What was Open House?

Open House (8-10 March 2018), was a free event to share the latest plans for Dartington inspired by the thoughts of people like you. We staged an exhibition alongside a series of talks, workshops, art events and more.

A huge thanks to the hundreds of you who joined the discussion about the future of this magical place. We’ll be staging further events later in 2018 to continue sharing our plans and keeping you part of the discussion. To be kept abreast of these new events, consider signing up for email updates from us.

When: 8-10 March 2018 – see our event programme below for full details

Where: The Dartington estate – see event programme below for details

Cost: Open House was a series of free events, open to all.

Event programme




About this event

Thursday 8 March

Gardens Tour1630 - 1730GardensOur Grade 2* listed gardens at the heart of our 880 acre site are the creation of a roll call of outstanding 20th century garden designers. Join celebrated garden designer Dan Pearson and our head gardener Ian Gilbert for a tour of our much loved gardens to discover how Dan's exciting ideas are to shape their future.
Dan Pearson Presents the Gardens Master Plan1830 - 2030The Great HallTwo years on from our community-led Open Space events, Dartington's CEO Rhodri Samuel invites you to see how plans are taking shape and introduces award winning designer Dan Pearson to speak about his vision for the future of Dartington's gardens. Click here to watch Dan's talk - and get the latest updates on our transformative work on our gardens.

Friday 9 March

Open House Exhibition0900-1700The Green Table, Roundhouse Café and Visitor CentreAn informal exhbition showcasing our plans for the next five years. No booking required - just come along.
The Future of Learning1130-1300
High Cross HouseProgressive, experimental learning has always been at the centre of Dartington's ethos. If you're fired up, angry, or excited by the current state of education, then join us for this interactive panel discussion. It's the first in a series that looks at 'the future of education and learning' and Dartington's role in shaping it.
The Future of the Arts at Dartington1130 - 1300
Studio 3, Space StudiosJoin Arts General Manager Amy Bere and her team to explore the question: 'How do we programme art that allows us to navigate the times we live in?'
Dance the Estate!1400-1700
The Great Hall - and estateWe're shooting the final scene for our new film about the remaking of Dartington. You're part of the story and we'd love you to get involved! In a partnership with estate based Dance in Devon, local choreographer (and Green Table barista) Minou Polleros will lead you in an extraordinary global choreography of Pina Bausch’s Nelkin Line through our gardens to Aller Park Field. Bring your umbrella and let yourself go! Pina Bausch was taught by Green Table choreographer Kurt Jooss, at Dartington from 1934-40.
Craft: You Could Make This Up1500-1700
High Cross HousePaying tribute to Dartington’s vibrant craft history, exploring the way in which we surprise ourselves by learning, and celebrating the colourful, confident and often nonconformists makers living out Dartington’s legacy. Join Lou Rainbow, Craft Learning Manager and local makers to make something of yourself. Radical printing, talking and twining, clay and carving.
The Future of Enterprise at Dartington1600 - 1730
The Green TableDartington Collaborative Network (DCN) connects the web of businesses and enterprises that thrive on the Dartington estate. Join tenants from across Dartington for an informal networking event and hear from Annette Dhami, General Manager of Impact Hub Brixton and Impact Hub Islington, who will lead a discussion about what the future of progressive enterprise could hold for Dartington.
No Them, Only Us - The Future of Social Justice at Dartington1800 - 1930
The Green TableWith rising inequality one of the defining challenges of our time, Dartington has renewed our commitment to tackling injustice and to working towards a more just and equal future. In this workshop our Social Justice Director Ceri Goddard will present our vision for a new phase of social justice innovation - and invite views, ideas and debate on we can best connect to and support the wider southwest equality and social justice movements.

Saturday 10 March

Open House Exhibition0900-1700The Green Table, Roundhouse Café and Visitor CentreAn informal exhbition showcasing our plans for the next five years. No booking required - just come along.
The History and Future of Development at Dartington1100-1200
Barn CinemaJoin Estate Development Director Martyn Evans for a presentation on the continuing story of development at Dartington.
Tractor Tour Visiting Some of the Key Land Use Projects12-1245 & 1245 to 1330
Estate - meet outside The GranaryRoaming the estate by tractor, join Estate Manager John Channon to discover some of the innovative and experimental land-use projects that have sprung up in Dartington over the past few years, and start to imagine: what could come next?
Open House - The Plantation: an update
Higher Close - The Schumacher RefectoryWe are excited to add an additional session to our busy Open House programme which we hope we will answer the often-heard question "What's happening with the Plantation?' Join estate development director, Martyn Evans and scheme architects, Ash Sakula, for a project update, discussion about what's going to happen next and how you can get involved.
Land Use Review the Sequel! Workshop Asking - What Next?1445-1700
Higher Close - The Schumacher RefectoryFrom the restoration of our Deer Park to experiments in agroforestry, we've delivered many of the exciting projects set out in the Land Use Review. Now it's time to ask you - what next? Estate Manager John Channon and Community Resilience (Food and Farming) Manager Harriet Bell welcome you to an experimental and interactive workshop to harvest your views on future land use at Dartington.
The Future of Food at Dartington1800-1915
The Green TableIn this talk and interactive workshop, join Director of Food and Drink Oliver Rowe and other key figures involved in our local food and farming community for an exploration of how food is to play a bigger role at Dartington.
Dinner with Tara and Oliver2000-2200The Green TableCome and dine at Dartington! Director of Food and Drink Oliver Rowe, and Chef Manager at The Green Table, Tara Vaughan-Hughes, will be cooking up a storm using local produce from the estate and the farms in the area. Tickets: £30 per person

Monday 12-Monday 17 March

Open House Exhibition0900-1700 each dayThe Green Table, Roundhouse Café and Visitor CentreAn informal exhbition showcasing our plans for the next five years. No booking required - just come along.

Your feedback

Did you attend Open House? If you any thoughts about what you liked, what was missing, or anything else, you can email us at openhouse@dartington.org.

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