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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 local 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 entirely manned by 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 exhibition. These are always very 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 are included, as well as those well known to us. A maximum of five items per artist is be accepted.


 Solo or Group Exhibitions

Applications from individuals or groups of artists wishing to hold exhibitions at the gallery are welcome, as interest for this increases each year as the gallery becomes more widely known. 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 appreciate it if they can volunteer for a morning / afternoon or attend for at least some time during the exhibition. From time to time we are able to organise workshops and demonstrations with our artists. Anyone interested in learning a new creative skill or demonstrating an artist  technique in 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.



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

Our 2020 exhibition programme


Like all creative spaces, the Dragonfly Gallery has been temporarily​ closed during the difficult times we are all facing due to the current Covid-19 epidemic. With this closure brings the postponement of all planned exhibitions and events at the gallery for 2020. In light of this, the gallery is proposing an online exhibition during the month of May, to all artists and craftspeople who might be interested, with the theme of Art in Isolation.

This would work much the same way as a normal exhibition, with a submission form and the gallery taking 20% commission of any work sold, with the exception that there would be no hanging fees and the exhibition would be entirely online using our website and social media platforms.

Artists have just over four weeks to make and photograph / scan work to be submitted, including a completed application form, by Monday 27th April. We would encourage work in all forms: from painting, sculpture and drawing to photography, installation or mixed media. Work could be the result of creativity as part of your daily routine of passing the time whilst at home, or can more specifically be a comment on these times we find ourselves in.

Please send good quality, well-lit images, preferably with a white background, along with completed application forms to Gallery Coordinator Ruth Stanley:

Upcoming exhibition in May 2020: Our first online exhibition

2020 exhibition programme postponed

Exhibitions List 2020
Exhibitions List 2020