Galleries Events

Until 1 September 

2017 Ilminster Open Annual art competition featuring the best of emerging and established West Country artists.  Sponsored by Branston. 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.


1 – 3 September

The Other Art Fair Meet and buy art direct from the very best emerging and undiscovered artists at one of the UK’s favourite fairs. Get free tickets with special code SUMMERART Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA Box Office 0117 917 2300.


Until 2 September

Exploring Bridport’s Art Studios Cafe / Foyer Spaces, Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NR, free admission, 01308 424204 This exhibition showcases a handpicked selection of participating artists in this year’s Bridport Open Studios event. The area is recognised as the leading Arts community in West Dorset, look out for Bridport Open Studios coming up this September.

Primary Schools Exhibition Allsop Gallery, Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NR, Free Admission, 01308 424204. Come and be inspired this summer by the young people of Bridport and West Dorset. Bridport Arts Centre has been working with Year 5 & Year 6 students across Primary Schools in Bridport and West Dorset and their artworks will be displayed across the Allsop gallery for visitors to see all summer long. This event is part of JAMBOREE – Go to the Art Centre’s website for more events for young people & families this summer.

Dinny Pollard is exhibiting her water-based oil paintings of landscapes; the sea and cliffs around this area are her main inspiration, but her collection includes some works from other parts of the country too. The Axminster Arts Café. The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster. EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455.


Until 3 September

Material: Wood – Design & Inspiration Set in the largest medieval barn in the UK, Material: Wood – Design and Inspiration celebrates the designers, makers, artists and artisans working in this remarkable material today. Following the acclaimed Material: Earth exhibition this spring that brought together artists of the New British Clay Movement, this second materials-led exhibition shifts the focus to wood as a source of inspiration in art and design and features works by modern masters including Fred Baier, Emma Buckmaster, Sebastian Cox, Joseph Cribbs, Chris Eckersley, Thomas Heatherwick, Luke Hope, Martino Gamper, Max Lamb, Jeroen Verhoeven, John Makepeace, Gareth Neal, Jonathan Rose and Nic Webb. In addition to the show will be the opportunity for the public to attend workshops to make wooden objects and to witness master craftsmen at work. Messums Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW.

Of Myths and Moons Frances Hatch Paintings, Clare Trenchard Sculpture & Drawings, Akiko Hirai ceramins and Petter Southall furniture. Sladers Yard, West Bay, Bridport DT6 4EL 01308 459511

Air: Visualising the Invisible in British Art 1768 – 2017 This major exhibition celebrates the rich tradition of finding inspiration in the skies above us and the air that we breathe. Air brings some of the nation’s masterpieces to Bristol, including the iconic An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump by Joseph Wright ‘of Derby’; John Everett Millais’ Bubbles (the Pears Soap advert), and J.M.W. Turner’s The Thames Above Waterloo Bridge, alongside paintings by artists such as Constable, Lowry and Lanyon.  Leading contemporary artists are also prominent, including Ian McKeever RA, Dryden Goodwin, Mariele Neudecker and Peter Randall-Page RWA RA. Combining painting, photography, sculpture, installation and film, these artists provide contemporary insights into relationships between art and science, from climate change to air-borne disease. RWA, Royal West of England Academy, Queen’s Road, Clifton Bristol BS8 1PX 0117 973 5129,

Into the Wild Abyss This exhibition brings together contemporary artists Gordon Cheung, Rui Matsunaga and Nahem Shoa to explore nature and spirituality in this era of accelerated technological change. The artists share a desire to express hope through hallucinatory, shimmering and imagined forms reflecting on the human condition. Into The Wild Abyss takes its title from John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost (1667). The poem tells the story of the fall of rebel angels, the temptation of Adam and Eve and their consequent expulsion from paradise. The artists have also been inspired by RAMM’s collection. They have selected some natural history specimens to complement their artwork. Into the Wild Abyss continues RAMM’s mission to unlock the potential of museum collections by partnering with contemporary artists. The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery is in Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX. 01392 265858,


4 – 30 September

Take 5 Group exhibition by 5 Somerset artists. Paintings in acrylics and watercolours, ‘sculpted books’ and mixed media textiles. 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.

Creative Coverage Exhibition of work in pastels, acrylics and watercolours by artists represented by ‘Creative Coverage’.  In the Café Gallery. 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.


4 September – 9 November

Suddenly Last Summer A selection of work from members of the 2017 graduating cohort of Arts University Bournemouth. It brings the creative community together in one exhibition and demonstrates the quality and innovation of the work produced at AUB. Across Campus Galleries, Arts University Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole, Dorset BH12 5HH. 01202363272



Until 5 September

Reflecting the Light Chelsea Davine’s solo exhibition focuses on nature, on light and dark, capturing their elusive quality using copper, gold and silver leaf to build layers that create depth and deep tonality. The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 10.30am-4.30pm. Free admission.


