Dorset Art Weeks 2016
Saturday 28th May to Sunday 12 June 2016
The Milky Way above Portland Bill © Stephen Banks
Dorset Art Weeks is one of the largest open studio events in the country. This year two of our visitor centres will be exhibiting art work for Art Weeks – the Kingcombe Centre, and The Chesil Beach Centre, both in west Dorset.
A percentage of sales go to Dorset Wildlife Trust’s conservation work.
Kingcombe Centre (DAW116)
The Kingcombe Centre is central to Dorset Wildlife Trust’s work in supporting people to engage, celebrate and connect to the landscape. The Centre, which is set amongst 1,000 acres of nature reserve, provides courses, free parking, a café, events, and accommodation to enable its visitors to fully immerse themselves in nature.
How to get there: Turn off the A356 towards Toller Porcorum, take first right onto Kingcombe Lane and follow to Lower Kingcombe, where the Kingcombe Centre is signposted. Postcode: DT2 0EQ. Map ref SY554990. Phone 01300 320684 Click here for more information
Chesil Beach Centre (DAW193)
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is a modern accessible visitors centre nestled next to the iconic Chesil Beach and Fleet Lagoon. Literally a stone’s throw from the beach, the centre has an education exhibition area, the Taste* café, a shop, activities for children, pay and display car park, and stunning views across the wildlife-rich Lagoon and Jurassic Coast.
How to get there: The visitor’s Centre is halfway along the causeway between Weymouth and Portland on the A354 (Portland Beach Road) Postcode: DT4 9XE. Phone 01305 206191 Click here for more information
Read on to find out more about the artists exhibiting at the Chesil Beach Centre
Stephen Banks, from Bridport, (aka Dorset Scouser) is one of a growing number of enthusiasts who have taken up night-time photography. His pictures have featured centre-spread in The Guardian, on the cover of an Astronomy Photographer of the Year book, in the Trinity House Lighthouses calendar for 2014 and on BBC Stargazing Live. His time-lapse video, Bridport by Night, is a viral hit on YouTube with nearly 25,000 views.
Antonia is a well-known and established Dorset Landscape and wildlife artist, who exhibits regularly in the Mall Galleries in London. Using the medium of painting and printmaking, Antonia creates lively and atmospheric seascapes and landscapes. Antonia trained in Bournemouth (Natural History Illustration and Fine Art) and has worked with Dorset Wildlife Trust for over 25 years, producing illustrations and nature panels for many of the Trust’s reserves.
Adrian Gray is the pioneer of stone balancing art. His work is predominantly sculpture and photography based on the natural world of balance. He creates balancing sculptures using weathered stone, photographing them in natural locations to capture their transient beauty. In the past 14 years Adrian's work has evolved to include new ideas and themes, but the predominant feature remains the beauty and seemingly impossible nature of balance.
Maggie's imaginative works in porcelain combine fine art and ceramics. Having trained both as a painter and a potter, she has an artist’s approach to her ceramics using texture and colour to produce images which demand close attention by the viewer. Her inspiration comes from nature, wildlife, landscape and the coast. Shoreline and tideline patterns and the flight of birds all play their part in her work.
Sam’s love of wildlife and the countryside inspires her to produce her lively acrylic paintings. She has gained an A-level Art and a National Diploma in Art and Design. Recently she has studied Botanical Illustration at Kingston Maurward College. Sam has undertaken many commissions including; portraits, pets, houses and landscapes, all from her studio near Sherborne in Dorset. Sam’s illustrations were also used on the Dorset Wildlife Trust Christmas card collection 2015.
Pippa sculpts ceramic animals and has recently started creating sculptures cast in bronze resin. Growing up in Dorset, Pippa was surrounded with animals and began sculpting, drawing on her previous experiences with animals for inspiration. She also spends time watching her pets, trying to record in her head their expressions and attitudes. Pippa teaches ceramic classes in her studio and her work can be seen in local galleries and exhibitions.
Caroline has always been inspired to create pieces of artwork for interiors. Her contemporary aluminium design work compliments almost all environments.
As an artist Caroline's work is constantly evolving and moving in new directions. She finds inspiration in many of her surroundings and enjoys creating limited items that are at home both inside and outdoors. She also makes jewellery, automata, stationery and has a bespoke design service.
Kate grew up in Dorset and went to school in Somerset, during this time she fell in love with the countryside, although she didn’t realise it at the time.
Firmly believing in the conservation and protection of all of Britain’s native species Kate feels that the most important and vital aspect of her work is to help contribute towards the preservation of British Wildlife by depicting their characters. Kate draws from life, as much as possible, sketching and painting outdoors whatever the weather!
Kate was delighted to be asked to do the illustrations by A.S. Mills for Bobby the Brown Long Eared Bat book, due out in May 2016.
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