There is a car park on the West side of the building – turn right off Park Road. Parking is free in all car parks on the estate after 6pm. For more information about visiting the estate, directions and maps, visit the Dartington website here.

There isn’t currently an accessible wheelchair entrance to the Aller Park building – there are four steps from the car park to the entrance hall.

Live events are recorded whenever possible and shared online. Visit our LINKS page for details.


Coming up next

We are planning for more activities in 2020 – please sign up to our e-newsletter to receive news of our upcoming programme.


*POSTPONED* Saturday 11 April 2020, 12 noon

Artists amble through Dartington Gardens

This event is free and everyone is welcome – no booking required.
Open studio: 10am – 12noon

Meeting in the Playhouse, in the midst of Dartington Gardens, artist and Aller Park Studios co-founder Josie Cockram will lead a discursive Spring walk through the gardens with Maria de Lima and Ben Sanderson.

The artists walk – or ‘artists amble’! – will be part of an open morning at the Playhouse, 10am – 1pm, where Josie and Maria will share things that they have noticed, things that they have made, readings and ideas developed through their preceding week-long collaborative residency.

Based in Cornwall, Ben has recently been artist-in-residence at Trebah Garden. He will join Josie and Maria on this Saturday to talk about his experience working at Trebah and a series of explorations through those gardens that he invited people from all walks of life to join him for.

*this event has been postponed after government advice about travel and event restrictions to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Sign up to our newsletter to receive news and updates in coming weeks and months


Past events

Monday 18 November 2019, 7pm


Everyone is welcome, donations on admission support the programme. Doors open at 6.30pm. No booking required.

Ami Yamasaki sings the sounds of brooks, birds, trees and waterfalls. An experimental vocalist and cross-disciplinary artist from Tokyo, she creates live acoustic performances, installations and films. 

Ami sings as she works, and the patterns she creates are a direct response to acoustic feedback she receives. She sings, and listens, and ‘little by little, the space begins to make its own music’.


Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 October, 2019


Embodiment and Performance is a weekend of activity that considers physical performance and the development of character in body and voice.

Actor Gretchen Egolf and artist Adam Chodzko visit Dartington to reflect on their experience of performance and explore the ideas of Michael Chekhov, the actor and teacher who developed his unique form of actor training at Dartington in the 1930s – privileging the imagination, psychophysical exercises and ensemble, collective creation.


Saturday 12 October, 10am – 4pm : Gretchen Egolf leads a performance workshop open to all. Read more here

Saturday 12 October, 7pm : Artist talk with Adam Chodzko and Gretchen Egolf. Read more here

Sunday 13 October, 11am : Gretchen Egolf and Adam Chodzko introduce Alps at the Barn Cinema. Read more here


Saturday 31 August 2019, 10am – 5pm


Free admission, everyone welcome, drop-in throughout the day

Aller Park Studios was founded earlier this year by three artists – Josie Cockram, Hamish Dunbar and Keiko Yamamoto. Join us for our first open day, with contributions from other locally-based artists, writers and performers we’ve been in conversation with this year. Short readings, performances and presentations will take place on the hour from 10am to 4pm.


Friday 14 June 2019, from 6.30pm


Everyone is welcome, donations on admission support the programme.
Doors open at 6.30pm and there will be an hour to view the work and have a drink together before an hour of conversation..

Please do just come along – no booking required.

Sini Pelkki will visit to share her work and talk with Aller Park Studios co-founder Keiko Yamamoto about collaborative projects, where improvised performances have responded to Sini’s short films.

Sini Pelkki is an artist based in Helsinki, Finland. Her work derives from and evolves around photography and the photographic image and her short films on 16mm and digital video find subtle relationships between still and moving images.


Friday 3 May 2019, 7pm


Everyone is welcome, donations on admission support the programme.
Doors open at 6.30pm.

Please do just come along but booking is advisable to guarantee a seat.

Aller Park Studios welcomes Fran Edgerley, co-founder of Turner Prize-winning collective Assemble. Founded in 2010, Assemble is an ambitious multi-disciplinary collective working across architecture, art and design to create projects in tandem with the people who use and inhabit them. Their architectural spaces and environments promote direct action and embrace a DIY sensibility.

Fran will talk about Assemble’s projects with different communities and their co-operative working methods.


Friday 12 April 2019, 7pm


Rie Nakajima and
Keiko Yamamoto

Everyone is welcome, admission is free but donations are very helpful.
Join us for Japanese canapés and cocktails from 6.30pm.

No booking required for this event – there will be standing room and seating on the floor.

O YAMA O draw on the folk music of Japan, mythology, everyday routines and the sublime. Rie Nakajima uses found and kinetic objects and domestic items as her instruments. Keiko Yamamoto alternatively floats and charges through this with body and voice; chanting, incanting, thundering, whispering, stamping on the floor.

O YAMA O has performed since 2014 at venues and festivals including BBC 3’s Late Junction Festival, Ikon Gallery, Wysing Arts Centre, Supernormal, Borealis Festival, Mayhem, and allEars Festival. 


Friday 15 March 2019, 7pm


introduced by
Ellen Mara De Wachter

Everyone is welcome, admission is free but donations are very helpful.
Join us for Japanese canapés and cocktails from 6.30pm.

Please do just come along but booking is advisable to guarantee a seat.

The Aller Park Studios programme opens with a screening of two films by artists Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt. Celebrated for their earthworks and sculpture in the landscape, Smithson and Holt married in 1963 and often travelled together and documented their work, and themselves, in photographs and on film.

Spiral Jetty (1970) and Mono Lake (1968-2004) will be introduced by Ellen Mara De Wachter, a writer and curator whose short film Suburban Odyssey: Revisiting Robert Smithson’s Passaic retraces Smithson’s journey to his home town of Passaic, New Jersey, in search of the monuments of his time.