Until 1 February
Black Mirror: Magic in Art This exhibition explores the influences and roles of magic, enchantment and the occult in contemporary art. Curated by Associate Professor Dominic Shepherd. TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole, Dorset BH12 5HH. 01202 363272 www.aub.ac.uk/gallery.
2 February – 16 March
Handcrafted Mosaic Mirrors Liz Hollingworth is exhibiting her unique mosaic mirrors in the delightful Courtyard cafe at the Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. She trained in Stained Glass workshops in Camden Lock, London and had exhibitions in Hampstead, Highgate and Alexandra Palace before moving to Dorset. She continued her love of glass in the current form of mosaic mirrors and now works from her home in Bridport. She has been part of the Dorset open art weeks exhibiting her work from a venue in West Bay with Jackie Hunt a well know stained glass artist and sells her mirrors from venues in Beaminster and Symondsbury. The Courtyard cafe is open from 9.30am – 4pm. Liz Hollingworth Tel no. 01308 458673. Mob. 07568589847. email: hollingworth7at btinternet.com.
3 February – 17 March
Drawing Down the Feminine Archaeological evidence suggest that many years ago, and for millennia, civilizations lived in relative peace without wars, when the figure of the goddess / feminine paradigm was central to the health and balance of societies. Around 3000 years ago there was a big shift and the era of the warrior began. When we look around us at our planet which we share with all other living creatures, we can see the damage that has been done, and which continues apace. There will be paintings, film, digital poetry, sculpture and mixed media work. The artists will be happy to discuss their work. Allsop Gallery, Bridport Arts Centre, www.bridport-arts.com.
Until 4 February
The Woodroffe School Annual Exhibition Students at Lyme’s Woodroffe School will be displaying some of the impressive artworks they have created over the past academic year at this regular feature in the Town Mill’s calendar. The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Open daily 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission.www.townmillarts.co.uk.
Material Light: David Spriggs Light- source of all life here on earth and the most fundamental of all materials. Yet it is also the hardest to conceive of as an individual unit. Made up of photons it is the product ironically of what it passes through rather than what it is. Light both pervades and evades; wave and particle. It is light that is the muse of Material: Light, Messums Wiltshire’s new exhibition, where its ephemerality and diverse meaning are encapsulated in a specially commissioned installation. Continuing a materials based theme that has successfully run through the past year, Material: Light will feature ‘Vision II’, a 5m x 5m x 2m light installation by David Spriggs as a sole illumination set in the 13th century monastic barn in one of the most ancient inhabited landscapes in the country. Messums Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW, www.messumswiltshire.com, 01747 445042.
9 – 28 February
Printmakers Open 2018 The success of the previous two Opens has encouraged an expansion into a second gallery in 2018. In addition to showcasing local and Exeter’s Double Elephant printmakers and offering printmaking workshops, this year’s Open will feature recent work by members of the Society of Wood Engravers with their traditional and figurative as well as bold and modern engravings that break the mould. For lovers of printmaking, a visit to the Town Mill in February will be an essential date in the diary. The Malthouse and Courtyard Galleries, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Open daily 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission.www.townmillarts.co.uk.
Until 10 February
A Sense of Place Eclectic group exhibition, featuring watercolours, prints, oils, acrylics, photography, textiles and sculpture. Monday – Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm. Saturday 9.30am – 2.30pm. Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.
Contemporary and 20th Century Prints Eileen Agar, Peter Archer, Edward Bawden, James Bostock, Stephen Chambers, John Buckland Wright, Marc Chagall, Prunella Clough, Robyn Denny, Mary Fedden, Elizabeth Frink, Andy Goldsworthy, Tom Hammick, Matthew Hilton, David Hockney, Albert Irvin, David Jones, R.B.Kitaj, Ken Kiff, Edwin La Dell, Ursula Leach, Robert Medley, David Nash, John Nash, Ana Maria Pacheco, Sigmund Pollitzer, Gwen Raverat, Paula Rego, Brian Rice, Ceri Richards, Michael Rothenstein, Allen Seaby, Peter Sedgley, Tara Sabharwal, Hiroyuki Tajima, Italo Valenti, Georges Valmier, William Walcott, William Wright, George Young. www.theartstable.co.uk, The Art Stable, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset, DT11 8HB, 01258 863866.
