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Treasure from Saxon Wessex on show

A RARE early medieval brooch has gone on display at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton. This exceptionally well-preserved and beautiful piece, which is more than a thousand years old, is one of the most important objects found in Somerset. It comes from a time when the survival of Saxon Wessex was in doubt and…

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Autumn at Tincleton Gallery

THE Old Schoolhouse at Tincleton near Dorchester hosts a mixed exhibition of paintings, sculptures and prints by gallery regulars for autumn, plus work by four guest artists. The show at the Tincleton Gallery runs to 5th January 2024. The range of subjects and media is wide – there are landscape etchings by Devon artist Mary…

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Many Moons at Sladers Yard

MOTHER and daughter sculptor and collage artist Marzia Colonna and sculptor Fiamma Colonna Montagu are exhibiting together in a show called Many Moons,at Sladers Yard, West Bay, until 11th November. Italian-born Marzia Colonna, one of this country’s leading sculptors, with an international reputation, is also a renowned collage artist and the exhibition features recent work….

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Spanish landscapes and Wessex trails

LANDSCAPES are the theme of the two exhibitions that open the autumn programme at The Art Stable at Gold Hill Organic Farm, Child Okeford – Spanish Landscapes by husband and wife Robert and Dorothy Bradbury, and Wessex Trails by Teresa Lawton, both running to 30th September. This is the gallery’s third exhibition of work by…

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Unfolding and Unfurling in the great barn

THE 700-year old Tisbury tithe barn, with its massive thatched roof and oak beams, a working farm building until its restoration and reinvention as home to Messums’ Wiltshire gallery, hosts an ethereal exhibition by the Japanese textile artist, Kaori Kato, who is artist-in-residence at the venue this summer. Unfolding, Unfurling, on until 18th September, is…

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Outstanding wildlife photography at Dorchester

THE Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, 100 outstanding images by photographers from around the world, is on show at the Dorset Museum in Dorchester until 29th October. This internationally renowned exhibition is on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, features exceptional images, which capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breathtaking…

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Yearning to be free

  THE summer exhibition at Salisbury Cathedral, on until 17th September, is To Be Free. It brings together some of the world’s leading contemporary artists, exploring what freedom is, what it means to be free, how it feels to be free and the plight of those who are not free. With conflicts in Sudan, the…

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Larger than Life – summer show at Messums Wiltshire

THE summer exhibition at Messums Wiltshire, in and around the ancient Tisbury tithe barn, features sculpture by gallery regular and invited artists, including Laurence Edwards and Sophie Ryder. Larger than Life runs to 30th September, and draws inspiration from the venue’s summer Festival of Dance. The challenge of this exhibition – particularly in the context…

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The art of Somerset’s waterways

THE summer exhibition at Somerset Rural Life Museum, in the tithe barn and other buildings at Glastonbury, features five extraordinary women artists, creating artwork across a range of media, celebrating Somerset’s diverse coast and waterways. Flow, running to 3rd September, features embroidery, painting, printmaking and sculpture by artists from across the county: Sara Dudman, Jane…

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A monument to extinction

THE New Art Centre, the sculpture park and gallery at Roche Court near Salisbury, is currently exhibiting this powerful carving by Sebastian Brooke, a letter-cutter and stone-carver based in Wales. The inscription reads “Accipiat aquam vitae, gratis.” It is a quotation from the Book of Revelations, Chapter 22 Verse 17: “And let the one who…

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