Art gallery, art exhibitions, art classes

Art Gallery

The Oak Room is the largest gallery space in Tiverton!


The Oak Room (which is the former church) has a large area of exhibition space in the 10 alcoves on both sides of the main auditorium and in the seating gallery above.

Downstairs is the Secret Garden Cafe there is ample wall hanging space and the benefit of seating for people to admire your artwork.

The Oak Room is the largest art gallery in Tiverton!

Are you an artist?

We can accommodate many artists and we can also have a major exhibition for one artist using all of the spaces or one of the larger spaces (the main hall). We anticipate exhibitions will change regularly.

If you are a sculptor or make garden objects then these can also be exhibited in the garden.

Shelve or plinths can be used for smaller items such as jewellery.

Commission for sale of artwork is only 30%.

Art Classes

Would you like to learn how to paint with watercolours? Maybe you are a beginner or want to brush up on your skills.

Watercolour Classes 

Every Friday 2pm – 4pm

Classes are designed for beginners and dabblers.

Your tutor will be Sue Searle, an accomplished artist who owns the Oak Room. She is an award-winning trainer and has over 40 years experience of creating art.

Learn a range of techniques including wet-in-wet, wet on dry, glazes, removing mistakes, spattering, scraping, masking and MORE!  You will learn to paint trees, skies, landscapes, flowers and animals.

To book a place email so we know numbers and I can let you know what to bring. 

Payment will be on the first lesson either £15 per session for ad hoc students or pay for 6 and get them for £72 (£12 per session) for regular students. Cash or card payments only.

If you are going to come sporadically then please let us know you are coming in advance if you can.

NB There will be some dates in April where there will be no classes. So check the website first.

Life Drawing Class

Starting Tuesday May 9th 2017



A5 Poster

£59 for 4 weeks payable in advance

1 to 1 tuition included

Suitable for beginners and more experienced people.

Life drawing is one of the most valuable ways to improve drawing, painting, sculptural and observational skills.

Learning to draw from a human form can benefit all areas of your artistic practice – exploring different media and techniques, shape and form, negative spaces, tone and texture. This is a perfect course for complete beginners, intermediates and those who wish to create professional portfolios. Each person will get plenty of 1:1 support aimed at their individual level of experience from skilled life artists.

The first hour will consist of short poses and after a break, with refreshments, we will work on longer poses.

Your tutors are Sue Searle and Ken Maharajah (click on the links to find out more). This is a unique opportunity to work with two very different and very experienced artists who are keen to share their skills and knowledge with you.

Please bring your own materials – pens, pencils, charcoal, drawing paper (A3 or bigger is ideal), a drawing board and easel if you have one. A portfolio or sketch pad to take you works home.

If you do not have materials then we can provide everything you need for a small charge, let us know before booking.

Over 16’s only.

To book please email to let us know you will be coming and send a cheque for £59 to Oak Room, 2C St Peter Street, Tiverton, EX16 6NU. Payment can also be made by bank transfer, Paypal or card on your first class (or when we are open) – email for details.

We will send more details of the class upon booking.

Please note: Classes start promptly at 7pm, doors open at 6.45pm, once we start the class no-one will be admitted.


Interested in Life Modelling? Call Sue on 07818073660 for details.

Coming soon!

  • Drawing Classes
  • One Day and Half Day Art Workshop
  • Craft Workshops

(let us know if there is anything you would like to learn!)

The Oak Room is moving towards becoming an Art Centre!