ART @ THE JUBILEE HALL
The Jubilee Hall on Queen Mother Square will be showcasing some of Dorset’s outstanding artists and makers at this year’s Dorset Food and Arts Festival.
For the first time, the festival will have a major visual arts focus, with paintings, ceramics and photography on show and a demonstration by one of Dorset’s best-known potters. There will also be a display of photographs of projects from the three year South Dorset Ridgeway Partnership, exploring the history, topography and culture of this area, which is full of prehistoric stones and burial sites.
Among the makers who will be featured in the Jubilee Hall will be Jonathan Garratt from Stour Row, one of the country’s leading studio potters, who also specialises in functional ware and pottery for the garden; Bill Crumbleholme of the Upwey Potters, who will be demonstrating during the day; and Frances Pollard who has her pottery at the Boilerhouse Gallery in Corfe Castle. Not to mention, beautiful jewellery from silversmith Jill Thompson of Jilly Flower jewellery.
Painters taking part include Amanda Wallwork, who will have work within the South Dorset Ridgeway Partnership exhibits; equestrian artist Katie Scorgie, who has her studio at Hinton St Mary and shows at many of the country’s major racing and eventing venues, including this year’s Cheltenham Festival; and the Purbeck painter Esme James, whose work is instantly recognisable with its strong blue palette.
There is more vivid colour from glass artists Ian Godfrey and Gail Boothman of the newly opened Galiani Glass Studio at Poole, where they produce a range of artisan glass wall art, functional decorative glassware and jewellery; and for fans of vintage accessories, Julie Penney will be there with Aunt Jane’s Attic.
Photographer Owen Vachell will be showing some of his dramatic landscape pictures. His image of West Milton Cider and Dorset apples against a background of Corfe Castle and a starry sky will be part of the festival’s publicity this year. There will also be work by Jack Orton, a photography student from Arts University Bournemouth, who carried out a portrait project at Poundbury earlier this year.
Another first at the 2017 festival will be a performance by the Ridgeway Singers and Band, led by musician and historian Tim Laycock and musician and conductor Phil Humphries. They will be singing in the afternoon in the Jubilee Hall, with a repertoire of songs collected from Dorset villages at the turn of the 19th century by the Hammond brothers.
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