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Delights of A Wessex Scene

THE December exhibition at the new Long Gallery at Messums Wiltshire, the contemporary art centre at the Tisbury tithe barn, is A Wessex Scene, a glorious celebration of the landscape and life in Wessex in paintings, drawings and prints, on view until 31st December. The exhibition is an exploration of both the reality and the…

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The Salisbury Museum is going potty!

YOU might well ask – why is The Salisbury Museum going potty? It is because the loos need updating and a campaign has been launched to raise £30,000 to refurbish and improve the accessibility of the men’s, women’s and disabled toilets. The museum moved into its present home in The King’s House in the Cathedral…

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Restoring Bankes’ Venetian confection

CONSERVATORS have been working on an important ceiling at the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy, and research for the project has revealed more about the complex story of perhaps William John Bankes’ proudest achievement. In the two to three years before quitting England for exile on the Continent in 1841, Bankes saw his Golden Room (later…

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Bridget McCrum sculpture at Salisbury Museum

THE Salisbury Museum, in the Cathedral Close, has announced that the next sculpture to grace the Wessex Plinth at the front of the museum, will be Solstice, an elegant bronze artist, Bridget McCrum, a sculptor who works in stone and bronze. She says: “Since childhood I have been excited by ancient remains, fragments of carving…

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Christmas at The Art Stable

THE Art Stable at Gold Hill Organic Farm, Child Okeford, has a Christmas exhibition, opening on Saturday 2nd December, to coincide with the open day at the Gold Hill farm shop and cafe. The exhibition features paintings by the gallery’s regular artists including Tobit Roche, and there will be ceramics by three of Dorset’s leading…

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More change in the village

Farming in the early 20th century and AG Street’s Farmer’s Glory. LOOKING across the field behind my house, everything looks much as it might have done 80 years ago –  gently sloping land for grazing cattle gives way to the hills behind, the field fringed by native hedgerow. This landscape seems worth preserving because there’s…

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A LEGO Discworld Christmas at Salisbury

FANS of LEGO – and Terry Pratchett – will want to visit the Salisbury Museum on 9th December for the giant LEGO building brick event. Having previously built a giant postcard from Egypt and a life size replica of John Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, the latest challenge will be to build a giant…

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Zara is somewhere near home

SHAFTESBURY artist Zara McQueen has her first solo exhibition, Somewhere Near Home, at Shaftesbury Arts Centre gallery from 22nd November to 5th December. Zara is a self-taught artist, living and working at her studio in North Dorset. In her painting, she is responding to the landscape around her, and her own internal life, Her work…

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Deborah Westmancoat at The Old School House

THE winter exhibition at The Old School House gallery at Tincleton near Dorchester, until Sunday 7th January 2018, is Transcript, recent works by Deborah Westmancoat. Based in Somerset, Deborah Westmancoat is a contemporary artist with a long term interest in alchemy and the philosophical sciences. She is particularly interested in how they might help us…

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Sally Pinhey links botany and ecology

DORSET artist Sally Pinhey, who is well known around the region for her meticulously accurate botanical paintings, has graduated from Bournemouth University with a Masters of Science in Green Economy. Sally, who is 72 and lives at Upwey near Weymouth,  was able to study at home, part-time, over a two-year period to gain her new…

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