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Over the rainbow at the Somerset Museum

SOMERSET photographer Jason Bryant’s new exhibition of photographs from the lockdown should have been at the Museum of Somerset, but is available online instead. Reaching for Rainbows: the Lockdown Photography of Jason Bryant, on view at swheritage.org.uk, documents an extraordinary time in the history of Somerset. The collection of 60 images chronicles the experiences of…

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New work from Zara McQueen

SHAFTESBURY artist Zara McQueen was looking forward to a joint exhibition at Shaftesbury Arts Centre with fellow North Dorset artist Percy Lizzard, but Covid-19 and the latest lockdown put a stop to it. However Zara and Percy have got together to show some of their new work online for two weeks. Percy is best known…

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Magical ancient woods

ONE of my favourite things to do is walk in woods, and one of the most magical woods in the country is Wistman’s Wood on Dartmoor. The latest exhibition by The Arborealists, the group of professional artists whose work focuses on trees and forests, is Trees and Woodland on Exmoor and Dartmoor, currently on view…

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Plein air with Nick Andrew

WE may all be stuck in lockdown again, but you can still get out in the fresh air. Well-known Wiltshire artist Nick Andrew is enjoying plein air drawing for a new project, A Gap in the Market, exploring Salisbury’s historic Charter Market throughout the coming year. All the drawings, including The Happy Fruiters Stall, Salisbury…

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Flying on the Shepton art trail

ONE of Somerset’s best-known and most versatile artists, Fiona Campbell, has installed a wire sculpture of a blackbird above the entrance to The Art Bank, Shepton Mallet. The work is part of a Bird Trail around the town, commissioned by Shepton Town Council. Seven artists have created British bird sculptures using natural and recycled materials…

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Now you see it …

AND then it’s gone for another month … It was great to welcome back exhibitions at the Slade Centre at Gillingham, newly refurbished and with a cafe serving delicious cakes and good coffee. And the first exhibition, Field and Feather, paintings by North Dorset-based Ursula Leach and prints and sculpturs by her close friend, Jayne…

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Rachel Sargent online

NORTH Dorset artist Rachel Sargent should have had a busy autumn, like so many artists, performers, writers and others, with exhibitions, fairs, festivals and more. But the irresistible resurgence of Covid-19 has put paid to them. So Rachel has decided to bring her studio to her audience, virtually. After studying painting at the Roehampton Institute,…

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Roche Court open air

MOST galleries are closed because of Lockdown 2, but the New Art Centre’s open air collection, the Roche Court Sculpture Park, at Winterslow near Salisbury, can be visited (booking is essential). Each week the gallery picks its Work of the Week – this week’s is the witty and delightful Celloswarm, a 2002 sculpture in bronze,…

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Diaspora – art at Salisbury

THE new exhibition at Salisbury Arts Centre is Diaspora, bringing together artists and makers of African/Caribbean heritage to showcase their work,  which has not previously been seen in Salisbury. Wiltshire Creative artist in residence Mirka Golden-Hann says: “This exhibition was originally cancelled due to the Covid lockdown and we are very happy to be able…

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Artists share their 2020 vision

FOUR Bruton Arts Society members, Jane Eaton, Tessa McIntyre, Jane Onslow and Jenny de Sausmarez, share the gallery at Shaftesbury Arts Centre for an exhibition called Vision 2020, from 7th to 13th October. Jane Eaton, who is a member of The Arborealists group – artists across various media who have a particular interest in trees…

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