Dungeness Artist Studios and Galleries
The weird and wonderful landscape of Dungeness is home to an artistic community who live and display their work in the converted railway carriages dotted around the old lighthouse.
Paddy Hamilton’s open studio is in a shed selling original artwork; there is a charming paintbrush graveyard in the front garden.
Dungeness art gallery exhibits photographs by Chris Shore and watercolours by Helen Taylor. The gallery is attached to the artists’ kitchen, with a sea junk sculpture by the front door.
Prospect Cottage, the home of late film director and artist Derek Jarman, is famous for its shingle garden, now dutifully kept by Keith Collins. Although not officially open to the public, the garden is visited by gardeners and fans of Jarman from far and wide. Courtesy is the order of the day, as Keith values his privacy.
Stay The Night
Stay at the contemporary Rubber Beach House and El Ray have won architectural prizes, and Alain de Botton’s The Shingle House can be rented for short stays. There are more affordable holiday cottages such as Helvetia out on the point and B&Bs such as the Watch Tower.
Dungeness Open Studios are situated at: Marina, Dungeness Rd, Romney Marsh, Kent. TN29 9ND
For an unusual holiday weekend beach destination, Dungeness cannot be beaten. Immerse yourself in the landscape and indulge in the local art.
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