Gallery Events

1 – 29 February

Kit Glaisyer presents an evolving exhibition of his West Country landscape paintings, with works on show in his gallery and studio, including original paintings, drawings, and prints on canvas. Open Saturdays 10am – 4pm or by appointment. Kit Glaisyer Fine Art, 11 Downes Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3JR. 07983 465789 @kitglaisyer.

Until 3 February

Grace Crabtree: Elemental Drift. Artist Grace Crabtree works primarily in the traditional medieval and Renaissance techniques of buon fresco and egg tempera, which both involve a close engagement with the earthy, elemental materials of stone, sand and pigments. Her paintings, depicting fragments of figures and landscapes, draw in particular from the coastlines of Dorset and Cyprus, and from historic or mythic narratives woven through the landscape. As a recipient of an Arts Council England DYCP studio and research grant for her project, ‘The Art of Fresco’ (2022-23), Grace attended a specialist fresco course in Sardinia, and has since been continuing her work to fold this ancient and alchemical medium into a contemporary painting practice. Allsop Gallery, Bridport Arts Centre, 9 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NR  Open 10am – 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday, 01308 424901. Free entry.

5 – 11 February

Earth Fire Water Spring. An exhibition of  paintings, pastels, mixed media, textiles, and ceramics. John Austin-Williams, Imogen Bittner, Mala Hassett, June Lisle and Helen Simpson present an eclectic exhibition to celebrate and coincide with the first signs of Spring in this winter season and the arrival of snowdrops at Springhead. These five very different artists, members of the Dorset Salon (Dorset Visual Arts), have united under the title “Visual Rhythm” because of an underlying sense of motion in their art. Working in different media their pieces reflect the dynamic sensations found in music. Among the colours, forms and marks in their work lie the echoes of a melody, a beat, This is why you will find an energy and vibrance in Earth Fire Water Spring and why the Gallery is to host a concert on Sunday 11th at 2pm, which includes a newly composed quartet inspired by the artwork on display. Springhead, Mill Street, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury SP70NU


10 February – 9 March

Brian Rice: In the Beginning Paintings, drawings & prints from his student years at Yeovil School of Art & Goldsmiths College. At 87 Brian Rice is recognised as one of the most important British abstract painters with work in close to 70 museum and corporate collections, mainly in the U.K. and U.S.A. Anyone who is familiar with his distinctive abstract paintings and prints is, however, in for an unexpected experience at The Art Stable in Child Okeford this February. ‘In the Beginning’ presents a fascinating archive of works made by Brian in the 1950s whilst at Yeovil School of Art and Goldsmiths College, London. A collection of delicate landscapes and portraits are Brian’s earliest works. They are from this seminal period of time, when art education was rigorous, and the teaching of skills paramount. These closely observed figurative images from an artist now so well known for his bold, purely abstract work, perhaps demonstrate the value of such a foundation, enabling the student to move with confidence into their own creative path. The Art Stable, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset DT11 8HB.

16 February – 7 July

Spring 2024 mixed exhibition by gallery artists & guest artists. Our Spring mixed exhibition features over a dozen of our gallery artists, plus four guest artists, including a range of sculptures, oils, and prints. Devon-based Mary Gillett will be exhibiting a series of her collagraphs along with the corresponding plate for each work. As she writes, “The plates are made using thin ply as a base and worked on with carborundum grit, PVA and acrylic paint, then sealed with a thin coating of shellac. I left the ink on the plates after printing and did a little more work on them because I was interested in the impact they made as objects in themselves.   They take hours and hours to make.” Alongside these will be other prints from Dorset-based Colin Moore  and Bristol based Ruth Ander. Many other artists will also be exhibiting their various sculptures, ceramics, and oils including Johannes von Stumm, Alison Wear, and Phillippa Headley.Tincleton Gallery, The Old School House, Tincleton, nr Dorchester, DT2 8QR. Opening / performance times: 10AM – 4PM   Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon or by appointment 01305 848 909.