Until 6 September

Driven to Abstraction An exhibition of abstract and contemporary photography from two East Devon photographers, Tricia Scott ARPS and Lois Wakeman LRPS, together with some earthenware pottery. Tricia and Lois are both fascinated by the unseen corners and beautiful decay to be found on the shore and inland, as well as more conventional beauty. The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Open daily 10.30am-4.30pm. Free admission


7 – 25 September

Bee Inspired: New Work by Carolyn King The latest whimsical and timeless paintings and illustrations by author and artist Carolyn King, who is also launching her third book, About A Bee, a delightful mix of facts and fun. The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 10am – 5pm. Free admission.


8 September – 1 October

Artists of the Jurassic Coast Annual exhibition of well known artists and makers including  John Boyd, Lynne Grace, Marion Taylor, Charlotte Miller and Brian Cocks and ceramicists Dave Emery and Maggie Cooke. Daily 10.30am – 4.30pm Eype Centre for the Arts, Eype, near Bridport DT6 6AR. Contact 0773 990 5501 or 07881 805510.


Until 9 September

Summer Country House Collection A unique opportunity to view & buy a selection of fine fresh to the market oil paintings & watercolours from several private country house collections. The Swan Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3AX 01935 814465


9 – 17 September

Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios Celebrating Bridport’s vibrant Art Scene – 9 days of Art Showcasing 75 Artists in over 50 venues  including Nicola Leader – Watercolours, Oils, Prints and Cards. Netherley House, Waytown, near Netherbury DT6 5LG, 01308 488417.

Rita Brown Open Studio, West Lodge, Frampton, Dorchester DT2 9NH. 11am-1pm & 2pm-5pm closed 11th & 12th. Also The Many Vesseled Women – Philomena Harmsworth, a painter of twenty years has all of a sudden, discovered pottery. Come and have a look at Philomena’s incredible artwork showing alongside plenty of other arty goodies. 11am  – 4pm. Closed Monday. Studio 48, Fiona Nylon’s Hats, St. Michael’s Trading Estate, Bridport

Kit Glaisyer, St Michael’s Studios 10am-5pm.


9 – 23 September

Devon Open Art Studios See the work of Artist/ Makers in residence, Emma Malone and Anna Aroussi, inspired by the legacy of Axminster carpets. 10am – 4pm Free Entry The Gallery Axminster Heritage Centre, Silver Street, Axminster, EX13 5AH.


9 – 26 September

Anthony Frost This exhibition celebrates the work of Anthony Frost and is the third in a series curated by Deborah Wood of The Art Room especially for The Malthouse Gallery in Lyme Regis’s Town Mill.  This time it’s pure abstraction, simple and powerful punches of colour by one of England’s foremost abstract painters. The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Open daily 10.30am-4.30pm. Free


9 September – 29 October

Coastal Light. Recent paintings and drawings by Martyn Brewster. Ceramics by Peter Hayes and other leading potters and furniture by Petter Southall. Martyn Brewster fills the galleries of Sladers Yard with his lyrical abstract paintings and pen and ink drawings of the Dorset coast. Martyn has lived in Dorset, near the cliffs, open skies and beaches of Southbourne for thirty years inspired by the natural landscape, the sea and the light as well as by colour and paint itself. He is an artist whose seductive use of colour and vigorous originality has produced paintings and drawings that are collected worldwide.

Sladers Yard, West Bay, Bridport DT6 4EL 01308 459511


Until 10 September

Rashid Johnson: Stranger Hauser & Wirth. Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL. Email:  Tel: 01749 814 060


Until 14 September

What is Textiles? Curated by Charlotte Hunt and Gemma Summerell. Library Wall, Arts University Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5HH, 01202 363272,


16 – 24 September

Day Bowman An exciting exhibition of new paintings. We see a lot of Day’s work in London, Wales, Oxford, Norfolk, Scotland and beyond, but it is here in Dorset that Day works and lives. We are so fortunate in the talent that is here. Special exhibition with talk on Wednesday 20 September at 7pm. Guggleton Farm Arts Project, Station Road, Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2RQ 363456

Artbeat 2017: eclectic group exhibition Original paintings, prints, cards and textiles will be on sale. The 5th annual exhibition of this group of 12 talented East Devon artists is a great opportunity to buy directly from the artist. Taking part are: Zan Nye, Bente Kumar, Debbie Coles, Jan Shayler, Trixie Walker, Susan Paradise, Derek Bridson, June Murrell, Jane Williams, Steph George, Rosemary McFarlane and Linda Hensman. Kennaway House, Coburg Street, The Triangle, Sidmouth, East Devon, EX108NG. Open daily 10am – 5.30pm. Free admission.


16 September – 14 October

Ursula Leach: Within Bounds The art of Ursula Leach is both spare and richly layered, as is the land she has chosen to reveal through paint. Cranborne Chase is an open landscape of arable fields, grazed downland and pastures that spread to a distant horizon. These expanses may be defined by the dark profile of a barn, the shade of a small copse, the crease of a chalk stream, the linearity of hedgerow and fence. She conveys the tension between these elements through her use of bounded shapes, poised lines, loosely scattered marks and sensitive painterly surfaces. But it is through colour she reveals that this land is poised on an uncertain edge. And a retrospective of Ursula’s work at Dorchester Hospital 16 September – 13 January. The Art Stable, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset DT11 8HB, 01258 863866.


