Art Exhibition launched at The Chesil Beach Centre
Wednesday 26th October 2016
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is pleased to launch the My Wild Life art exhibition from Saturday 5th November to Sunday 20th November 2016 at the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre.
The exhibition will feature the work of nine local artists using the mediums of photography, pottery, watercolour, silk paintings and wool sculpture to name just a few.
The exhibition is inspired by the DWT My Wild Life campaign, where we asked members of the public to share with us what makes their lives wild and what they love about the natural world.
All of the nine artists exhibiting are inspired by Dorset's wildlife and landscapes
All of the nine artists exhibiting* at the Chesil Beach Centre art exhibition have a story to tell about how Dorset’s wildlife and landscapes have inspired and influenced their work.
"I am so fortunate to be able to capture nature's wonders on camera"
Wildlife photographer, John Palmer, said, “The breathtaking beauty of nature is right here on our Dorset doorstep, and I am so very fortunate to be able to capture its wonders on camera. Our wildlife can be quite elusive, however over the years I have dedicated my time to get ‘up close and personal’ with the Brown Hare. I don’t always press the camera shutter, because sometimes I just want to feel that special connection with this wonderful animal when we look into each other’s eyes….simply magical!”
"Now the whole of the dorset and Devon coast is my studio"
Stone balancing artist, Adrian Gray said, "As the pioneer of Stonebalancing art people always ask me how I got started. I wish I could say there was a ‘eureka’ moment, but the truth is, my ideas were inspired on the remote stretch of coastline known as the Undercliff. This rugged, isolated wild shore has a huge selection of great shaped stones that I could experiment with and after every storm I was presented with a new palate of rocks. Now the whole of the Dorset and Devon coast is my studio and I wait with anticipation for those winter storms to turn up something new."
The Chesil Beach Centre is an excellent location for this art exhibition
DWT’s Chesil Beach Centre Assistant and exhibition organiser, Vicky Ashby said, “Following the success of the Dorset Art Weeks exhibition this year, we are very pleased to be able to showcase more local artists and their fantastic work, including cards and prints. The location of the centre is an ideal backdrop, over-looking Chesil Beach so you can also enjoy wildlife spectacles such as hundreds of brent geese on the Fleet Lagoon. There’s some fantastic walks on the beach, the Taste* café has some delicious snacks, and you can browse our wildlife gift shop.”
Come along and find out more
The My Wild Life exhibition will run from Saturday 5th November until Sunday 20th November from 10am – 4pm, 7 days a week. The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is located halfway along the causeway between Weymouth and Portland and has a pay and display car park. Find out more about the Chesil Beach Centre here.
*Artists attending the Exhibition include:
Nicola Dennis: (Original silk paintings, oil & acrylic paintings and illustrations)
Maggie Cooke: (Ceramics and pottery)
Carla Taylor: (Wool sculpture)
Adrian Gray: (Stone balancing art)
John Palmer: (Photography)
Sally Servian: (Glass mosaics and tiles) Email-
David Metcalf: (Woven wire sculptures)
Mary Tarraway: (Botanical artist/Botanical illustrations)
Terri Peay: (Illustrated homewares)
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 26,000 members and over 44 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.
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is owned by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and leased to Dorset Wildlife Trust who run the Centre on behalf of a partnership including the Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve and the Jurassic Coast Team, with the continued help of local volunteers. The building of the new centre and boardwalk was made possible by funding from a wide range of organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Crown Estate and Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland, the Fine Family Foundation, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Dorset County Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Chalk and Cheese and the Jurassic Coast Trust. The Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Portland, DT4 9XE. Phone 01305 206191 for more information about the centre and its events or visit www.dorsetwidlifetrust.org.uk/chesilbeach
The Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported more than 26,000 projects, allocating over £4 billion across the UK. This includes over £411 million to more than 2,600 projects across the South West. Website: www.hlf.org.uk.
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