Returning to Providence chapel April 8th 2023

The Dartmoor photographs of
Chris Chapman

Welcome to The Dartmoor Photographs of Chris Chapman.
This permanent exhibition will be open on selected days throughout the year starting in June 2022.
This exhibition will aim to celebrate the renowned work of Chris Chapman who has been recording life on Dartmoor since 1972 and the social change that has occurred since then.
His photographs have captured not just a landscape under pressure from constant modernisation but also the residents and individuals who have made up the local population.
Some of these characters are immortalised in print and when viewed by the public they are looking back in time to a period from which the like of these will never be seen again.
This important record of rural life on the moor can be seen at Providence Methodist Chapel, Throwleigh, Dartmoor EX20 2HZ.

Photographs courtesy of © Chris Chapman


Chris Chapman was born in Wigan, Lancashire in 1952. He began his photographic career at the Newport College of Art in South Wales where he was invited to join the Documentary Photography Course run by the Magnum photographer, David Hurn.
In 1975 he moved to Dartmoor, since when he has documented aspects of Dartmoor life. His photographs reflect traditional skills inherent in the indigenous population and emphasise the accumulation of knowledge associated with age and customs. He has a large archive depicting the culture and character of the region.
His photography has been widely recognised and is represented in both public and private collections, including those of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Arts Council of England and the International Center of Photography in New York. His work has been published under various titles, including The Right Side of the Hedge (David & Charles), Dartmoor: The Threatened Wilderness (Channel 4) and Wild Goose and Riddon.
The Dartmoor Photographs of Chris Chapman now make the most integral element of his work accessible to the public in one place in this free exhibition and the aim of this project is to expand the collection as time progresses.

Opening times

These are the proposed dates for the opening of the exhibition.
These dates are always subject to change at short notice but we will always try to avoid doing so.
Please remember that the exhibition cannot be open every day as the chapel remains a place of worship and certain days are reserved for services.
12noon to 6pm.
Every 2nd Saturday of the month
April to October 2023.
April 8th
May 13th
June 10th
July 8th
August 12th
September 9th
October 14th


If you are a member of a club or society we are pleased to announce that group visits are available by prior arrangement.
please feel free to contact Ian Crawford the project co-ordinator who will be happy to arrange a private viewing at a time convenient to all concerned.
The benefit of such a visit is that your group will be able to view and discuss the collected images at leisure without competition from others.
The only request we make is that the group you wish to bring to the chapel will need to be in excess of 10 adults and although there is no charge to arrange such a visit we would ask you to consider a donation tothe chapel to support this project.
Unfortunately children cannot attend the exhibition without being accompanied by a responsible adult in charge of their visit.


If you wish to contact the chapel regarding the exhibition please feel free to use the following.

Providence Methodist chapel

Providence, Nr. Throwleigh, Devon, EX20 2HZServices - third Sunday each month at 3.00pm.On the northern edge of the Dartmoor National Park, with stunning views over the Wallabrook valley, Providence Methodist Chapel is one of the oldest chapels in the West Devon Methodist Circuit (1839) and was originally built to serve the Bible Christians of the local area. Providence chapel is near to the village hall of Throwleigh and up the hill from the old Throwleigh school which is now privately owned.
A small, but recently revived in size faithful congregation with traditional worship. Part of Christians together in Chagford, being the only Methodist Chapel in the Chagford area.
it is 180 years old in 2019 and plans for many new activities over the next few years are beginning to come into fruition.
Those plans include the new exhibition of "The Dartmoor Photographs of Chris Chapman'.
the chapel members and West devon circuit of the Methodist church are proud to host this important social change exhibition.


Devon cream teas are the hallmark of Providence chapel.
once you have seen our free exhibition of The Dartmoor Photographs of Chris Chapman you may choose to spend a little time conversing with others over a luscious Devon cream tea.
The teas are provided by the members of the chapel, congregation and local people and we ask for a donation only decided by yourself.