1 – 19 April
Vanessa Bowman, Fiona Millais and Jenny Wheatley The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon St. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3LN 01935 815261. www.jerramgallery.com.
1 April – 23 April
Easter at The Town Mill Visit Lyme Regis’s Town Mill to see volunteer millers in action as they harness the power of the River Lym to turn the waterwheel, gears and millstones to produce traditional Town Mill flour. From 10-17 April, visitors can drop into Kate’s Kitchen and decorate an Easter Egg shaped biscuit. There will also be art and craft activities to enjoy in our Community Room on Monday 17 April. The Mill’s creative artisan businesses and art galleries will also be open to purchase a unique souvenir of your visit to the creative heart of Lyme Regis. The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU.
1 April – 22 June
40 Years of Twinning Beaminster Museum – celebrating the anniversary of the link between Beaminster and St James in France. Opening times: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Bank holidays 10.30am – 4pm. Sundays 2pm – 4.30pm. For more details see website www.beaminstermuseum.wordpress.com. Tel: 01308 863623 (answerphone message).
1 April – 29 October
Wood You Know Beaminster Museum – exploring the local history of woodlands, wood and woodworkers. Opening times: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Bank holidays 10.30am – 4pm. Sundays 2pm – 4.30pm. For more details see website www.beaminstermuseum.wordpress.com. Telephone number 01308 863623.
Until 2 April
Axminster Arts Members’ exhibition Nineteen members of Axminster Arts are showing their diverse talents at the Arts Café, with oils, watercolours, textiles, mixed media and photography. Enjoy this highly varied exhibition in the historic grade II listed Old Courthouse building right in the centre of Axminster. EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9am – 3pm & Sunday 10am – 2pm.
3 April – 7 May
Oliver Warman Exhibition at the Axminster Arts Café. His working life was spent in the army and he painted (always in oil colours) all over the world. He showed in the Royal Academy for ten years and now teaches a small band of students locally, whilst continuing with his work lecturing at Oxford and London universities on War 1869 onwards and the Holocaust. Arts Café, Old Courthouse, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455. Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 9am – 4pm, Sunday 10am – 2pm.
Until 8 April
Emerging Group exhibition by 12 Good Women, plus 3 guest artists. Textile art, ceramics, mixed media, enamels and more. 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.
Simon Hitchens: Touch Stones is best known for his large scale sculptural work. b-side are exhibiting studio work and film as part of Simon’s new project ‘Touch Stones’ at Outpost. “My studio practice underpins everything and is centered on my fascination with rock and what position it holds in our psyche. My public commissions are continually informed by these studio explorations..” Outpost 77 Fortuneswell, Portland, DT5 1LY.
David Gommon : Dreaming of Dorset 1948-85 A full exhibition of his work. The Art Stable, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset, DT11 8HB 01258 863866. www.theartstable.co.uk.
10 – 29 April
Two Painters and a Sculptor A trio of North Dorset artists show their work in Somerset for the first time. Featuring painters Sue Bates and Sue Fawthrop, and wood turner/sculptor Darren Wheeler. 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 11 April
Materials: Contemporary Crafts The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk. “Materials” welcomes diverse and talented makers to the Town Mill for its very first contemporary craft group exhibition. Over 15 makers will be showing products and pieces in a range of medium including glass, ceramics and metal. Showcasing award-winning furniture maker Alice Bloggs and celebrated textiles by local artist Hugh Dunford Wood. In an ever-increasing virtual world, an appetite is building for the handmade, where design and decision is in harmony with raw materials – be they fabric, porcelain or paper.
Until 12 April
Colour & Clay The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk. Two East Devon artists share their enthusiasm for creating pieces that are organic in nature and material. Elizabeth Richie explores the elements of water and earth in her striking new paintings. Ali Herbert explores some repeated bowl and cup forms.
Materials: Contemporary Craft at The Town Mill Over 15 makers will be showing products and pieces in a range of media including glass, ceramics and metal. We are especially pleased to showcase award winning furniture maker Alice Bloggs and celebrated textiles by local artist Hugh Dunford Wood. The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk.
Until 14 April
Spring Exhibition Artwave West. Sophie Capron, Louise McClary, Kathy Little, Suchi Chidambaram, Val Hudson, Liz Salter and Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf. Artwave West, Morecombelake, Dorset DT6 6DY 01297 489746 ww.artwavewest.com.
14 – 26 April
Triple Vision The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk. Photographers John Marriage, Moya Paul and Dave Wicken experiment with the photographic image and process, using colour and digital constructions to produce an abstracted and playful sideways look at the world.
Walk of Art The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk. This exhibition showcases paintings by Sue Lewin and Kathy Scott and bronze resin sculptures by Toni West. Exploring their shared fascination of the natural surroundings of walks along the coast and countryside paths.
