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The Great Dome Art and Design Fair 2024

The Great Dome Art and Design Fair 2024

Our flagship Great Dome Art & Design Fair is fast approaching and 2024 will see an extra impressive event with 50 artisans taking part, including many new members.

Opening times and admission

Open Friday 6.00 – 8.30pm  *   Saturday / Sunday 10am – 4.30pm
Admission £3 single, children free
Includes complimentary show guide and access to all demos

Visit the biggest annual event by the region’s premier group of creatives. This highly regarded, long established and much anticipated art fair is held in one of the most beautiful domed buildings in Europe. All original work is for sale and it is your opportunity to meet the person who made it.

Preview Evening

The fair opens with a preview evening 6pm to 8.30pm on Friday 19th July. This promises to be a real event with drinks and music to celebrate what is our biggest event for a number of years. Complimentary tickets for the preview evening can be obtained from individual members and usual paid entry will be available at the door on the night.


The Great Dome Art & Design Fair is more than just an exhibition, it is your opportunity to meet and find out about our artists and their work. Throughout the weekend visitors are invited to watch live demonstrations of artists at work on their stands. A number of members will be taking part this year as follows:

Ceramicists Vivienne Sillar (A Game of Two Halves) and Philip Evans.
Artists Sue Prince (Egg isn’t just for breakfast!), Craig Longmuir (Oil painting inside the Dome), Lesley Linley (Waterfall), Pam Smart (Digital ipad sketching), Bob Bernard (Landscapes in Pastels), Liz Wellby (Exploring Wire), Joanna Allen (Collagraph plate construction) and Sandra Orme (Expressive skies).
Photographers Gunther Walker (Vintage Leica Photography) and Jonathan Mercer.
Jeweller Suzanne Williams.
Textile Artists Emily Murch (Handweaving) and Alison Wake (Painting with Yarn).
Contemporary Artisan Rachel Evans (Basketmaking)

Full details of all exhibiting artists and demonstrations, along with a map of the layout can be found in the complimentary show guide – free with entry.


This year we will also have a special exhibition of collaborative work undertaken by members in the last 12 months. Works combining ceramics and calligraphy, textiles and photography, fine art and weaving, and other disciplines will be on display at the centre of the Dome, highlighting how members of PDA work together to support and develop our working practice.

Organiser Vivienne Sillar says “To be part of a group of talented artists and makers provides an opportunity to share each others’ skills. While we all work in isolation from day to day, when we come together to show our work there is always an exchange of ideas. Collaborating with another artist is a leap of faith, however the benefits are huge. Creation takes two and growth is the result. We develop by taking the leap and seeing what happens”.

Post Card Raffle

A regular feature of the Great Dome Art & Design Fair is our Charity Postcard Raffle – your opportunity to win a unique, miniature, original work of art. Once again all of our exhibiting artists have submitted a piece. This year our chosen charity is Blythe House Hospice. Tickets are just £1 each or 6 for £5 and only available from the fair

Jack and the Beanstall
We are delighted to welcome back Jack and the Beanstall, serving his gorgeous coffee, hot drinks, cakes, sandwiches. and a selection of alcoholic drinks. Perfect to enjoy the opening night and open throughout the weekend

Meet the artists

Gunther Walker

Suzanne Claire Williams

Katherine Stephenson

Anita Lomas

John Parker

Philip Evans

Ian Palmer

Rebecca Brown

Holly Clifford

Lauren Grace

Bel Holland

Natasha Braithwaite

Gary Sampson

Bob Bernard

Ingrid Katarina Karlsson

Adrienne Brown

Alison Wake

Jo Polmear

Lottie Adams

Jill Ray

Rachel Evans

Sue Prince

Claire Allam

Craig Longmuir

Catherine Kleeli

Jonathan Mercer

Emily Murch

Katherine Rhodes

Karin Sheldon

Giles Davies

Joanna Allen

Roger Allen

Lesley Linley

Tim Rose

Sarah Joseph

Vivienne Sillar

Thomas Petit

Liz Wellby

Lynne Wilkinson

Kathryn Watson

Louise Edwards

Pam Smart

Rebecca Perry

Sandra Orme

Steve Elliott

Ian Daisley

Elizabeth Forrest

Cath Dunn

Amanda Graham

See you there!


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