Galleries Events

Until 2 June

Jan Shayler’s ‘Diversity’ Art Exhibition 10am – 4pm –Open daily, free entry. Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551,

Interrogating the World Around Us Bridport Arts Centre


Until 6 June

Lyme Regis Art Society Annual Exhibition This Annual Exhibition at Whitsun usually attracts over 100 works of art, offering all members of the Society a chance to display and sell their work and the public an opportunity to explore what can be achieved with a variety of media. The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Free admission.


7 – 20 June

Viewpoints Nine successful and creative photographers from Bridport Camera Club have come together to show their passion for the medium of photography. Each has a different viewpoint on the world: whether that is expressed globally or locally; through black and white or colour; through rural or urban landscapes or the natural or man-made world. Together they are displaying an exciting and memorable mix of work. The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU.  Open daily 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission.


Until 9 June

A Passion for Paint A trio of artist friends, united by a passion for paint and colour, exhibit their latest works. Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973.

9 June

Ilminster Experience Pop-up Art Exhibition The Ilminster Midsummer Experience will again feature a Pop-Up Art Exhibition showcasing the works of local amateur artists. Organised by the Whitelackington Art Group in the Minster Rooms, Ilminster, the one-day event runs as part of the long-established Food & Craft Market taking place in Silver Street, Ilminster. It’s free to visit and is open between 9am – 4pm. Further details of all the events taking place throughout the festival can be found on the website at


9 – 15 June

Plastic Ocean Exhibition by artist Eva Fahle-Clouts in collaboration with Turn Lyme Green. Thought provoking exhibition using plastic rubbish from Monmoth Beach in Lyme Regis with lobster pots and quotes. Shelters at the Seafront, Lyme Regis. Open daily 11am – 5pm (closes 2pm on 15 June). Launch event Sat 10 June 2pm – 4pm. ‘Making the Unseen Seen,’ Free talk by inspirational speaker and campaigner Anne Baker, co-leader of Exxpedition round Britain 2017.


Until 10 June

Dorset Art Weeks Venue 253. St. Michael’s Artists, taking part in Dorset Art Weeks, will have their studios open to the public daily from 10am – 5pm. 17 artists will be showing a wide variety of work; painting, photography, digital art, sculpture, ceramics, hat-making and book binding. Artists with their studios open are Kit Glaisyer, Caroline Ireland, David Brooke, Russ Snedker, Peggy Cozzi, Pru Heward-Morgan, Marion Taylor, John Boyd, Charlotte Miller, Sally Davies, Elizabeth Sporne, Neil Barnes, Squirrell Bindery & Press, Fiona Neylan, Jennie Hanrahan, Isla Chaney and Rob Morgan. St. Michael’s Studios, St. Michael’s Trading Estate, Bridport DT6 3RR. Open daily 10am to 5pm, Free Admission.

  1. Studio in the Attic St. Michael’s studios riverside, St. Michael’s Trading Estate, Bridport. DT6 3RR will be open as part of Dorset Art Weeks. Studio in the Attic residents Sally Davies (creative photographer) and Elizabeth Sporne (Portrait artist) are being joined by guest Neil Barnes (landscape photographer) for the duration of Dorset Art Weeks. Studio in the Attic can be found on the top floor at the western end “riverside” end of St. Michael’s Studios, reached by the yellow-treaded covered staircase. Join them for a wonderful selection of art and a cupper and ginger biscuit. For more information phone 0771 8078 453.


11 – 29 June

Hot Stuff! A colourful group exhibition by Tilly Willis, Jane Mowat and Judy Willoughby. Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973.


Until 13 June

Affairs of the Heart Everything we do, say and think has an impact on how we feel. In the same vein, whatever you have on your walls in your home or office, or on your person infuses into your core being every day and effects how you feel. This year Liz Shewan’s annual solo exhibition will continue her enchanting journey to bring calm and inspiration into people’s lives through her explorations and experiences with nature and her connection with spirit. The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Free admission.


15 – 27 June

Paper and Clay A diverse and exciting exhibition by four established ceramicists and a collagraph printer: Linda Bristow, Cath Bloomfield, Alison Potter, Belinda Brownlee and Denise de Freitas.  They met ten years ago whilst studying Ceramics at Bath Spa University. Their techniques include throwing, hand building, plaster casting and mono printing onto clay, and Cath creates collagraph and stitched prints. They are all inspired to create work that is vibrant and unique. The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Open daily 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission.


