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Lighting festival will make Poole harbour glow

THIS year’s Light Up Poole festival, from Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd February will give a colourful and exciting new look to the Quay and the Old Town as international light artists premiere their installations. This year’s festival includes four world premieres, a European premiere and several newly commissioned works that place Poole firmly in…

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Riisager at The Art Stable

ONE of the most respected artists in the region, Christopher Riisager has a one-man show at The Art Stable at Gold Hill Organic Farm, Child Okeford, on until 2nd March. Riisager has spent almost all his life on the Dorset/Wiltshire border aside from the years spent studying Fine Art at Goldsmiths during the 1980’s.  He…

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Material Earth at Messums Wiltshire

THE exhibition programme at Messums Wiltshire at the 700-year old Tisbury tithe barn includes an annual month-long celebration of clay and ceramics, Material Earth, this year running to 3rd March. For the first time, the Material Earth exhibition celebrates the vessel, in all its abstracted forms, showcasing new work by artists and makers from the…

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The Map of Mundi at Poole Lighthouse

NEWS travels faster today than it has ever done via digital and social media – but even in medieval times word got around quicker than perhaps we might imagine, and an exhibition at Poole’s Lighthouse centre for the arts explores how news might have travelled in the Middle Ages. Artist Michelle Rumney, whose exhibition The…

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Cathedral’s artistic response to Brexit

SALISBURY Cathedral’s stimulating and varied arts programme continues in February with two artistic responses to the Brexit debut involving poet Lemn Sissay and light artist Mary Branson. Ladders of Light is a new “constitution” for the UK, with words by Lemn Sissay and illuminated ladders by Mary Branson. It will be followed in March by…

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Tidal adventures at Sladers Yard

THE first exhibition of 2019 opens at Sladers Yard at West Bay on Saturday 26th January. Tidal explores the response of three very different artists to the flow of the tides and the effects of water in the landscape. The exhibition, which continues to 10th March, features new work by the experimental landscape painter, Anthony…

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January at Sculpture by the Lakes

THE new year courses and events at Sculpture by the Lakes, the sculpture park, gallery and cafe at Tincleton near Dorchester begin with two talks on roses and a drawing workshop. Thomas Stone opens the series with a talk, Everything You Ever Wanted To Ask about Roses, on Wednesday 16th January at 11am. Mystery surrounds…

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Winning ways at Ilminster

SEVEN artists, all prize-winners in Ilminster Arts Centre’s 2018 open exhibition, have got the new year off to a great start at the Meeting House, with a show that runs to 19th January. Somerset-based Nancy Farmer, who took the top prize with her painting Sinking to New Depths, says of her return to the Arts…

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Elliot Walker at Messums Wiltshire

ELLIOTT Walker, one of this country’s most remarkable glassblowers, has a solo exhibition at Messums Wiltshire, at Tisbury, until 27th January. Walker is one of only a handful of glassblowers in the world who use glass to create solely figurative pieces, giving him something of a rebel status. After experimenting with the lost-wax process for…

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Alan Hayden at the Regent

LANDSCAPE artist Alan Hayden is back at the Regent Centre gallery in Christchurch for another exhibition of his evocative local scenes in oils, watercolours and other media, on view to 28th December. With an emphasis on Christchurch Harbour and the Avon Valley, the exhibition provides a visual panorama of local landmarks between Ringwood and Hengistbury…

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