29 April – 27 May
George Young: Recent Paintings The Art Stable is delighted to be presenting a fourth solo exhibition by the artist George Young. In his new show, a series of paintings featuring people, places or objects with which he has great familiarity, the artist wants to pinpoint the essence of his subject. In these bold, hard hitting works he seeks the third dimension, he captures presence and personality. This is a new departure for Young whose earliest paintings were marked by a hazy, other-worldliness, the paintings sometimes left unfinished to create a sense of detachment, a fleeting moment. George Young grew up in Durweston, Dorset and now lives in Brixton. Since his MA at the Royal College of Art, Young has showed in London, New York, Los Angeles, Brussels and Stockholm as well as three previous solo exhibitions at the Art Stable. The Art Stable, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset, DT11 8HB, 01258 863866.
Until 5 May
Major Show of Paintings by Michael Morgan RI (1928 – 2014). Over 40 works spanning the years 1998 – 2012. Also introducing paintings by Grandson Ben Morgan. Contact the gallery for a free 40-page catalogue. The paintings are also on the web site and are for sale. Marine House at Beer, Fore Street, Beer, Devon EX12 3EF www.marinehouseatbeer.co.uk email@example.com Telephone 01297 625257.
5 – 29 May
Art in Motion: Seven Sportscars That Shaped The Future. The art and beauty of automotive design, combined with the enduring genius of innovative engineering, will be celebrated at Messums Wiltshire throughout the month of May. Messums Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01747 445042
Until 6 May
Russell Coulson Exhibition at St Andrew’s Church, Charmouth. Russell is a local artist who has had a varied career in advertising and design. He has worked as a designer/illustrator for Vogue and Harpers Bazaar and also for Disney and Warner Bros. Russell has drawn and painted all his life and his love of line and colour sets him alight and informs every aspect of his exciting and diverse work. Go to see this multi-talented Charmouth artist who is in residence, painting and available to discuss his work, every day from 9am – 1pm. Friday 28 April – Preview from 6pm – 9pm. Licensed bar. Saturday 29 April – Art and cake 9am – 1pm. This event is organised by Changing Spaces@St. Andrews as part of a programme to use the church to benefit the village.
6 – 20 May
I Was Always For Boats: David Brayne RWS White Space Art are delighted to host a one man exhibition one of the region’s finest contemporary artists. 12noon – 4pm White Space Art, 72 Fore Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5RU www.whitespaceart.com.
6 May – 24 June
Blooming Marvellous Knitters and crocheters aged 2 – 99 have created a life-size knitted garden, which comes to Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG), Honiton this May as part of a national tour. Over 5,000 people with a wide range of abilities created the garden, including families, knitting groups, schools, Brownies and those with visual impairments and learning disabilities. As the garden tours the U.K., local people at each exhibition venue add further knitted or crocheted pieces so it continues to grow and flourish like a real garden. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Free admission, donations welcome. Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG), Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX www.thelmahulbert.com 01404 45006.
Until 7 May
Oliver Warman Exhibition at the Axminster Arts Café. His working life was spent in the army and he painted (always in oil colours) all over the world. He showed in the Royal Academy for ten years and now teaches a small band of students locally, whilst continuing with his work lecturing at Oxford and London universities on War 1869 onwards and the Holocaust. Arts Café, Old Courthouse, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455. Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 9am – 4pm, Sunday 10am – 2pm.
Elisabeth Frink: Transformation Hauser & Wirth Somerset presents a major solo exhibition of sculpture by the late Elisabeth Frink. Hauser & Wirth
Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL. Email: email@example.com Tel: 01749 814 060
Djordje Ozbolt: Brave New World Hauser & Wirth, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01749 814 060
7 – 21 May
Robert Organ The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk. An exhibition of work by acclaimed English painter Robert Organ, curated by Deborah Wood of The Art Room. With careers in painting and architecture, Robert gave up designing buildings and turned his attention to painting full-time. In 1978 he became artist in residence at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, which holds a number of his paintings in their permanent collection. At 84, Robert is still painting, continuing his life-long pursuit of painting subjects that interest him, particularly people, human expression and behaviour. He is one of the few artists working today who have the skills to transfer these nuances into paint. He is also a master of the still life. In this exhibition we see Robert’s love of nature, superbly rendered new paintings of golden carp, verdant gardens and his beloved French landscape.
Until 10 May
Glazed Sky-Traced Earth The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk. New work by Lyme Regis-based painter Jools Woodhouse and potter Ali Herbert. The two-week exhibition is a culmination of their recent individual discoveries of new styles, colour, form and influences that have come from living close to the sea.
11 – 24 May
Millfest Open The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 10.30am-4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk. An exhibition of paintings and photographs that celebrate the Town Mill, mills and milling in general and engineers and engineering in particular.
13 – 21 May
Time & Tide An exhibition of paintings, prints & jewellery by four local Dorset & Somerset artists – Liz Bath, Anne-Louise Bellis, Catrina Bruce, Mags Maxwell. Bringing together painting, printmaking and jewellery by four artists from Dorset and Somerset, all of whom are influenced by the rich and beautiful, vivid and varied local landscapes, seascapes and wildlife. This show is a celebration of living and creating in the country, set at a new rural arts venue, itself in the heart of the countryside. At The Old Cow Shed Studio, Manor Farm, Glanvilles Wootton, Nr. Sherborne, DT9 5PZ.
13 – 27 May
An Exhibition of Fine Paintings of the Horse and Landscapes by Michelle McCullagh 11am – 5pm (Sunday 14 & 21 by appointment). Works for sale, Entry free, family friendly. Guggleton Farm Arts Project, Station Road, Stalbridge, Dorset, DT10 2RQ. 01963 370219 email@example.com, www.guggleton.co.uk.
