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What Artists Really Do? 22 April 2015

What Artists Really Do?

Interrogating Projects

EXHIBITION

‘WHAT ARTISTS REALLY DO’

A Process Based Exhibition


Saturday 23 May - Friday 19 June
The Old Timber Yard, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6
4EL. Open 7 days a week, 10am - 4pm.
A process based exhibition.


WORKSHOPS AND ACTIVITIES

ART TRAIL AROUND WEST BAY
with STEPHEN YATES
Wednesday 27 May

The Old Timber Yard, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6
4EL. 10am – 12noon. Adults £8 / Age 5+ children
free. Taking a line for a walk around West Bay with
local artist Stephen Yates and be inspired to find
things to draw and learn from.


INFORMAL DISCUSSION
with SIMON THOMAS PIRIE and KARINA GILL
Thursday 28 May

The Courtyard Workshop, Rogers Hill Farm,
Briantspuddle, Dorset DT2 7HJ. 5 - 7pm. £7.50.
An opportunity to find out more about the work and
practice of renowned furniture maker Simon Thomas
Pirie and contemporary Dorset silversmith Karina Gill
as they exhibit as part of Purbeck Art Weeks. There
will be a chance to look around the showroom. To
include drinks and nibbles.


SKETCHBOOK SURGERY
with HUGH DUNFORD WOOD
Wednesday 3 June

The Old Timber Yard, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6
4EL. 10am - 1pm. £12. Suitable for age 13+. Come
along with your sketchbook and favoured materials.
Build your confidence to approach a blank page
whilst exercising your eye!


‘HERB & DOROTHY – YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A
ROCKAFELLER TO COLLECT ART’
FILM SCREENING
Wednesday 10 June

The Old Timber Yard, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6
4EL. 7pm. Evening film £7.50. This film tells the story
of a postal clerk and a librarian who in the early 1960s
in America managed to build one of the most
important contemporary art collections in history with
very modest means.


To book tickets call 01305 853100 or email

[email protected]

 

 

We believe the Interrogating Projects
methodology is proving successful. We like to
think this is because we have found a style and
level of ambition that suits artists working in a
rural area. For the participants it has balanced
the aims of working independently whilst also
having content and process driven reference
points and stimulating dialogue with others.
Sharing, studying and responding have become
the watchwords of the process that have driven
the projects to this point. We have seen selfconfidence
grow amongst many, more energy
afforded to plein air work and re-newed
enthusiasm to rediscover the fun of
experimentation.
Jem Main, Creative Director, DVA


What next?
Our next step is to up-the-ante, adding senior
professional input and more critical engagement
into the project processes. We are attempting to
identify and then meet the needs of our artists.
The need to understand better: art writing and
writing better about one’s own work, to have a
greater awareness of new materials and making
technologies, the importance of using social
media and a greater contextual understanding
of work in a variety of genres. Dorset Visual Arts
is also working towards a series of studio days
to further develop skill swaps and artists
interaction.
Look out for DVA’s ongoing project activity. Join
up in October to be included in the next round
of meetings to share and develop your work.
These projects culminate in two exhibitions next
summer spanning Dorset Art Weeks.


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