News from the Trust

Latest Update from the Trust

Over the last few months the board has been working on putting together a robust Business Plan, Proposal and feasibility study for returning to the refurbished House. Discussions and negotiations have been taking place on many levels and a professional employed in order to deliver the numbers.

Alongside this we have joined forces with SCACTS in order to explore all possibilities of establishing a permanent and cohesive arts offer for the town and surrounding inhabitants. It has all been very gratifying and exciting but ultimately fairly pointless without either an agreement on terms to return tot he House or support from the local Councils.

In order to secure this the Trust us holding an event on the 23rd of January 2015 at the Gryphon School Conference Centre in order to unveil the vision for the House in front of  all key parties.

You will be very pleased to hear that a part of this presentation will be used to focus upon our future programme of exhibitions to take place over the next five years which will have at their centre the work of Dame Elisabeth Frink. We have the Estate curator, Annette Ratuszniak to  thank for her considerable input in developing this.

Exciting and nerve wracking times for all the Trustees as you may imagine!


Update on the Trust

Running up to the re-opening of the House the Trust Board has been on a recruitment drive in order to create an organisation fit to meet the change in the challenges that lie ahead.

The new look Trust comprises of experienced individuals in Arts and Business, both their delivery and governance, and this will be of great advantage to the organisational development of the project.

This development will involve a restructuring of the management and support of the House; previously delivered through the three organisations Sherborne House Trust, The Friends of Sherborne House and Sherborne House Arts. These will be merged to form Sherborne House Arts and Educational Trust, with each retaining their roles, personnel and expertise in order to give the project the most robust structure.

A list of the new Trust Board can be seen below but, should you wish to know more of our plans or get involved on any level then please contact us or join our mailing list,

James Hedin – Chairman

Career in book publishing and working with International Business Schools across Europe. MBA from Henley Management School. Owner of ‘Backlist’, buying and selling book company.

Jeremy Barnes – Treasurer

Has a long established accountancy practice specialising in the Arts and Media. Recently moved his business to Dorset.

Day Bowman

Chelsea School of Art graduate. Part of the Urban Wastelands Project in 2011-2012. Commission for the b-side festival, part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Recent exhibitions include: Nord Art 2013; Aesthetica Part Prize; ING Discerning Eye; National Art Exhibition and CUBE Manchester.

Mark Beveridge

Commercial accountant with a background in telecoms and technology. 

Sarah Hedin

Cabin Service Director for British Airways for 21 years, Owner of the Yetminster Gallery.

Mary Jacobsen

Graduate of St Martin’s. Career in teaching from London schools through to Yeovil College. Lecturer and art historian. Former programme secretary for Sherborne NADFAS. Ace South Wessex, Area Coordinator for education for NADFAS.

Robin Legg

Local government solicitor. Sherborne Councilor for 30 years. Former Deputy Leader Dorset County Council. Twice Mayor of Sherborne. Trustee of the Oxley Sports Centre. Abbey Primary School Governor.

Jenny Newman

Head of Art and Design at Sherborne Girls School. Lectures on travel and art.

Stuart Skepelhorn

Joint owner of Lolly, a PR and marketing agency based in Sherborne working with a roster of local, national and international clients.

Sarah Stewart

Owner and director of international recruitment company. Previously company director in the corporate relocation industry. Lived and worked for many years in Russia. Has an MBA in International Business,

Triff Skepelhorn

Joint owner and director of Lolly. Over 25 years experience in Marketing and PR

Deanne Tremlett

Graduate of The Slade School Masters in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art. Chairman of Sherborne House Arts involved for ten years in various capacities including Curator, Lecturer and Facilitator. Ten years spent working in Marketing and PR for National Newspapers


Progress at The House

After protracted negotiations ownership of Sherborne House and surrounding land passed from Dorset County Council to Redcliffe Homes in the autumn of 2011. Work on the external restoration of the historic house and Thornhill mural has been completed! The interior restoration is now in process. Included in the plans are the development and refurbishment of part of the building as gallery, sculpture garden and café. The Sherborne House Trust, supported by The Friends of Sherborne House, is working towards taking on the lease of these spaces to create an inspiring environment for engaging with visual art in a unique historical setting. Work has now been completed  on much of the development of 44 new homes behind the House.

Move to new office

We are now temporarily based in Dorchester – it’s a tiny office compared to the luxury of our large elegant room at Sherborne House but gives us an ideal base from which to work and continue with our programme development. Click here to get in touch with us.

Artists Archive sale

Thanks to all who supported us by buying work at our Artists Archive Sale in May last year.

We plan to hold similar sales in the future. Its a fantastic way of bringing great art to our audiences and give a unique opportunity for the public to buy original work from artists personal archives whilst raising funds to support the development of the Sherborne House gallery and our arts programme.

Getting involved

We are always interested in hearing from anyone keen to get more involved with the development of Sherborne House and our projects. If you think you can help in any way please get in touch. 


SHA commissions portrait by Wendy Elia for 2012 b-side festival

The search involved engaging with someone who explores the extremes and limits of their body to model for a portrait to be reproduced as large posters and displayed at various sites around Weymouth during the festival throughout the Olympic Games of 2012 Find out more here.

Simon Callery selected for the Inland Sealand commission as part of the Exploratory Laboratory project. Find out more here.

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