6 Bridport Artists - Eype Church Centre of the Arts
to Apr 28

6 Bridport Artists - Eype Church Centre of the Arts

Featuring Kit Glaisyer, Caroline Ireland, David Brooke, Marion Taylor, John Boyd and Charlotte Miller.

The six artists in this exhibition have a long shared the experience of working and exhibiting together, in the same building in Bridport’s Art & Vintage Quarter, only to lose their studios to a fire in July 2018.

Each artist has had to adjust to their new circumstances in their own ways, some working at home, others finding new studios or setting off on travels around the country. It has been a time of change and uncertainty for all of them, forcing them to consider how, where and why they now want to continue their artistic practice.

The exhibition at Eype Church features examples of their work from the recent months. Perhaps you will notice an underlying narrative drawn from this time of change and rebirth?

Meet the Artists Day is on Sat 13th April

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Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios
to Sep 16

Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios

Explore our Vibrant Art Scene, Saturday 8th – Sunday 16th September.

Bridport has become known as the leading Arts community in the West Country and our annual Open Studios event celebrates this vibrant Visual Arts Scene. Started in 1999 by Caroline Ireland, the event has grown over the years to become a distinctive showcase for the Artists who live and work in West Dorset.

This year 90 of West Dorset’s Finest Artists, Designers and makers invite you to share a fascinating glimpse into their creative process.There will be a wide variety of visual arts to enjoy including painting, printmaking, illustration, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, glass, furniture and sculpture.

We encourage you to engage in conversation with the artists, seizing your opportunity to discover more about their creative process and view their most recent work. Our Open Studio event offers the rare opportunity to buy original work directly from the Artists, as well as cards and prints.


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Dorset Art Weeks 2018
to Jun 10

Dorset Art Weeks 2018

17 Artists will be taking part in Dorset Art Weeks 2018

Join us from Saturday 26 May to 10 June, open 10am to 5pm.

We are one of the largest venues taking part in Dorset Art Weeks. We're based in Bridport’s popular Art & Vintage Quarter, where 17 artists are opening their studios over the 16 days of the event:

Kit Glaisyer: In November I returned from a year-long residency in Bath where I started a series of life-size figurative works, which I’ve continued back in Bridport. I’m also been finishing my current landscape commission of an autumnal view looking across a Devon valley and creating new atmospheric views from Eggardon Hill.

Caroline Ireland paints dreamscapes and landscapes charged with magical feeling, unexpected encounters with people, animals and birds and shamanic transformations; familiar places transformed through paint in heightened colour, patterning and the amplification of natural shapes into a rhythm of visual design.

David Brooke’s distinctive works include highly stylised figures in scenes of enchanted waters, forests and skies. David is aiming for an emotional response from his audience. His stories draw the viewer into the familiar-seeming work, eliciting their own stories, responses, and sense of mystery and adventure.

John Boyd will be showing mixed-media and oils, along with many watercolours produced in recent months - scenes from London to the West of Cornwall and places in between, inspired by his love of experimentation and photography.

Sculptor Isla Chaney was a winner of the 2015 Marshwood Arts Awards and her work is now on display in the Langmoor Gardens in Lyme Regis. A Royal College of Art graduate, Isla produces intriguing contemporary sculptures that are thought-provoking and deliberately ambiguous. Works range in scale from the domestic to outside installations.

Marion Taylor will be exhibiting some new work, including images of her beloved Colmer’s Hill, in her usual style with almost obsessive attention to detail, line and colour blending. Some of Marion’s ceramics will be making an appearance too: quirky, characterful doggies, plus ceramic heads and strange figures.

Living in a small village set beneath the ancient Hill Fort of Eggardon, Charlotte Miller is inspired by the beautiful landscape of West Dorset, portraying this hidden land of almost vertical hills and tangled woodland. Essentially semi-abstract, natural springs carve watery paths and ancient apple trees cling to the side of a terraced hill.

Having recently returned to Bridport from Dubai, where he worked as an artist and photographer, Russ Snedker will be showing new works that reflect his love of line and nature, including graphite works, some sculptures and new prints that are first drawn on paper in graphite or ink, then scanned and worked on digitally.

Abstract painter Rob Morgan removes paint as readily as he applies it, making corrections, scraping paint from the surface to reveal previous marks, gives the painting depth and intrigue, opening possibilities which suggest the next move. Any underlying narrative is diminished and forgotten as the surface builds and the physicality of paint and colour dominate.

Peggy Cozzi works in oils and acrylics on a range of scales, from intensely worked small paintings to large gestural canvases. She explores how paint can evoke imaginative responses and psychological states, where colour and mark trigger emotive associations, paint appears at once tactile and concrete, with the potential for illusion and the capacity to draw on the unconscious.

Squirrell Bindery & Press is a treasure trove of fine stationery run by musician-bookbinder, David Squirrell and artist-poet Kim O'Loughlin, with handbound notebooks and sketchbooks in traditional and new styles, a range of handprinted greetings cards and original blockprints, plus bespoke binding and printing, business cards, wedding stationery and beautiful custom books.

