29 December – 23 January
Winter Art Sale 2D and 3D artwork by local Devon and Dorset artists will be on sale at tempting prices. Ideal for that post-holiday treat! The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Open daily 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk.
2 – 19 January
Open Prizewinners’ Exhibition New work by the prizewinning artists of the 2018 Ilminster Open: Nancy Farmer, Perry Chapman, Mark Stevens, Leo Davey, Michael Tarr, Gary Cook, Margaret Micklewright, Annie Musgrove. Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.
3 January – 9 February
Russ Snedker ‘Creatureist’ In Russ Snedker’s latest works ‘Creatureist’ he explores the fragmentation of life under our skies and below the surface in our rapidly dystopian malaise of water. His geometric shapes, attention to detail and flowing lines over layers of translucent colours and texture, capture your attention and draw you into his world of creativity and imagination, leaving you feeling mesmerised beguiled and perhaps just a little euphoric. Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.
5 January – 3 February
Focussed Inspired by several successful photographic exhibitions last year, this new wintertime showcase will focus on recent work by Dorset and Devon-based photographers. The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Open daily 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk.
12 January – 9 February
South West Academy Exhibition An exhibition of work by members of the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, featuring work from established artists including Alan Cotton and Ray Baulkwill and new academicians, who have recently joined the Academy including Annie Ward, Jan Phethean, Matt Hoile and Isabel Coulton. Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG), Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX, www.thelmahulbert.com 01404 45006.
Until 17 January
Positive and Negative Space Curated by Harriet Mummery, Live Project Space, TheGallery. An inside look into the artist studio with work from BA (Hons) Drawing students. The work on display is in response to the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018. AUB Arts University Bournemouth www.aub.ac.uk.
19 January – 6 May
Matthew Day Jackson: Pathetic Fallacy The title for Jackson’s exhibition ‘Pathetic Fallacy’ is a literary term used to describe the attribution of human emotions onto inanimate objects in nature. This is the starting point for the artist’s investigation in Somerset, where Jackson has been living with his family as artist-in-residence at Hauser & Wirth Somerset since August 2018. Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton Somerset BA10 0NL, 01749 814 060 www.hauserwirth.com.
Catherine Goodman Catherine Goodman was artist-in-residence at Hauser & Wirth Somerset from January – May 2018. The gallery will present an exhibition of new works by the artist. Although known for her portraits, her practice includes expressionistic landscapes, vigorous sketches and experimental collages. Central to her process is the act of drawing from observation, whether from life, objects or the great masters and their works. Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL, 01749 814 060 www.hauserwirth.com.
Until 20 January 2019
After Eighties: paintings by Fred Cuming RA, Robin Rae RCA and Alfred Stockham RCA RWA with pottery by Richard Batterham and furniture by Petter Southall. In loving celebration of four masters of their art, all well over eighty and all still working. Including recent work by Fred Cuming RA, Alfred Stockham and new pots by Richard Batterham and a mini retrospective for Robin Rae’s 90th birthday. Craft, gifts, art books, accessories and furniture by leading artists and makers. Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL. 01308 459511 www.sladersyard.co.uk.
21 January – 9 February
Inspired by Nature Group exhibition by artists who are informed and inspired by the natural world. Paintings, sculpture, photography, textiles and ceramics. Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.
26 January – 3 February
Priceless The Malthouse Gallery is proud to host again this annual exhibition of artwork created by students of all ages from Woodroffe School. The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Open daily 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk
Until 24 February
Material: Light – Michael Hulls Over the last twenty years Michael Hulls has worked exclusively in dance, particularly with choreographer Russell Maliphant, and has established a reputation as a ‘choreographer of light’. His break out year in 2016 saw the first ever non-dance installation at Sadler’s Wells, a work later displayed at Messums Wiltshire. For his return he joins an elite group of artists including Judy Pfaff and David Spriggs who have been invited to make a solo response to the unique setting of our thirteenth-century tithe barn. Messums Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW. firstname.lastname@example.org, 01747 445042.
Until 9 June
Exeter’s Fine Art Collection: Women Artists Shining a spotlight on women artists in RAMM’s fine art collection, this exhibition features works from the 1770s until 2011. Works include the suffragette artist Olive Wharry (1886-1947) and her views of Exeter after the blitz. Included also are works by the popular Victorian children’s book illustrator Kate Greenaway and detailed watercolour studies of birds and insects by Miss Ann Lee painted in the 1770s. A key painting in this exhibition will be ‘In Sight – Lord Dundonald’s Dash on Ladysmith’ by the artist Lucy Kemp-Welch (1869-1958), who in the 1890s had the well-deserved reputation as the most gifted painter of the horse the century had ever seen. This work will be on public display for the first time in decades following a successful fundraising appeal for its conservation. There are also modern works by Barbara Hepworth, Gillian Ayres, Mary Martin, Dame Laura Knight, Primrose Pitman and Judith Ackland, amongst others. Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen St, Exeter EX4 3RX www.rammuseum.org.uk.