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The Great Heath: Brian Graham

16 March – 6 May

A magnificent new body of work by the eminent painter Brian Graham exploring the great heath of memory, imagination, literature and music in paintings that hover between abstraction and the figurative. Inspired by Thomas Hardy’s Egdon Heath from The Return of the Native, a semi-fictional area of wilderness between Dorchester, Wareham and Poole, the paintings revisit places where Brian Graham spent a great deal of time as a child. Please let us know if you would like an email when the paintings are available to view online or an invitation to the opening. More 

Brian Graham A Stunted Thorn Stands Here and There II

evening events

Poetry and Music


STEPHEN KENYON classical guitar

Friday 5 April, 7.30pm PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE!!

Tickets: £12 poetry only or £30 with delicious buffet dinner from 5.30 pm

In her remarkable debut collection, The Distal Point (HappenStance 2018), Fiona Moore confronts personal loss and irretrievable change, as well as wider themes – recent European history and the politics of power. To such concerns she brings creativity, humour and intelligence. Her collection was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Autumn 2018 and was shortlisted for the 2019 T S Eliot Prize. More… 

Please phone 01308 459511 to book now 

Brian Graham

Artist’s Talk

Brian Graham in conversation with Professor Simon Olding

Friday 26 April, 6.30pm. Tickets: £10 or £28 with dinner to follow.

Artist Brian Graham talks about his current exhibition of paintings exploring The Great Heath, with Professor Simon Olding. More…

Three Cane Whale

Saturday 27 April, 8pm. Tickets: £15 or £33 with dinner from 6.30pm.

Highly acclaimed multi-instrumental acoustic trio featuring member sos Spiro, Get the Blessing and Scottish Dance Theatre, whose spare, intricate compositions combine ancient folk with modern classical ideas.

Three Cane Whale

John Etheridge and Vimala 

The fabulous Vimala Rowe

Saturday 4 May 6.30pm, music from 8pm

Tickets: £18 or £36 with dinner

Phone 01308 459511 to book now.

Two of the finest musicians you are ever likely to hear, John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe bring out the brilliant best in each other. They have been working together for number of years after John invited Vimala on stage at a solo gig and was enthralled by her passionate, soulful, utterly committed singing. Read more and listen…


Jeremy Gardiner

Works on paper: Lyme Regis to Old Harry Rocks

Akiko Hirai ceramics

The exhibition continues until 30 June.

Philippa Mo, solo violin

Partita, Fantasia, Caprice VI

Saturday 8 June 6.30 pm

Tickets: £15 concert only. Dinner to follow at £18 a head.

The grand finale of internationally acclaimed British violinist Philippa Mo’s series of six concerts comprising the complete works for solo violin by JS Bach alongside the complete Fantasias by Telemann with other baroque and contemporary dances and fantasias. Concert VI will include Bach’s great Sonata No. 3 in C Major. Tickets are available now. Please call 01308 459511 to book. Read more…

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