30 March – 21 June
Beaminster WI 1918 – 2018 Celebrating this centenary of the Branch in Beaminster. Beaminster Museum. Open: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Bank holidays 10.30am – 4pm. Sundays 2pm – 4.30pm. www.beaminstermuseum.wordpress.com 01308-863623 (answerphone message).
30 March – 28 October
Hatch, Match and Dispatch Giving an insight into the births, marriages and deaths of local people. Beaminster Museum. Opening times: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Bank holidays 10.30am – 4pm. Sundays 2pm – 4.30pm. www.beaminstermuseum.wordpress.com 01308-863623 (answerphone message)
Until 2 April
Art Exhibition by Richard Gould Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551 www.kennawayhouse.org.uk.
Until 4 April
Contemporary Crafts Dynamic exhibition showcasing some of the best, established and emerging, UK contemporary craft-makers. Unique examples of ceramics, glass, wood, metal, textiles and lighting will be on display. The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Free admission.www.townmillarts.co.uk.
5 – 15 April
Deborah Main Art Exhibition Front Amyatt Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551 www.kennawayhouse.org.uk.
6 – 15 April
What a Wonderful World Debbie Hide, Nicola Axe, Neal Griffin, DY Hide, Lynda Kettle, Wendy Jelbert, Julie Longdon, Jerry Smith and Vanessa Wells, Art Exhibition in Hatton Wood Room. Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551 www.kennawayhouse.org.uk.
6 – 18 April
Ways and Means: the process of image making Artists from a small Dorset cooperative exhibit the results of a year’s experimentation in innovative mark making, collages, new printmaking techniques and varied approaches to drawing from life. The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Open daily 10.30am-4.30pm. Free admission.www.townmillarts.co.uk.
Until 7 April
Russell Coulson – Landscape and Seascape Paintings & Line Drawings Exhibition Bridport Arts Centre, 9 South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NR, 10am – 4pm, Tuesday – Saturday, free admission www.bridport-arts.com , 01308 424 204.
All at Sea Aspects of the sea interpreted by five artists all working in different media, including textiles, ceramics, paintings, and woven baskets. Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.
Lois Webbe Retrospective Atmospheric watercolours and oils by the late Jersey based artist Lois Webbe. Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.
Until 8 April
George Shaw: My Back to Nature at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter. Meet the artist: walk and talk – Tue 6 Feb, 12.30 to 1.30pm, £8 (£6). Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX, 01392 265858, firstname.lastname@example.org.
9 – 28 April
Creative Photography 2018 Photographic exhibition, open to local photographers to submit their work. 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.
10 Apr – 1 July
What do you collect? Exeter Pride Memorabilia collected over 10 years of Exeter Pride – the city’s annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) communities – illustrates a decade of change and progress. The rainbow of objects includes t-shirts, wristbands and event programmes. Finders Keepers? Gallery, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter City Council www.rammuseum.org.uk.
Until 11 April
The Light That We Seek Paintings by Sue Lewin and Chris Goodman and sculptures by Greta Berlin that explore a shared fascination of the natural surroundings of walks along the coast and countryside paths. The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk.
13 – 25 April
Colourworks A solo exhibition of vibrant coastal landscapes from Dorset artist Malcolm Giladjian whose years in France, especially Brittany, ignited his fascination with boats and harbour scenes. He also paints, now mainly in oil, nautical abstracts such as buoys and channel markers, familiar reminders of his sailing days. The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Open daily 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk.
14 – 27 April
Mike Bernard RI 42 new works of Favourite Places. The Marine House, Fore Street, Beer EX12 2EF. Contact the gallery for a colour catalogue. Paintings now on website www.marinehouseatbeer.co.uk 01297 625257.
Until 14 April
Carry Akroyd The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon St., Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3LN 01935 815261 www.jerramgallery.com.
17 – 23 April
90th Birthday Art Exhibition by Ken Appleton Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551 www.kennawayhouse.org.uk. 10am – 4pm.
17 April – 19 May
Heidi Steller – Running with the River Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.
Margaret Taylor – Nature Notes Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com
17 April – 1 July
Machina: young people’s digital art A celebration of digital art created by young people across Devon, Torbay and Plymouth as part of the Machina project Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter City Council www.rammuseum.org.uk.
Until 19 April
Zaha Hadid Architects: Evolution TheGallery, AUB. Arts University Bournemouth, www.aub.ac.uk.
19 April – 2 May
Recent Work: Julie Oldfield Popular local artist Julie Oldfield returns to the Malthouse with her inventive and atmospheric mixed media paintings that have been weathered by time, the sea, oxidation and chemical treatments in order to create texture and capture coastal light and mood. The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Open daily 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk.
