Lyme Bay Arts CIC is an artists’ and makers’ not-for-profit organisation

building a sustainable member-based platform for individual practitioners and community organisations within Dorset, Devon and Somerset

As a first step towards this goal, we take great pleasure in announcing a new exhibition venue for the South West and home for Lyme Bay Arts: The Gallery, Symondsbury.   We are working with Symondsbury Estate’s forward-thinking management who enthusiastically embrace the arts and share our vision for The Gallery.  We will be converting the space in June and July for an official opening in August.

In the meantime, in keeping with our commitment to outreach and short-term venues and events, a promotional five weeks of art exhibitions, fairs and workshops have been organised for June-July 2019 in the Langmoor Room, Lister Room and Performance Area of Lyme Regis’s Marine Parade. More details of dates and how members can get involved will follow shortly.


Supporting artists and makers to success with business and practice… 

We are a group of volunteers and (will be) paid staff who are preparing to run a permanent gallery space, and showcases in various pop-up locations in the Lyme Bay area.

Many of us have been involved in Lyme Regis and elsewhere in running community arts ventures, but we now have some new volunteers bringing a fresh approach to our thinking and business. It’s going to be an exciting few months as we spread our wings!

We’ll be contacting people on our mailing list once we have some definite news to share.



— Build membership

We invite local artists and makers to join us and take part in our venture.


— Build confidence

We will support inexperienced people to develop a body of work and exhibit it confidently in a professional space.


— Exhibit work

We will develop a programme of affordable solo, duo and group showcases in selected local spaces, as well as venturing further afield.


— Educate

We will provide workshops and mentoring opportunities for business and artistic practice.


— Gain recognition

We want to become recognised as an important part of the local and regional arts scene.


— Collaborate

We will be working to develop links with other local and regional arts and community organisations in all disciplines.


Lyme Bay Arts is for artists and designer makers from the local area, in all visual disciplines, regardless of experience and ability. It is a non-profit Community Interest Company partly run by volunteers, on whose time and skills we rely to make things work.

We aim to provide temporary and permanent spaces for local artists to develop their work, meet their public, and exchange knowledge and resources. Our unique philosophy is to host short focused exhibitions in local towns and villages, curated by our core team and stewarded by the exhibitors.