Welcome to Poole Leisure Painters

Create  //  Socialise  //  Learn

Join Us at the Lighthouse, Poole




Designated Room

Who we are

Founded in 1981 with a dozen like-minded artists, led by Mary Daler who went on to found Daler Rowney with her husband.

We are a diverse group, from beginners to experienced artists, who enjoy painting and socialising. All have a love of creating and learning,  members are always happy to share knowledge with others wanting a guiding hand to help advance their creative journey.

We use all mediums: watercolour, acrylic, color pencils, graphite, pastel, charcoal and more!

Come and join us

All are welcome to join us at the Lighthouse in Poole, situated opposite the bus station/car park.

We meet on Tuesdays and Fridays in term time throughout the year, with our own designated room available from 10am to 3pm.

We offer a free starter session so you can get a feel of our friendly, supportive club, and you are free to paint and draw whatever you wish.

Artists Gallery

What Our Members Say

Stella Hardy

Lighthouse provides a large, bright, airy room and the staff are helpful and friendly.

It is a great asset for Poole and I’ve loved being part of it for all these years.

David Reeves

Membership varies from those with skills who can regularly sell, to ‘dabblers’ like me who are there for the fun of it. People will always give encouragement and pass on their painting knowledge. The regular exhibitions give members an incentive to produce of their best. 

The visual arts have also been catered for more effectively in recent years (at Lighthouse). I have been particularly impressed by the recent East London Group: Dorset Days exhibition. Interesting pictures, well displayed and helpful background informative, filling a gap in my knowledge.

Hilary Bithell

As soon as I walked into the room on the first floor as a rather nervous enquirer I knew I had found a very special and unique group. The welcome and acceptance to a new face was fantastic and has not changed in all this time. I have now been a member of Poole Leisure Painters for 19 years, having served as Secretary for 11 of them and during that time the group has had its ups and downs, but has always been supported by Lighthouse. 

Coming to Poole Leisure Painters has helped me develop my art, exhibit my work and find long lasting friendship with other artists. We are able to follow our own art ideas amid a lovely atmosphere of fun, laughter and a readiness to help when needed.

Heather Toms

I am especially grateful to Lighthouse staff for all their help and support over the 14 years that I have been a member and secretary. 

I knew very little about Lighthouse previously and was not aware how much it contributes to the local community. Sometimes I feel art exhibitions come and go and the public misses out on some great art – Lighthouse should blow its own trumpet about what is on offer!


The Gallery Upstairs, Upton Country Park

Thursday 25th April 2024 to 7th May 2024

Free Entry

The Gather, Poole Dolphin Centre

November 2024, dates to be confirmed

Free Entry


Demonstrations from other artists who are experts in their media are so inspiring and such a great way to learn.

We organise demonstrations twice a year with established artists.

Schedule for this year

Friday 8th March 2024

October: tba

Summer Break

Plein air meetings to be arranged for the Summer Break

Past Demonstrators


We have been very fortunate to have so many fabulous creatives demonstrate for our group over the years, in a range of media.

Some recent demonstrations have been given by artists such as Paul Mathews, Ali Board, Jake Winkle and Joan Scott




Poole Leisure Painters

21 Kingland Road

Poole, Dorset

BH15 1UG

Term Dates

Tuesday 9th January 2024 to Friday 19th July 2024

Re-open early September 2024

Open on Tuesday and Friday in term time: 10am to 3pm


Contact Us

We are a friendly bunch and love to welcome new faces to our sociable and committed group of creatives.

Drop us a message if you have any questions and we will come back to you shortly.