The Arts Section

Kate Lynch celebrates old crafts

SOMERSET artist Kate Lynch, who is known for her paintings and books documenting aspects of rural life, is collaborating with the South West Heritage Trust on a new project to document and celebrate rural crafts and trades. For many years Kate, whose husband James Lynch is a distinguished landscape painter, is known for paintings and…

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New Gormley sculpture for Wells

A NEW work by Antony Gormley will be exhibited on the West front of Wells Cathedral, on loan from the artist, from the end of August this year. In conjunction with Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) and Project Factory Community Interest Company, Wells Cathedral is collaborating with Antony Gormley to produce the new work, which will…

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Elspeth McBain – a life in the arts

ELSPETH McBain, who has been chief executive of Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre for 12 years, celebrates this year’s International Women’s Day on Monday 8th March, by looking back over her life in the arts, reflecting on her time at Poole, the state of leadership in the arts and how it’s different for women. Elspeth came…

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New women leaders join arts organisations

A PROGRAMME designed to bring more women into arts management and address the gender imbalance in the sector has resulted in 16 new associates for eight south west regional arts organisations. Women Leaders South West (WLSW) the new associates from more than 350 applications for a training opportunity at the eight arts organisations – The…

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New podcast champions non-fiction

TWO talented women writers have got together to launch a podcast entirely devoted to non-fiction. The first NonFicPod will be online on Tuesday 2nd March, followed by a fortnightly line-up of inspiring and interesting authors to share their tales and tips. Science writer Emma Byrne, author of the successful Swearing is Good for You: The…

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Henry Taylor at Hauser & Wirth

THE American artist Henry Taylor makes his debut at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, with an exhibition of paintings and sculpture occupying all five galleries at Durslade Farm, Bruton, from 26th February to 6th June. Born in 1958 in Ventura, California, the youngest of eight children, and now lives in Los Angeles. He is best known…

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Ronald Pickup

ACTOR Ronald Pickup, who has died at the age of 80 after a long illness, is now best known for his performances as Norman in The Best Marigold Hotel films and as the Archbishop of Canterbury in The Crown. But for those of us lucky enough to have been around for the early days of…

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Hough and Gardiner play Brahms with the BSO

IF, like us, you love live performance, whether it is theatre or music, you will be desperately missing it, and looking forward to a time when we can once again sit in Bristol Old Vic or Bath Theatre Royal, Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre or Salisbury Playhouse. But while they remain closed in this interminable lockdown,…

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Gardiner conducts Brahms

DORSET-born conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner joins the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the internationally acclaimed pianist Stephen Hough for a concert streamed live from Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on Wednesday 24th February at 7.30pm. The main work will be Brahms’ magnificent Piano Concerto No 1, following the opening work, Schumann’s Genoveva overture. The presenter will…

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Reading Is Magic – and free

FREE access has been extended for events in last year’s successful Reading is Magic Festival, organised by Bath Children’s Literature Festival. The autumn event, featuring a line-up of top children and young adults’ writers and illustrators, reached more than 155,000 children in 30 countries. Festival organisers, who realised that they weren’t able to put on…

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