Dorset Art Weeks Venue 193
Saturday 28th May to Sunday 12 June 2016
Visitors can experience a rich and varied collection of painting, printmaking, textiles and photography, together with sculpture in the gardens, from over 15 local artists (including many of our own workshop tutors). A percentage of sales go to Dorset Wildlife Trust’s conservation work.
Explore the trails in the surrounding Nature Reserve and discover a rich tapestry of colours, sights and sounds.
Meet the artists (see individual dates below), join one of our events or explore our new Nature Detective Trail for children.
Café open every day during event and Bed and Breakfast available.
Read on to find out more about the artists exhibiting
Stephen Banks, from Bridport,aka DorsetScouser specialises in the stunning images of astrophotography. His pictures have featured centre-spread in The Guardian, on the cover of an Astronomy Photographer of the Year book and on BBC Stargazing Live.
Meet the artist: Sat 28 May, Sun 29 May, Sat 4 Jun, Sun 5 Jun
A kaleidoscope of constantly shifting impressions and flickering memories, my collages are created from material steeped in encounters with the landscape, from photos and digital images to feathers, pressed flowers and mud, as well as copious drawings and a range of painting and printing techniques, notably collagraph, itself a form of collage.
Meet the artist: Tue 31 May, Thur 2 Jun, Mon 6 Jun, Thur 9 Jun (PM only each day)
I generally work in watercolour, acrylics and pastel, taking my inspiration from nature and the beautiful West Dorset countryside where I have lived for over 30 years.
I am always attempting to portray the unique character and particular atmosphere of the landscape which delights and amazes me - especially the trees and hedgerows. I hope this joy and wonder I feel can be shared in some part by the viewer.
Meet the artist: Mon 30 May, Thurs 9 May
Kim Creswell has been enchanted by natural materials all of her life and first encountered the joy of working with willow over 20 years ago.
Kim unfortunately has been unable to exhibit, however she will be running her Willow Animal workshops later this year. Find out more here.
Sally sculpts animals, birds, portrait heads and figures. She draws inspiration from wildlife visiting her west Dorset garden, cliff top and country walks, and also travels further afield for inspiration.
Meet the artist: Sat 28 May, Sun 29 May, Mon 30 May, Sat 4 Jun, Sun 5 Jun, Mon 6 Jun
Hugh Dunford Wood
Hugh Dunford Wood studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art at Oxford. He has painted and exhibited worldwide, and was Artist in Residence at The Royal Shakespeare Company, and several years later at the Globe Theatre when it first opened in 2000. After a time being mentored by Peggy Angus in applied design, Hugh had a textile design business for 20 years, before moving a couple of years ago to printing on paper as a small run business, the results of which you can see on www.handmadewallpaper.co.uk.
I have long been inspired by the beautiful landscape of West Dorset. Living in a small village set beneath the ancient hill fort of Eggardon my work often portrays this hidden raw landscape of almost vertical hills and tangled woodland.
Walking the footpaths and fields produces a combination of stored images and small sketches resulting in larger paintings,these then develop using various different surfaces and mixed media, scraping and scarring to reveal light and colour beneath.
Based in Weymouth, Dorset, David’s woven wire sculpturees are inspired by garden design, and works with galvanised woven wire to produce animal sculptures. He creates owls mounted on wooden blocks, which are suitable for display in the garden, and all year round.
Sarah’s fascination and passion of illustrating the natural world stems from childhood and combined with her having worked in the field of conservation, her artwork depicts natural forms in a variety of media.
Meet the artist: Sat 28 May, Sun 29 May, Mon 30 May, Sat 4 Jun, Sat 11 Jun, Sun 12 Jun.
Sarah will be demonstrating during the days she is at Kingcombe.
Lively and atmospheric seascapes and landscapes – interpretations of where land meets sea. Antonia is a well-known and established Dorset Landscape and Wildlife artist, now based in Bridport. As a full member of the Society of Wildlife Artists, she exhibits annually at the Mall Galleries in London.
Meet the artist: Thur 2 Jun, Fri 3 Jun, Mon 6 Jun (AM only)
Carla is a Dorset based fibre artist based at her studio, The Mousehole Woolery. She creates contemporary and traditional three dimensional felt sculptures with a focus on using local Dorset wools.
Meet the artist: Sat 28 May, Sun 29 May, Mon 30 May, Tue 7 Jun, Sat 11 Jun, Sun 12 Jun
Carla will be demonstating during the days she is at Kingcombe
Annabel Wilson is a Dorset based designer and dyer using natural plant dyes.. At Townhill Studio, she creates vibrant textile designs using the stitch resist of shibori. They are made in to wonderful glowing lampshades and wall hangings.
Meet the artist: Sun 29 May, Tue 31 May, Wed 1 Jun, Fri 3 Jun, Thurs 9 Jun (PM)
I work in textiles and enjoy making pictures inspired by the natural world around me. Light and shadow and the feeling of growth as in trees and plants are important elements in my work.
I also make ecclesiastical embroidery and my work can be found in many Dorset churches and beyond
Designer and nature-lover Angela Fendley has lived in Dorset for over 25 years, and is motivated not only by the magnificent coastline, but also the region’s rich natural habitats: rivers, parklands, woodlands, commons and heaths. Her contemporay design work explores natures colours.