17 February – 23 March

Andrew Hardwick: Wounded Land Bridport Arts Centre is delighted to present Wounded Land, an exhibition of paintings by Bristol-based artist Andrew Hardwick. Andrew Hardwick paints places that are lost or go unnoticed, the unspectacular and ordinary, often wastelands which are about to be built over. These Edgeland landscapes are filled with forgotten ruins, remote moorland reservoirs, even the occasional Amazon Warehouse. Sunsets, rain and storms also feature heavily in his work. He uses variety of found materials: soils on board, plastics, canvas, roofing materials, and of course, paint, often decorator’s gloss. Following the romantic painting tradition, these textured “constructions” can be big, sometimes over four metres long. Andrew paints places he knows well, especially those near his studio by the Royal Portbury Docks, Bristol, a transient landscape which is gradually being pulled into a modern dock and warehouse area by development. Some of Andrew’s work evokes the more rural landscapes he remembers from his family farm, now existing only in memory or as what he describes as “ghost landscapes.” The work challenges our complicated relationship with the land. Andrew Hardwick has a studio on a small holding near the Royal Portbury Docks, Bristol. He has a degree from the University of the West of England and an MA from the University of Wales, Cardiff. Widely exhibited around the UK and Ireland, he has had recent solo shows at the Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery and The Plough Art Centre, Devon, as well as representation by Anima Mundi, St Ives, since 2011. Website: Preview: Friday 16th February, all welcome. Allsop Gallery, Bridport Arts Centre, 9 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NR. 01308 424901. Open 10am – 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday, Free entry.

Until 9 March

Mikhail Karikis: Acoustics of Resistance First UK showing of new installation by internationally recognised artist Mikhail Karikis focusing on the climate emergency and exploring listening as a form of climate care and activism. Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm. Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell St, Honiton EX14 1LX 01404 45006.

Until 31 March

Bright & Bold: Celebrating the Dorset Landscape Miranda Pender takes a fresh look at familiar Dorset features in this vibrant collection of semi-abstract landscapes, recognisable without being realistic and playing freely with colour, curve and contour.  Rotunda Gallery, Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA, Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm,

Until 21 April

Elisabeth Frink: A View from Within An exhibition that will reveal an intimate portrait of the celebrated British sculptor Elisabeth Frink. Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the artist’s death, Elisabeth Frink: A View from Within will be the first exhibition to focus on the significant body of work produced by Frink (1930-1993) at her Woolland studio in Dorset between 1976 and 1993. It will explore her artistic process, personal life and the profound influences that shaped her work: human conflict and our relationship with the natural world. Dorset Museum, High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1XA.

Until 28 April

‘Present Tense’ will spotlight the next generation of artists living and working in the UK, from emerging to mid-career, celebrating a breadth of creative talent and socially engaged practices. The multifaceted group presentation will consist of 23 contemporary artists outside of the Hauser & Wirth roster, testing the boundaries of their mediums to address and confront notions of identity, consciousness, humanity and representation. Through their individual lens, each artist is responding to the cultural climate of the UK right now, depicting a range of lived experiences that co-exist and connect within the rich fabric of the same location. Hauser & Wirth, Durslade Farm, Dropping Ln, Bruton BA10 0NL.

Until 2 June

Artist Rooms, Bill Viola Bill Viola (born 1951) is one of the world’s leading video artists, considered pivotal in establishing video as a form of contemporary art. Since the early 1970s Viola has used video to explore universal human experiences such as birth, death and the unfolding of consciousness. His work is renowned for its precision and simplicity while fusing the influences of painting, photography and cinema. Artist Rooms focuses on three intimate pieces from ‘The Passions’. Begun in 2000, this series is a sustained exploration of human emotions, suffering and transcendence. It is inspired in large part by Viola’s study of European religious paintings of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and his personal experience of loss with the death of his parents. Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS. 01392 265317.