Art events in Dorset

Are you looking to find the best arts events in Dorset?

Dorset is a hotbed of creativity and expression and hosts a vibrant programme of productions in theatre, music, comedy, dance and film alongside an exciting mix of exhibitions and visual arts.

Dorset is also proud to promote a well supported network of Art Centres and organisations that promotes cultural development in the county.

Enjoy a live performance

The atmosphere of watching a play or live music in a village hall environment is much more intimate and engaging than in a large theatre and it stimulates a special connection between the performers and the audience that you don’t get elsewhere.

Wherever you are based in Dorset, you’ll have the opportunity to see some amazing productions from professional touring companies.

Be astounded at the exquisite talents of ballet dancers as they pirouette before your eyes or marvel at one-man plays; feel your spirit soar as your venue becomes filled with the sounds of samba and giggle until your sides split at a local comedy night.

Extraordinary festivals

Each year Dorset wows the crowds with some of the zaniest events around.

Be surprised, moved, entertained or contemplative, or maybe them all, as you make your way round Dorset as part of the Inside Out Festival.

From circus acts in Gillingham, sculpture at Hengistbury Head, a big wild sleepout with the RSPB and an outdoor performance to celebrate the Autumn Equinox, these are extraordinary events in extraordinary places.

Feast your eyes

As well as performance, Dorset has a varied programme of touring visual art exhibitions which circulate to rural galleries and other venues throughout the area.

You can visit contemporary craft shows, thematic exhibitions and displays from both national and regional artists.

Find out more

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Climate Change Sep 24

Climate Change

To complement the 'Inside Out Dorset' project being held on the Symondsbury Estate, Sou'-Sou'-West Arts Gallery will be exhibiting work which focuses on climate change in its broadest...

Fossils, Fish and Feathers Sep 24

Fossils, Fish and Feathers

Fossils, Fish and Feathers is the title of the up-coming watercolour exhibition of recent work by Lyme Bay Artist Trisha Hayman, which will be on show at the Rotunda Gallery of the Lyme Regis Museum...

Inside Out Dorset Sep 24

Inside Out Dorset

Inside Out Dorset is bought to you by Activate Performing Arts. Extraordinary events in extraordinary places across Dorset. Since 2007 Inside Out Dorset has presented the largest festival. of...

Inside Out Dorset Festival Sep 24

Inside Out Dorset Festival

Inside Out Dorset, the biennial international arts festival, returns this autumn to transform five extraordinary locations with art and performances outdoors that celebrate the county’s sense of...

Kimmeridge - Across The Ledges Sep 24

Kimmeridge - Across The Ledges

Rita Brown's latest show has a focus on fossils and the Jurassic coast: geology and palaeontology have been a recurring theme throughout her career. Rita's collection of specimens and visits...

Michael Stride Sep 24

Michael Stride

MICHAEL STRIDE 22ND SEPTEMBER – 5TH OCTOBER MALTHOUSE GALLERY Michael Stride and Fiona Powell-Tuck Michael Stride Celebrating twenty years working in Lyme. Energetic watercolours and textured acrylics...

Pathways to the Past Sep 24

Pathways to the Past

A celebration of the People's Park. By the Park's people. Explore Poole Park using your phone. Follow the audio trail to discover hidden sounds Hear how people have had fun in the park....

Pine Walk Art Exhibition - Art and Makers Market Sep 24

Pine Walk Art Exhibition - Art and Makers Market

One of the longest running open air exhibitions in the country, enjoy art in the gardens.  Art @ Pine Walk was set up almost 60 years ago and is a popular place for artists to show their work,...