Dartington Arts

Our Arts programme aspires to enable local, national and international audiences to engage with the arts in meaningful ways. Our programming encompasses music, performance, theatre, visual arts, short courses, exhibitions, screenings and symposia with a range of guest curators.

If you have a question about a current screening or event, please contact our Box Office via the details available here.

Festivals & Summer School

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.

You can take a look a our past festivals online: Thrive, Black Atlantic and Ferment. We are currently working on our Thrive programme for 2023, and other plans which we will be sharing soon!


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.


The Gallery

The Gallery is a light and welcoming space that, through year-round exhibitions, showcases two fundamental strands of the Trust’s mission – arts and ecology.

Our 1,200-acre estate has long been a unique location for experimentation, and home to a wealth of international collaborations and progressive initiatives. The Gallery’s programming — which ranges from items in Dartington’s archive collection to work by artists-in-residence on the estate, and international artists working in the burgeoning field of arts and ecology — reflects this heritage.


Live Arts/Events

In our public venues we programme a range of events blending themes around arts, ecology and social justice which run throughout the year. This includes theatre, family shows, music, comedy and spoken word.


Studios, Residencies, & Artist Development

Our world-class studios have played host to a huge range of artists who have taught, performed and developed work at Dartington Trust. As well as using our studios and venues for our own gigs, events, short courses and Masters programmes, we host artists in residence, hire out our spaces, and offer an artist’s development scheme.




Community Partners

We work with a number Community Partners, who deliver key arts engagement work within our spaces.

These organisations work in music, dance, theatre, radio, visual arts and performance, with professionals and amateurs, children and adults, of all ages and abilities.



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 every day 12.30pm – 7pm on 01803 847070,  or by emailing boxoffice@dartington.org

Can I bring my production here?

Our programme is curated by the Arts team, where we look for work of artistic quality and accessibility. If you’re interested in bringing your production or exhibition to Dartington, please email Creative Director, Emily Hoare, at emily.hoare@dartington.org.

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, please contact the Box Office via the details here.

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