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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

Earlier Event: March 30
Easter Open Studios 2017
Later Event: September 8
Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios