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New sculptures added to Langmoor Gardens in Lyme Regis

We’ve added four striking new sculptures to the Langmoor Gardens in Lyme Regis. Works by Dorset artists Brendon Murless, Isla Chaney and recent graduate Carrie Mason are now displayed in the public gardens. They were chosen by emerging curator Nikki Hawkins, in a role we created as part of the project. The artists and curator were paid for their work and the whole project cost £5,000. Funding came from Lyme Forward through Lyme Regis Town Council. Praise from townsfolk The new works have attracted warm praise from townsfolk. Lyme Regis town councillor Cheryl Reynolds said: ‘Even on dull, wet...

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Magical theatre day at Mountjoy for children with additional needs

This wonderful one-day workshop and performance by The Bone Ensemble at Mountjoy School in Beaminster was part of our Short Breaks programme. Actors Jill Dowse and Sam Frankie Fox gave a couple of workshops with small groups of children aged six to 18. These included non-verbal gestures, sounds and music. ‘It’s very interesting to work with children with complex needs. They don’t generally show they are participating in the ways you’re used to as a performer. The challenge for us is to work with that,’ said Jill, who is also co-artistic director of the ensemble. In the afternoon the...

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Charlotte is young star of South Dorset Ridgeway film

An 11-year-old schoolgirl from Dorchester is the star of a new short film we’re making. The video will promote the landscape and art of the South Dorset Ridgeway. Charlotte Gale is an aspiring actor and member of Dorchester Youth Theatre. She plays the central figure in the new video, produced by The Arts Development Company and South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. ‘For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to sing and act. I’ve really enjoyed it – my family always say I’m a bit of a drama queen!’ said Charlotte. Bronkham...

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Art ahoy! Dorset artists’ work displayed on Barfleur

Fifteen artists from across Dorset have taken to the high seas for an exhibition aboard Brittany Ferries’ ship the Barfleur on the Poole to Cherbourg crossing. Phil Clayton, who runs the Town Mill Galleries in Lyme Regis, co-curated the venture with Andrew Knutt, Culture+ business developer at The Arts Development Company. ‘It’s good experience for artists, it gives their work exposure. Exhibiting work in a more unusual space helps develop their CVs,’ Phil explained. ‘We selected 15 pieces from more than 100 submissions. We chose a broad range of styles. I’m really pleased with the way they all work...

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Sensing Helen – Tam gathers stories of visually impaired women in Victorian Dorset

Tam Gilbert, a Dorset-based visually impaired artist, is researching the stories of visually impaired women in Dorset. The Heritage Lottery Fund is funding her investigations into the experiences of women in Victorian Dorset and modern times. Artist and story-teller Michele O’Brien joins Tam on her journey. Sensing Helen The Sensing Helen project is inspired by Helen Keller’s experience of learning to communicate. Keller was the first deaf and blind person to graduate in the US. Tam is exploring three areas of visual impairment heritage. She is researching the story of two visually impaired/blind women in Dorset when there was little understanding about disability. Oral histories...

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International artist wins West Bay brief

International artist Michael Pinsky will be helping to shape improvements worth nearly £2m at West Bay near Bridport, Dorset. Pinsky grabbed media attention earlier this year for his Hull UK City of Culture piece, The City Speaks. The installation included a giant screen fitted on the tidal barrier. The screen enabled people to have their words projected across the city. Although the computer software was programmed not to project rude words, several cheeky messages slipped through. Most famous was ‘send nudes’. West Bay ‘welcome hub’ The West Bay projects cover the ‘welcome hub’ by the Green. Motorcyclists meet here,...

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