1 – 31 August
John Boyd: A Take On Turner ‘En Plein Air’ Free/Donation LSi Bridport, 51 East Street, Bridport DT6 3JX lsibridport.co.uk.
Until 4 August
Art in Squares This special exhibition is being hosted by The Gallery, Symondsbury, the new home of Lyme Bay Arts CIC, the group made up of local artists who organise showcases and events around our region. In this one, a wide diversity of subjects, creative processes and styles will be on display: the only key requirement being that all the artwork must be in 16” squares. To join the group or be kept informed of Lyme Bay Arts’ future programmes, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter (lymebayarts). The Gallery, Symondsbury Estate, Bridport DT6 6HG.
10 – 21 August
Terra Incognita Lyme Bay Arts CIC officially launches its new exhibition space, The Gallery, Symondsbury, on 10 August with Terra Incognita, a showcase of recent paintings by Andy Rollo, a lecturer in art and design at Yeovil College, which will run until 21 August. Andy is “excited about exhibiting at Symondsbury for a number of reasons. Firstly, the work I have been producing over the course of the last ten years has been inspired in part by the geology and history of Dorset and in particular the Dorset Ridgeway and Jurassic Coast. Secondly, I feel that this new gallery provides a good opportunity for me to raise my profile. It’s a beautiful location in the midst of the landscape of Dorset. Thirdly, it is exciting for a new gallery to open that provides opportunities for work to be exhibited that isn’t quite as traditional—work that doesn’t only respond to a specific place but delves more into imaginary landscapes and foregrounds visual language elements like shape, line and colour.” To join Lyme Bay Arts or be kept informed of its future programmes, email them at email@example.com or visit them via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter (lymebayarts). The Gallery, Symondsbury Estate, Bridport DT6 6HG.
Until 11 August
Eduardo Paolozzi – General Dynamic F.U.N. Exhibition hang at AUB curated by William Hernandez Abreu. A Hayward Touring Exhibition from Southbank Centre, London. Eduardo Paolozzi: General Dynamic F.U.N. presents 50 screenprints and photolithographs by the pioneer of Pop Art, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005). Created between 1965 and 1970, Paolozzi’s canny alchemy is vividly apparent in General Dynamic F.U.N. The series illustrates how the self-styled ‘Wizard in Toytown’ employed the technologies of mass-reproduction to gorge on its idols – the household names and familiar faces of consumer advertising, high fashion and Hollywood in the 1960s. Block B, Foundation Studies Building, AUB Bournemouth www.aub.ac.uk.
27 August – 7 September
Town & Country New work by wildlife artists Jackie Cox and Chris Sinden. Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.
Until 6 September
Paint Freedom: exhibition by Bob and Roberta Smith Bob and Roberta Smith is a contemporary British artist best known for his slogan art. Paint Freedom is a new exhibition of portraits and landscapes and the works are in collaboration with the National Trust’s People’s Landscape project. The exhibition has been created by Bob and Roberta, together with members of the public. The exhibition will be on display throughout the museum. Free with valid Museum Annual Pass. National Trust members get £1 off entry, and there is free entry to the museum for Arts Fund Members. For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849. Shire Hall, Dorchester.
Until 18 September
Igniting Sight Contemporary artists inspired by JMW Turner. Fred Cuming RA, Luke Elwes, Vanessa Gardiner, Frances Hatch, Janette Kerr RWA RSA Hon, Alex Lowery. Sladers Yard, 5 W Bay Rd, West Bay, Bridport DT6 4GD. 01308 459511 www.sladersyard.co.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 Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Bank Holidays 10.30am – 4pm; Sundays 2pm – 4.30pm. Tel: 01308 863 623. website:www. beaminstermuseum.co.uk.
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.