Marshwood Arts at Bridport

THE Marshwood Vale Magazine’s arts awards, on show at Bridport Arts Centre until 2nd December, provide a snapshot of the diversity and quality of art and craft being produced in Britain, with some of the best-known names in visual and applied arts submitting work to the selection panel.

The biennial exhibition includes work by painters, photographers, sculptors, textile, digital media and metalwork artists and potters, not only from Dorset and the West Country but from as far afield as Scotland and Cornwall.

For this year’s fifth exhibition, artists and makers were invited to submit work in four categories – painting and drawing, sculpture, photography and digital media, and applied arts.

The panel of judges – painter Tom Hammick, furniture designer John Makepeace, photographer Matilda Temperley, sculptor David Worthington and textile designer Harriet Wallace-Jones.

They selected three finalists in the three fine art categories and nine in applied arts:
Applied arts –Alicia Merrett, Babs Kirby, Bjork Haraldsdottir, Dominika Kupcova, James Maskrey, Karen Hansen, Susan Kinley and Theo Langton.
Painting – Holly Froy, Jim Hunter and Jason Sumray.
Photography – Tim Booth, John Miles and Christopher Down.
Sculpture – Clare Trenchard, Isla Chaney and Miranda Carins.

There are also 14 other highly commended exhibitors, across the categories, on show in the arts centre’s beautiful Allsop Gallery.  It’s an outstanding exhibition – not to be missed (and why not combine it with a visit to exciting show at Sladers Yard, West Bay – see separate review on the Private View pages).

Pictured: Keepsake [Skara Brae], water-jet cut glass with fired imagery by Susan Kinley, who won the applied arts section with Far Distant, Close To; Laxness, stoneware in black slip with onyx glaze, by Bjork Haraldsdottir, applied arts finalist; Piper by Clare Trenchard, sculpture finalist; Theo Langdon, Tinker and Mask Maker, winner of the photography and digital media section, and three of  Langdon’s masks, winner of the John Hubbard Prize; Blue Harbour, textile art by Alicia Merrett, applied arts finalist.