Richmond upon Thames Arts Service and Orleans House Gallery provide 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.

David Downes, 'Kew' 2013 Artist: David Downes

Arts 2015

This year marks the submission of our stage 2 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for our Transforming Orleans House project. The project will restore the architecturally important James Gibbs-designed Octagon Room and make the Richmond upon Thames Borough Art Collection more accessible for everyone to enjoy through a new Study Room display and increased interpretation around the site. Physical access will also be improved through a new entrance and lift access to the upper floors, including a new training room, which will provide education, training and support for the community. This ambitious project will create a heritage hub for West London.

We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this project in various ways, including the consultation process, fundraising events and individual donations. We are still fundraising, so would welcome your donation. Local artists and groups are also raising funds towards the project with the Richmond Views exhibition, which runs at Orleans House Gallery from February until May.

This year, England hosts the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham Stadium. This is being celebrated throughout the borough by a variety of events including the Festival of Rugby - performances and arts festivals celebrating the Rugby World Cup. Orleans House Galley will be hosting the Team Spirit exhibition from June to November, which explores the history of sports in the borough, and rugby will inspire our annual carnival festival in June.

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: 10 February 2015