The staircase at The Slade Centre, shot-blasted steel faced with Canadian red oak. Designed and made by Reg Budd and Rob Buckley. The Slade Building from The Square The Board Room

Located in the centre of Gillingham in North Dorset, The Slade Centre combines
business and the arts, offering a range of facilities from office suites and
meeting rooms to exhibition space, classes and workshops.


Floor to ceiling glass walls with integral blinds maintain a sense of light and space, while providing privacy when required   A book binding class class   From Sticks to Stone Exhibition 2012  

Combining modern facilities with the best features of the original building, the office suites provide a pleasant and convenient working environment offering all the benefits of a central location; an all-inclusive rate with flexible terms; and access to well-equipped meeting rooms and training space.

The Studio at The Slade Centre can accommodate up to 30 people, and is ideal for training events and seminars, or private parties and receptions. The more formal Board Room seats up to 10 people around a large table, making it well-suited to business meetings and presentations. Digital projectors are available, as is wifi access.

More details can be found on the Meeting Rooms and Offices page or by clicking below.



The Slade Centre offers a range of weekly classes and one-day workshops. Regular classes include Tai Chi; Veraflow dance and exercise; 'Sweaty Mamas' fun exrcise for mothers and children, and more.

One-day and half-day workshops in a wide range of art and craft techniques offer the opportunity to try something new, or to take an existing skill or interest to a more advanced level.

All classes are taught by experienced and enthusiastic tutors.

A new programme of creative classes is currently being developed to make the most of the new spaces which are soon to become available in the building. Further details will be released soon.

If you would like to be kept informed as the programme develops, or have particular interests you wish to follow, please join our mailing list using the form below.




The generous spaces, abundance of natural light and central location make The Slade Centre an ideal setting in which to enjoy some of the very best contemporary art. Featuring works from artists locally and further afield, exhibitions take place several times a year. The mixed group shows are always exciting and diverse, while solo shows allow an in-depth exploration of the featured artist's work.

Autumn is defintely here and it is time for the launch of the first exhibition of the season. 'Drawing on Dorset' features work made in Dorset, of Dorset and about Dorset. The exhibition and associated publication explore current themes, trends and innovations in contemporary drawing practice. Produced by Dorset Visual Arts, the organisation behind Dorset Art Weeks, and Evolver Magazine, the exhibition and publication feature selected drawings by 36 artists.

'Drawing on Dorset' opens on Saturday, 12 October and continues to Sunday, 3 November 2019. Further information including opening times and a list of participating artists can be found on the Exhibitions and Projects page.



For further information about any of the services or activities at The Slade Centre contact.....

Anne Hitchcock
The Slade Centre
The Square

Telephone: 01747 821480
Mobile: 07775431652


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'Drawing on Dorset' featuring work made in Dorset, of Dorset and about Dorset opens on 12 October and continues to 3 November.

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The range of regular weekly classes includes Tai Chi and other exercise classes.

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Meeting Rooms are available to hire by the hour or day and offer a range of facilities, including PC projection equipment.

A new exhibition 'Colour Values' opens on 16 October

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