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Michelle returns to where it all began

EQUESTRIAN artist Michelle McCullagh is back at Guggleton, the Stalbridge gallery which launched her  career in 2009, with a selection of recent paintings and drawings. Riding and drawing horses came hand in hand for Michelle from an early age and are now a living obsession in her daily life. She works from her studio in…

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Landscape and still life at the Jerram

NEW work by still life artist Ann Armitage and landscape painter Elsa Taylor is on show at the Jerram Gallery in Half Moon Street, Sherborne, until 31st May. Ann Armitage moved from London to Cornwall, near Land’s End, 10 years ago and took up painting full-time, concentrating on thoughtfully arranged still lifes.  Recently, she has…

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Wylye Valley Art Trail 2017

WILTSHIRE’s largest open studio event, the 2017 Wylye Valley Art Trail runs from 27th May to 4th June, with 73 venues showing the work of the area’s painters, sculptors, potters, glass artists, jewellery and furniture makers, photographers and even a milliner. The trail is set in some of the most gorgeous countryside this beautiful county…

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Awards beckon for the Floating Bench

YOU know that classic definition of good design – “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”?  You might well say that of Simon Thomas Pirie’s Floating Bench, pictured here in its new Blonde and Noir versions. The benches, which are distributed by Sitting Spiritually…

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Jonathan Garratt at Shaftesbury Arts Centre

ONE of the UK’s leading potters, Jonathan Garratt, whose workshop is at Stour Row, is showing a selection of his functional, studio and garden pottery at Shaftesbury Arts Centre from 7th to 20th June, in a joint exhibition with painter Andrea Jenkins, who lives near Shaftesbury. Jonathan moved to Stour Row a couple of years…

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Life – caricatures and sculptures at the Beaumont Gallery

ARTIST Mikki Rain has worked for the satirical television show Have I Got News For You since it started – now you can see her work close up at an exhibition at the Beaumont Gallery, Mere, until Sunday 11th June. Mikki’s caricature portraits – like this wonderful image of David Beckham as a French “Onion…

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Open day at Shaftesbury Arts Centre

LEARN more about what happens at Shaftesbury Arts Centre on stage and behind the scenes at an open day on Saturday 10th June, from 10.30am to 4pm. There is a full programme of activities on the stage, including music and songs, readings and sketches by the Wonderland group of writers and poets and a sneak…

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A passion for embroidery at the Devon Guild

THE late spring exhibition at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen at Bovey Tracey is Off the Surface, a collaboration between the Guild and The Royal School of Needlework (RSN), on from Saturday 20th May to Sunday 9th July. This textile exhibition showcases contemporary, hand embroidered work inspired by treasures from the past. It draws upon…

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Walford Mill gives textiles a voice

WALFORD Mill Crafts, the contemporary crafts and design centre at Stone Lane Wimborne, has an exciting and original textile exhibition, created by a carefully selected group of contemporary makers, a ground breaking collaboration between Textiles and Architecture students, on show until 4th June. Textile Textures is the result of a three-week residency in which four…

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