EXHIBITION LISTINGS

SOMERSET PRINTMAKERS: ‘PRESSING MATTERS..’
Until 6 August
Contains Art, East Quay, WATCHET TA23 0AQ
11am - 4pm (Closed 27 and 28 July)
07799 260854 Visit Website
Exhibition
BRIDPORT ART SOCIETY
Until 8 August
The Allsop Gallery, Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, BRIDPORT DT6 3NR
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
01308 424204 Visit Website
A wide variety of media and techniques are on show, including acrylics, oils, pastels, water colours, collage and mixed media.
TONI DAVEY: TAKING CONTROL
Until 9 August
Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, STREET BA16 OYD
Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 5pm
01458 444322 Visit Website
The title for Toni Davey's show ‘Taking Control’ is taken from a series of recent drawings which developed from repeated questions regarding the ever present use of the underlying grid in her work. As a young child, she would fill in the squares of the Littlewoods and Vernons Football Coupons in sequences of colour and shape using pencil and crayon. The endeavour was a pleasurable escape from a chaotic and stormy childhood into a world of measured calm and order. Another refuge was needlecaft (knitting, crochet and embroidery) especially Fair Isle knitting, inventing and translating on the gridded pattern sheets. Toni felt that in this aspect of her life she was ‘Taking Control’. The exhibition is a retrospective of over 40 years of drawing. The work contained in the show includes pieces made since 1972 after she completed 7 years of full time Art Education.
ENCOUNTERS
Until 9 August
Eype Centre for the Arts, EYPE, Nr Bridport DT6 6AR
11am-5pm
07775 431652 Visit Website
Join members of Wessex Contemporary Art when they come together to explore the Church and its surroundings, and to work on a collaborative drawing in response. Members of this very diverse and active group will also be showing finished works made following earlier visits to this extraordinary place.
SEATON AND DISTRICT ART SOCIETY
8 August to 13 August
Town Hall, SEATON
10am - 5.30pm - 50p
01297 444134
Exhibition
‘CRAFTS IN THE GARDEN’
13 August
Red House Museum, Quay Road, CHRISTCHURCH BH23 1BU
10.30am - 3.30pm
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Craft exhibition
‘FACTUAL NONSENSE’
Until 15 August
Bruton Art Factory, 7 Old Mill Business Estate, BRUTON BA10 0EH
Wednesday - Saturday 12noon - 5pm
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Exhibition on the art and death of Joshua Compston featuring work by Tracey Emin, Sam Taylor Wood, Gavin Turk, Gary Hume and Angus Fairhurst.
ENCLOSURES
Until 15 August
Quercus Gallery, 1 Queen Street, BATH BA1 1HE
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
01225 428211 / 07738 929089 Visit Website
Printmaking has grown increasingly important for Sandra Porter. Working with grids and squares it is difficult to define which comes first paint or print. Visiting the Isle of Skye she found that the corrugated sheds and farm buildings in outrageous pinks and greens resonated with the lines and blocks of tone in her current work. In the next series of prints, figuration began to creep in: a roof here, a chimney pot there, a boarded up window, speaking of the harshness of the northern climate and the rural way of life in this remote area of the British Isles. Porter's black carborundum prints are reliant on the heavy pressure of the press to bring out the texture of the process. Borrowing snippets of technique from Jasper Johns she inks up the plate with white and soaks her completed print in black indian ink as it comes off the press. The image emerges as the ink dries. In 4 coloured prints using viscosity techniques she rolls hard, medium and soft rollers to isolate the different colours leading to fascinating, beautiful tones and hues which allow subtle differences within editions. Moving between unique prints and small paintings her colour has become increasingly vibrant and celebratory.
‘WATCHET SUMMERTIME’
8 August to 16 August
Contains Art, East Quay, WATCHET TA23 0AQ
11am-5pm
07799 260854 Visit Website
A colourful and varied show in a wide range of styles and techniques including sculpture, oils, watercolour and prints.
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