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Oldest tapestry goes to Belgium for conservation

A RARE tapestry dating from the 15th century, which usually hangs in the dining room at the National Trust’s Montacute House near Yeovil, is going to Belgium for a specialist clean. The Millefleurs tapestry, one of the few surviving from the late 15th century, was commissioned by the townspeople of Tournai in 1477 as a…

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Alexander Calder at Hauser & Wirth Somerset

ART lovers in this region are so fortunate these days – we really don’t have to travel to London (or even Bristol) to see world-class art. With Hauser & Wirth Somerset at Bruton, Messums Wiltshire at the Tisbury tithe barn, and the New Art Centre at Roche Court near Salisbury, some of the most exciting…

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Material: Wood at Messums

IT would be hard to imagine a more impressive or entirely fitting venue for an exhibition of contemporary art, craft and furniture in wood than the 700 year old Tisbury tithe barn, the largest thatched building in the country, which is home to Messums Wiltshire. The latest in the gallery’s series of exhibitions focusing on…

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Nick Andrew and Tanya Hinton at Shaftesbury

WILTSHIRE artists Nick Andrew and Tanya Hinton will be sharing the gallery at Shaftesbury Arts Centre from 22nd to 28th August with an exhibition of new work. The paintings on show include not only Nick’s familiar paintings of water and landscape, dappled with light, but also his Southleigh Summer collection of 20 mixed media drawings…

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Picture Gillingham’s ancient forest

GILLINGHAM Library has a new activity for summer – an opportunity to join the library’s artist in residence Julian Stocks  to explore your idea of what Gillingham’s ancient forest might have looked like. Julian Stocks is a public artist who takes a collaborative approach to creating beautiful artworks. He is inviting young adults (13 years…

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Mark Stevens is the Visitors’ Choice at Ilminster

THE winner of the Visitors’ Choice vote at Ilminster Arts Centre’s open exhibition is Chard-based artist Mark Stevens, whose beautifully observed landscapes clearly captured the imagination of visitors to the Arts Centre during the month long show. Responding to the news of his win, Mark said: “I can’t believe it – when I looked at…

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Miracle paintings at Salisbury Cathedral

THROUGHOUT August, Salisbury Cathedral is to host the first exhibition of a remarkable series of artworks, The Miracle Paintings 2011-2018, by the Royal Academician Professor Stephen Farthing. The series of huge paintings has taken Stephen eight years to complete, some pieces taking up to 18 months to complete. The artist resolved when he started the…

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The Downs at the Beaumont Gallery

THE new exhibition at Beaumont Gallery, Mere, from Saturday 28th July to Sunday 12th August is The Downs, black and white photographs by Mike Beecham. The downs around Mere are part of the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within the counties of Dorset and Wiltshire and home to farmers, dog-walkers, paragliders, hobbyists and…

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