The Upstairs Gallery

Welcome to the 'Upstairs Gallery' - home to our temporary exhibitions.

The Upstairs Gallery houses our temporary exhibitions. We look for works that link to Hengistbury Head: whether that be views of the local area, coastal scenes, landscapes, or wildlife.

If you're interested in exhibiting here, take a look at our exhibitor information page.

**Please note that dates may be subject to change**

Current Exhibition

12 August - 31 October 2022 ~ Performing the Past exhibition 


Pop in to see our major new exhibition celebrating 12,500 years of human occupation at Hengistbury Head. See what our Performing the Past team and volunteers have been doing over the past 3 years, bringing to life the lives of our ancestors from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.  It’s free and suitable for all the family. 

Exhibitions you may have missed

2 May - 29 May 2022 ~ A photography exhibition by Lorraine Finney


Award winning Fine Art Landscape Photographer, Lorraine Finney (LSINWP), introduces herself and her work to our Hengistbury audience:

Hello, I'm Lorraine Finney, an award winning Fine Art Landscape Photographer, based in Bournemouth, Dorset. When my children flew the nest, I was encouraged to follow my heart by studying at the Institute of Photography. This led to becoming a member of the RPS and SWPP, gaining my Licentiateship and I am now planning on my Associate this year.

I set up my website on International Womens Day in 2018 to showcase my work to a wider audience. It has been a challenging and fascinating journey as I have developed my skills and my personal style. The support and encouragement of fellow professionals has been invaluable as have the friendships made whilst on workshops or at the SWPP annual convention. Achieving three hangings in the gallery alongside so many talented photographers was confirmation for me that I am on the right track.

2020 was a tough year as my first exhibition was postponed due to Covid. I eventually held my maiden solo exhibition in August 2020, which was a huge success, supporting a local charity and receiving orders from collectors of my work. This was the hardest yet most rewarding achievement to date. 

I am excited to be exhibiting at Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre throughout May. I am also showcasing my work at the Sussex Art Fair at Goodwood racecourse from the 13th-15th May. I was appointed Chair of Boscombe Camera Club in 2019, which has been challenging but thoroughly rewarding, introducing the club to zoom and inspiring members to keep up their photography. It's so lovely to give something back and help others to grow. It's also boosted my confidence in hosting zoom meetings and public speaking. I love simplifying compositions to highlight the beauty within nature that is so often overlooked, as we carry on with our daily lives. Photography for me is about a connection. It’s being in the moment and capturing that magical image.

I decided I would like to exhibit at Hengistbury Head to showcase my work to a local audience and share some of my land and seascapes.

Coming Soon

We are in the process of planning our exhibitions programme for the rest of the year and this will be listed here once arranged.

Further ahead

We have some interesting exhibitions planned for the coming year, we'll list these here as soon as they're finalised - or why not sign up to our mailing list to find out the latest news as soon as we have it?

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