Students on spatial structure looking happy

Photo credit Mike Smallcombe

About Dartmoor Arts Project

Dartmoor Art Project is an artist-led organisation founded in 2006. We host a busy summer school week as well as a year round programme of short courses, events and artists' talks, bringing excellent speakers to a rural part of the south west. We have set up a place where artists can come and learn new skills, further their ideas and join in lively critical debate. We also run a 'Young Dartmoor Arts' programme specifically for young artists and makers to work with and be mentored by professional artists.

"In an age of overpopulated and under-funded art schools, the students' experience of Dartmoor Arts, by contrast, was one of abundant individual tuition, ample resources and a high level of productivity. (It is all too easy to underestimate the significance of the whole project. It's influence is felt around the country as students and tutors disperse and spread the idea that a pop-up art school is a powerful concept, a creative community.) -The combination of an intense period of personal creativity, listening to inspirational talks and watching others make / do was both exciting at the time and provided many stimuli for the future. The business of eating together and socialising is as important as anything else. It provides a natural and unthreatening forum for discussion, a chance to hear and be heard."

Kip Gresham, Printmaking Tutor, August 2013


The Dartmoor Arts Team are currently planning the 2016/17 courses & evening programme.

About our summer school:

Dartmoor Arts Summer School takes place in Drewsteignton, Dartmoor, Devon - just a few miles outside Exeter and over 100 artists, educators, architects, designers and makers join us for an in-depth week of creative practice.

Dartmoor Arts Summer School offers a wide range of courses taught by leading professional artists from the south west, the UK and around the world. We also present a rich and varied programme of talks by contemporary artists, curators and writers as well as music, performance and film screenings.

Our brilliant 2015 evening programme included talks by Peter Randall-Page, Sophy Rickett, Thomas Gosebruch and Something & Son as well as fantastic performances from our storytelling students and Body Morphing students live show. Last year included a fantastic performance lecture by Zoe Laughlin from The Institute of Making who showed us transparent concrete, nano rust particles, giant metallic crystals and Gecko tape. David Chandler chaired a panel discussion on contemporary photography with Tom Hunter, Susan Derges, Chrystel Lebas, Garry Fabian-Miller, Chris Chapman, Sian Bonnell, Liz Nicol, Jem Southam and Mike Smallcombe. Artist Claude Heath talked about his recent works and ways of drawing and Chrystel Lebas (who was also our first artist in residence) presented her photographic works and latest research. 2016 will be equally exciting with a fantastic evening programme planned.

During the week young, emerging and established artists have the space in which to explore their practice and realise the possibilities of their work in an dynamic, creative and supportive environment. The week is also about continual professional development, a space dedicated completely to making your own work. It is also about the opening up of opportunities for younger artists - many who have gone on to do amazing projects and exhibitions, inspired by the week, by our tutors, the artists they have met and the contacts they have made. Artist/educators take new skills away with them which they then share with their own students.

Students and tutors all stay in the village and practical workshops take place during the day at different venues around Drewsteignton. Each evening everyone descends upon the local pub to eat a delicious meal followed by the lively programme of events.

What makes our summer school unique is its relaxed, intimate scale where students have a chance to talk with leading artists, thinkers and writers on a one-to-one basis about their thoughts and ideas. The atmosphere is brilliant as artists work hard on their projects culminating in a productive end of week 'crit' and a tour of the other venues to see the work made by other students.


Summer School - What's included in the cost?



Dartmoor Arts supports young and emerging artists and those with limited finances. A limited number of bursaries are available for 2016.