Three artists can be found in the Studio in the Attic on the top floor of the long red brick building: Creative photographer Sally Davies finds a wealth of inspiration in the beautiful countryside of the area, using her designer’s eye and knowledge of nature to digitally magic her own photos into striking images across pictures and giftware. Having enjoyed a more than 20-year publications career, Elizabeth Sporne returned to her Bridport hometown to refocus on her first love of portraiture, with her sympathetic paintings and drawings, capturing both likeness and character. Neil Barnes celebrates 40 years as a professional photographer and will be showing some outstanding landscape photography that has already garnered him a large following.

Fiona Neylan has gained a reputation for her fine, handmade hats for both everyday use and for special occasions. She works with a variety of quality materials, such as velvet, silk, feathers, beads, sinamay and felts to achieve a sense of luxury, sophistication and exoticness. She will also be showing a collection of drawings and paintings by herself and selected local artists.

Ceramicist Jennie Hanrahan has been investigating the use of coloured slips to decorate her handmade terracotta tableware, using bright colours to emulate the feeling of gazing into an open flower. Primarily inspired by the Tulip she is producing plates for feasting and for everyday eating.  

* Canadian-born Prue Heward-Morgan has recently left the studios. Prue paints still life and landscape scenes in a bold, simplified style with gentle, lyrical paintings on wood and canvas. You can contact her at www.prueheward-morgan.com

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Easter Open Studios 2017
to Apr 2

Easter Open Studios 2017

St Michael’s Artists welcome you to visit their studios and workspaces over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend: 30 March – 2 April.  Come and see new work and work in progress, purchase original artworks and crafts, prints and cards.

Read more about Peggy Cozzi, Russ Snedker & Ella Squirrell on Pages 18-20 of the Bridport Times

Press Release

A dozen artists will be opening their studies at St Michael’s Studios in Bridport’s Art & Vintage Quarter from 10am to 4pm over the four days of the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend - Good Friday, Saturday, Easter Sunday and the Bank Holiday Monday. Original works will be available, as well as prints, ceramics, photographs, books and cards.

Artists Kit Glaisyer, Caroline Ireland, David Brooke, Charlotte Miller, Marion Taylor, Peggy Cozzi, Russ Snedker, Jemma Thompson, Squirrell Bindery & Press, Fi Neylan Hats plus Studio in the Attic with Sally Davies, Elizabeth Sporne and Neil Barnes will all be open at various times over the weekend.

Kit Glaisyer has returned from his year-long residency in Bath and will be unveiling his latest painting commission “A view across a Devon valley”. The painting was over a year in the making, inspired by an autumnal view across the Offwell Vallery in East Devon, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Caroline Ireland creates images that emerge from intuitive processes, suggesting glimpses of real and imagined worlds; images come from dreams and her imagination in soft pastels, watercolours and charcoal. She also works from observation in pastel on black paper, with strong, bright and vibrant colours.

David Brook is well known for his distinctive, meticulously crafted, imaginative acrylic paintings and coloured pencil drawings. Influences of mythology and medieval book illumination are woven together to create an original contemporary mixture of style and subject.

Marion Taylor creates landscape paintings of Dorset rich in pattern and colour, including depictions of the much-loved local landmark, Colmer’s Hill.  Enjoy paintings of still life, butterflies and flowers. Signed copies of Marion’s book – “Colmer’s Hill, one artist’s obsession” will also be available.

Charlotte Miller creates mixed media semi-abstract paintings on canvas and smaller works on paper. She is inspired by the hidden raw landscape of West Dorset and walks along local coastal paths.

Russ Snedker has returned to Bridport from Dubai after an international career in art and photography. He makes fine line works in ink and graphite, both subtle and stylised. His sculptures are dynamic and evocative, while his paintings of sea scenes have boldness and strength.

Peggy Cozzi has been working at St Michaels Studios since last November and has recently completed a series of abstract paintings that are on display at the Mall Galleries, London. On Saturday she will be opening her studio to show her paintings, drawings and prints based on the human form and abstract compositions.

Sally Davies uses her imagination to evoke her love of nature, flowers and the great outdoors in both her fresh colour work and striking black and white imagery. She works exclusively with her own photographs, which she multiplies, sometimes adding paint or other media.

Elizabeth Sporne paints in bold acrylic on canvas, creating strong portraits that capture both likeness and character.

Neil Barnes has nearly 40 years’ experience as a professional photographer, with a myriad of people and objects passing through his lens. Latterly he has turned to landscape photography and his experience shows in the exceptionally high standard of his work, earning him an excellent reputation in this field.

Fi Neylan will be showing a collection of individual, handmade and designer Hats and headwear for everyday and special occasions, with various accessories to complement, along with a collection of drawings and paintings by herself and a selection of local artists.

Jemma Thompson is a well-known sign painter in Bridport and will be showing a selection of her calligraphy along with her current animal portrait commissions.

Squirrell Bindery & Press is run by musician-bookbinder David Squirrell and artist-poet Kim O'Loughlin, with a treasure trove of fine stationery, handbound notebooks and sketchbooks in traditional styles and some new ones, plus a range of handprinted greetings cards and original block prints. Ask about bespoke binding and printing, business cards, wedding stationery and their beautiful custom books.

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