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The art of ambiguity at the Brewhouse

YORKSHIRE-born artist Philip Davies has a solo show in the gallery at Taunton’s Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre. Where To From Here?, which continues to 5th May, explores place and identity, with images that are ambiguous but not entirely unsettling. This is his first solo show for ten years, and draws on his rich and…

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Enigmatic monochrome wins Ilminster prize

AN elegant, mysterious black and white image of a wooden staircase has won the top prize in the Ilminster Open Photographic exhibition, currently on show at the arts centre at the Meeting House, until 27th April. The winners were announced at a special evening preview event at the arts centre, selected from a strong field…

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Modest Objects at Trowbridge Arts

THERE is a busy day on Saturday 21st April in Trowbridge with the opening of a new exhibition at Town Hall Arts, the launch of the Affordable Art Fair in the museum and the opening of the Consequences of Drawing project, part of the Explore Art Trowbridge programme. Paul Deacon’s Modest Objects, at Town Hall…

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Britain’s oldest quilt on show at the American Museum

THE oldest quilt in existence, a patchwork coverlet made in 1718, will be displayed at the American Museum in Britain, at Claverton Down near Bath, to mark its 300th anniversary. The coverlet has joined the museum’s own world renowned textile collection which has more than 250 quilts and is considered to be the finest of…

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At the Chapel show for Luke Piper

SOMERSET-based artist Luke Piper has an exhibition of recent paintings, Native Place, on show at Bruton’s At The Chapel, until 13th June. Native Place is a collection of recent paintings about places that Luke knows. The reason to paint seems to come from a need to try and get a response from nature – to…

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Goliath on the Wessex Plinth

A NEW sculpture by the German-born artist Johannes von Stumm is the latest piece to stand on the Wessex Plinth at the front of Salisbury Museum in the Cathedral Close. Johannes von Stumm is a sculptor who works in a most unusual and challenging way, by unifying stone, wood, metal and glass to form one…

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TV producer’s Torquay exhibition

TELEVISION producer Cristina Ulander, who studied at Taunton College of Art, has a solo exhibition at Artizan Gallery, Torquay, until 27th April. Cristina has been painting for the past 20 years, living and working in East Devon. As a producer she was one of the team who worked on the Channel 4 series Wolves, Witches,…

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Charlie Baird at The Art Stable

A SCOTTISH-born artist who has lived in Dorset for many years returns to The Art Stable at Gold Hill Organic Farm, Child Okeford, for a solo show from 21st April to 12th May. In these recent paintings, Charlie Baird continues his exploration of landscape from the southwest and from his native Scotland. He draws on…

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A quarter of a century of Dorset Art Weeks

HOW time flies! It is a quarter of a century since the first Dorset Art Weeks – in fact, the actual anniversary was last year. The original DAW, one of the oldest open studios in the country, was in 1992. The biennial festival of visual arts in Dorset returns this year, from 26th May to…

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