About

Tincleton Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary fine art in Dorset. This does not always mean that we show only the work of Dorset artists or that the subject must always be Dorset. Instead we cast our eyes further afield looking for new insights and new artists as well as supporting the work of our local cadre. The works include drawings and paintings as well as a selection of sculptures.

Tincleton Gallery is the idea of Joan Burdett-Coutts who has lived in the Old School House in Tincleton for many years. Since 2013 Joan has sought to bring the original school classroom back into public use and it is now used for a variety of activities, including yoga classes, life drawing and musical soirees as well as regular art exhibitions. The Old School House itself was designed by the Victorian architect Benjamin Ferrey (b. 1810) and built in 1840 to provide schooling for Tincleton and the surrounding villages. Ferrey also designed the original hospital in Dorchester (now Benjamin Ferrey House) and many churches and other buildings, including Clyffe House which is visible from the grounds. Over the next 100 or so years it was extended various times to accommodate more children, and was an active school up until the 1970s, after which time it was used mainly as an activity centre, before being converted about 20 years ago for private use.