10 February – 2 April
Material Earth: Myth, Material and Metamorphosis “Beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing” – Aesop’s Fables. The wild Northern territories of Europe have fascinated artists, writers and philosophers for centuries. The revival of interest in these tumultuous, challenging landscapes occurred during the 19th century, with the great Romantics such as William Morris, William Blake and Lord Byron. Showcasing a range of artists who work with the mythology and stories of metamorphoses from Northern. Europe, this exhibition will be an ode to all those that are magical, fantastical and ever-changing. Material Earth II will draw on the animals and moral compasses of ancient Greek and Roman fables, the Scandinavian and Germanic fairytales of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson as well as the archaic Paganism of European cultures, inextricably bound to Messums’ location so proximal to sites such as Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral. Messums Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW, firstname.lastname@example.org, 01747 445042.
12 – 24 February
Schools Go Visual VII Artwork by local school children. The YBA’s of the future! Monday – Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm. Saturday 9.30am – 2.30pm. Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.
Until 16 February
Bridge A showcase of work from the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture’s technical staff. Library Wall, Arts University Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole, Dorset BH12 5HH. 01202 363272 www.aub.ac.uk/gallery.
Until 24 February
South West Academy Exhibition An exhibition of work by members of the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts. Artists of the South West Academy, including established names such as Prof. Alan Cotton, FRSA together bring together a new body of work focusing on paintings, photographs, prints and ceramics. Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG), Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX, www.thelmahulbert.com, 01404 45006.
Until 25 February
Trish Morrissey: A Certain Slant of Light New photographs and film made during the artist’s residency. The exhibition comprises two bodies of work inspired by the lives of the last female occupants of Hestercombe House – Miss Warre (1790-1872) and Mrs Portman (1854-1951), women who both independently ran the Hestercombe estate. While based at Hestercombe, Morrissey has made new films and photographs about these two historical characters that draw on photographs, drawings, letters, newspaper articles, written testimonies, shopping receipts and estate accounts held in the Hestercombe Archive. While focusing on events from the womens’ lives, this work also explores broader themes of class and role-play, body and gesture, the language of photography, the representation of women and the relation between private and public spaces. Running alongside, Hestercombe Gallery also presents the exhibition Odyssean: Topographies, featuring new work by Natasha Rosling, Alexander Stevenson, Alistair Grant and Simon Lee Dicker from a series of residencies across the Orkney isles during 2015-2016. The exhibition includes drawing, sculpture, film, digital animation, performance and sound in both gallery spaces and beyond. www.hestercombe.com.
Odyssean: Topographies How is technology changing our relationship to landscape? Four artists reconsider the physical world through sound, sculpture, food, film and digital animation. During 2015-16, Natasha Rosling, Alexander Stevenson, Alistair Grant and Simon Lee Dicker instigated a series of artist residencies across the Orkney Isles. From different locations – a remote bothy, a lighthouse, a beachside golf course and a burial chamber – each artist developed distinctive connections with the archipelago, its human stories and extraordinary geography. Odyssean: Topographies draws together common themes in their practices, including the mapping of invisible or imagined spaces, and the experience of physical and emotional remoteness. Sited in the galleries and gardens of Hestercombe, the exhibition responds to its surroundings: a landscape at once historic and contemporary, highly managed and equally wild. Hestercombe Gallery, 11am – 4pm every day www.odyssean.co.uk. Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG. 01823 413923 www.hestercombe.com.
26 February – 17 March
Rethink Paintings and sculptures by members and friends of the Ilminster, Chard and Langport Rethink Carers’ Group. Monday – Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm. Saturday 9.30am – 2.30pm. Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.
Until 28 February
Tangible Heritage: Jarrod Thompson An exhibition of photography and artefacts focusing on the work of Jarrod Thompson. M Studio Gallery, Arts University Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole, Dorset BH12 5HH. 01202 363272 www.aub.ac.uk/gallery.
Until 3 March
Henrietta Paine – Varying Perspectives A collection of still life paintings subtly introducing, inspiring and challenging perception of the material in every day life. Painting could be interpreted as a form of deconstruction, breaking down the subject matter with each stroke of the brush into its more simplified form of light and shape, inviting us to see the material for the illusion it is, yet appreciating its beauty, form and origin. Café & Foyer Galleries., Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.
Until 4 March
Ways of Seeing Landscape Paintings by Martyn Brewster, Anne Davies, Jo Fox and Anthony Garratt. This is a chance to immerse yourself in four different ways of seeing landscape by four highly acclaimed and interesting artists. Furniture by Petter Southall. Sculpture and ceramics by leading British artists and makers. Lunch served in Café Sladers. Reservations are welcome t: 01308 459511. Sladers Yard, Contemporary British Art, Furniture & Craft Gallery, West Bay Road, West Bay, DT6 4EL. www.sladersyard.co.uk.
