(Above) Kingcombe Copse (Below) Kingcombe Meadow and River Hooke all by Wendy Hermelin
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT) Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve has been used as inspiration for the art exhibition ‘Approaches to Kingcombe’, which is being displayed by local artists as part of the Dorset AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) ‘Drawing Inspiration Project’.
The project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, aims to use landscape within the AONB area of Dorset as an inspiration for local artists to take a new perspective on the land around them.
Local artists used walks in wild flower meadows for inspiration
Local artists Caroline Lake, Pat Mummery, and Wendy Hermelin used surroundings on walks in wild flower meadows at Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve to create their art work.
Wendy Hermelin said: “I have often visited Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve and loved the area for its wildness and mixture of landscapes and the tracery of old field systems; the small meadows that still retain their names from a time past when each was farmed by a different person. A lot of my art work is based on landscapes and Kingcombe has so many different views.”
New perspectives and interpretations of Kingcombe
West Dorset Living Landscapes Area manager, Debbie Watkins said: “We are delighted that artists are visiting Kingcombe to draw creative inspiration from the landscape, and this is a fantastic way of sharing it with other people through the form of painting. This landscape hasn’t changed for the last hundred years, and it is interesting to see new perspectives and interpretation through these talented and skilled local artists.”
Come and visit the exhibition
The exhibition will be held on Thursday 10th April to Saturday 12th April from 10am 4pm each day at ‘Devonia’, 19 Hogshill Street, Beaminster, DT8 3AE.
For more information about the Kingcombe Centre click here or phone 01300 321329 or come and see the landscape for yourself! The café is open 10am-4pm Friday- Sunday plus bank holidays and school holidays.
‘Drawing Inspiration’ is a programme of events, activities, and exhibitions celebrating the beauty of Dorset landscape, past and present. For more information about the other upcoming events, click here.
Notes to Editor
Kingcombe Centre: Lower Kingcombe, Toller Porcorum, Dorchester, DT2 0EQ.
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.