1 – 31 March
Celebrate the public art in Langmoor Gardens, Lyme Regis with a Sculpture Trail Lunch at By the Bay or a Sculpture Trail Tea at the Alexandra Hotel & Restaurant. The sculptures selected from last year’s trail are: ‘Speaking Volumes’ by David Parker, ‘Skateboarder’ by Greta Berlin, ‘Core Sample Pillar 2’ by Isla Chaney, ‘Trapeze’ by Clare Trenchard and Lyme’s own ‘Sir George Somers’ by Ron Moll. Watch out for further details on social media in the run up to Easter.
2 – 4 March
The Swan Gallery Annual Half Price and Reduced Sale of Fine Watercolours & Oil Paintings. 9.30am – 5pm. 51 Cheap Street, Sherborne, DT9 3AX. 01935-814465 www.swangallery.co.uk.
3 – 15 March
Essence of Nature Dorset based artists Esme James and Lucy Tidbury are displaying their original paintings and prints inspired by the English countryside alongside local furniture designer Jason Cameron with a selection of his contemporary hardwood furniture. The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk.
3 March – 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.
4 – 19 March
Art in Action Four local painters of landscapes, abstracts and mixed media—Julie Oldfield, Philip Clayton, Irina Song and Duncan Harris—turn the Malthouse into their open studio for two weeks. The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk.
4 March – 8 April
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.
4 March – 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
6 March – 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.
6 March – 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.
11 March – 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.
15 – 28 March
CAKE Caroline Ireland, Amanada House & Karren Burkett’s Exhibition – at Shaftesbury Arts Centre Gallery, 13 Bell Street, Shaftesbury, SP7 8AR, (Sun 19 – 1pm – 4pm), 10am – 4pm. New work by artists with very distinctive styles and techniques: Caroline’s bold pastel still lifes, Amanda’s complex layered textiles and Karren’s lively and evocative landscapes. Tel: 01747 854321 www.shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk.
16 March – 8 April
Touchstones: An investigation into our relationship with rock Sculpture, drawings and film by artist Simon Hitchens. ‘Touch Stones’ the group of work on exhibition at b-side’s new project space – outpost is centred on the film Genesis, which explores ideas of what it is to be human and our relationship to the impermanence of life. There is an uncanny simplicity to the film like the meditative calm found in a Zen garden, where displaced rocks become almost body-like. What at first appears to be a benign boulder sat in an arcane landscape slowly begins to take on human qualities: is this a genesis, or the genesis? outpost, 77 Fortuneswell, Portland DT5 1LY Open 12 – 5pm Tues – Sat Free Admission www.b-side.org.uk.
17 – 29 March
Spotlight Recent 2D and 3D work by members of Town Mill Arts will be on display with a special spotlight on latest members like David Henham. The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk.
Until 18 March
Found in the Fields: Carry Akroyd Lithographs incorporating text from poems by 19th century poet John Clare. The Brewhouse, Taunton. www.carryackroyd.co.uk.
Landscape Painters of the Year, Rob Adams, Claire Barnett, Sandra Dale, Sue Fawthrop, Heather Gibbons, Kit Glaisyer, Max Oliver, Steve Pill, Peter Rush, Michael Sole and Harriet Williams. The Lighthouse Gallery, 21 Kingland Rd, Poole BH15 1UG. 01202 280000. www.lighthousepoole.co.uk.
Until 22 March
Lucienne Day: Living Design A centenary celebration of the birth and design legacy of one of Britain’s most influential textile designers, Lucienne Day. Curated by Professor Emma Hunt and Dr. Paula Day. TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5HH. 01202 363272. www.aub.ac.uk/gallery.
Other Worlds: 50 years of photojournalism Internationally renowned photojournalist Tor Eigeland Duke’s Auctioneers, Brewery Square, Dorchester DT1 1GA 01305 265080 www.toreigeland.com www.dukes-auctions.com.
Until 25 March
Susan Williams: Papers in the Attic. The discovery of a bundle of dusty bills and documents in a Bridport attic – the immediacy of the handwriting, the ordinariness of items ordered and bought more than a hundred years ago – prompted reflections on transience, lives lived and an ‘unfixing of time’. Susan Williams explores these themes in paint and collage and shows earlier text-based work with more recent ‘Holloway’ paintings and drawings. Bridport Arts Centre. Opening times 10 – 4 Tuesday-Saturday. 01308 424204. www.bridport-arts.com.
Confluence Group exhibition by Somerset artists, featuring an inspirational selection of work across a wide range of mediums. 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.
25 March – 12 April
Materials: Contemporary Craft at The Town Mill Materials welcomes diverse and talented makers to the Town Mill for the very first contemporary craft group exhibition. 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.
27 March – 8 April
Emerging Group exhibition by 12 Good Women, plus 3 guest artists. Textile art, ceramics, mixed media, enamels and more. Mon – Fri 9.30am – 4.30pm. Sat 9.30am – 2.30pm. Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.
31 March – 12 April
Colour & Clay 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. Ceramicist Ali Herbert explores some repeated bowl and cup forms. The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk.
Until 1 April
An Exhibition of Merrily Harpur’s Artwork Dorset County Museum is pleased to present an exhibition by Merrily Harpur. Dorset County Museum, Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XA. Telephone: 01305 756825 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org.