Gallery Events

1 – 22 September

Pictures for The Beehive contemporary art exhibition and auction supported by leading British artists raising funds for Diverse Abilities’ Splash Appeal. The exhibition includes works donated by Catherine Goodman, Antony Gormley, and Maggi Hambling. 11am until 3pm in the Great Dining Room of St Giles House, Dorset, home of the Earl of Shaftesbury. Auction to be held in the Library of St. Giles House on Thursday, September 23. Ticketed event in aid of Diverse Abilities’ £1 million Splash Appeal to build a hydrotherapy pool at The Beehive Centre, Poole, Dorset supporting more than 1,600 children and adults across the county with profound physical and learning disabilities. Visit for more details about the appeal, or for more details about the art exhibition.

1 – 25 September

James Brown Photography an exhibition of wildlife in their natural habitat. James has great knowledge of wildlife and the countryside after decades of hands on experience. We will be hi lighting the plight of the barn owl and will be raising awareness and funds to have barn owl boxes hand built and they will be sighted locally by James who will check that the boxes are being used by barn owls. Open daily including weekends from 8.30 – 4pm . Unique Framecraft, 4-5 Millwey Rise Workshops , Second Avenue, Axminster. EX13 5HH. Tel : 01297 631614.

3 September – 9 October

Urban Rural Art Group Exhibition Linked by a fascination with urban and rural landscapes and connections with society and contemporary issues, they seek to reveal and explore underlying themes and new ways of seeing. Exhibiting artists: Eric Gaskell; Ferha Farooqui; Frank Creber; Jane Smith; Jennie Ing; Karen Potter: Liz Somerville; Rory Brooke; Steve Edwards; Stewart Taylor. Tues – Saturdays, 10am to 4pm. Free entry The opening even is Saturday 4th September 5-7pm. This will include a presentation on the work and artists. All welcome. Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NR or The Urban Rural Group:

4 September – 2 October

Tobit Roche: Sea and Sky fifth solo exhibition of work and Samantha Cary: Unsettled Times open Thursday – Friday, 10am – 3pm, or by appointment. The Art Stable. The Art Stable Child Okeford Blandford Dorset DT11 8HB.

Until September 5

Unkempt Shifting Aesthetics in Landscape Painting an exhibition recognising the advent of a changing aesthetic in landscape – one that is by its nature wild, messy and more empathetic to the environment. Messums. Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW 01747 445042.

Lockdown Reflections Work by gallery and guest artists including a range of sculptures, oils, and prints. This show now incorporates a stunning selection of sculptures by Johannes von Stumm, past president of the Royal Society of Sculptors and current president of the Oxford Art Society. Tincleton Gallery, The Old School House, Tincleton, nr Dorchester, DT2 8QR. Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon from 10:00 – 17:00, no admission fee. 01305 848 909.

Impressions: 6th Annual Printmakers Open, Emerging and well-established printmakers join forces to create ‘Impressions’. open daily 10:30-4:30. Sou’-Sou’-West, Manor Yard Symondsbury Estate, Bridport DT6 6HG.

7 September – 1 October

The Adam and Eve Paintings by Edward Kelly  Adam and Eve stands as one of the most colourful narratives of all time: there is sensuality, nudity, animals in harmony, good & evil, food for young and old. Open Tues – Sat 10-5pm. Artwave West, Morcombelake, Dorset DT6 6DY

9 – 12 September

B-Side multi-media Festival A thousand ideas, one amazing island. Portland Dorset. Artists in this year’s festival have drawn inspiration from the Island’s landscape, community, and history, as well as our relationship to places elsewhere. These are all components of b-side’s theme Common Lands, where we research and creatively respond to our relationship to Portland as a microcosm of global themes such as land access, environmental change, biodiversity, and the history and future of migration.

10 – 19 September

Artbeat Popular annual art show by this group of East Devon artists. Original paintings, prints and gifts for sale.  10am- 5pm. Kennaway House, Coburg Road, EX10 8NG, Sidmouth. Admission is free.

10 September – 31 December

Together Again Gallery and guest artists at Tincleton Gallery, The Old School House, Toncleton DT2 8QR Tel. 01305 848909

11 – 26 September

Devon Open Studios from Exmouth to Axminster East Devon Open Studios are organised by Devon Artist Network. A cornucopia of art is on offer across Devon when over 200 resident artists and crafts people open their studios to show and sell their individual artworks to the public.

