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Kingcombe Arts Weekend  23rd- 25th May 2015

Kingcombe’s connection with the arts has gone from strength to strength, and this year we are celebrating with a three day Kingcombe Arts Weekend on Saturday 23rd ­ Monday 25th May.
 
We will be launching our brand new Swallow Barn studio space with a Bank Holiday weekend of nature, landscape and wildlife inspired art from Dorset and beyond including exhibitions, talks, sculpture, photography, landscape, botanical painting and more.

Kingcombe course tutors will be exhibiting their work, including fibre artist, Carla Taylor, who will be running the ‘Needle felt animal workshop’, using Kingcombe’s very own Dorset poll fleeces.  Carla said:  “Conservation is a fundamental inspiration of my work, and I’m very pleased to be taking part in the Kingcombe Arts Weekend.  I use the animals and the landscape of the Dorset countryside and coastline to inspire my wool sculptures, using a technique of needle felting which transforms them from fleece to a truly unique work of art!”   

Astrophotographer, Stephen Banks, will be displaying his work during Kingcombe Arts Exhibition, and giving a talk on Sunday 25th May at 6pm* about the method and equipment he uses to capture his dark skies shots in Dorset for every star gazing shot in his portfolio.  Stephen said: “In Dorset, not only do we get fantastically dark skies, but we also have instantly recognisable and iconic landmarks and landscapes.  My mission is to combine these landscapes with a backdrop of an endless sky, stretching out over billions of miles, and billions of years, to make the viewer realise how beautiful the galaxy we live in is. It truly is Dorset as you’ve never seen it before!”

Entrance is free, there will be art demonstrations throughout the days, children’s activities and the nature reserve is open for people to wonder around and admire the west Dorset landscape.  The Kingcombe café will also be serving up some delicious food.
 
Open 10.30am - 4.30pm FREE ENTRY
 
Here is more details on the artists

Sally Derrick

Website: www.sallyderrick.co.uk

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.

Sally Derrick Bronze

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Sarah Morrish

Website:  www.natures-details.com

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.

Brush with Nature c Sarah Morrish

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Carla Taylor

Website:  www.themouseholewoolery.co.uk

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

Carla Taylor

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Bruno Charron

Website: www.purbeckwoodstudio.co.uk

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.

Egret by Bruno Charron

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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.

Spring Wildflowers by Mary Fontein

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Annabel Wilson

Website: http://townhillstudio.co.uk/

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.

A Wilson 6 300dpi-001 

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Colin Varndell

Website: http://colinvarndell.co.uk/

Colin Varndell is a Dorset based photographer best known for his evocative images of animals, birds, insects, wild flowers and landscapes. Colin is running our Art of Nature Photography course in June 2015

Colin Varndel GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER D9.3.67 

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David Metcalff

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.

Owl by David Metcalfe 

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Christina Hart-Davies

Website: www.christinahartdavies.co.uk

Christina Hart-Davies is a well-known botanical artist and illustrator working professionally in this field for over thirty years. She holds four RHS Gold Medals for her paintings, and was a founding member the Society of Botanical Artists. She has been closely associated with The Kingcombe Centre since its beginning and teaches twice a year with us.

Christina Hart-Davies painting 2

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Stephen Banks

Website:  http://dorsetscouser.com/

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.

SJB 7671-Editc Stephen Banks

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Angela Fendley

Website:   http://cargocollective.com/angelafendley

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.

Angela Fendly Natural Colours 1

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Kim Creswell

Website: www.kimcreswell.co.uk

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 Creswell

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