An exciting and unique programme of special talks, lectures, concerts and services accompanies the exhibition. All events take place at the Abbey unless otherwise stated. To book click here


Tickets are £5 and available on the door or you can book in advance to avoid disappointment by clicking here.

Thursday, 26th April 7.30pm
John Piper and the Church by David Stancliffe, the former Bishop of Salisbury

Thursday, 10th May 7.30pm
The Artist and the Church in the 21st century by Nicholas Mynheer

Saturday, 12th May 11.00am & 2.30pm

Sacred or superstitious? John Piper and the making of sacred spaces by Frances Spalding

Frances will be signing copies of her book John Piper Myfanwy Piper: Lives in Art after this talk

Thursday May 17th 7.30pm
Symposium on 'Sacred Space' Not off the peg! Commissioning for Parish Churches

An evening for Churchwardens, PCC members and interested parties about commissioning art for churches, working with artists, designers and makers. With contributions from Oxford DAC and Registry, Art and Christianity Enquiry and Contemporary Art Dorchester Abbey.

Thursday, 24th May 7.30pm
John Piper's Stained Glass by Martin Harrison, author and stained glass expert

Saturday, 2nd June 5.15pm - 6.00pm in the Village Hall

What's going to happen at the end of Act 1? - Piper and Britten at work by Sue Parker

This event is part of the English Music Festival. Tickets £4 from


Sunday, 29th April 10.15am
Celebrant: David Stancliffe, former Bishop of Salisbury.

Sunday, 6th May 10.15am
Preacher: Martin Palmer

Martin Palmer is Director of the International Consultancy on Religion, Education and Culture (ICOREC) and secretary general of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC). Martin Palmer is also is a frequent contributor to BBC broadcasts on religious, ethical and historical issues, appearing on programmes such as Thought for the Day and In Our Time. He is also a theologian and Lay Preacher in the Church of England, with an interest in the Arts and their potential to express the ineffable.

Sunday, 10th June 6pm
Celebration Evensong with Preacher Bishop Richard Harries, former Bishop of Oxford


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Sunday, 29th April 7.00pm
Bishop's Consort Darkness and Light in Bach's early Cantata
Singers and Players conducted by David Stancliffe.

The exhibition will be open until 7pm on this date

This event will not be ticketed but there will be a retiring collection.

Friday 1st June - Tuesday 5th June
The English Music Festival - a varied programme of English Music

Thursday 3rd May
The Central Band of the RAF
*This event has been cancelled*

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