POP UP Dorset is a not-for-profit organisation, whose aim is to show high quality contemporary art from across Dorset, in under/unused buildings.

The current intention is to run an open submission exhibition each summer in a different venue and in a different part of Dorset. Read about our first exhibition on the About 2012 page.

Katy first had the idea of doing a Pop Up Event through the Summer of 2012. Growing up in Bristol, and studying Art History and practising art, she has seen lots of exhibitions around the country and wanted to put on something where she now lives on Portland, that shows off the many fine and cutting edge artists working across Dorset.

With the usual intake of seasonal visitors and the addition of the Olympic entourage, it seemed like a good time to start. With so many artists in the County, but so little exhibition space, the Pop Up approach offers opportunities to develop to show off high quality work, without the running costs of a permanent gallery.

So it’s about bringing fine art together in one place, but it’s also about the connections. Connections with the local community, artists across Dorset, and local and regional organisations. Sometimes it’s easy not to see beyond our own four walls, which is why we want to bring art from across Dorset to one location. Read about the 2012 event.

As a not-for-profit organisation, we re-invest any income generated, into future events. Our first event was self-funded. The plans for the 2013 exhibition are on a larger scale and we’d welcome any donations to help things along. Either visit The Shop page or click the Paypal donate button to make a contribution. Every little helps … 😉


Katy Mugford

originates from Bristol and has been living in Dorset since early 2011. She studied Art History at the University of York and went on to complete a Masters at Birkbeck College, London. Recently she contributed a chapter to the book Urban Wildscapes, published by Routledge in 2011.  Katy is also an artist who works in oils and watercolours.

Richard Keenan

is from Sheffield but has regularly visited Dorset since before he can remember. He moved to Portland in 2011 for a change of scene. Richard has been working in marketing and communications since 2001, usually with community groups, the public sector and the creative industries. Richard has worked with Katy in the past, most recently as co-editor of the Urban Wildscapes book.