Above: The Milky Way over Portland Bill © Stephen Banks
below: the completed studio © Brian Bleese
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is delighted to announce the official launch of the Kingcombe Centre’s brand new studio and work space with an exhibition of art and sculpture by local artists, from Saturday 23rd May Monday 25th May 2015.
The renovation of the old barn at the Kingcombe centre will include brand new facilities for courses and workshops, which include many craft disciplines such as felting, botanical painting and illustration, willow weaving and printmaking. There will also be a permanent gallery space.
Fibre artist, Carla Taylor, will be running the ‘Needle felt animal workshop’, using Kingcombe’s very own Dorset poll fleeces.
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
Astrophotographer, Stephen Banks, will be displaying his work during Kingcombe Arts Exhibition, and giving a talk on Sunday 24th 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!”
In the stunning setting of Kingcombe meadows, the new studio and work space is surrounded with wildlife and beautiful views.
Visitor Experience Officer for the Kingcombe Centre, Nicola Hawkins said: “In the stunning setting of Kingcombe meadows, the new studio and work space is surrounded with wildlife and beautiful views. We have a mixture of artists coming along to the exhibition, but they all have one thing in common: they use wildlife and Dorset landscapes to inspire theutir creations. It’s a great way to showcase the talent of the tutors who run our courses and we are sure that our visitors will take inspiration from it.”
Entrance is free, there will be art demonstrations througho 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. Find out more and view all the courses and workshops at The Kingcombe Centre by visiting their website here or phone 01300 320684.
*£5 per head, bookings required, places limited. Phone 01300 320684 to book.
Please click on the names below for more information on the artists attending:
Bruno Charron Wood sculpture
David Metcalfe Wire sculpture
Sally Derrick Sculpture
Christine Hart Davies Botanical paintings
Sarah Morrish botanical painting, lino prints.
Carla Taylor contemporary felt sculptures
Annabel Wilson Shibori textiles lampshades
Kim Creswell Willow sculpture
Colin Varndell Photography
Stephen Banks Astro photography
Angela Fendley Contemporary Art
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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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.