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.

Owen Vachell's image of cider against Corfe Castle
Owen Vachell’s image of cider against Corfe Castle

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.

ARTISTS

Aunt Jane’s Attic

Aunt Jane’s Attic

Handmade mixed media cards made with old images and vintage style lace and buttons. Capturing images of a yesteryear, creating… Read More

Eighty Three Designs

Eighty Three Designs

Handmade with a country vibe, these platters offer a wide variety of uses in the kitchen – from table mats… Read More

Hilary Buckley

Hilary Buckley

Hilary moved to Lyme Regis in 2007, and has been inspired by the wonderful Dorset scenery.  Also having more time… Read More

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Esme James

Esme James

Esme was born in Dorset and has lived in the county all of her life leaving only for a short… Read More

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Galiani Glass

Galiani Glass

Galiani Glass Art endeavours to create bespoke one-off original artworks which are hand crafted by them as artists/designers, and can be cared… Read More

Dorset Uglies

Dorset Uglies

Dorset Uglies are unique and characterful pottery creations that are equally at home peeking out of a flower bed, or… Read More

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Jill Thompson

Jill Thompson

Jewellery designer, Jill Thompson moved to Dorset in 1990 where she has drawn inspiration from the coast and beautiful Purbeck… Read More

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Jack Orton

Jack Orton

Jack Orton is a final year photography student at the Arts Institute Bournemouth and has recently spent his time visiting… Read More

Tim Laycock, Phil Humphries and The Ridgeway Singers

Tim Laycock, Phil Humphries and The Ridgeway Singers

The Ridgeway Singers & Musicians, led by Phil Humphries and Tim Laycock, came together in 2013 to explore the tradition… Read More

Owen Vachell

Owen Vachell

Owen is a professional photographer from Dorset. You may be familiar with his breathtaking landscape images of the county that… Read More

Katie Scorgie

Katie Scorgie

Following her passion to become an equestrian artist, Katie completed both a Foundation and a Degree in Fine Art. She… Read More

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Frances Pollard

Frances Pollard

Frances is a potter with a keen eye for decoration. She explores colour and patterns in nature, textiles and the… Read More

Bill Crumbleholme

Bill Crumbleholme

Renowned for his lovingly crafted jugs and beakers, Bill is a tall bearded potter with a penchant for ancient wares…. Read More

Jonathan Garratt

Jonathan Garratt

Dorset potter Jonathan is renowned for his wood-fired terracotta garden planters, decorative pots and slipware and zinc fumed wall discs…. Read More

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