Kingcombe meadows provides a canvas for Dorset Art Weeks
Sanderling - pair wooden sculpture © Bruno Charron, Rachel Bright in her studio © Rachel Bright, Sally Derrick © Sally Derrick, Kingcombe Cafe © Nicky Hoar
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is pleased to announce that the Kingcombe Centre, near Maiden Newton, will be hosting a colourful and stunning exhibition of wildlife art as part of the annual Dorset Art Weeks festival from Saturday 24th May until Sunday 8th June 2014.
The Centre, which will act as a hub for west Dorset Art weeks celebrations will be exhibiting various artists from around the south west, displaying a range of media, from oil paintings, to sculpture and etchings, all of which have been inspired by wildlife in Dorset and surrounding areas.
Artists attending include Rachel Bright, Bruno Charron and Sally Derrick
Artists attending include Rachel Bright, creator of the multi-million selling gift and gifts and card brand, ‘The Bright side’ and Bruno Charron, who uses recycled wood to create stunning sculptures. Local sculptor, Sally Derrick, will display her beautiful clay and bronze pieces, some of which have been inspired by wildlife she observes in her garden in Dorset.
Local sculptor Sally Derrick said: "I’m delighted to be part of Art Weeks; Kingcombe is the most wonderful place, in that it is unspoilt and truly inspiring.”
Sally Derrick said: “When I came to Dorset, I started sculpting wildlife to capture the form and essence of the animal, to explore its ecological struggles, and convey what makes that particular creature survive. Often this leads to a beautiful shape such as the flexibility of the cheetah’s body, the silent flight of the owl, or the quick spear-like beak and adapted feet of the egret. I’m delighted to be part of Art Weeks; Kingcombe is the most wonderful place, in that it is unspoilt and truly inspiring.”
Kingcombe is somewhere visitors can come for a great day out, with exhibitions for art enthusiasts, walks for wildlife lovers and creative and fun hands-on activities for children
Individual Giving Manager for DWT, Fiona Sansom, said: “Kingcombe is somewhere visitors can come for a great day out, with exhibitions for art enthusiasts, walks for wildlife lovers and creative and fun hands-on activities for children. As a fundraising initiative and as part of the festival, we are asking for art donations from those wanting to ‘give their unwanted art a home,’ to create an art gallery for sale or auction during the festival, with any donations for the pre-loved art going to DWT. If you would like to make a contribution, you can contact us on 01305 264620 for more information or to arrange collection. Alternatively you can send your art to us directly at Brooklands Farm, Forston, Dorchester, DT2 7AA.”
There is also a programme of activities for children, including searching for bugs and beasties on the reserve, decorating wildlife biscuits and making willow fish to take home.
The Kingcombe Cafe will be serving up refreshments and delicious dishes
The Kingcombe Cafe will be open from 10am-4pm during the two weeks, serving up refreshments and delicious dishes including high tea, cream tea, children’s food, light lunches, homemade cake and refreshments.
Notes to Editor
The Kingcombe Centre is near Dorchester, in Lower Kingcombe, Toller Porcorum, DT2 0EQ, four miles from Maiden Newton train station.
Artists exhibiting at the Kingcombe Centre:
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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.
A master in etching and other ancient printmaking techniques, she creates beautiful letter-pressed and etched art work in an eclectic array of forms. You may also recognise her work from the multi-million selling cards and gifts, ‘The Bright Side’.
Using textured clays and fabrics, Jane draws her inspiration from the area around Eggerdon Hill in west Dorset. History, landscape and nature are all explored in her intriguing pieces.
Bruno creates wooden sculptures using recycled wood found in Dorset. His work includes carvings, boxes and bowls, and he find that the simple shapes, when highly polished, bring the wood back to life.
Mary Fontein (Nee Sutton)
Mary’s unique work is through collaging papers, plastics and fabrics, and drawing over them with coloured machine stitch. Laying sheer fabrics such as organza, Mary creates a sense of depth and atmosphere as with painting.
Sally and Richard Dennis create stunning ceramics and antique glass. The pottery’s output includes vases, bowls, boxes and dishes are of interest to enthusiasts of decorative pottery. The designs reflect the 19th and 20th century Arts and Crafts movement.
Based in Weymouth, Dorset, David’s ceramics are complementated by woven wire sculptures. He is 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.
A freelance painter based in Bridport, Antonia’s work is about being near the sea, painting on location or from sketches made on site, including under the sea! Changing light and mood of water, bird flight and movement along coastlines are usual starting points.
Vibrant and evocative abstract paintings, and sculpture using mixed media including textiles, paper and ceramics inspired by geology and organic forms.
Jan paints mostly watercolour and pastel gaining inspiration from west Dorset countryside. She works from home from photos taken on daily walks around Toller Porcorum, including other DWT reserves in west Dorset. She uses a variety of media, incorporating her affection for farming and farm animals into her work.
Max’s work focuses on the wild spaces throughout south west England to create powerful oil paintings. He is intrigued by the varied coastlines and ever-changing moors of this landscape.
List of events
Tuesday 27th May - Bugs & Beasties 10-12pm £3 per child. Booking essential on 01300 321409.
Delve into the world of mini beasts. Small people will shake the bushes, lift logs and net sweep the meadows in this ‘bug fest’! We’ll also take a look around the centre’s pond to see if we can spot any newly emerged dragonflies or damselflies.
Thursday 29th May Plant Detectives. 10-12pm £3 per child. Booking essential on 01300 321409.
Come and test your ID skills at the Kingcombe Meadows Nature reserve where many of the flowers, shrubs and trees will be in bloom. Books and identification guides will be provided.
Everyday drop-in activities include:
- Explorer trail, children can draw on the chalk boardwalk, and make mudfaces in trees
- Willow Weaving create willow fish with our easy step guide to make a keepsake to take home.
- Wildlife snaps for kids Using an ‘I spy’ species sheet, explore the nature reserve and try to snap as many plants and insects on your sheet. Download your snaps back at the Centre and enter them into our monthly ‘Pat Dolbear photographic competition for kids’ with the change to win a £10 prize.
- Let’s go on a poo hunt take our poo guide and explore the nature reserve for the real thing!
- Snail Bakes Decorate your own snail shaped biscuit to take home.
Additional walks and other events will be added to our programme of events. Keep an eye on the website here for more information.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.