Isolational ideas

Nick Andrew’s virtual First Saturdays

ARTISTS Nick Andrew and Tanya Hinton are unable to hold their regular First Saturday open studios at Bull Mill Studio, Crockerton, near Warminster, until the autumn at the earliest, but you can still see their latest work at their website www.bullmillarts.co.uk/OpenStudio.htm Nick says: “Even though galleries are closed and arts events are cancelled, hugely reducing…

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Springhead looks ahead

THE coronavirus pandemic arrived at a bad time for everyone and every business, including Springhead, the environmental education and cultural centre at Fontmell Magna. Springhead has been closed like so many businesses, unfortunately, says director Edward Parker, coinciding “with our busiest and most important time of the year – a time when there are usually school…

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Lighthouse commissions lockdown song

A SONG commissioned by Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre to celebrate the part that music has played in the history of the arts centre is a tribute to the famous “bouncing floor” in the concert hall. The multi-use centre hosts drama, dance and all forms of visual art but its beating heart has been popular music….

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Dorset Artists Emergency Fund launched

THE arts are essential for our morale, our mental health, our wellbeing and for bringing us together and are needed now more than ever. A group of Dorset arts organisations has set up an emergency fund to help freelance artists who are facing the complete collapse of their income as a direct result of the…

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Splendid isolation

WILTSHIRE photographer Nigel Hudson is using his skill as a professional photographer with more than 40 years experience to support Swindon’s Great Western Hospital charity, Brighter Futures. Nigel’s personal lockdown photographic project, Splendid Isolation, has developed into a fund-raising project. The collection includes studies of flowers, clouds, and ordinary domestic objects in extraordinary light and…

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Stars support Theatre Royal Bath fundraising campaign

TWO of Theatre Royal Bath’s most popular visitors, actor David Suchet and comedian and panto star Jon Monie, are supporting the theatre’s fundraising campaign, during the Coronavirus closure. David Suchet starred in the acclaimed TRB production of Arthur Miller’s The Price, which transferred to the West End, as well as delighting millions of television viewers…

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Gardens Group social distancing

THE Gardens Group has announced plans to manage social distancing at its three garden centres in Sherborne, Poundbury and Yeovil, when the business reopens on Wednesday 13th May. Among the measures to keep shoppers and staff safe are separate entrance and exit doors, one-way systems and a limit on the number of customers on site…

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Common Thread at Roche Court

THE spring exhibition at the New Art Centre at Roche Court, Winterslow, is Common Thread, celebrating the diversity of contemporary textile art The exhibition – online at www.sculpture.uk.com – examines the cultural and technological expression of culture through woven and dyed fibres throughout history and today. The artists with work on show are Jodie Carey,…

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