Dartington Arts

We will be expanding our Arts programme as we come out of COVID 19 restrictions to include more ways for our local, national and international audiences to engage with the arts in meaningful ways. Our programming will encompass music, performance, visual arts, short courses, exhibitions, screenings and symposia with a range of guest curators.

Our Cinema is now open and planning for our Music Summer School and Festival for 2022 is underway. This autumn we launch our Ferment and Black Atlantic Festivals.

Studios are now available for hire.

If you have a question about a current screening or event, the box office is available on 01803 847070 12.30pm – 7pm, every day or by emailing boxoffice@dartington.org.

Festivals & programmes

Since 1953, our Summer School & Festival has taken over the Dartington estate for four weeks every summer. It fosters a unique community of professional, student and amateur musicians, all sharing a commitment to learning and music development.

This autumn, we’re also launching Black Atlantic – a year-long anti-racism programme with the underlying aim of exploring our relationships with land, power and community through the lenses of climate justice, race and ecology.

In addition, a range of festivals blending themes around arts, ecology and social justice run throughout the year. Head to our events section to see what’s on.


Our 15th century Barn Cinema was converted to an auditorium by architects Walter Gropius (founder of the Bauhaus movement) and Robert Hening in the 1930s. It offers a year-round programme of the best in international independent film – from popular blockbusters to the classics – alongside event cinema from some of the finest international performance venues, with something for film lovers of all ages.



Art & Craft Courses

Curating programmes across music, performance, writing, dance and contemporary visual art, our new programme of short courses aim to animate our rural space with global perspective and profound experiences.

They beautifully complement our exisiting Craft Revolution programme in collaboration with over 50 makers from across the South West and beyond. Courses in carpentry, furniture, textiles, ceramics, printmaking, bookbinding and artisan cookery run throughout the year.



Studio hire

We are in the process of updating our studio hire information. We have a range of studios available to hire, from large theatre and dance studios, to smaller spaces suitable for movement classes.



How do I book a ticket?

We recommend you book online via the Event pages. Just select the time of the performance you require and follow the online process. The box office is available on 01803 847070 12.30pm – 7pm, every day or by emailing boxoffice@dartington.org

Can I bring my production here?

Our programming policy is available here (pdf), and applies to touring work and companies interested in hiring our venues for performance.

How do you programme your summer concerts?

The Artistic Director of the Summer School & Festival programmes the concerts, which are delivered by artists in residence during the Summer School period.

Who is the summer school for?

The Summer School is currently aimed at adult learners of musical instruments and voice, with courses suited to a range of abilities.

I am an artist, can I have some studio space?

We have a selection of studios available to hire subject to availability. Details can be found here. We accept bookings up to 6 months in advance of the hire date. We do not currently have studios available for visual artists, however makers can access studios through the Craft Revolution.

Can I book the Barn Cinema for a screening or event?

We have limited availability as we are a full time cinema, but we can hire our space on an ad hoc basis. Please contact projection@dartington.org

Can we work in partnership with you?

We work with a number of local arts and community organisations through our Engage programme. Occasionally, we will partner on projects that align with our vision and purpose. Proposals should be made via: emily.hoare@dartington.org

Can you fund our project?

The Dartington Hall Trust is not a grant making charity, and we actively seek funding and sponsorship for our work. Therefore we do not fund or sponsor third party projects.

Contact us

summer school

barn cinema

For cinema projection-related enquires, please contact projection@dartington.org
If you want to pitch ideas for films and projects to us, or if you are a distributor or similar looking to send marketing assets etc to us, please contact barncinema@dartington.org 

new arts commissions and partnerships

Please refer to our FAQs above.

box office

We recommend you book online via the Event pages – but if you do have a question about a current screening or event, the box office is available on 01803 847070 12.30pm – 7pm, every day or by emailing boxoffice@dartington.org

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