1 – 5 May
Affordable Art Fair all work by local artist Bryan Dawkins. Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551.
4 May – 9 June
Between Order & Chaos: Jordi Raga Frances The first UK solo show of Spanish artist and sculptor Jordi Raga Frances, a sculptor exploring materiality and the relationship between chaos and order. Messums Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW 01747 445042.
John Walker For more than a decade from the 1970s British artist John Walker was one of the most influential and imitated painters working in the UK; he exhibited alongside Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, represented his country at the 1972 Biennale, had extensive survey shows at both the Tate and Hayward galleries and was short-listed for the first Turner Prize in 1984. Messums Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW 01747 445042.
Until 6 May
The Great Heath: Brian Graham paintings, Adela Powell ceramics, Petter Southall furniture New paintings exploring the ‘part real part dream’ Egdon Heath of Thomas Hardy and the artist Brian Graham’s own childhood. With layered textured ceramics on theme of erosion. Sladers Yard Contemporary Art, Furniture & Craft Gallery, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL Entry free 01308 459511 sladersyard.co.uk.
Until 11 May
Greenfylde School Work by pupils in a variety of mediums – every piece is celebrated as an achievement, recognising that there is no right and wrong in art, only individual interpretation. Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.
OPEN FOR ART 19 Launch event 10am – 4pm at award winning Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington, see artists working, demonstrating and exhibiting at special entry price £7.50. www.openforart.co.uk.
11 – 25 May
James Tatum : Resonances: Re-Wondering the Landscape This new collection of paintings represents my work over the past 12 months and is the result of my process of searching for resonances between the landscape (and more particularly, the natural world) and myself. This process involves a conscious effort to seek the unknown as opposed to the known. White Space Art – Totnes, 72 Fore Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5RU www.whitespaceart.com.
11 May – 15 June
Drawn In What is drawing? A new exhibition at Bridport Arts Centre called ‘Drawn In’ invites viewers to explore a variety of approaches to drawing by nine artists from London, East Anglia and the South West. Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.
11 May – 30 June
Jeremy Gardiner works on paper: Lyme Regis to Old Harry Rocks Akiko Hirai ceramics. Petter Southall furniture. Highly acclaimed painter joins the gallery with his new series of Twenty Stations of the Dorset Coast alongside Akiko Hirai, one of the leading ceramic artists in this country. Sladers Yard Contemporary Art, Furniture & Craft Gallery, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL. Entry Free 01308 459511 sladersyard.co.uk.
13 – 17 May
An exhibition of local practising artists, Allan Green and Moira Baumbach to be held at Mayfair Town & Country, The Square, Beaminster. Come along and visit the office to view the impressive art produced within this wonderful town. 10am – 4pm, every day. A percentage of all proceeds raised will be gifted to The Prout Bridge Project (formally Beaminster Youth Club) 01308 862606 www.mayfairproperties.net.
13 – 18 May
Made @ IAC A pop-up exhibition by students on our Slow Stitch and Pastel Pencils workshops. A chance to admire what has been achieved over the past few terms, and get inspired yourself. Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.
Until 18 May
Michael Williams – Folds of Landscape Michael Williams was born in Patna, India in 1936. After reading History at Oxford he studied painting at La Grande Chaumiere in Paris. Returning to London he taught Art History at St. Martin’s (1964 -71) and then Fine Art at Goldsmith’s (1972 – 81). In the 1970s he moved to Wales which led to a shift from a kind of ‘pop art’ painting to a kind of Ruskinian landscape painting, devoted to the Marches and later to the Greek and Aegean landscapes. In 2015 he won Second Prize in in the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition. Kelly Ross Fine Art, The Art Stable. www.theartstable.co.uk. The Art Stable Child Okeford Blandford Dorset DT11 8HB.
18 May – 2 June
OPEN FOR ART 19 is happening in the South Dorset area. An open studios event with over 70 venues and 200+ artists to visit in large group venues in historic buildings, galleries, cafes, shops and artist’s own studios. A chance to see artists and their work ranging from painting, printing, sculpture, pottery to textile art, jewellery and glass making, the visitor can purchase, commission or just enjoy the view. Brochures available from tourist offices, libraries, galleries, local cafes, hotels and shops or view online at www.openforart.co.uk. Use maps and weblinks for more information on artists and to plot your route, paying attention to opening times when planning your visits. Take the Trail, enjoy, be inspired, support your local artists and sign up to the website to receive OFA updates. Launch event on 11 May 10am – 4pm at award winning Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington, see artists working, demonstrating and exhibiting at special entry price £7.50.
20 May – 8 June
The Creative Collective Diverse group of makers creating unique, high quality pieces – ceramics, silversmithing, textile screen prints, fused glass, embroidery, painting, botanical and wildlife art. Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.
23 – 31 May
Jan Shayler solo exhibition of paintings. Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551.
25 May – 22 June
Paper Play This exhibition showcases work created by artists and the community taking inspiration from ‘On Paper’: an Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition. Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG), Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX. www.thelmahulbert.com 01404 45006.
Until 2 June
RWA Sculpture Open Exhibition Showcasing some of the most exciting sculptors from across the country and beyond. It’s a journey through contemporary sculpture and the perfect way to discover new artists. Royal West of England Academy, Queen’s Road, Clifton Bristol BS8 1PX, 01179735129 www.rwa.org.uk.
Extreme Imagination: inside the mind’s eye When you daydream, remember, or think of someone you know, do you see a picture in your mind? Is it extremely clear and vivid, foggy or non-existent? If you had no image at all in your mind’s eye, would this affect your work if you were an artist? Extreme Imagination: inside the mind’s eye explores these questions through the work of 22 artists with aphantasia (no inner visual imagery) and hyperphantasia (its opposite). Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen St, Exeter EX4 3RX www.rammuseum.org.uk.
Until 23 June
Exhibition: Warm Beer and Cabbages at West Bay Discovery Centre. The men from the US 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One), 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, F Company, were stationed in West Bay from November 1943 – June 1944 prior to D Day. Landing on Omaha beach, many never made it home. The exhibition will retell their stories on this 75th Anniversary year. Open daily 11am – 4pm excluding Mondays. Admission free, donations welcome. Further details www.westbaydiscoverycentre.org.uk/.
Journeying to Light: The mosaics of Elaine M Goodwin A celebration of mosaics and be entranced by the play of light on gold, coloured glass and marble. This retrospective exhibition celebrates forty years of mosaic art by this remarkable artist. Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen St, Exeter EX4 3RX www.rammuseum.org.uk.
Until July 6
Wicked Wessex – Witches in Wessex Discover how those suspected of witchcraft were treated in Wessex, and see a scold’s bridle (on loan from Salisbury Museum.) It was used to punish people who were suspected of witchcraft. It was placed over the victim’s head, so they couldn’t speak, or more importantly, curse anyone. This is one of the horrible punishments used during the 17th century witch trials that took place not just in Wessex, but across the whole of Europe. Some witches faced the stocks or ducking stool, others were hanged. Free to visit with museum ticket. For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849. Shire Hall, Dorchester.