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Fine Foundation Gallery

The Fine Foundation Gallery

The Fine Foundation Gallery, at Durlston Castle, offers an ever-changing year-round programme of exhibitions and events.

From exhibitions of fine art or contemporary craft, by artists and makers from all over the country, to scientific or historical exhibitions, every month brings something new.

Many exhibitions explore the wildlife, geology and history of Durlston and the Jurassic Coast or showcase the work of artists and makers working locally.

The Gallery is a stunning contemporary space, designed by MJ Long, which boasts spectacular sea views.

With superb acoustics, a concert-hall quality sound system, and high quality projector and screen, the Gallery is also a superb venue for live music, theatre or performance.

Highlights this summer include 'Into the Woods' a multi-media exhibition exploring woodlands, prints and textiles by Robin Mackenzie and Debby Kirby and 'What Sound Does a Stone Make?' exploring the hidden life of Durlston through sound.

Music and film also take pride of place with September showcasing the Purbeck Chamber Music Festival and during October we host films during the Purbeck Film Festival.

See the exhibition programme on our events page or to hire us for your exhibition contact us for more information.


Gallery exhibition

The Fine Foundation Gallery exhibits a diverse range of work, including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, textiles and lots more! 

Both group and solo shows mean that there is always something new to enjoy, from exhibitions exploring wildlife, geology or climate change, portaiture or even a knitted garden! 

If you are interested in exhibiting, please get in touch! 

In the winter months, museum style exhibitions mean there is plenty to see, even on a wet day! 



Live music in gallery

The Gallery also hosts a range of live performances, from Chamber Music, Folk, Jazz or World Music to cinema, spoken word, theatre or lectures.

Check out our What's On pages for upcoming events. 

Film Festival exhibition

Durlston is a flagship venue for the Purbeck Film Festival in October, showcasing a wonderful variety of films as part of this, the largest rural festival in the country.

An exhibition and workshops accompany the festival.

The Cabinet of Living Cinema also regularly offer cinematic experiences, accompanied by live music.