Gallery Events

1 – 31 January

Kit Glaisyer: Cinematic Landscape Paintings an evolving exhibition of West Country landscapes with a range of works on show in gallery and studio. Open Weds & Sat 10-4pm. Bridport Contemporary Gallery, 11 Downes Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3JR. 07983 465789 @bridportcontemporary

Until 3 January 2022

Eduardo Chillida was one of the foremost Spanish sculptors of the twentieth century. Also Thomas J Price ‘Thoughts Useen’ Price’s multidisciplinary practice confronts preconceived public attitudes towards representation and identity. His inaugural exhibition with Hauser & Wirth presents two decades of conceptual enquiry spanning film, early sculpture, and the artist’s largest figurative bronze to date. Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL.

4 – 29 January

Exhibition of prize winners from 2021 OPEN Art Competition

Ilminster Arts Centre TA19 0AN Free. 9.30am – 3.30pm  01460 54973

8 January – 19 March

The Blackdown Hills: A Photographic Portrait by Pauline Rook A photographic exhibition documenting two decades of farming life on the Blackdown Hills. Somerset-based photographer Pauline Rook has photographed this hidden landscape for almost 20 years. Over this period she has explored hundreds of miles of country lanes and paths, getting to know the individuals, countryside and buildings that make up the distinctive landscape of the Blackdowns. Includes a selection of Pauline’s most recent work which has been captured using an infrared sensitive camera.Open 10.00 am – 5.00 pm Tuesday – Saturday, booking advised

Somerset Rural Life Museum, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8DB  01458 831197  Charge: Normal admission applies/FREE for Museum Unlimited pass holders  SRLM.ORG.UK


Until 9 January

Philip Sutton Colours through Life Philip Sutton’s exuberant paintings  express the poetry he sees all around him. At the age of 93, he still paints and draws every day as he has throughout his life. His work is full of bright colour, painted with a freedom and clarity reminiscent of Matisse but entirely his own. His treatment of his varied subject matter is full of wonder, sometimes combined with humour. As The Times critic John Russell Taylor wrote, ‘All you need to understand and appreciate Philip Sutton is a lively eye and open mind. You do not have to make your way painfully towards him: his art will welcome you with open arms.’ Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL. 01308 459511.

‘Sou’-Sou’-West Winter Open’: mixed open Sou’-Sou’-West Arts Gallery, Symondsbury Estate, Bridport DT6 6HG.  Open daily 10:30-4:30.  Free admission & parking. Contact 01308 301326 SSW Gallery’s annual Winter Open, this year with a focus on smaller pieces of original work, in a variety of media.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery. Queen Street

Exeter EX4 3RX. 01392 265 858.

Ti Parks A Retrospective Survey Messums are delighted to host this explorative retrospective of an artist whose core believe was in playfulness and the importance of change. Intuitive and intellectual, his ideas found wide-ranging expression in collage, etching, paintings, sculpture and performance. Mostly presented and performed in Australia, this exhibition brings together key elements of his practice to better understand his work. Messums Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW. E: T: 01747 445042.

15 January – 5 March 2022

Mikhail Karikis multi-venue exhibition Children of Unquiet & Sea Women: Two immersive film installations by international artist Mikhail Karikis. The works share the experience of two very different communities: fisherwomen on Jeju island, Korea, and children from Devil’s Valley, Tuscany. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10-5. Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX, 01404 45006 / Ocean, Queen’s Drive, Exmouth EX8 2AY

Until 16 January 2022

Dame Elisabeth Frink RA (1930 – 1993) Man is an Animal the most extensive collection of large-scale sculptures by Dame Elisabeth Frink to be shown in this country since the artist’s death in April 1993. Messums Wiltshire. Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW. E: T: 01747 445042.

Big Skies, Distant Views Lyme Bay Artist Steve Manning works predominantly with lino, employing a combination of multi-block and reduction printing to produce spacious landscapes inspired by the landscapes of Devon and Dorset.  Rotunda Gallery, Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA, Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm,

19 January – 6 March

An Artist’s Journey: Paintings by Dianne Mary Alice This Dorset-based artist is inspired by images and and forms from the natural world and experiments with all mediums in an impressionistic style. Rotunda Gallery, Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA, Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm,

24 January – 27 February

‘A Show of Love’: Designer Makers selected open. Sou’-Sou’-West Arts Gallery, Symondsbury Estate, Bridport DT6 6HG.  Open daily 10:30-4:30.  Free admission & parking.

Contact 01308 301326

Until 29 January

Wilder than Wildness itself. New works by five artist-makers in response to Oudolf Field, a 1.5-acre perennial meadow designed by Piet Oudolf at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. The works evoke the immersive experience of the garden, drawing upon Oudolf’s philosophy that rather than copying nature, the intention is to create a feeling, deepening our connection with its seasons and cycles. Wed – Sat, 10 am – 1 pm and 2 – 4 pm. Hauser & Wirth, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL

Until 6 March

Talking Heads, an exhibition of clay sculptures inspired by Elisabeth Frink, will open on 2nd December 2021 at Dorset Museum. The heads are on display in the Alice Ellen Cooper Dean Community Space, and the exhibition is free to en-ter. They are displayed in a recreation of the artists’ workspace, on turntables where visitors can explore them through touch. A film of the project and quotes from the participants will accompany the display. Dorset Museum, High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1XA

Until 26 June

Ray Balkwill’s The River’s Voice is a celebratory exhibition of painting the Exe Estuary for over four decades. Ray Balkwill was born in Exeter and graduated from Exeter College of Art in the late 60s. He returned to Exeter in the late 70s to work in advertising giving up his job as an Art Director to paint professionally in 1990. Since then he has lived and worked in Exmouth for over forty years, mainly capturing the many moods of the river. The exhibition will also feature some of his Mixed Media Assemblages from material washed up on its foreshore. The Cafe at RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3RX. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. Closed Mondays and Bank Holidays. Admission free and all work is for sale.