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Welcome to the Wayland Dragonfly Gallery

The Dragonfly Gallery and Visitor Centre is one of the many local attractions that make Wayland unique and distinctive. Owned and managed by community charity the Wayland Partnership, the gallery is a part of Wayland House and situated in Watton High Street. It is the home of the Visitor Centre but its main function is as an Art Gallery – It is the only community owned gallery in the area and supports artists and craftspeople from across East Anglia. Artists and local residents appreciate the gallery for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere and its wide-ranging exhibitions, workshops and events. Painting, photography, mixed media, art textiles, ceramics and glass work have all been included and there is a new exhibition for most months of the year. We are passionate about the benefits to mental health and wellbeing brought about by creativity and art, and encourage the involvement and variety of different social groups: such as schools, art groups, unemployed, socially isolated, retired, EAL (English as an Additional Language) and more recently inmates from local prison HMP Wayland. The gallery is manned by a group of dedicated volunteers, open weekdays 10 - 4 and Saturdays 10 - 1.

Open-Call Exhibitions

Throughout the year, the Dragonfly Gallery invites local artists to take part in open-call, themed exhibitions. These are always popular and varied. Artists are selected on the basis of the information provided in their applications, to create a varied and balanced exhibition. Media, style, subject, size and price are all taken into consideration and both artists new to the gallery and those well-known to us are included. A maximum of five items per artist will generally be accepted, unless otherwise stated.


 Solo or Group Exhibitions

Applications from individuals or groups of artists wishing to hold exhibitions at the gallery are welcome. The Dragonfly Gallery is open six days a week, staffed by dedicated volunteers who act as stewards during exhibitions. Members of the public often enjoy meeting the artists and we appreciate it if exhibiting artists can volunteer for a morning / afternoon or attend for at least some time during their exhibition. The gallery regularly aims to organise workshops and demonstrations with our artists. Anyone interested in learning a new creative skill or demonstrating an artist technique at the gallery should contact us at Wayland House.

Exhibition Times and Information

Exhibitions are generally open weekdays 10 - 4 and Saturdays 10 - 1.  This may be varied by advance agreement and a late opening may be possible in the case of a private view. All submitted pieces of work must be brought to the gallery exhibition ready with the correct fixtures and fittings already attached. The Dragonfly Gallery reserves the right not to include artists work in the exhibition if this is not the case. Exhibits should be hung in good time prior to the opening and removed immediately after closing time on the final day unless an alternative time has been agreed. Artists should not normally remove their paintings while the exhibition is open to the public.


Exhibition Programme

November 2020: Making Memories, an exhibition with local care-home residents

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Linden Court Residents
Emma Mace, Learning Disabilities Supported Learning Services , 29 April 2020 - Keith Osborn
"Buttons II" - Parks and No Recreation: A Photographic Essay by Ciaran McCrickard 
-As seen in The Photographic Journal ( 

-As we approach 90 days of enforced lockdown, the coronavirus continues to transform our landscape in new and obscure ways.

Experienced commercial photographer Ciaran McCrickard has captured the effect on British playgrounds, with eerie effect. 

As April and May brought unseasonably sunny weather, our council parks and playgrounds should’ve been teeming with children, but were left instead, strangely desolate. 

Untended and scattered with debris and emerging weeds, outdated and tired recreation grounds look even more forlorn.

Whether newly built and awaiting their first summer of play or shabby but still treasured by local children - they remain suspended, waiting to welcome families once again. They are in limbo, like so many of us.

-Images for sale 9 x 6 inch - £22
Hart Family, Clap for Carers, 16 April 2020 - Keith Osborn

Dragonfly Gallery Patrons


The first Patron of the Dragonfly Gallery was Peggy Spencer MBE, a wonderful, dedicated supporter very greatly missed by all of us here.

The Gallery is currently also supported by patron Sue Welfare, bestselling writer and artist from Downham Market. Sue is a self-taught artist and printmaker living and working in West Norfolk: 'inspired by the Norfolk coast and country, gardens, birds and the rich colour and chaos of domestic life'.

Patron - Sue Welfare
Patron - Sue Welfare
Work of Sue Welfare
Work of Sue Welfare
Peggy Spencer
Peggy Spencer