Galleries Events

Until 1 July

Swimming Upstream: cultures of watercolour A series of watercolours by Professor Lei Yongbin, from Sichuan Arts Institute China. CRAB Drawing Studio, Arts University Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5HH.

William Wright: Places The Art Stable, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset, DT11 8HB. 01258 863866

Uncertain As part of Refugee Week 2017 Outpost are showing work by Iranian photographer – Farhad Berahman. Outpost 12noon – 5pm, 77, Fortuneswell, Portland, DT5 1LY.


Until 2 July

Richard Webster Exhibition: Different Thinking an exhibition of portraits of notable creative people most of whom have Autism, Aspersers’ or OCD to some degree. Axminster Arts Café, The Old Courthouse, Axminster EX13 5AQ Tel 01297631455.

Beaminster Festival Visual Art Exhibition Beaminster Town Hall. Open every day: 9.30am to 5.00pm

(Except Sunday 2nd July: 9.30am to 4.00pm). Marilyn Allis, Caroline Barnes, Brian Cocks, Christine Corson, Jenny Cuthbert, Annie Dent, Barbara Green, Josephine Hamilton, Louise Hamlin, Philomena Harmsworth, Wendy Hermelin, Jane Horner,Jane Huxtable, Mike Jackson, Bron Jones, Nicola Leader, Helen Lloyd-Elliott, Linda Mannion, Charlotte Miller, Pat Mummery, Anthonia Phillips, Heather Pope, Jill Preston, Val Ravenhill, Annie Roberts, Katie Scorgie, Angela Seckington, Liz Somerville, Fenella Stride, Michael Stride, Baffy Turner, Billie Willcocks, Michael Willdridge, Hugh Woodeson and Rita Yates.

Hestercombe Gallery: Regions of Light Showcases the historic work of painter and poet Rev. John Eagles (1783-1855), together with contemporary pieces by multi-media artist Rebecca Chesney, painter Paul Desborough and photographer Jem Southam. The exhibition title, taken from a line in one of John Eagles’ poems, alludes to the visual diversity of this exhibition, which features photography, paint, sculpture, objects, words and film. Entrance to the gallery is included in admission to Hestercombe Gardens. Open every day 11am – 5pm. 01823 413923 Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG.

3 July – 6 August

A head for life A solo exhibition by Elizabeth Nuttall. A vibrant collection of portraits, figures and life paintings using watercolour and mixed media. Axminster Arts Cafe, The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster. EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455.



Until 5 July

Borderline The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Open daily 10.30am-4.30pm. Free


Until 7 July

A Breath of Fresh Air Adrian Sykes solo show of new works. Bristol based Adrian Sykes has established a prize-winning reputation for paintings which are both inventive and alternative, but grounded in his deep appreciation of remote landscapes and his love for British, French and Italian townscapes. He recently visited Venice which has inspired a number of the paintings in this show. He has staged solo shows in London and this is his first solo show at Marine House although they have exhibited his work to great acclaim in the gallery and at Art Fairs in London, Singapore and Hong Kong. Awards include The Bristol Art Prize. Young Masters Art prize and The Bath Art Prize. Contact the gallery for a full colour catalogue and invitation to the launch day 11.00 – 5.30 Saturday 24 June. The paintings can be viewed on the website from early June. Marine House at Beer, Fore Street Beer, ex12 3dn. 01297 625257.


7 – 26 July

Flourish This exhibition is a celebration of four artists—Alison Potter, Belinda Brownlee, Cath Bloomfield and Linda Bristow—who first met at Bath University ten years ago and have since shared their passion for ceramics, print and design in several joint exhibitions. ‘Flourish’ is an exuberant and lively exhibition of their work today. The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Open daily 10.30am-4.30pm. Free


Until 8 July

Morville: A Garden in Another Time An artist’s response to the garden at Morville Dower House in Shropshire.  Mixed media photography by Maureen Cooper. 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.