16 – 24 June

The Dorset Five It seems that, even in an artistically abundant location like Dorset, it is unusual to come across a group of artists who have seem to ‘gel’ despite their different personalities and styles of work. Each of these artists has been active in the area (and beyond) individually for some time, but The Dorset Five have only recently met and discovered each others’ work – and been delighted by their shared values and common artistic ground. Holding an exhibition, for any artist, is a nerve-racking and sometimes expensive experience, so finding compatible and supportive friends to share the nail-biting time with is a real bonus for all. Eype Centre for the Arts sees the inaugural exhibition for the Dorset Five. Called ‘Colouration’ for reasons which will be immediately apparent, the show will highlight each artist’s best work, featuring paintings, collages, paper mache and more. The artists are all determined to make a colourful splash to make their mark on the local art scene as a group and would like to invite as many people as possible to witness something new, energetic and exciting. Sue Barnes, Zee Jones, Chris Neaves, Chris Wilmshurst and Malcolm Giladjian have come together to create a vibrant visual feast. Most have also been teaching in the area, either in their own studios or in local venues, but all have been exhibiting for some time, both as individuals and as part of Bridport Open Studios and Dorset Art Weeks. Eype Centre for the Arts.


16 June – 4 July

Mark Coreth at The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3LN 01935 815261

Until 21 June

Beaminster WI 1918 – 2018 Celebrating this centenary of the Branch in Beaminster. Beaminster Museum. Open: Tue, Thurs, Sat and Bank holidays 10.30am – 4pm. Sundays 2pm – 4.30pm. 01308-863623 (answerphone message).


21 – 27 June

There is Only Light This exhibition by Dorset Independent Photographers considers words penned by John Fowles, novelist and former Lyme resident, that “reality is infinitely baffling.”  In styles ranging from landscape and documentary to abstract and wildlife, images by the photographers for their 30th anniversary exhibition go to the heart of Fowles’ assertions “that nothing and nobody is what they seem” and “there is only light.” The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU.  Open daily 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission.


Until 23 June

Mixed Exhibition at The Arts Stable, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset DT1 8HB 01258 863866

23 June – 1 July

Beaminster MuseumThe Beaminster Museum makes its contribution to Festival week with the traditional exhibition of the best work from Beaminster School’s Photography Department. During the Beaminster Festival the museum will be open daily from 10.30am – 4pm and admission is free.

Jacqueline Steel’s ‘Transitions’ Art Exhibition 10am – 4.30pm, in the Hatton Wood Room. Open daily, free entry. Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551.

Richard Gould’s Art Exhibition 10am – 4.30pm, in the Amyatt Rooms. Open daily, free entry. Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551.


23 June – 6 July

Caught Between Reflections Charlie O’Sullivan’s breathtaking exhibition. Marine House at Beer, For Street, Beer EX12 3EF  01297 625257.


Until 29 June

New paintings by Jan Walker, ceramics by David Walker Gallery On The Square, Queen Mother Square, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3BL 01305 213322



29 June – 11 July

Them, Again! In this exhibition Zee Jones and Pam Allsop continue to explore mixed media, collage and colour. There is always something fresh in their work that encompasses themes of sea and landscapes, still life and flowers, as well as abstracts. For both artists, working in collage brings together their love of painting with their skill at sculpting images with mixed media in order to create texture, shape and structure.  In this way, they create a colourful and painterly equivalent to sculpture, which they hope will be exciting, uplifting and pleasurable.  The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU.  Open daily 10.30am – 4.30pm.  Free admission.

Stories of the city, stories of the sea This exhibition explores through photography and drawings Chelsea Davine’s inspiration for her large scale oil paintings.  In her working practice Chelsea draws upon memories and images of the Dorset coastline where she grew up and the details of its surrounding landscape, as well as the energy and vibrancy of the architecture of the city where she now lives, Barcelona. Returning to Lyme Regis for this exhibition provided her with the perfect opportunity to showcase her collection of photographs and the materials she is inspired by, alongside the work she exhibits around the world. The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Open daily 10.30am – 6pm. Free admission.


Until 30 June

Ann Ford : Sculptures Exhibition in Seavington Community Shop/ Gallery/ Cafe. Sculptures which are stoneware and lend themselves to enhancing a garden or woodland.


