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Rural life museum workshops

SOMERSET Rural Life Museum, at Glastonbury, has teamed up with artists and makers from across the county to create a programme of workshops this autumn. Alongside the workshops, the museum is hosting a new series of online talks exploring rural life. On 19th September pottery teacher Rebecca Landrock will lead a clay and botanical workshop….

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Rankin exhibition at Poole

AN exhibition of poignant and startling monochrome portraits of “life masks” by the celebrated photographer Rankin will be on show at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre from Tuesday 15th September to Saturday 21st November in the main gallery. The  exhibition, Alive: In The Face of Death, had been due to open in March just as the…

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Mallorca and monochrome at The Art Stable

TWO new exhibitions at The Art Stable at Gold Hill Organic Farm, Child Okeford, reflect very different techniques and settings – the vivid colours and warmth of Mallorca and the timeless landscapes of Wiltshire in traditional wood engravings. Painting the Warmth of the Sun features paintings and monotypes by husband and wife Robert and Dorothy…

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The early years of a National Treasure

BATH’s Holburne Museum, now open for visits after the lockdown, has a major exhibition of work by one of the country’s best-loved artists. Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years runs to 3rd January 2021. This is the first exhibition to survey Perry’s earliest forays into the art world, featuring the exciting, radical works he made between…

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Open exhibition at Salisbury Arts Centre

SALISBURY Arts Centre in the former St Edmunds Church will be open from Tuesday 25th August to 10th October for the Wiltshire Creative summer open exhibition. The gallery will be filled with 83 works by 69 different artists, and the reopening of the arts centre will also be an opportunity for art lovers to enjoy…

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Open weekend at Bull Mill

WILTSHIRE artists Nick Andrew and Tanya Hinton have announced that they will be resuming their monthly open weekends, from 5th and 6th September at Bull Mill, Crockerton near Warminster. It will be welcome news for their many fans. It is more than five months since Nick and Tanya held their last open studio weekend. The…

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Bruton show goes online

THE annual summer Bruton Art Society exhibition is always one of the visual arts highlights of the season. Consistently attracting work by many of the area’s finest amateur and professional artists, it is not only a delight for visitors but also a major showcase for the participating painters, sculptors and print-makers. Covid-19 could have meant…

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Crying out for change at Messums

A BRILLIANT young dance theatre company brings two powerful dance and film events, exploring contemporary issues of social and cultural change, at Messums Wiltshire in the 700-year old Tisbury tithe barn. Matsena Theatre Company will perform The Geometry of Fear in the barn on Saturday 5th September, followed by a screening of Error Code 8:46…

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Museums and heritage centres reopen

SOUTH West Heritage Trust’s museums and heritage centres are re-opening to the public during August. The sites included are the Museum of Somerset, Somerset Rural Life Museum, Somerset Heritage Centre, Devon Heritage Centre and North Devon Record Office. To keep visitors safe, and comply with government guidelines, the trust has made some changes to the…

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Creative lockdown in Dorset

TEN artists and groups in Dorset have won funding for micro-commissions as part of Creative Communities in Quarantine, a project to create engaging work to help beat isolation during lockdown. In May, Dorset-based arts organisatioln Activate promoted an opportunity for artists and theatre makers to submit their ideas for ways to engage communities through the…

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