In the heart of Burton Bradstock is the Village Hall by the green. During the Festival week, the Village Hall is transformed into a vibrant , colourful art gallery. Original paintings, ceramics, glass and wood crafts are exhibited by West Country artists and are on sale at affordable prices.The exhibition is run by volunteers and the revenue from the sale of the art and crafts goes towards funding the Festival and also to art education workshops in the local area.
The Art Exhibition 2019
The 2019 art exhibition was very successful and was well received by visitors who were extremely complimentary regarding the professional way it was presented. The wet and windy weather was against us this year, the bunting had to be taken down and the posters advertising the exhibition safely stored away. One might think the inclement weather would drive holiday makers indoors but it seems bright sunshine is what makes people visit art exhibitions and buy the crafts on sale!
One of our new craft exhibitors was Caroline Lewis whose beautiful glassware sold very well. Our potter this year was Catherine Broadway returning after her 2017 debut here with successful sales of her unusual style of work. The wood workers excelled themselves with record sales.
Our artists who sold the most paintings were Jake Winkle with his delightful watercolours which are appreciated by everyone. The apparent simplicity of his work is deceptive and very hard for other artists to replicate. James Webster with his detailed paintings of local scenes, Heather Pope also painting in watercolour and John Boyd with his exquisite oil paintings. All our artists were successful albeit with the paintings in the more economic price range selling best. This is in line with the exhibition being one of ‘affordable west country art’.
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The Village Hall
The Art Committee
The art exhibition is put together by a small committee who meet several times throughout the year to prepare for this annual event. It involves visiting art and craft fairs, painter’s studios, art galleries and then inviting artists to show and sell their work at the exhibition.
Leading up to and during the exhibition our level of activity gradually increases. There is the distribution and placing of posters to publicise the festival, the preparation of the village hall and then the stewarding of the exhibition to be carried out. The committee would welcome help in these rewarding tasks. It is an opportunity to meet musicians, artists and take part in this renowned Dorset festival and in the village life of Burton Bradstock.
The sale of artwork contributes to the costs of Festival and supports art educational projects in the local area. Email us
Thoughts from a member of our organising team
Published in Bride Valley News
Have you ever yearned to be part of the action, behind the scenes? On moving to Burton Bradstock 10 years ago, it was my top ambition.
For Art and Music lovers, the Burton Bradstock Festival which this year takes place 15 – 23 August, offers nine days of indulgent pleasure, fired by international musicians of repute, and widely acclaimed local artists and craftspeople.
The organisers of the Art Exhibition and Sale would welcome help from anyone interested in assisting us to prepare, run, set up and take down the Exhibition. We are a small group of diverse, friendly people, and enjoy first hand experience of this wonderful Festival!
Lucky me. I love it so much I’m still involved after 9 years. Do join us.
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16-25 AUGUST 2020
Six days of brilliant classical, jazz and world music with internationally acclaimed performers and a nine-day exhibition featuring some of the finest art and ceramics in the South West.