EXHIBITION LISTINGS

ELISABETH FRINK: TRANSFORMATION
Until 7 May
Hauser & Wirth, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, BRUTON BA10 0NL
Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm (19 January - 28 February), 10am - 5pm (1 March - 7 May)
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On view until 7 May 2017, Hauser & Wirth Somerset presents a major solo exhibition of sculpture by the late Elisabeth Frink. The exhibition Transformation comprises a selection of Frink’s distinctive bronzes produced in the 1950s and 1960s, alongside a series of drawings that highlight the artist's skill as a draughtsman. Outside in the grounds are some of Frink’s most important sculptures from her later life, including the celebrated Riace Warriors. Frink’s art was directly influenced by her childhood and adolescent experiences. Growing up mainly in rural Suffolk, she enjoyed a countryside existence full of animals and birds, but set against the backdrop of war. Her father was a professional soldier who fought at Dunkirk. Frink was nine years old when the Second World War broke out. Living near an airfield, she often witnessed bombers fighting in the skies directly overhead, or returning to the base in flames. Later on in the war, while spending time in Devon, she narrowly avoided machine-gun fire from a German fighter plane. These events had a profound effect on her, as did her viewing of the first images released of the Nazi concentration camps. The impact of these experiences influenced Frink’s approach to her work and led to a life-long preoccupation with conflict, injustice and man’s capacity for brutality. She had an interest in Celtic mythology, in particular how man expresses himself through myths and metaphors, notably in relation to war. Frink’s range of subjects included men, animals and birds, exploring their shapes to convey tension, aggression and vulnerability.
WILTSHIRE ARTISTS
Until 29 April
St Peters Church, MARLBOROUGH SN8 1HQ
Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm.
01249 814439
New works in a variety of media
ELEANOR MORETON: ‘A COLD WIND FROM THE MOUNTAINS’
Until 30 April
Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, EXETER EX4 3LS
Monday - Saturday 10am - 5.30pm
01392 667054 Visit Website
At first glance, Moreton’s paintings may appear to share a shimmering, arcadian or idyllic lightness of touch. This, however, often belies a darker and more troubling subtext. Hers are paintings of longing and ambivalence, nostalgic and sentimental, yet analytical and critical, they investigate a sense of loss that drives us in acquisitiveness, addiction, deception and creativity.
ALFRED STOCKHAM: PAINTED COLOUR
Until 1 May
Bath Contemporary, 35 Gay Street, BATH BA1 2NT
Monday - Saturday10am - 5pm
01225 461230 Visit Website
"Over many years, I have gradually refined my approach to 2D design, aware that true greatness lies in simplicity. My aim is to createan underlying visual dynamic. The poetry of the subject and the poetry of the structure support each other. The real or observed world and the subconscious dream world both play their part to make a painting sing."
‘PAINTED COLOUR’
Until 1 May
Bath Contemporary, 35 Gay Street, BATH BA1 2NT
Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
01225 461230 Visit Website
Celebrating the structural diversity of colour and its varying potential for visual composition, we present three contrasting artists whose work indulges our sense of form, structure, materiality and movement: Alfred Stockham, Paul Wadsworth, and Iryna Yermolova.
LARKHALL OPEN STUDIOS
29 April to 1 May
Various venues in Larkhall, BATH,
11am - 5pm
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This annual open studios trail is part of the Larkhall Festival and has grown to attract visitors from across Wessex and beyond.
CHEDDAR ARTS FRINGE FESTIVAL
29 April to 1 May
Various locations in CHEDDAR,
10am - 4pm
01934 743297
Open studios and ongoing willow sculpture workshop, walking art trail around Cheddar. Grand showcase event plus live music on 28 April, opened by Rick Buckler at 6.30pm.
LAURA JOLLIFFE: ‘A SENSE OF PLACE’
26 April to 2 May
The Gallery, Shaftesbury Arts Centre, 11-13 Bell Street, SHAFTESBURY SP7 8AR
10am - 4pm
01747 855243 Visit Website
Weather casts the land in new light which we sense, and enjoy or endure. This sense of place is an intrinsic part of our lives and our emotional connection with it.
MARGARET DEAN: ‘LOOKING BACK’
29 April to 2 May
42 Preston Street, EXETER
10am - 6.30pm
01392 277767
A retrospective exhibition of paintings spanning five decades
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