Until 11 March
Women with Vision A celebration of women in British art – past, present and future. In a year of national milestones, the RWA marks the impact of female artists on our country’s artistic landscape with four diverse exhibitions of historic and contemporary works. These exhibitions are Frink-Blow-Lawson, Women of the RWA, Cornelia Parker: One Day This Glass Will Break and Anne Redpath ARA RWA RSA. Women with Vision coincides with the Vote100 celebrations, marking the centenary of British women’s suffrage. The exhibitions also commemorate 160 years since the RWA first opened its doors and 250 years since London’s Royal Academy was founded. Featuring members of both Academies, Women with Vision celebrates the pivotal roles the artists have played in the histories of both institutions. Royal West of England Academy, Queen’s Road, Clifton Bristol BS8 1PX, 0117 973 5129, email@example.com
Until 25 March
Simin Eivazi – The Promised Lands Simin Eivazi is an Iranian born American feminist multidisciplinary cultural practitioner currently living and working in London. She obtained her BFA in sculpture from California College of the Arts in San Francisco and completed her MA in art and politics at Goldsmiths, University of London as a Jack Kent Cooke scholar. Her artistic practice explores possibilities to critically respond to the politics of sovereignty, conflict and terror through investigating the poetics of identity, dislocation, religion and femininity. The notion of body is a crucial layer to her practice; hence, both the absence and presence of the body are materialized through the performative aspect of her projects. She explores various forms and materials such as, ceramics, textiles and poetry as well as found objects that contain certain histories or philosophies where their past contents become relevant to the present or those of the future. The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery is in Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX. Phone 01392 265858. Web: www.exeter.gov.uk/RAMM.
Until 31 March
Dartmoor: A Wild and Wondrous Region Dartmoor has inspired generations of artists. This exhibition traces the story of Dartmoor, once described as a ‘dreary mountainous tract’ and later as the epitome of the picturesque. This transformation was largely brought about through the imagination of artists such as JMW Turner, Thomas Rowlandson and Samuel Palmer. The artists in the exhibition have depicted the moor using a wide range of media including oil paintings, watercolours, engravings and early photographs. Works from RAMM’s collections are displayed alongside loans from British museums and galleries as well as rarely seen works from private collections. The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery is in Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX. Phone 01392 265858. Web: www.exeter.gov.uk/RAMM.
Until 8 April
George Shaw: My Back to Nature at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter. An exhibition of new paintings and drawings created by Turner Prize nominee George Shaw whilst in residence at the National Gallery. This series of new paintings and drawings was created by Turner Prize nominee George Shaw whilst in residence at the National Gallery as the Rootstein Hopkins Associate Artist. George had unrestricted access to explore the collection when the gallery was closed. Inspired by woodland scenes in the collection, these new works resonate with the artist’s experience of walking in the forest near his hometown as a teenager, with the feeling that ‘something out of the ordinary’ could happen at any time there, away from the supervision of adults. George was inspired by the mythological woodland landscapes of artists including Titian and Poussin. He was interested in how their stories – often featuring violence, illicit sex and drunkenness – are not dissimilar to the way that people might behave in the woods today. Meet the artist: walk and talk – Tue 6 Feb, 12.30 to 1.30pm, £8 (£6) What was the inspiration behind My Back to Nature? Join artist George Shaw for a walk around the exhibition George Shaw: My Back to Nature to explore and discuss. The ticket price includes tea, coffee and cake. Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX, 01392 265858, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until 29 April
Exeter’s Fine Art Collection: Modern at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter. Includes two works by the British Pop Art movement artist Brian Rice, gifted through the Art Fund and on display for the first time. This diverse selection features Barbara Hepworth’s remarkable figurative drawing Preparation, Leighton Hall Woolatt’s Post Eleven Speaking and Patrick Heron’s Two Vermilions, Green and Purple in Red. Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX, T 01392 265858, email@example.com, www.exeter.gov.uk/ramm.
Until 7 May
The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind Curated by Adam Sutherland, this ambitious survey exhibition explores the contradictory nature of society’s relationship to the rural. The presentation features over 50 international artists and creatives, as well as works on loan, by artists working from the 1500s to the present day, including Paul McCarthy, Beatrix Potter, Carsten Höller, Laure Prouvost, William Holman Hunt, Samuel Palmer, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcus Coates, Fernando García-Dory, Mark Dion, Roni Horn, Aaron Angell and Mark Wallinger. Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton Somerset BA10 0NL.
Until 12 May
Roger Mayne and St. Ives – A Defining Moment. Southampton City Art Gallery, Commercial Road,
Southampton SO14 7LP. 023 8083 3007. www.southamptoncityartgallery.com