Hope all well with you. Looks like you have lots of exciting events going on at the moment.
    Just to let you know that I am running a workshop ‘Turner and the Elements’ here in Wiltshire this Saturday and wondered if you would be interested in the workshop because it links to your exhibition. It may be be too late due to advertising. etc
    I’ll try to attach the poster but not sure if it will work!

    If you would like more information about it do let me know.

    With Kind Regards,



    • Sladers Yard says:

      Thanks Helen,

      This looks great. You might like to contact Bridport Museum who are co-ordinating Turner in Bridport. The leaflet is already printed unfortunately. Best of luck with the course!


  8. Brigitte Scott-Florek says:

    I have signed up how do I book the event on the 20th June with Jeremy Gardiner please
    Brigitte Scott- Florek


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  10. 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.


  11. Kate Dean says:

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


  12. 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.


  13. 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.


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


  15. Jim Bachman says:

    Pls send info on Pfilip Sutton exhibition Thank yuo


  16. Wabi sabi says:

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


  17. 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.


  18. 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


  19. 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?


  20. 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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