13 – 31 May
New Work: Ann Armitage & Elsa Taylor Still life and landscape by two distinguished artists, who show a different approach to the subject making for a colourful, rich and varied experience. There are around 40 paintings in the show with prices ranging from £750 to £3,800. Ann Armitage moved from London down to Cornwall near Land’s End 10 years ago and took up painting full-time. The visual and tactile act of painting is in direct response to her environment and she spends a lot of time simply arranging a still life. Lately, she has introduced more colour into her work and is now making more of an impression of the flower rather than being botanically correct. The paint is applied with palette knives and cloth in layers which is later scratched into to reveal glimpses of the under colour. Elsa Taylor’s studio is in an old smithy on the side of the Cotswolds. Elsa’s landscapes are fairly abstract although retaining a figurative approach, working initially from nature the image evolves as she completes the painting in her studio. Colour is very important and she spends a long time mixing the palette so all the colours are in harmony. The image has to be something that moves her in the beginning, maybe how the light falls on a single flower or maybe a building, such as a barn, appears on the landscape, resulting in something a little more mysterious. Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday, 9.30am-5pm, The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3LN. 01935 815261, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.jerramgallery.com.
19 – 27 May
Prep HE Summer Show The Preparation for Higher Education Summer Show celebrates the achievements of the university’s Foundation Diploma students, providing an exciting platform for them to showcase their final project to work to the public. The Preparation for Higher Education Show is the first part of the Summer Shows. AUB Campus, Arts University Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset. 01202 363272, www.aub.ac.uk/gallery.
20 May – 4 June
Open For Art Weymouth, Portland, Dorchester. An Open Studios event run by ARTWEY in galleries, cafes, offices, libraries, town halls and artists own homes or studios throughout the three towns above, brochures available in various venues and more details at www.artwey.co.uk.
20 May – 10 June
Brutal Solitude As part of Open for Art b-side presents work by Bridport based photographer Brendan Buesnel. A visual observation of the stark yet meditative landscape, seascape and architecture of Portland, Dorset. Selected from a collection of photographs, taken by the artist for the b-side festival. There is an understated tension in many of Brendan’s works – people, buildings and natural landscapes are often on the cusp of change: the almost, about to, the moments of transition that take the viewer from one place or time to another, never settled or complacent, inviting us to share in the thoughtfulness of the moment. www.buesnelphotography.com 12noon – 5pm, Outpost, 77, Fortuneswell, Portland, DT5 1LY. Open Tues – Saturday.
26 May – 7 June
Divine Essence The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk. Eclectic artist Liz Shewan continues to explore her experiences with nature in this year’s solo exhibition. Her connection with and love of all things spiritual and folklore mean her work is full of spiritual essence all with the aim to ‘Inspire your Heart’.
Until 27 May
Jennie Dutton: The Dementia Darnings The Dementia Darnings, takes a selection of photos of the artist’s mother who had dementia and reproduced them as large scale portraits in wool and thread. Bridport Arts Centre, DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.
Presence Amy Albright, Paul Denham, Martin Goold, Susan Laughton and Chris Taylor. Artwave West, Morecombelake, Dorset DT6 6DY 01297 489746 ww.artwavewest.com.
27 May – 7 June
Lyme Regis Art Society’s Annual Summer Exhibition held at The Malt House (Town Mill) open daily 10am – 5pm. The work of over 20 artists is on view. Enquiries 01297 445464. Running since the 1960s, the Society holds an annual show of members’ work every summer that attracts over 100 works of art and offers all members a chance to display and sell their work and the public an opportunity to explore what can be achieved with a variety of media.
27 May – 10 September
Rashid Johnson: Stranger Hauser & Wirth. Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL. Email: email@example.com Tel: 01749 814 060
Until 3 June
Cape Farewell Allsop Gallery, Bridport Arts Centre DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com. For the last three years The Arts Development Company and Cape Farewell have been running residencies for artists to work with farmers to examine our relationship with food, farming and the wider environment.
Until 18 June
The Poetry of Philip Sutton RA paintings, works on paper and new work. Sladers Yard West Bay Road, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL. Tel. 01308 459511.
Until 22 June
40 Years of Twinning Beaminster Museum – celebrating the anniversary of the link between Beaminster and St James in France. Opening times: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Bank holidays 10.30am – 4pm. Sundays 2pm – 4.30pm. For more details see website www.beaminstermuseum.wordpress.com. Tel: 01308 863623 (answerphone message).
Until 14 September
What is Textiles? Curated by Charlotte Hunt and Gemma Summerell. A collaborative exhibition by BA (Hons) Textiles, AUB staff and Alumni. This exhibition highlights the role of textiles within the design world and demonstrates the breadth of practical processes used within the textiles industry today. Library Wall, Arts University Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5HH, 01202 363272, www.aub.ac.uk/gallery.
Until 29 September
Sam Scales WestBeach, Pier Approach, Bournemouth. TheGallery, AUB is working with WestBeach on it’s Off-Site Arts Programme, featuring the work of Sam Scales, BA (Hons) Illustration, 2016 Alumnus. Sam’s practice has been influenced by his work with local craft and tradesmen. 01202 363272, www.aub.ac.uk/gallery.
Until 29 October
Wood You Know Beaminster Museum – exploring the local history of woodlands, wood and woodworkers. Opening times: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Bank holidays 10.30am – 4pm. Sundays 2pm – 4.30pm. For more details see website www.beaminstermuseum.wordpress.com. Telephone number 01308 863623.