20 April – 2 May
Behind the scenes at the museum To celebrate RAMM’s 150th anniversary, press and portrait photographer Jim Wileman has taken a look behind the scenes to capture some of the museum moments that members of the public don’t normally see. This exhibition is a chance to see the museum from a different viewpoint, and to celebrate RAMM, its collections and its people. Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter City Council www.rammuseum.org.uk.
20 April – 2 September
Alfie’s Night Out Children’s book illustrator Victoria Byron has created a new book especially for RAMM’s 150th anniversary. The book takes children on a wonderful tour of RAMM. The exhibition includes original illustrations from the book as well as Victoria’s sketchbooks, showing her inspiration and creative process. Meet Alfie’s creator: To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, join Victoria Byron the book’s creator for Alfie’s Explorers’ Party on Sun 29 April 11am to 12.30pm in Gallery 22. Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter City Council www.rammuseum.org.uk.
Until 21 April
Matisse – Drawing with Scissors Exhibition Bridport Arts Centre, 9 South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NR 10am – 4pm, Tuesday – Saturday Free Admission www.bridport-arts.com 01308 424 204. This exhibition features 35 posthumous prints of the famous cut-outs that he produced in the last four years of his life, when confined to his bed. It includes many of his iconic images, such The Snail and the Blue Nudes.
Spring Exhibition Amy Albright, Kerry Harding, Robert Hewer, Liz Salter, Kathy Little, Donna Goold, Chris Taylor, Lizzy Bridges. The Spring Exhibition has paintings full of originality, adventure and colour. Included are works by award winning artists; most recently, Artist in Residence, Martin Goold who was presented the Henri Roche Award at The Pastel Society’s 119th Annual Exhibition at The Mall Galleries in London in February, Discerning Eye Exhibition prize winner Kathy Little, and Kerry Harding who has just been made a member of ‘The Arborealists’. The Exhibition also includes the intricate oil paintings made entirely by hand by Donna Goold and the beautiful ceramics by Chris Taylor. Open Wed – Sat 10-4pm. Artwave West, Morecombelake, Dorset DT6 6DY 01297 489747 www.artwavewest.com.
21 April – 12 May
Charlie Baird: Scratching the Surface In these recent paintings Dorset based Charlie Baird continues his exploration of landscape from the southwest and his native Scotland. Referencing memory of place, time and light, they range from the figurative to a more abstracted sense of mood through texture and composition. Whether translating the fleeting light upon a landscape or exploring the history beneath its surface, these paintings evoke a lyrical balance between these themes. The Art Stable, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset DT11 8HB 01258 863866 open Thur – Sat 10am – 3pm.
27 April – 9 May
Marking Time: traces of another Jurassic Coast A diverse exhibition of work, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, textile and mixed media, by a group of West Somerset artists responding to their own beautiful and geologically fascinating coast. The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Open daily 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk.
28 April – 16 May
Small Paintings Group 16 artists affordable prices The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3LN. 01935 815261. email@example.com, Tuesday – Saturday
28 April – 2 June
Interrogating the World Around Us Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.
Until 29 April
Exeter’s Fine Art Collection: Modern at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter. Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX, T 01392 265858, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.exeter.gov.uk/ramm.
30 April – 19 May
Quiet An exhibition of work by Lawrence Nash WRA. 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 7 May
NORTH: Janette Kerr Hon RSA PPRWA FRSA new work from Shetland to Svalbard Sladers Yard Contemporary British Art, Furniture & Craft Gallery, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL, Admission free. 01308 459511 www.sladersyard.co.uk. Janette Kerr is the ultimate sea painter. A residency on a tall ship sailing the High Arctic from Svalbard and a long-lasting love of Shetland combine in profound dramatic paintings.
Made to Commission exhibition which is a look behind the workshop doors demystifying how artists work with clients on a commission. Devon Guild of Craftsmen. www.crafts.org.uk, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9AF 01626 832223.
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. 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
Jurassic Coast by Colin Bentley. Dorset County Museum Tea Room, Dorchester.
Until 19 May
A Curious Turn: Moving Mechanical Sculpture at THG, Dowell St, Honiton EX14 1LX. A new exhibition featuring 30 pieces of extraordinary automata, the first major review of its kind since 1992. It comes to THG (Thelma Hulbert Gallery) in Devon as part of a national tour from The Crafts Council who is leading the revival of interest in automata. Automata are moving mechanical sculptures that are brought magically to life by sequences of cogs, cams, and levers. They have delighted and bewitched people for centuries. Visitors will be able to turn, push and crank to see many of the pieces in action, while newly commissioned films will show other pieces in motion. A Curious Turn presents automata by leading makers of the last 40 years that range from the humorous to the macabre and from the playful to the satirical. Works on show take a look at key automata makers such as Rowland Emett famous for creating the elaborate inventions of Caractacus Potts in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). www.thelmahulbert.com.