11 – 27 September

Climate Change: Open Exhibition To complement the ‘Inside Out Dorset’ project being held on the Symondsbury Estate, Sou’-Sou’-West Arts Gallery will be showing work in an open exhibition, which focuses on climate change in its broadest sense. Sou’-Sou’-West Arts Gallery, Symondsbury Manor Yard. 01308 301326, open daily 10:30-4:30.

11 – 6 October

John Maddison A selection of John Maddison’s stunning still life, interior and landscape works in a solo show. The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3LN. Tuesday – Saturday 9.30am – 5pm. 01935 815261


Until September 12

Gustav Metzger radically challenged our understanding of art, its relation to reality and our existence within society. Inaugural exhibition of Metzger’s work will explore the intersection between human intervention, nature and man-made environments. Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL

Summer Prints and Drawings by Julian Bailey Martyn Brewster, Michael Fairclough, Vanessa Gardiner, Janette Kerr, Alex Lowery, Sally McLaren plus Petter Southall woodwork. Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL. 01308 459511.

Family Geology: Stratification of Sarah A fictional recreation in visual form of Jan Edwards’ farming relatives and their migration at an early age from the UK fenlands to the Australian outback. Rotunda Gallery, Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA, open daily 10am-5pm (4pm on Sundays),

12 – 26 September

Julie Robertson MA is exhibiting her work. Ceramics, Painting, Textiles, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography, Digital, Mixed media, Drawing are all on display from this experienced artist from her archive and her latest colourful work from her new studio in Seaton, East Devon. Directions – use google maps and look for Kamikaze Tortoise Studio, 7 Rogers Way, Seaton EX12 2FY Just off the A3052 for more info. Open dates, 12/13/16/17/18/19/23/24/25 & 26 September.

14 September – 24 October

Fossils, Fish and Feathers An exhibition of watercolours by Lyme Bay Artist Trisha Hayman that focus on some of nature’s often ignored specimens, from bird’s feathers and spent flower heads to sea shells and animal skulls. Rotunda Gallery, Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA, check website for opening hours/days,

18 September – 3 October

Somerset Open Studios one of the largest Open Studios events to date there will be work from more than 300 Somerset Art Works Members in over 200 studios and spaces across the county this autumn. Visitors have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and meet the artist, find out what inspires them and experience the working process- engaging with creativity at the source. Studios occur in a variety of unique situations and the event is the perfect opportunity to discover hidden locations and workspaces- in person and also online. Also new for this year is an Open Studios App Paul Newman at Somerset Art Works 07715 528441

18 September – 9 October

Vanessa Cooper: It’s A Wonderful Life. White Space Art, 72 Fore Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5RU.

18 September – 14 November

Gaia: recent collages and sculpture. Marzia Colonna MRBS. Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL. 01308 459511.

18 September – 21 November

Breathe by Michelle Sank will be shown in Gallery 20 at RAMM alongside RAMM’s Covid-19 commission Biophilia: The Exeter Florilegium by Exeter artist Amy Shelton. Sank’s photographic series documents the first Covid-19 lockdown in the Wonford area of Exeter taken on her daily walks, and  Shelton’s commission, The Exeter Florilegium (2021), includes a herbarium of pressed plant and wildflower specimens compiled on her daily lockdown walks around Exeter in spring and summer 2020. The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM)

Until 19 September

Tricia Scott & Lois Wakeman: Contemporary Photography two east Devon photographers. Open daily 10:30-4:30 Sou’-Sou’-West Arts Gallery, Symondsbury Manor Yard. 01308 301326

20 September – 3 October

‘Kimmeridge – Between The Ledges’, Rita Brown’s latest show has a focus on fossils and the Jurassic coast: geology and palaeontology have been a recurring theme throughout her career.  Rita’s collection of specimens and visits to Kimmeridge and Charmouth have been a huge motivation and inspiration for this recent work. Sou’-Sou’-West Arts Gallery, Symondsbury Manor Yard. 01308 301326, open daily 10:30-4:30.

26 September – 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.

Until Mid October

New Arts in Hospital Exhibition at Dorset County Hospital Zennor Box, Bristol-based artist’s fabulous concept art is now on display. For Arts in Hospital programme please visit:

Until 31 October

Turning the Tide Discover the history of plastic and the problem with single-use plastics. Learn how you can help in the fight to reduce microplastics in our oceans. Admission free, donations welcomed.  West Bay Discovery Centre. Tuesday- Sunday 11am – 4pm.

Until 3 January 2022

Eduardo Chillida was one of the foremost Spanish sculptors of the twentieth century. Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL.