POP UP Dorset 2012 took place at St George’s Church, Reforne, Portland. 48 artists were selected from across Dorset, covering different themes and using different materials.

The exhibition took place for six weeks over the summer from the  21st July until the 31st of August 2012. We had over 3000 visitors (and 20 something dogs) and lots of positive feedback.

If you didn’t make it to the exhibition, you can buy the book in e-book and paper versions from the shop (funds go towards future events).


St George’s Church is a fantastic building designed by a local mason, and the tower is probably based on St Pauls Cathedral and it reflects Wren’s connections with Portland and its quarries.

It is surrounded by the quarries themselves including Tout Sculpture Quarry where you can hunt down an Anthony Gormley piece, all within a setting of beautiful scenery.

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St George, Reforne, Portland – Pop Up Dorset 2012 venue

If you’d like to read more about the history of the church, visit the Churches Conservation Trust website.

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The church from another angle. Lovely!

Event feedback

A small and representative selection of comments from visitors …

Enjoyed, good to see some real art! Lovely venue – never been in here before.

Really impressive range of work, a great use of the space.

Unusual setting gave a good ambience/feeling to the displays. Would like to see more of this type of exhibition.

The building caught our eye and then the exhibition made us stop. Beautifully pulled together. Well done.

Very impressed – good quality work. Good to see a venue for contemporary work locally.

Very enjoyable. It makes art more accessible.

Having been in the Tate Modern yesterday (London) I was pleasantly surprised to find we have plenty of talent in the “Styx” as well. Well done!

Love being able to see artists I don’t know, plus very large works – usually never on show because difficult to display. Great venue too! Thanks…

Brilliant layout and very well put together transforming the space. Wonderful works and great to see some large scale works!