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We opened our Picture Gallery in 2002 and since then it has been an inspiration for the hundreds of artists and photographers who exhibit in the gallery every week. The Gallery predominantly hosts local artists and is located on the mezzanine level of Denbies reception area, offering a unique space which attracts thousands of visitors each year.

The Gallery is available to hire on a weekly basis.

To enquire as to availability or to be added to our cancellation waiting list, please contact our events manager on 01306 742002 or

Annual Bacchus Award Competition

2019 Theme: Bridging the Gap

Denbies Wine Estate held its first Bacchus Award Competition in 2003 and continues to be the highlight of the art gallery located on the first floor at Denbies, hugely popular with visitors to the estate.  It presents an opportunity for artists of all levels of experience and calibre to exhibit their work in a professional yet relaxed atmosphere.  The competition is judged by a panel of five independent judges on the first day of the competition.  The exhibition is then opened for one week to the public, who are also given the opportunity to choose their favourite piece.

The Bacchus Award 2019 is now closed

Upcoming exhibitions

Arena Photographers

2 – 14 July 2019


The Arena Group comprises 20 prominent photographers from the South of England.  Its ethos is a simple one – to promote the highest standards of photography. Members are united in their commitment and passion towards personal projects.

Ten Arena photographers will be exhibiting a broad spectrum of portfolios, with themes including creative still life, movement in dance, woodland, coastal and desert landscapes, and street scenes. Come and see the work of award-winning photographers at Denbies this summer.

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The Art of Landscape

15 – 21 July 2019

The Art of Landscape exhibition brings together four photographers who have a distinctive and individual language in which they interpret their relationship with the surrounding world.  From classical and familiar landscapes, to ethereal scenes of natural beauty, serene woodland, majestic mountain views, and abstract seascapes.  

Each photographer strives to capture those fleeting moments of wonder, when light combines with the shapes, forms, textures and colours of the land, and creates natural beauty in front of your eyes; the art of landscape. 

This is an opportunity to view and/or buy a quality piece of artwork that reminds you of that special place in your world.

First Steps Art

22 July – 4 August 2019

First Steps is a collection of talented painters, photographers, and mixed media artists. Join us for some Summer Fun as July breaks in to August over the warmer months.

First Steps is an exhibition art group, who solely meet to exhibit, bringing an eclectic collection of professional artists together to share the Denbies gallery space. During each exhibition, we encourage other artists to make the step from local or online sales and welcome them in an exhibition setting.

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The Focus Group of Photographers

5 – 18 August 2019

Based in the South of England the Group is comprised of eight photographers, five of whom will be exhibiting at the Gallery. Their work will include a wide variety of Landscapes, Streetscapes, Abstracts and intriguing Plant Close-up work. There will also be some Monochrome images. More details about the Group can be found at:


19 August – 1 September 2019

The art group is seventy one years young this year and has a current membership of sixty two. We have a wide range of talents but all are as keen as mustard.

Our pictures are an eclectic mixture of styles and subjects and there just might be one you would like to hang on your wall. All our pictures are very reasonably

priced. Please come and have a look, a look will cost you nothing.

If you would like to join our happy band you would be very welcome.

Croydon Art Society

2 – 09 September 2019

The Croydon Art Society was founded in 1881 and is one of the oldest art societies outside London. Illustrious past members include Cicely Mary Barker (of Flower Fairies fame) and Hesketh Hubbard. The current society consists of approximately 100 members, professional, semi-professional and enthusiastic amateur artists. Last year the Society was awarded the prestigious title of  UK Art Club Of the Year having won a competition organised by the Artist and Leisure Painter magazines

Phillip Kotokwa

Zimbabwean Sculptor

Phillip Kotokwa will return to Denbies in Spring 2019 with his variety of exotic stone sculptures from his native Zimbabwe. He is one of the few African artists that has made such inroads into the international market with pieces in widespread collections. Phillip is currently displaying his sculptures in and around the Denbies main reception area, which are available to purchase.