Until 2 October
‘Change Matters’ This new venture together responds to environmental issues. 10.30 – 16.30 daily Please note there is no parking at the Town Mill.
Louise Balaam, Jill Barthorpe, Emma Haggas, Elsa Taylor. The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3LN. Tel 01935 835261. www.jerramgallery.com
Until 5 October
David Gommon (1913-87) The Art Stable, Child Okeford, Nr. Blandford, Dorset DT11 8HB 01258 863866 theartstable.co.uk.
Secrets& Codes Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.30pm, Sat 9.30am-2.30pm, South West Textiles group presents an exhibition inspired by the esoteric world of GCHQ, Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster, TA19 0AN, 01460 54973, www.themeetinghouse.org.uk
Learn about the dark history of Wicked Wessex. The cat-o’-nine-tails was a type of whip used in the Royal Navy. A sailor could be flogged for anything from drunkenness to desertion. Free with valid Museum Annual Pass. Find out more at shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.
Until 6 October
James Lynch, first solo show at Messums Wiltshire, captures the ethereal light of the local land and skyscapes around Mere. A painter of the English landscape who has spent years mastering the ancient medium of egg tempera. Also as part of a focus on the medium of tempera Messums present a body of works by two of its most celebrated masters: Antony Williams NEAC and David Tindle RA. Messums Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW.
7 – 26 October
My Locality Textile art that draws inspiration from subject matter close to home. New work by the South Somerset branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild. Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.
Until 9 October
Waterline. Photographers Lois Wakeman and Tricia Scott share an uncannily similar view of the world seen here in intriguing patterns and imaginary scenes suggested by close-ups of boat hulls. The Gallery, Symondsbury Estate, Bridport DT6 6HG. Open daily 10.30-4.30. Free admission & parking. www.lymebayarts.co.uk
10 – 20 October
Charles Poulsen large-scale three-dimensional drawings are realised in layers of pencil, wax and gouache to create striking abstractions that capture the energy of drawing as a primary means of expression to coincide with the nationwide Big Draw Festival. Messums Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW
11 October – 30 November
Pedestrian. Paintings, etchings, frescoes and drawings showcasing a two-year collaborative urban outlings project by Fiona Bradford and Nikki Taylor. Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Coal Orchard, Taunton TA11JL. 01823 283244.
12 – 13 October
Art in the Barn, Ehibition of Art & Rural Crafts, North Perrott Fruit Farm, TA18 7SS. 11am-4.30pm Tel: 01460 77090
Annie Ward: Recent Work Annie Ward’s abstract paintings are inspired by and delve into historical narratives and half-remembered recollections. The Gallery, Symondsbury Estate, Bridport DT6 6HG. Open daily 10.30-4.30. Free admission and parking. www.lymebayarts.co.uk
Until 19 October
Laurence Edwards ‘A Gathering of Uncertainties’ new body of work, including the iconic Man of Stones before it is re-homed at the Sainsbury Centre Messums Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW.
19 October – 6 November
Ana Bianchi, Emma Dunbar, Fiona Millais The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, DT9 3LN. 01935 815261.
26 October – 6 November
Watercolour Magic Lyme Bay Arts will be showcasing the popular medium of watercolour in recent work created by members and guest artists. The Gallery, Symondsbury Estate, Bridport DT6 6HG. Open daily 10.30-4.30. Free admission and parking. www.lymebayarts.co.uk
28 October – 23 November
Neroche Artists Paintings, sculpture and prints by a group of artists who live and work in the Blackdown Hills. Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.
Until 31 October
Crime & Punishment Concerned with the harshness of Georgian and Victorian justice, with specific reference to West Dorset. Plenty to interest children. Beaminster Museum
D-Day+75 The Role of West Dorset in the preparation for the invasion and the invasion itself, with special reference to the American 16th Infantry regiment and the 1st Dorset Regiment. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Bank Holidays :10.30am – 4pm; Sundays 2pm – 4.30pm. Tel: 01308 863 623. website:www. beaminstermuseum.co.uk.
Down the Slipway at West Bay Discovery Centre. The harbour of West Bay no longer shows any visible signs of its shipbuilding past. However, during the period 1769-1879 over 350 ships were built here. We will be bringing the shipyard back to life and discovering some of its secrets in this anniversary year. (Part of Turner events in Bridport.) Open daily 11am – 4pm excluding Mondays. Admission free, donations welcomed. Further details visit www.westbaydiscoverycentre.org.uk.
Until 5 November
Birds without borders explores the incredible feats of migration some birds must achieve in order to survive and breed. A playful mix of art, science and social history reveals why some migrant birds such as the swallow and cuckoo have found a place in our hearts, art and culture, both here and in their winter homes abroad. RAMM Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter.
Until 10 November
Marzia Colonna including over 40 recent collages of all different sizes, with bronze sculpture, framed drawings and giclée prints, this is an exhibition to appeal to everyone. Petter Southall furniture. Sladers Yard Gallery and Café Sladers, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL +44 (0)1308 459511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Until 17 November
Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories A British Museum touring exhibition. Same-sex love and desire and gender diversity are an integral part of human experience. Based upon Professor Richard Parkinson’s award-winning book ‘A Little Gay History’ this British Museum touring exhibition offers glimpses into LGBTQ experience throughout history using the British Museum’s collection. For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.
Until 30 November
Arts University Bournemouth Across AUB Campus Galleries, Library, South House, University House, CRAB Drawing Studio Courtyard. “A series of Immersive Art Installations and Experiences” Lead Curator – Violet M. McClean Curator – William Hernandez Abreu Assistant Curator – Millie Lake Exhibition Designed by Rasa Vaineikyte and Thaires Vicentini
Until 5 Jan 2020
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 center 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