Artist Residencies

Every year Little Toller invite artists working in a variety of disciplines to stay in West Dorset so they can research a new project or spend time in the beautiful, peaceful surroundings of the Toller valley to concentrate on their work. The duration of each residency varies according to the needs of the artists and the project they propose to undertake while at Little Toller.

During their stay, each resident stays at The Store and has access to both the Little Toller and Common Ground library. We ask residents to run one or two workshops, either at a nearby primary school, at the Architectural Association at Hooke Park, the Dorset Studio School, or similar organisations in the local community. We also invite the artists to take part in a biannual group show at the Print Room, Little Toller’s exhibition space.

If you’re a practising artist whose work shares Little Toller’s sensibility or interest in place and landscape, please do get in touch about taking part in the residency, telling us about yourself, your work and what sort of project you have in mind while staying with us in Dorset:


JONNY HANNAH enjoys nothing better than going to his studio to illustrate, paint and savour the odd Tunnocks Caramel Wafer with a fresh cup of coffee. It is under the moniker of the Cakes & Ale Press, a highly successful cottage industry, that he has industriously published his limited edition affordable prints and artists books. Recently he has started to paint the odd objet d’art, painting on guitars, suitcases, toy cars, coffee pots, plates and chairs.


Little Toller has long enjoyed a close working relationship with the artists who illustrate our books. It feels like a perfectly natural progression for us to open a small gallery and bookshop here at HQ.

Room at the End will exhibit curated shows based on landscape, place, architecture and wildlife. It will also be the centre of gravity for the Little Toller artist-in-residents, who work and stay with us throughout the year.