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.
‘QUEEN VICTORIA IN PARIS’
Until 23 April
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, EXETER EX4 3RX
Tuesday - Sunday 10am – 5pm
01392 265858
This exhibition shows forty four watercolours of Queen Victoria’s remarkable visit to Paris in 1855. The first time a reigning British monarch had visited the French capital in over 400 years, the visit ostensibly celebrated the military alliance between France and Britain against Russia in the Crimean War.
MEETING MODERNISM
Until 24 April
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, East Cliff, BOURNEMOUTH BH1 3AA
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
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The Russell-Cotes travelled the world throughout the 19th century building up an eclectic collection of paintings. Curators continue their vision with work by significant artists but in a 20th century idiom
MEETING MODERNISM
Until 24 April
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, East Cliff, BOURNEMOUTH BH1 3AA
Tuesday - Sunday 10am – 5pm - £6
01202 451858 Visit Website
This vibrant exhibition continues showcasing popular early 20th century paintings collected by the first curators after the Russell-Cotes’ deaths in the 1920s. Includes stunning Dorset landscapes, portraits and war art.
PEDAS: ‘FLAVOUR’
Until 24 April
The Gallery Upstairs, Upton Country park, POOLE BH17 7BJ
10.30am - 4.30pm
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A sumptuous celebration of food and drink.
RAVI BUTALIA
Until 25 April
The Gallery, Shaftesbury Arts Centre, 11-13 Bell Street, SHAFTESBURY SP7 8AR
10am - 4pm
01747 855243 Visit Website
In the spirit of triptychs and trilogies, Ravi Butalia’s collages are based on the same theme - a sense of place.
SUE LEWIN, KATHY SCOTT, TONI WEST
Until 26 April
The Courtyard Gallery, Town Mill, Mill Lane, LYME REGIS DT7 3PU
10.30am - 4.30pm
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Current paintings and sculptures by three Wessex artists
TRUPLE VISION
Until 26 April
The Malthouse Gallery, Town Mill, Mill Lane, LYME REGIS DT7
10.30am - 4.30pm
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Photographers John Marriage, Moya Paul and Dave Wicken take a playful sideways look at the world.
JERWOOD DRAWING PRIZE 2016
Until 27 April
The Gallery, Arts University Bournemouth, POOLE BH12 5HH
Monday - Thursday 9am - 5pm, Friday 9am - 4pm, Saturday 9am - 1pm
01202 363272 Visit Website
The largest and longest-running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK, this exhibition showcases the work of UK-based drawing practitioners, from student to established, helping to define a wider understanding of the role of drawing in creative practice.
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