8 July – 30 July

The Continuous Thread On the face of it the prolonged, patient process of tapestry weaving has little in common with the traditional gentleman’s game of cricket – but West Dorset-based weaver and printmaker Jacy Wall would have us think again. Since graduating a BA in Constructed Textiles in 1979, Jacy has concentrated on woven tapestry making and now that work is the subject of The Continuous Thread, in which she shows new work alongside pieces made over the last 20 years. Her woven work is largely in natural materials such as wool, cotton, linen and silk and she dyes her own yarn, finding a variety of tones within any one colour. Artist’s Talk Saturday 15 July 2pm. Open 10am – 5pm Thursday to Sunday at The Slade Centre, The Square, Gillingham, SP8 4AY. Tel 01747 821480 / 07775 431652., Jacy Wall


Until 9 July

Art in Motion: Part 2: Spirit of the Horse The show pulls together some of the greatest exponents of Equine Art from the 19th century to the present day. The horse has been a constant source of inspiration to artists throughout history, from the cave paintings of Lascaux 16,000 years ago to modern depictions of the racing thoroughbred. Our relationship with the horse is constantly evolving, from willing worker, comrade on the battlefield, symbol of status or sporting animal; the horses success and fate has been entwined with our own. The horse continues to embody the living essence of freedom and spirit, which fascinates many artists to this day. Messums Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW T: 01747 445042.


10 July – 4 August

Beyond the Surface Eclectic group exhibition featuring paintings, textile art, photography, pastels and mosaics. 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.


Until 12 July

One More Time! The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 10.30am-4.30pm. Free admission. Local painters Zee Jones and Pam Allsop join together for their fourth joint exhibition called One More Time! Both artists enjoy the surprises and opportunities of mixed media, using acrylic, inks, pastels and various textures.  Their colourful paintings revolve around landscapes, nature and still life.


12 – 28 July

7th Dorchester Arts Open Exhibition This exhibition features a varied selection of 2D and 3D work by Wessex artists chosen by a selection panel comprising Simon Barber (Editor, Evolver magazine), Suzy Rushbrook (Programme Curator/Membership manager, Dorset Visual Arts), Mark Tattersall (DA Artistic Director/Chair at The Art Academy, London), Deborah Westmancoat (winner of Exhibition Prize, DA Open 2015 and Marshwood Arts Awards 2013) and Sarah Wild (Partner, Duke’s Auctioneers). Duke’s Gallery, Brewery Square, Mon – Fri 9am – 5.30pm Saturday 22 July only: 9am – 12 noon, Free admission, Box office: 01305 266926,


14 – 16 July

Art@Eype An exhibition by Dorset Artists and Makers. Open Friday and Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm. Eype Centre for the Arts, St. Peter’s Church, Eype, Dorset DT6 6AL. Featuring work by; Neil Barnes, Greta Berlin, David Brooke, Sally Davies, John Davey, Pippa Hill, Caroline Ireland, Moira Ladd, Elizabeth Sporne and Rita Yates. All artists will be present throughout the exhibition.


14 – 26 July

Pots & Paints Malcolm Giladjian’s third exhibition at the Town Mill, and the second time he has shared the gallery with internationally recognized indigenous potter Eddie Daughton. The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 10.30am-4.30pm. Free admission.


Until 15 July

New Paintings by Heather Duncan with supporting artists Robert Hewer, Louise Hildreth and Zoe Hyde. Artwave West, Morecombelake, Dorset DT6 6DY 01297 489746


15 July

Dennis Chinaworks Summer Open Day 11am – 5pm. Selling Exhibition of new designs, Demonstrations, Sale of discontinued designs,‘Throw a pot’, Illustrated talk by Richard Dennis, Glass Shop, Museum of Chidrens China, Pottery Tea Room Cafe serving lunch, Complimentary drinks, Kitchen garden open & ‘Hunt the Mouse treasure hunt’. At the Pottery, Shepton Beauchamp, Nr Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0JT. 01460240622

15 – 22 July

Exhibition of Paintings and three-dimensional work Charlotte England, Helen Hawkins and Suzanne Whitmarsh Works for sale. Entry free. Family friendly. 11am – 5pm. Guggleton Farm Arts Project, Station Road, Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2RQ tel 01963 363456

15 July – 5 August

Sophie Herxheimer & Gigi Sudbury: Go I Know not Whither Sophie Herxheimer brings her customary energy to these new collages, which fuse her precision with colour and composition with her continuing fascination with poetry, and her own writing. Parallel to these pieces, Herxheimer has created a series of collages without text, which relate to Fairy Tale. The Art Stable, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset DT11 8HB, 01258 863866.