Until 1 July

Simon Quadrant PPRWA NEAC: Odd Man Out, recent paintings and drawings He paints his memories of growing up in post-war London alongside images he gleans from gritty archive images and documentaries made at the time particularly the Free Cinema movement and the British Mass Observation Project. These authentic images help to feed his imagination and metamorphose into his highly distinctive multi-layered paintings. First floor gallery, Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 SEL t: 01308 459511

Vanessa Gardiner: Sea Cliffs new paintings Vanessa Gardiner paints in a dynamic geometric style enlivened further with lyrical curving lines of hills and pathways. In some paintings, acid grass greens sing alongside the marvellously moody blue-grey cliffs and crisp white surf. In others, soft greys or greens are scoured and scored, washed back and reapplied, to give surfaces like those of a pebble on the beach. Ground floor gallery, Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 SEL t: 01308 459511

What do you collect? Exeter Pride Memorabilia collected over 10 years of Exeter Pride – the city’s annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) communities – illustrates a decade of change and progress. The rainbow of objects includes t-shirts, wristbands and event programmes. Finders Keepers? Gallery, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter City Council

Machina: young people’s digital art A celebration of digital art created by young people across Devon, Torbay and Plymouth as part of the Machina project Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter City Council


Until 8 July 

The Revelation of the Head Messums Wiltshire presents The Revelation of the Head, an exhibition which encapsulates the fascination with this remarkable body part. Our 13th century barn is the setting for a carefully chosen selection of some of the best heads that history has to offer; ranging from ancient Greek and Egyptian examples to contemporary, self-referential depictions such as painter Jonathan Yeo’s first foray into sculpture – a large scale bronze self-portrait Homage to Paolozzi – created from an ingenious combination of virtual reality and advanced 3D scanning. Messums Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW, 01747 445042.

Henry Lamb: People and Portraits An exhibition on behalf of the Estate of Henry Lamb; treasures from one of the masters of early 20th century portraiture. Highlights include rare portraits of T. E. Lawrence, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and Lady Ottoline Morrell. Henry Lamb was an Australian-born British painter who was a founding member of the Camden Town Group in 1911. He is most well-known for his portrait of the eminent critic and biographer Lytton Strachey, which now belongs to the Tate collection. Lamb was the son of a mathematician, Horace Lamb, and was brought up in Manchester where, after encouragement from his parents, he studied medicine at the Medical School of Owen’s College. He then moved to London where he studied painting under William Orpen and Augustus John at Chelsea School of Art. He also studied with Jacques-Emile Blanche in Paris in 1907 and 1911, spending two summers in Brittany where he painted his haunting and arguably most moving image Death of a Peasant, now part of the Tate collection. Lamb’s early work was influenced by Gauguin, and his paintings were included in the second Post-Impressionist exhibition, held at the Grafton Galleries, London in 1913. Messums Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW, 01747 445042.


Until 26 August

Pop Art in Print Vibrant, sexy and very much of the moment, Pop Art reflected a fascination with the iconic status of celebrities and brands. Pop artists recognised the potential of prints to communicate ideas quickly and cheaply, creating art which both mirrored and critiqued the American Dream. Drawing from the V&A’s outstanding collection of Pop Art graphics, this is the V&A’s first exhibition of Pop Art prints. Bringing together over 70 works by more than 30 artists, it offers a comprehensive and exciting view of artists working in this style from the 1960s to the early 2000s. Inspired by commercial graphics and popular culture, the movement generated an innovative and prolific culture of printmaking. Exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM), Exeter.


Until 2 September

Alfie’s Night Out Children’s book illustrator Victoria Byron has created a new book especially for RAMM’s 150th anniversary. The book takes children on a wonderful tour of RAMM. The exhibition includes original illustrations from the book as well as Victoria’s sketchbooks. Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter City Council


Until 28 October

Hatch, Match and Dispatch Giving an insight into the births, marriages and deaths of local people. Beaminster Museum. Opening times: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Bank holidays 10.30am – 4pm.  Sundays 2pm – 4.30pm. 01308 863623.


Until 18 Nov

Exeter’s Fine Art Collection: Childhood Explore the changing face of childhood in this exhibition that examines child iconography from the 17th to the 20th Century. Before the Enlightenment, children in art appeared as miniature adults. This is reflected in works such as James Gandy’s Matthew Pear, Sword Bearer of Exeter, and his Brother Philip Pear and Richard Cosway’s striking painting of Master Carew. Victorian works by Kate Greenaway such as The Stick Fire and The Garden Bench place emphasis upon childhood innocence and romanticism. A key painting of this exhibition will be Age of Innocence by Joshua Reynolds, one of the most famous painters of the 18th century. This work is on loan from Plymouth City Museum as part of their ‘Art on Tour’ loan programme whilst the museum is closed for redevelopment. Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM), Exeter.