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Liz Somerville at The Art Stable

IT is hard to imagine a more appropriate venue for an exhibition of Liz Somerville’s beautiful, distinctive prints – stand outside the door of The Art Stable, the little gallery at Gold Hill Organic Farm, Child Okeford, and you look across the farmyard to Hambledon Hill, a frequent subject for the well-known Dorset artist. The new…

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Cicatrix – the scars of war

A TOURING exhibition that explores the scars of war on Salisbury Plain comes to the gallery and basement cells of Trowbridge Town Hall from 23rd February to 14th April. Cicatrix: Call and Response is an exhibition of installations by Wiltshire-based artists Henny Burnett, Susan Francis and Prudence Maltby, and Caro Williams from New Zealand. This…

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Let there be light

POOLE’s Lighthouse is not only a beacon of creativity and culture it is also – literally – shedding light on the town at the first Light Up Poole festival, which runs to Saturday 17th February. A gorgeous illuminated curtain-raiser for the arts centre’s 40th anniversary year, this digital art light festival features a varied selection…

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2TillforArt at the Regent

THE Highcliffe-based 2TillforArt Painting Group makes its debut at the Foyer gallery of the Regent Centre, Christchurch, with an exhibition of watercolours and acrylics, from Saturday 10th February to Friday 2nd March. The group consists of seven local artists who have come together in retirement to pursue their love of painting within a shared environment. …

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Vivienne Foley at Messums

VIVIENNE Foley, one of Britain’s leading sculptors in porcelain, has a solo show in the Pod at Messums Wiltshire, in the Tisbury tithe barn, from 10th February to 4th March. The exhibition forms part of Messums’ Material Earth: Myth, Material and Metamorphosis series and complements the mixed ceramic exhibition in the main gallery in the…

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Rethinking mental health at Ilminster Arts Centre

MENTAL health takes centre stage at Ilminster Arts Centre with an exhibition by the charity Rethink, from 26th February to 17th March. The subject has been much in the news recently and this exhibition of paintings and sculpture will highlight the positive role that art can play in helping those affected by mental health issues….

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Secret postcard fundraiser for Wardour School

CELEBRITIES and artists have created artworks for a Secret Postcard Sale at Messums Wiltshire in aid of Wardour Primary School on Saturday 17th February from 10am. Royal favourite landscape and racehorse painter Charles Church, portrait painter Jemma Phipps and local artist Tom Hoar join a host of artists who have contributed to the sale creating…

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Myth, Material and Metamorphosis at Messums

THE wild Northern territories of Europe have fascinated artists, writers and philosophers for centuries. A new exhibition of large scale sculptures and ceramics opening on 10th February at Messums Wiltshire, in the 700 year old Tisbury tithe barn, showcases work by contemporary artists who explore the myths and stories of these chilly landscapes. Material Earth…

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Contemporary Craft Festival is top tourism winner

THE Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey, the home of the Devon Craft Guild, was the overall winner in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards, announced at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay. More than 450 attended the region’s biggest tourism event, when 123 awards were presented, following judging of a record 647 entries….

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A new way of seeing

PHIL Grabsky, one of the producers of Vincent Van Gogh – A New Way of Seeing, will be coming to Bruton’s At The Chapel venue on Saturday 17th February to introduce a screening of this popular Exhibition On Screen programme. Perhaps more than any other artist, Van Gogh’s life has long captured the imagination of…

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