Private View

Community play recalls Bourton at war

ONE of the most interesting aspects of the First World War four-year centenary has been the unearthing of stories from communities across the country, and one such is taking place at Bourton in North Dorset, from 13th to 15th July. As Bourton Mill is demolished, after many years of dilapidation and rejected plans, a year-long project…

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Making Dorset – 50 Dorset Makers at Wolfeton

DORSET Visual Arts launches its new venture, Making Dorset, at the end of June. The project, based at  DVA’s new home at Wolfeton Riding House, brings together 50 of Dorset’s finest contemporary makers working in a wide range of craft and other making disciplines. The launch is marked by the publication of a new book,…

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Unmissable exhibition at West Bay

TWO of Dorset’s finest artists are showing exciting new work at what promises to be one of the summer’s outstanding exhibitions, at Sladers Yard, West Bay. Of Myths and Moons, which runs from 24th June to  3rd September, features powerful and energetic sculptures and drawings by sculptor Clare Trenchard and atmospheric moonlit abstract landscapes by…

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Velasquez landscape at Kingston Lacy

A LANDSCAPE by artist Diego Velázquez, painted for King Philip IV of Spain, is on loan for the first time from the National Gallery and is on show at the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy near Wimborne. La Tela Real takes pride of place in the dining room, while Kingston Lacy’s The Judgement of Solomon by…

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Ocean voyagers at the Beaumont Gallery

THE new exhibition at the Beaumont Gallery at Mere has an enigmatic title – “This is an Ocean Liner.” The work on show from Saturday 1st to Sunday 16th July is contemporary bird and animal portraits and sculptures by four leading women artists – Kate Boxer, Patricia Jordan, Sarah Coward and Edith Karlson. Andrew Walworth, curator…

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Moish Sokal at East Lambrook

HIGH Adventures,  the latest collection of watercolours by South Somerset artist Moish Sokal, is on show at East Lambrook Manor near South Petherton throughout the summer. The paintings represent Moish’s many travels to places far and near, from South America to Scotland to Somerset. Moish, who lives at Stoke-sub-Hamdon, has become a popular summer fixture…

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Hengist Group at the Regent

THE Hengist Group of Artists returns to the Regent Centre at Christchurch for its annual exhibition, celebrating the diversity of members’ interests and techniques, from 17th June to 7th July. In its 39th year, the Hengist group has more than 70 members. It is a friendly and thriving mix of amateur and professional artists who meet…

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£15m Dorset Museum plans approved.

AN extension and redevelopment plan for Dorset County Museum at Dorchester has finally been given the green light by West Dorset District Council. The plans, which will transform the museum’s facilities, include a new learning centre, library, café and shop and, most importantly, additional gallery space. Hidden behind the museum’s 19th century façade lie almost…

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Spirit of the Horse at Messums

THE second Art in Motion exhibition at Messums Wiltshire, at the 700 year old thatched tithe barn at Tisbury, is Spirit of the Horse, running from 10th June to 8th July. The exhibition celebrates the horse with work by some of the greatest exponents of equine art from the 19th century to the present day….

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Fractured Architecture at Lacock Abbey

LACOCK Abbey, the historic home of photography in Britain, this summer hosts an exhibition of Cubist-inspired photographs by the German artist Thomas Kellner. These remarkable images, together titled Fractured Architecture, will be on view at the Fox Talbot Museum in Lacock from Saturday 24th June to Sunday 24th September. Kellner, who says he is “more…

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