2 – 25 January
Open Prizewinners Exhibition, Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.30pm, Sat 9.30am-2.30pm, Paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints from the winning artists of last year’s Ilminster Open, Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster, TA19 0AN, 01460 54973, www.themeetinghouse.org.uk
Until 5 January
David Smith. Field Work Debut solo show conceived as four chapters of work spanning over three decades (from 1933 to 1964) that aim to demonstrate Smith’s diverse visual language and multifaceted creative process. Curated by the artist’s daughters Rebecca and Candida Smith. Hauser & Wirth, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL
Bharti Kher A Wonderful Anarchy. New work following her 2017 three-month residency. Her first solo exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Somerset and marks a return to the most elemental themes within her practice. Kher, who works across a multitude of forms, will present a body of sculpture, installation, and paintings. In the process of transforming found objects, and continually experimenting with materials, she layers references: to the mythological and scientific, secular and ritualistic, physical and psychological. At the centre of all works is the abstraction of shape and confluence of time in a provocative meeting of materials. Hauser & Wirth, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL
Winter Art Fair, 10.30-4.30. This festive exhibition will include affordable works of art for everyone: from sculpture and textiles to paintings and photography, not forgetting jewellery, furniture and ceramics. Perfect for gifts for friends, family and even one’s self! The Gallery, Symondsbury Estate, Bridport DT6 6HG. www.lymebayarts.co.uk
New Year’s Art Sale, 10.30-4.30, Start 2020 with a visit to this exhibition where you’ll find affordable artwork created by Dorset and Devon artists in a wide and tempting variety of subjects and media. The Gallery, Symondsbury Estate, Bridport DT6 6HG. www.lymebayarts.co.uk
11 Jan – 8 February
South West Academy Exhibition the Academy’s 20th anniversary year begins with an exhibition of exceptional work featuring work across a diverse range of media including paintings, sculpture, prints and photography. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Elmfield House, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX, 01404 45006 www.thelmahulbert.com
Until 12 January
Radiance, Fred Cumming RA, Michael Fairclough, Rachel Fenner, Jeremy Gardiner, David Inshaw, Alfred Stcokham, Petter Southall furniture, Franny Owen Ceramics, Lynn Strover Jewellery. Sladers Yard, West Bay, DT6 4EL. www.sladersyard.co.uk
Until 18 January
Reedbeds and Waterways, brings together artworks by the printmaker Jackie Curtis. It will showcase the different printmaking techniques used by the artist. In the new year (18 January) there will also be a monoprinting workshop for adults. Somerset Rural Life Museum, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8DB. srlm.org.uk.
18 January – 1 March
Counterpoint: Martyn Brewster, Daisy Cook, Brian Graham, ceramics by Paul Wearing and furniture by Petter Southall. Sladers Yard Gallery and Café, West Bay Road, West Bay Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL. sladersyard.wordpress.com
Until 26 January
Sea Garden takes as its starting point RAMM’s own collection of historic seaweeds, many of them collected by women during the nineteenth century from beaches in Devon. Often overlooked, these women contributed to our understanding of marine science by sharing their seaweed specimens with male scientists who then used them for their own research. Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) Queen Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3RX. www.rammuseum.org.uk.
Rachel Allain: Epipelagic Drifters Totnes-based artist Rachael Allain’s film Epipelagic Drifters (16:35min) reveals planktonic life in the surface layer of Plymouth Sound through microscopic imaging techniques. Rachael collected data with expert guidance from Senior Technician in Marine Biology, Richard Ticehurst, from Plymouth Sound. She recorded sound from under the water in the surface layer (epipelagic zone) adding audio recordings from world-leading marine scientists. Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) Queen Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3RX. www.rammuseum.org.uk.
27 Jan – 15 February
Glorious Gallimaufry, Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.30pm, Sat9.30am-2.30pm, Eclectic group exhibition, Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster, TA19 0AN, 01460 54973, www.themeetinghouse.org.uk
Roots of Religion in West Bay, see website for Winter opening times. 2019 marked the anniversary of the opening of the Methodist Chapel (170 years ago) and St John’s Church (80 years ago). Explore the history of these two churches and the stories of those associated with them at West Bay Discovery Centre. Admission free, donations welcomed. Further details www.westbaydiscoverycentre.org.uk.