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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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Slade Centre open again

IT is 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 Ivimey, who lives in Norfolk, is thought-provoking and…

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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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Somerset Reacquainted

LOCKDOWN has been a challenge for artists – in both good and bad ways, isolating people but also reconnecting many with the natural world. Somerset Reacquainted, the new exhibition at Somerset Rural Life Museum at Glastonbury, is features new, experimental work made during the Covid-19 lockdown. The work is described as “a creativity-in-isolation project” established…

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Following the seasons at St Barbe Gallery

LYMINGTON’s St Barbe Gallery has an important autumn exhibition, The Seasons: Art of the Unfolding Year, celebrating seasonal change as portrayed by British artists over the last 100 years. The cycle of the seasons has for centuries been a source of inspiration for artists, writers and musicians but in recent times our urban and digitally-focused…

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Inland landscapes

PAINTER and printmaker Carry Akroyd has a solo exhibition of new work at the Jerram Gallery in Half Moon Street, Sherborne from 10th to 24th October. Inland is a show of 40 paintings in different media – oils, watercolour, acrylic and mixed media as well as a small amount of her original prints. Carry’s landscapes…

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Autumn at Hauser & Wirth

TWO important American women artists – Nicole Eisenman and Lee Lozano – are featured in the autumn exhibitions at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, at Durslade Farm, Bruton, from 3rd October to 10th January 2021. Where I Was, It Shall Be, the artist’s first exhibition with Hauser & Wirth, brings together a wide range of Eisenman’s…

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