Until 15 April
Colour Values – Group 7 Group 7 includes; Brian Bishop, Martyn Brewster, Bonnie Brown, Fran Donovan, Michael Griffiths, Ursula Leach & Peter Symons. The group is concerned with painting & printmaking, the work evokes emotional responses that explore colour & medium. Allsop Gallery, Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NR Open, Tues-Sat: 10am – 4pm. Free admission. 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.
Paintbox – Janet Mitchell “Nature is a wonderful: I cannot improve or encroach on it. But a paintbox is like a piano to a composer, full of endless possibilities, colour combination, variations in depth, intensity and the juxtaposition of areas.” Cafe / Foyer Spaces, Bridport Arts Centre Open, Tues-Sat: 10am – 4pm. Free admission. 01308 424204. www.bridport-arts.com.
15 – 17 April
Five Artists Easter Open Studios 111m-4pm. Kit Glaisyer, Caroline Ireland, David Brooke, Marion Taylor and Charlotte Miller. St Michael’s Studios, Art & Vintage, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3RR
Until 17 April
Finding Pathways: Anne Davies, Andrew Bird paintings. Petter Southall furniture. Anne Davies and Andrew Bird both grew up in the Peak District and draw their inspiration from the landscapes of the Industrial Revolution, old mills and rows of worker’s cottages decaying now and embedded into the dramatic rugged hills and valleys. In different ways, both love to paint the combination of countryside and architecture found both there and in coastal Cornwall, celebrating texture, pattern, space and light, the compound impressions of place. Sladers Yard West Bay Road, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL. Tel. 01308 459511
21 April – 27 May
Presence Amy Albright, Paul Denham, Martin Goold, Susan Laughton and Chris Taylor. Artwave West, Morecombelake, Dorset DT6 6DY 01297 489746 ww.artwavewest.com.
Until 22 April
Beyond the Lens – Roger Mayne photography exhibition An exhibition of rarely seen, large-scale photographs by one of Britain’s most outstanding photographers Roger Mayne opens this March at THG (Thelma Hulbert Gallery) in Devon. Roger Mayne (1929 – 2014) famously documented the children and young residents of Southam Street in West London in the 1950s and 60s. These photographs led to him becoming one of Britain’s most important post-war photographers. His work has been exhibited widely including both at the V&A and the National Portrait Gallery, London. The photographs in this exhibition were taken by Mayne from the 1950s to the 1970s and were hung in a barn at his home in Lyme Regis, Dorset. From London street scenes to exotic landscapes, they are crudely mounted photographs shown in their fragile state, in contrast to Mayne’s usual pristine photographs exhibited in galleries. Upstairs in the Project Space will be featured a selection of Mayne’s photographs for the Shell Guide to Devon from 1975, which was written by his wife, the playwright Ann Jellicoe. Open Tue to Sat, 10am to 5pm. Free, donations welcome. Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Elmfield House, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX. Tel 01404 45006 www.thelmahulbert.com.
22 April – 5 May
Major Show of Paintings by Michael Morgan RI (1928 – 2014). Over 40 works spanning the years 1998 – 2012. Also introducing paintings by Grandson Ben Morgan. Contact the gallery for a free 40-page catalogue and invitation to the launch day on Saturday 22 April from 11.00am. The paintings are also on the web site and are for sale. Marine House at Beer, Fore Street, Beer, Devon EX12 3EF www.marinehouseatbeer.co.uk
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22 April – 3 June
Cape Farewell Allsop Gallery, Bridport Arts Centre DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com. For the last three years The Arts Development Company and Cape Farewell have been running residencies for artists to work with farmers to examine our relationship with food, farming and the wider environment.
22 April – 18 June
The Poetry of Philip Sutton RA paintings, works on paper and new work. Sladers Yard West Bay Road, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL. Tel. 01308 459511.
25 April – 27 May
Jennie Dutton: The Dementia Darnings The Dementia Darnings, takes a selection of photos of the artist’s mother who had dementia and reproduced them as large scale portraits in wool and thread. Bridport Arts Centre, DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.
28 April – 10 May
Glazed Sky-Traced Earth The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk. New work by Lyme Regis-based painter Jools Woodhouse and potter Ali Herbert. The two-week exhibition is a culmination of their recent individual discoveries of new styles, colour, form and influences that have come from living close to the sea.
Until 29 April
The Transformed Land Curated by Paul Newman, this exhibition features a diverse collection of artists whose practice centres on nature, focusing on observation and process; why artists return to a particular place and what it means to them to work with it. Presenting and juxtaposing contrasting mediums, the exhibition considers what turns landscape into ‘place’. A series of specially-written artist statements will invite viewers to explore the idea of how we affect places and how they affect us as well as provide a unique insight into what it is that draws us to certain spaces. Times vary. This free event will be open during Box Office hours. It may be closed during performances. The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JL Box Office: 01823 283 244. www.thebrewhouse.net.