First Steps Art

Affordable exhibition space for artists

At First Steps Art we encourage new artists to exhibit their work to a growing audience, with the support of professional and experienced artists.

First Steps Art was born from a single exhibition by artist Dale Sheen, who has Aspergers, and wants to exhibit his work. Unfortunatley his Manga-inspired art does not fit with the criteria for many art group exhibitions, so his mum booked out the whole art gallery at Denbies Wine Estate for a week, to encourage Dale to display his work.

Since Dale took his ‘First Steps’ to exhibiting he has been joined by other talented artists, all supporting each other and new, emerging artists who also want to exhibit. First Steps Art tries to ensure at least one artist per exhibition is new to showing their art, taking their 'first steps'.


Our 2019/20 exhibitions are booking now. We will be back in the art gallery at Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6AA on the following dates:


  • Monday 18th to Sunday 24th February 2019
  • Monday 15th to Sunday 21st April 2019
  • Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th July 2019
  • Monday 29th July to Sunday 4th August 2019
  • Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd December 2019
Additional Events: -
  • Saturday 4th May 2019 - Oxted Art Fair 10.30am to 4.30pm
  • Monday 9th to Sunday 15th March 2020
  • Monday 20th to Sunday 26th July 2020
  • Monday 2nd to Sunday 8th November 2020
  • Monday 9th to Sunday 15th November 2020

Find us on Instagram @firststepsart

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At First Steps Art we encourage new artists to exhibit their work to a growing audience, with the support of experienced, exhibiting artists. The exhibitions are professional organised but in a friendly, relaxed manner, so new artists can start to 'learn the ropes' with the support of seasoned exhibitors.

Many artists have painted as a hobby for years before they decide to exhibit, while others jump in as soon as their first painting is dry. And it is not just painting that we include. As a group we also display other forms of art such as photography and sculpture, and will consider any medium that may not fit other exhibition moulds.

In our desire to be as inclusive as possible, we do not dictate a theme or subject for our exhibitions, leaving the choice up to the individual exhibitor. However, all the art is presented ready to hang or display, to a high standard of presentation.

If you want to join us as an artist please do get in touch. Artist can also request to Join our Facebook Group.


We try our best to offer affordable space for our artists to exhibit. By personally understanding how hard it is to get started and to be a success, we offer affordable space to each and every artist that joins us, so they can then offer more affordable art to our exhibition visitors. By keeping our prices lower, the artist doesn't have to over-inflate their price just to make minimum wage.

Affordable art does not mean rock bottom prices though, as we are often asked why and how some artworks are priced. We leave this decision to the individual artist because they know how much the raw materials have cost to bring a piece to life, along with the many hours put in to creating an individual and origianl work of art.

At present we exhibit four times a year in the gallery at Denbies Wine Estate but we are looking for more venues to suit our eclectic collections.


Most exhibiton sales incur a large commission expense for the displaying artists, and as such this cost must be added to the final list price of any artwork.

At First Steps Art we take no commission from any sales, so the artist keeps the asking price. This means that when pricing their work they can do without the need to add these hidden costs on to the final price, which then avoids being passed on to the purchaser. This should ensure continuity across pricing without fluctuation between our exhibitions.

As we also curate the exhibitions, it releases the individual artist from another ehibition obligation, allowing those who have other commitments which could prevent them from exhibiting, to attend. However, we always encourage those that can to join us, as and when they are available.