Until 17 September

Sea Life: Glimpses of the Wonderful Catch a glimpse of the magic and mystery of the world under the sea. Dive in, and delight in the wonders of aquatic life. Through a playful mix of historic objects, film, illustrations, live creatures and contemporary craft, the exhibition combines science and art to inspire a greater appreciation of Devon’s glorious coastline for visitors of all ages. The exhibition explores how scientists and artists have observed aquatic organisms and shared their knowledge. It features exquisite Victorian scientific models made in wax by the Ziegler Studio and glass by the Blaschkas as well as lecture illustrations made from paper collages and even real animals. The invention of the aquarium by Gosse and others played an important role in bringing the seashore to the public. The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery is in Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX. 01392 265858,


27 September – 24 December

Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! A major exhibition by one of the world’s most charismatic artists and astute commentators on contemporary society. The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! tackles one of Perry’s primary concerns: how contemporary art can best address a diverse cross section of society. On show for the first time outside of London, the exhibition is central to the autumn season at Arnolfini and a programme of events inspired by Perry’s irreverent take on contemporary culture. In the exhibition, Perry continues to explore many of the themes and concerns that recur in his practice, drawing from his own childhood and life as a transvestite, as well as wider social issues and his abiding interest in his audience. The works in the exhibition examine masculinity, class, politics, sex, religion, popularity and art, as well as contemporary issues such as Brexit and ‘Divided Britain’. 11am – 6pm, Free. Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA Box Office 0117 917 2300.



Until 29 September

Sam Scales: Boat Builder Exhibition in WestBeach TheGallery’s Off-Site Arts Programme, Westbeach, Pier Approach, Bournemouth. Arts Programme in association WestBeach, showcasing the work of staff, students and graduates from Arts University Bournemouth. Freelancer Illustrator, printmaker and photographer, Sam Scales graduated from Arts University Bournemouth with a BA (Hons) Illustration in 2016. His work was part of the Suddenly Last Summer exhibition at TheGallery, AUB in 2016. In this project Sam has worked in collaboration with Martine Loubser to focus on the theme of “The Tradesman”. His work explores the history behind the craft, documenting the tools used and conveying the story of the individual while also exploring the relationship between the illustrator and the tradesman. 01202 533 011.


29 September

The Monica Shallis Collection A treasure trove of art works, books, music, theatre memorabilia, biographies, novels, play scripts, philosophy, spirituality, history, religions, mysticism and much more. Monica Shallis was a talented and inspiring teacher, writer, artist, musician and composer who founded Exeter’s Cygnet Theatre in 1980 and was its Artistic Director until her death in 2006. The wide-ranging Collection that she left is still housed in her early Victorian home in Exeter and is open for visitors, at no charge between 11am – 3pm on 29 September, 10 October, 8 + 24 November and 12 December. 23 New North Road, EX4 4HF. Nearest car park is Queen’s Terrace EX4 4HY. For more information visit or call Mary on 01392 425777.



30 September – 8 October

Town Mill Arts – ArtsFest Open A new unthemed open replaces Lyme Regis ArtsFest this year and will consist of a diverse range of West Country artworks and merchandise across all media. The Malthouse and Courtyard Galleries, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Open daily 10.30am-4.30pm. Free admission.



Until 29 October

Beaminster Museum Summer exhibition called ‘Wood you know?’ which explores the local history of woodlands, wood and woodworkers. Also new exhibition entitled ‘300 years of Freemasonry’ which will celebrates the Tercentenary of the United Grand Lodge of England. Opening times:  Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Bank holidays 10.30am – 4pm. Sundays 2pm – 4.30pm. For more information / 01308-863623 (answerphone message).



Until 5 November

Degree Show: Landscape and Seclusion Charles T Maher is a local artist living in Wyke Regis and as a mature student in his final year of a Fine Art Degree is holding a degree show at White Stones Café Easton Portland along with potter Bill Crumbleholme. The exhibition focuses on specific historical aspects of ancient ruins, local folklore myths and legends and investigates the concept of seclusion, abandonment, regression and erosion focusing on two specific local areas; Sandsfoot castle Wyke Regis and Church Ope Portland.  Taking the viewer on a visual journey through secret and secluded places past and present, as depicted through the visceral language of painting; derived in response to nature, reality of time and space, ecological, geological and entropic topographical transformations of landscape. Bill Crumbleholme is inspired by the ancient landscapes and pottery of the West Country. His ceramics explore the nature of prehistoric pots and the methods used to produce them.  01305 458691 / 07967706746.



Until 19 November

First World War Scenes by Sir David Muirhead Bone A small display of works by the artist Sir David Muirhead Bone (1876-1953) depicting evocative scenes from the First World War. Part of a four-year programme commemorating the First World War led by the Imperial War Museum this small changing display focuses on RAMM’s collections and the First World War’s impact on the South West. Courtyard. The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery is in Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX. 01392 265858,