The Visual Art Exhibition took place in the Beaminster Public Hall from Saturday 22nd – Sunday 30th June 

West Dorset is renowned for the concentration of artists drawn to the area by the stunning views, the quality of the light, but most of all the infectious creative energy that abounds amongst the hills and villages around Beaminster and Bridport.   As part of the Festival we hold a biennial visual arts exhibition and are lucky enough to attract some of the best of our local artists.

Throughout the Festival, the Public Hall was transformed into a lively, vibrant, free-entry gallery, showing an amazing display of painting, sculpture, ceramic, textile and photographic art.  The artists who exhibit were all local and were on-hand to talk to you about their work.

Beaminster School exhibited both art and photography, and St Mary’s Academy and the Beaminster Playgroup also produced a fine display.

The following artists exhibited:

Caroline Barnes, Anne Cater, Brian Cocks, Christine Corson, Rita Cowie, Jenny Cuthbert, Annette De Rohan, Annie Dent, Barbara Green, Aviva Halter-Hurn, Josephine Hamilton, Philomena Harmsworth, Wendy Hermelin, Jacqueline Hume, Jane Huxtable-Brown, Sue Jenkins, Nicola Leader, Katherine Lloyd, Linda Mannion, Charlotte Miller, Alison Mitchell, Patricia Mummery, Cilla Perry, Anna Pinkster, Heather Pope, Amanda Popham, Val Ravenhill, Anne Roberts, Katie Scorgie, Angela Seckington, Mandy Selhurst, Jane Shaw Fenella, Stride & Miles Bell, Judy Thompson, Debbie Tiltman, Baffy Turner, Mike Willdridge, Hugh Woodeson

Some of the work on display

Beaminster School Art

The paintings in the exhibition were produced by the Year 10 GCSE students. The Students explored the techniques used by the Impressionists to capture form, texture, mark making and colour mixing in a landscape.

Beaminster School Photography

Photography students worked on a variety of different outcomes based on the themes of colour and fashion, from recreating Vogue country house shots at Mapperton House, to recreating iconic fashion images from the likes of David Bailey. Taking part in the Rotary Young Photographer, Year 12 students worked on the theme of ‘The Beauty of Nature’ producing a vast array of amazing outcomes.