Until 22 July

Chris Neaves – Plugged Chris has lived in Bridport for the last few years and the offer of this exhibition space provided him with the opportunity to exhibit some of the new areas of work he has been exploring. Café & Foyer Spaces, Bridport Arts Centre 01305 424204


22 – 30 July

Earth Pulse An exhibition by members of Wessex Contemporary Arts (WESCA) whose work responds to the ebb and flow of the natural world. Eype Centre for the Arts, St. Peter Chapel, Mount Lane Eype, Bridport, Dorset DT6 6AR., Preview:  2-4pm Saturday 22nd July (Everyone welcome to attend ). Opening Times: 11am- 4pm daily.

26 July – 5 August

Bridport Art Society 60th Annual Exhibition Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NR Free Admission. Works for sale in oil, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media & craftwork.


28 July – 9 August

Crossing the Line Seven artists from Dorset and Devon—Jennie Hanrahan, Brendon Murless, Caroline Parrott, Barbara Green, Nicola Dennis, Jeanne Goodridge and Sue Calder—are taking part in this contemporary craft and art exhibition, showcasing their skills in ceramics, sculpture, metalworking, printing, painting, illustration, photography and textiles and skillfully exploring questions about the supposed ‘line’ between craft and art. The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Open daily 10.30am-4.30pm. Free


Until 29 July

The Wild Edge Gallery exhibition : ‘wildest Somerset’ Works include paintings by Jim Starr (who has recently produced work featured in BBC’s The Apprentice), sculptures by Ian Marlow and April Young, photography from Suzanne Easton and drawing and paintings by Erica Sharpe. As well as the proceeds from the raffle, 10% of sales from the exhibition will be donated to Somerset Wildlife Trust. The Wild Edge Gallery, Wedmore, BS28 4EB


Until 16 August

Matisse: Drawing with Scissors: Late Works 1950-1954 Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, features 35 lithographic prints of the famous cut-outs, produced in the last four years of his life, when the artist was confined to his bed, and includes many of his iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes. The French painter, sculptor and designer, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. He continued creating highly original works well into his eighties. The lithographic reproductions in this exhibition are taken from a special double issue of Verve in 1958, which was a review of art and literature, published by Tériade, a major publisher of fine art books. A Hayward Touring Exhibition from Southbank Centre, London. TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5HH.


Until 26 August

Evolver Prize 2015 Exhibition of 100 selected artworks including the winning cover. Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG), Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX,, 01404 45006.


Until 3 September

Of Myths and Moons Frances Hatch Paintings, Clare Trenchard Sculpture & Drawings, Akiko Hirai ceramins and Petter Southall furniture. Sladers Yard, West Bay, Bridport DT6 4EL 01308 459511

Air: Visualising the Invisible in British Art 1768 – 2017 This major exhibition celebrates the rich tradition of finding inspiration in the skies above us and the air that we breathe. Air brings some of the nation’s masterpieces to Bristol, including the iconic An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump by Joseph Wright ‘of Derby’; John Everett Millais’ Bubbles (the Pears Soap advert), and J.M.W. Turner’s The Thames Above Waterloo Bridge, alongside paintings by artists such as Constable, Lowry and Lanyon.  Leading contemporary artists are also prominent, including Ian McKeever RA, Dryden Goodwin, Mariele Neudecker and Peter Randall-Page RWA RA. Combining painting, photography, sculpture, installation and film, these artists provide contemporary insights into relationships between art and science, from climate change to air-borne disease. RWA, Royal West of England Academy, Queen’s Road, Clifton Bristol BS8 1PX 0117 973 5129,


Until 10 September

Rashid Johnson: Stranger Hauser & Wirth. Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL. Email:  Tel: 01749 814 060


Until 14 September

What is Textiles? Curated by Charlotte Hunt and Gemma Summerell. A collaborative exhibition by BA (Hons) Textiles, AUB staff and Alumni. This exhibition highlights the role of textiles within the design world and demonstrates the breadth of practical processes used within the textiles industry today. Library Wall, Arts University Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5HH, 01202 363272,


Until 29 September

Sam Scales WestBeach, Pier Approach, Bournemouth. TheGallery, AUB is working with WestBeach on it’s Off-Site Arts Programme, featuring the work of Sam Scales, BA (Hons) Illustration, 2016 Alumnus. Sam’s practice has been influenced by his work with local craft and tradesmen. 01202 363272,