1 – 26 July
Ilminster Open Exhibition 2019 Annual exhibition by the West Country’s finest artists. Sponsored by Branston. Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.
4 – 17 July
Sidmouth Society of Artists Summer Show 10am – 4.30pm Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551.
Until 6 July
Peter Archer: Farewell to the Seas The Art Stable, Kelly Ross Fine Art, Child Okeford, Dorset DT11 8HB 01258 863866 www.theartstable.co.uk.
6 July – 8 September
Igniting Sight: Contemporary artists inspired by JW Turner Fred Cuming RA, Vanessa Gardiner, Janette Kerr RWA RSA Hon, Luke Elwes, Frances Hatch, Alex Lowery. Sladers Yard, 5 W Bay Rd, West Bay, Bridport DT6 4GD. Tel. 01308 459511. https://sladersyard.wordpress.com
From 11 July
POP Tektonism – Vulnerable Fluffy Monsters POP Tektonism is Lykourgos sound art project where she is testing the aesthetics of “rock-star” lifestyles. With an emphasis in pop music, they present a vulnerable image of a “star”, which contradicts to the polished and empowered image of a rock-star. Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA www.arnolfini.org.uk.
12 – 14 July
Moon Landing at Nothe Fort It has travelled all over the world and wowed thousands. Now Luke Jerram’s internationally acclaimed Museum of the Moon is making its way to Dorset for the first time as part of DORSET MOON; the exciting new arts event for summer 2019. This stunning illuminated sculpture created using high-definition NASA imagery of the moon’s surface will land in Bournemouth, Sherborne and Weymouth. Inside out Dorset, b-side and Bournemouth Arts By the Sea present Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon as the centrepiece for three fantastic lunar-inspired events across Dorset. For all info and tour dates please visit www.dorsetmoon.com. b-side CIC b-side CIC, Outpost, 77 Fortuneswell, Isle of Portland, Dorset DT5 1LY.
12 – 31 July
Colour Line & Thread 2019 An eclectic exhibition of paintings by Hilary Buckley, Russell Coulson & Philip Winstone, plus textiles by Sue Calder and land art by John Calder. Hilary has been painting the town of Lyme Regis red, orange and blue. Philip has been moving between abstraction and figuration. Sue has been playing with stitch. John has been charring and scarring big lumps of wood. We are pleased to welcome Russell who joins us for the first time in this our eighth year of exhibiting. Russell experiments with different mediums when producing semi-abstract landscapes, seascapes and figurative linework. His work is spontaneous, naive and constantly evolving. The Malthouse Gallery, Town Mill, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PU, free entry, 10am – 5pm, Mon-Sun.
15 – 25 July
Torture Tips from Guantánamo Bay Town Mill, Courtyard Gallery, Lyme Regis (DT7 3PU). Curated by Ruby Copplestone, a mixture of local professional, Woodroffe student, and detainee art in a variety of mediums, reinterpreting torture art censored by the authorities in Guantánamo Bay. With various evening talks by local human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith and others. Open 11am – 8 pm, admission free with donations to buy art supplies for those detained without trial.
16 – 21 July
Caz Scott and Rita Brown exhibiting at Eype Centre for the Arts, Bridport. For more information contact:Caz Scott Tel. 01305 757096, 07951 611964 www.caz-scott.co.uk, Rita Brown Tel. 01300 321353, 07974216417, www.ritabrown.co.uk.
Cliff Erosion and Geology Exhibition by Sidmouth Museum 10am – 4.30pm Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551.
20 July – 5 October
Wicked Wessex Exhibition: The Cat O’Nine Tails Learn about the dark history of Wicken 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. Each of the cat’s ‘tails’ was knotted to increase the pain of the lashes. Find out more at shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849. Shire Hall, Dorchester.
27 July – 6 September
Paint Freedom – art exhibition by Bob and Roberta Smith Bob and Roberta Smith, is a contemporary British artist best known for his political 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. Normal admission fees apply, however, 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.
29 July – 24 August
Creative Coverage Stunning and thought-provoking paintings and sculpture by selected professional artists from across the UK. Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.
Until 1 September
Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692-2019 Fire has been vital to the human experience since the dawn of time, essential to our very survival as a species. However, when fire is untamed, it wreaks death and devastation, as we saw with the recent Notre Dame disaster and the Grenfell Tower tragedy, almost exactly two years to the date of the opening of the exhibition. The exhibition features works by titans of British art from the 17th century to the present day, such as J.M.W.Turner, John Martin, Joseph Wright of Derby, William Blake, Eric Ravilious and Graham Sutherland, alongside contemporary artists including Cornelia Parker, David Nash, Mat Collishaw, Jeremy Deller, Susan Hiller and Douglas Gordon. Royal West of England Academy, Queen’s Road, Clifton Bristol BS8 1PX www.rwa.org.uk.
Down the Slipway Exhibition 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 www.westbaydiscoverycentre.org.uk.
Until 15 March 2010
A Sense of Place A Sense of Place draws on a wide selection of works from the 18th century to the 20th century showing how artists have sought to capture the essential characteristics that define places as varied as Cairo and Florence. Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX 01392 265858.