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Itinerary: Dorking is a Destination for Artists

Dorking has a buzzing local art scene, and it has gained a reputation as a hub of artists, ideas, people and creators.

This independent spirit has helped build the town we know and love, and there’s no better way to reveal the true depths of a place than meeting the creators themselves and the galleries that host them. Let us introduce you!

Start your day in Dorking with a visit to The John Arthur Gallery at 11 High Street to see the most fabulous Turner-inspired paintings. South Street Gallery offers a wonderful space for artists and framing services, while you’ll also find art all around you in Dorking. You’ll see art from local artists shared in a public exhibition for the King’s Coronation, on public sails and banners across town. 

We love that many of our award-winning DorKing Coronation artists now sell their artwork in our local, independent shops, like The Star, That Lovely Shop and South Street Gallery.

Kelly Morgan has been featured in a gallery exhibition at The Star pub. She is also now hosting art workshops at The Old House, where you can paint and drink pinot.

Sarajane features her artwork at two locations in Dorking, the South Street Gallery and Dorking Halls.

Other local artists are featured at Dorking Halls Art Exhibition that has been coordinated by Curated by Dapper and Suave. Take in a wonderful show or pop in and have a coffee and a nibble at the lovely cafe. 

Don't miss the wonderful Luke Adam Hawker studio space up in Lyon's Court, where you'll find limited edition prints and original artwork.

Another unmissable stop (if you’re visiting between April and October) is the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, a wonderful space where plants and mature trees support and frame a collection of stunning contemporary sculptures. Take your time, sit back and contemplate, and revel in the harmony of this 35-year old growing space.

Every year the Surrey Hills Open Studios open up their doors and welcome visitors into their studios. This year, they had nearly 300 artists taking part in 173 studios. Where are your favourite places to discover new art in Dorking?

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