Richmond upon Thames Arts Service and Orleans House Galleryprovide arts for everyone, including exhibitions in three galleries, a diverse range of arts festivals, an award-winning family friendly education provision for all ages as well as partnership programmes with a wide range of cultural organisations.

This year marks a number of celebrations and commemorations including the start of the centenary commemorations for First World War. Over the next four years, Orleans House Gallery will stage a number of exhibitions, projects and events to mark this.

Another centenary event is the 100th anniversary of the birth of famous Polish-born composer Sir Andrzej Panufnik who made Riverside House next to the gallery his home and refuge for much of his life. His family will pay homage to him in a creative exhibition, and a number of concerts and events in London and Europe will also be taking place.

This year is also the tercentenary of the accession of the Hanoverian monarchy and the start of the Georgian era. George I and II and his wife Queen Caroline visited the former Orleans House in 1729, and the Octagon Room was built to honour them. The gallery will be celebrating with a stylish contemporary open exhibition inspired by Georgian style, as well as a special display focusing on Queen Caroline in Richmond and a Georgian themed Carnival!

David Downes, 'Kew' 2013 Artist: David Downes

Put yourself in the picture. Be a Gallery Volunteer

Volunteers play a vital role in the running of Orleans House gallery. For more details about contributing your time and skills, and to apply, visit our Volunteering page. Alternatively, email if you would simply like to know more.

Arts events

The Arts programme offers diverse events ranging from literature festival to cultural celebration. With music, dance, books, and arts involved, we hope to providing programme that will inspire anyone in the community. Visit Arts Events for more information.


Throughout the year, we offer a wide variety of exhibitions at Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham, The Stables Gallery in Twickenham, The Riverside Gallery in Richmond.


Education is at the heart of everything we do. A wide selection of programme strands provide opportunities for active participation for everyone! By fostering a friendly and creative atmosphere, we provide a unique environment, which breaks down barriers for children and young people, helping them achieve and excel. Our diverse services range from free art workshops for small children to holiday activities for students of various ages and life drawing classes for adults. We also have programmes for school visits and weekly drop-in sessions for parents and small children. The Arts Service strives as a creative hub for everyone. Please follow the links below to find out more about our education services. Visit Education at Orleans House Gallery for more information.

Contact the Arts Service

The Arts Service at Orleans House Gallery

Telephone: 020 8831 6000
Fax: 020 8744 0501
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Updated: 22 April 2014