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The 2019 Art Exhibition will run from 10 to 18 August 2019.

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The 2019 Art Exhibition ran from 10 to 18 August 2019.

Art Exhibition 2018

We have over 40 West Country artists and crafts people exhibiting this year, including many new names and some popular favourites. Paintings, prints, ceramics, jewellery, woodwork and greetings cards will be on display for sale. Perhaps you will find that gift for a special occasion.

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Pics (above): Billie Willcocks, Dorset Magic
George Sainsbury, West Bay
Jill Preston, Cornish Cliff
Jenny Cuthbert, Nature's Bounty

Art Exhibition

The 2016 and 2017 Burton Bradstock Art Exhibitions have been our most successful so far regarding attendance and sales of paintings and crafts. This was a reflection on the high quality of art work and crafts being exhibited. Our attendance and the sales of paintings,cards and crafts have increased each year.

Great thanks to all our artists who exhibited such fabulous paintings and crafts. The impressive standard of work that was on show reflects the talent that exists in West Dorset and surrounding counties. Also the variety of media and styles made it a wonderful exhibition for visitors and other artists looking for inspiration.

The visitors' book showed from how far and wide people came. One painting sold at the exhibition will soon be hanging in a house in California! The visitors comments on the welcoming atmosphere in the exhibition hall and the high quality of work on view made encouraging reading for the people who worked so hard to organise the event.

Thank you to all who visited and bought pictures and we look forward to seeing you in 2018 when the next Burton Bradstock Festival of Music and Art will be held. The dates for this have already been announced and are from the 12 August to 17 August.

Art Exhibition 2016

Village hallIn the heart of Burton Bradstock is the Village Hall in Church Street by the green. The Hall is converted to a vibrant, colourful art gallery for the period of the festival in August. On show will be original paintings, ceramics and wood crafts by quality West Country artists at affordable prices.

We are delighted to have  some of our best selling  artists from last year exhibiting their new work here again this year. These include: Jake Winkle, Marion Taylor, James Webster, Marnie Shaw and Lynda White.

There will also be a selection of  talented artists new to our exhibition showing this year.

Throughout the week, sold items will be replaced by new work so it is worth popping in frequently to view the art, and enjoy the atmosphere. Hopefully there will be something which you might like to buy. The sale of artwork raises money for the Festival.
Further information to come.

Pics Right: Lynda White, James Webster, Lynda White,
Jake Winkle, Diane Summer, Adrian Ballantyne,

Get involved

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 meeting local painters, visiting craft workshops and then inviting artists to show and sell their work at the exhibition.

Leading up to and during the 10 days of 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.

There is a worthy side to our work at this festival. The sales of the work at the exhibition raises money which contributes to the cost of the festival. Also this year we are supporting the Minerva Trust to help disadvantaged children explore and enjoy art through activity workshops. Email us

Thoughts from a member of our organising team

Published in Bride Valley News 2016

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 13 – 21 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 got involved 5 years ago. Do join us.

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Some of the artists who will be exhibiting at our art exhibition 2018

Ingrid Ellis

My usual work is colourful, eclectic and mostly abstract; there are fabric collages, detailed hand and machine stitched work, quilted items, mono-prints and paper collages. I don’t try to shock anyone or change the world with my art, I just love working with fabric and colour. I also like working in a series and exploring everything around a new technique. Currently I am inspired by a quilt block called “New York Beauty”, which affords a great variety of colour and design options.

At the same time I have been exploring a different series, which are photographic images. Dorset offers such a lot of landscape and architectural treasures and I love taking photographs, translating them onto fabric and hand stitching them. Some of them are meant to be a bit moody and delicate, others naturalistic, see above. I am very happy to be commissioned. Email and Website

Wendy Hermelin

My textile art work is inspired by my love of walking in the wild places of nature – West Dorset, Cornwall, Dartmoor, Cumbria, Peru. I like bringing elements of my walks to life again with fabrics of different texture and colour. I use many fabrics and combine them, like mixing paint, to give depth to the pictures, adding machine and hand stitch to bring in detail. I hope to share my love of the outdoors with those who see my pictures. Recently I have been experimenting with mono and screen printing on fabrics and creating books and journals based on weather patterns and nature. I have danced and stitched all my life, the one informing the other alternately. I run Dancing into Elemental Art weekends, combining dance and art inspired by walks in the west Dorset area. I also teach workshops for the Laban Guild of Movement and Dance, the Embroiderer’s Guild and West Country Embroiderers. Email and Website

Billie Willcocks

I rarely plan my work, preferring it to develop spontaneously - although I usually have a fair idea of how it needs to take form. When out sketching, I prefer to use diagrams of shapes and compositions – putting colours and ideas for later work. My studio is in a beautiful garden, where I am fortunate to have plenty of inspiration and tranquility! I love to work outside especially along the Dorset coastline It is a constant struggle to achieve something new and exciting and I try to use different techniques and ideas as much as possible to this end. Although I work in watercolour, gouache and acrylic – mixed media and oils are my preferred medium. I seem to have a need to paint and can’t wait to start on a new piece.

Beresford Pealing and Harry Anderson, Town Mill Potters.

Vicky Stride

After a career in education I am now fortunate to have the luxury of time to pursue my love of painting and sketching. Dorset is a most inspiring county, rich in contrasts and atmosphere. In my work I celebrate the land and seascape in sun, in rain, in fact in all the seasons. I enjoy exploring colour, texture, shadows, light and the essence of nature in abstraction.

Peter Thomas and Trevor Ball
wood turners.

Val Corgan

I enjoy painting in lots of different medium, but favour watercolours. I love experimental techniques and allowing the paper, water and colour to do its own thing. Although I am a total amateur, I have been lucky enough to be commissioned to paint animal portraits this year, something dear to my heart.

Breaking wave by Terri Hogan.






Burton Bradstock Art Exhibition 2017

Three of the artists who will be exhibiting at our art exhibition
take their inspiration from the extraordinary Dorset landscape.

George Paul Sainsbury

George Sainsbury

“Working out of my studio in Long Bredy in the Bride Valley I enjoy the challenge of working ‘en plein air’, painting mainly in oils, being particularly motivated and inspired by the light just before or after storms or showers and at dawn and sunset. Although intensely observed I have a desire to capture and communicate the essence of the subject, leaving the viewer a chance for personal interpretation and response. As a relief from land and seascapes (and harsh weather,) I produce small, quiet still life paintings which allow me to concentrate on careful observation and in particular the representation of light and reflections.” Website

Charlotte Miller

“I have long been inspired by the beautiful landscape of my home in West Dorset.   Living in a small village set beneath the ancient Hill Fort of Eggardon my work often portrays this hidden landscape of almost vertical hills and tangled woodland.

I also spend many hours walking the coastal paths and surrounding countryside, I make simple line sketches and combined with stored images these are then developed into paintings within my studio.”

Jenny Cuthbert

“I am best known for my distinctive stylised west Dorset landscapes (although I do occasionally cross into our neighbouring counties!).  Inspiration comes from the lanes lined by flat-topped hedges that appear and disappear between the hills, wind-sculpted trees and the long shadows of late afternoon.  Recording the distant landscape, looking closely into hedgerows or exploring natural forms the local environment is my main visual resource. Watercolour is my main medium and I also work in print including lino, drypoint, copperplate etching and monoprint. My work is held in private collections throughout the UK, in the USA, Europe and beyond.”

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