Private View

Ravilious – a life cut short by conflict

A NEW documentary film from artist and film-maker Margy Kinmonth explores the life and work of the watercolorist and wood-engraver Eric Ravilious, who disappeared over Iceland during the Second World War. Eric Ravilious – Drawn to War, which has local premieres from 12th July at Bath and Bristol and screenings at Poole’s Lighthouse Arts Centre…

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Artist workshops in the woods

PAINTER Rachel Sargent, who has her studio at Gold Hill Organic Farm, Child Okeford, has arranged a couple of artists’ workshops in July in Bonsley Woods near Durweston. The Living Classroom, off Norton Lane, is set in a beautiful glade in the woods. Rachel says: “It is a great opportunity to spend the day walking,…

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Discover Hardy’s Wessex

AS part of the Hardy’s Wessex at Dorset Museum in Dorchester this summer, there are a number of special events, beginning on Saturday 18th June with a Dorset Button-Making Day, with button-maker and artist Anna Macdowel (pictured). The event will explore the fascinating history of Dorset button-making. Spend the morning learning about Dorset’s cottage industry…

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From Shetland to Skagaströnd

ARTIST Janette Kerr will be at Sladers Yard gallery, West Bay, on Friday 17th June to give a talk about her current exhibition, From Shetland to Skagastrond. Renowned for her paintings of the far North and Arctic, Janette Kerr is an experimental contemporary painter whose work explores the boundaries between what is felt and what…

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Landscapes of a common ground

THE June exhibition at the Slade Centre gallery in Gillingham is Landscapes of a Common Ground, nine Dorset artists celebrating their love of nature, from 4th June to 2nd July. ‘This will be the inaugural exhibition of a new group, the Dorset Romantics. “I am particularly interested to see how this diverse group has responded…

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Gary Cook at The Art Stable

LANDSCAPE artist Gary Cook, whose work is infused with a deep sense of the fragility of the environment, has a solo show, Wend: the Stour from Source to Sea, at The Art Stable at Gold Hill Farm, Child Okeford, from 11th June to 9th July. Based in Dorset, Gary’s career began in newspapers. After training…

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Music, mud, mayhem – it’s got to be Glasto

A NEW exhibition of images by one of Somerset’s best known photographers marks the return of the Glastonbury Festival. Music, Mud, Mayhem, opening on 10th June, covers 20 years of photographing the world’s greatest festival by Jason Bryant. The exhibition at the Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury, runs to 4th September, featuring photographs chosen…

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A snapshot of rural life

A PAINTING of a traditional village choir – such as Thomas Hardy would have known – has been loaned to Dorset Museum at Dorchester from the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of a major new exhibition. Hardy’s Wessex – The Landscapes which Inspired a Writer, running from 28th May to 30th October, is a…

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Moish brings Kenya to Somerset

MOISH Sokal, the Australian-born painter who has lived in Somerset for many years, celebrates his travels in Kenya with the work on show in his annual summer exhibition, at East Lambrook Manor, near South Petherton until 223rd July. The exhibition was nearly washed away by the major floods in Australia, shortly after he returned to…

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Freedom Road Re-imagined

THE creativity and energy of black and Asian people and the activists who campaigned for their communities are celebrated in a powerful event, Freedom Road Re-imagined, at the Sherling Studio at Poole’s Lighthouse Arts Centre on Saturday 4th June at 8pm. There will be a live band bringing to life protest anthems, with photography from…

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