Supporting British artists, makers and designers

The Mulberry Tree has been a fixture on Swanage High Street for many years and we're one of the south coast's most popular independent galleries with a passion for all things beautiful and creative. 

At the heart of why we do what we do is that we believe passionately in supporting British artists, makers and designers and in particular those that have a connection with our wonderful county of Dorset. It's a wonderful privilege to be part of their lives and to help them find new audiences for their work and support them in building a sustainable career as an artist and maker. We're lucky to have forged close ties with some of the most talented artists and crafts folk working today in Britain. We're also firm believers in giving, you our lovely customers, fresh inspiration for your homes - it's all about "making your home more beautiful"

We have an in-house framing service run by co-owner Steve who has been a framer for over 25 years, in fact since he left school at 17. We're very proud of our framing reputation and experience and all our frames are made to order. 

Come and visit us or browse our collection online for original paintings, limited edition prints, hand-crafted ceramics,  contemporary craft, custom-made jewellery, lifestyle and homeware products, and our legendary greetings card ranges.

Our tastes are as unique as the individuals we serve so you're bound to find that perfect gift for someone special, be it yourself or a loved one. 

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In our main window this month are two fabulous artists - Carolyn Pavey and Madeleine Floyd.

We have a beautiful selection of small originals from Carolyn depicting a variety of British animals and birds in her distinctive style.  

Carolyn Pavey paints mainly in oils or acrylic with mixed media. Having originally trained as an illustrator at Brighton University under famous illustrator Raymond Briggs of The Snowman fame the rigorous training Carolyn received in drawing and painting has been the mainstay of her work ever since.

She is inspired by many aspects of everyday life, the English countryside and the beaches near her home on the Isle of Wight, to literature, song lyrics and gardens.

Life is a gift to be explored. I view the world in terms of colour and line, and if my paintings sometimes make people smile with me along the way, then that is a bonus.

Alongside Carolyn are limited edition prints by Madeleine Floyd whose illustrations are informed by a strong draughtsmanship that captures the essence and emotion of the subjects she chooses, combining a timeless sensitivity with a gentle humour.

Complementing these artists are sculptures from Gemma Rees, felted dogs from Kate Toms and new ceramics from Rosemary Jacks and then those lovely candles from Shaftesbury maker Amalia Pothecary and tea-light holders from local Dorset maker Sarah-Jane.

All in all a lovely window we think!