All posts by Lois Wakeman

Potter, photographer, writer and a bit of a geek, living in Uplyme, East Devon

Summer Open, 2018, 03/08/2018-08/08/2018

Developing on the success of last year’s Open exhibition, once again Town Mill Arts will be showcasing an extensive range of local creative talent. This year’s exhibition will take place during peak tourist season allowing maximum exposure for the participating artist whilst also giving the visitors a wide cultural experience. There is no theme and submissions are welcome in any media. We hope you will take this unique opportunity to exhibit your work in one of the South West’s premium exhibition spaces.

If you would like to exhibit please complete the entry form and return it to:

Town Mill Arts, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU

by 30th July

Radiance, 10/08/2018-29/08/2018

Julie Oldfield’s latest exhibition (her second this year at the Mill)  is titled ‘Radiance’.  She will be showing new paintings that focus on the skies.

Julie is known for her seascapes and now has set herself a challenge to explore the moodiness and unpredictability of rapidly changing skyscapes.

She uses copper, aluminium and brass sheets with mixed media and heat and chemistry to bring out the luminance and radiance of her skyscapes.

“I really enjoy working on metal and playing with the chemistry”.

These experimental techniques also have unpredictable unforeseen results that can inspire the development of these dramatic sky images.

“The resulting images are not intended as exact records like a photograph. My work gives an impression of the environment and is intended to provoke contemplation and an emotional response.”

Julie’s work is distinctive and draws the attention of the viewer, and yet is calming and contemplative.

Open daily 10.30-4.30, free admission.

Richard Kaye – Printmaking 2014-2018, 17/08/2018-29/08/2018

Richard is candid about enjoying some subject matter which most people and artists would tend to ignore.

Having trained at Bournemouth College of Art where he focused on drawing and painting. Taking inspiration from the landscape around him, he has become fascinated by portraying what he sees in a compelling way. He has led an interesting life, having a huge passion for music, which led him to tour the world and play on the main stage at Glastonbury.

During his early printmaking career he was totally fixated by drypoint intaglio printmaking and worked in the Double Elephant studio in Exeter. Using copper plates and the traditional hand pulled technique, the work often focuses on bold silhouettes against the sky. This has led him to produce several series of prints focusing on Trees, Telegraph poles, Scaffolding, Communication Masts, Cranes and Scaffolding.

The images tend to be very bold and distinctive, with some of the more urban subjects being somewhat unexpected. Richard takes pleasure in finding strong compositions and angular forms within subjects which are often missed or ignored. Turning these images into highly detailed and intricate prints was the basis of Richard’s introduction to printmaking.

In the last few year’s Richard has started to work on a larger scale, with screen prints which he then hand tints using watercolour. Again the subject matter has remained somewhat out of the ordinary including industrial steel and glass station roofs as well as modern architecture. With these prints he uses a subtle palette of colours to bring intricacy, delicacy and focus to the work.

This series started when Richard was taking photos of Waterloo station roof (which he loves) and realised that each of the panes of glass were slightly different colours. This was probably due to the different ages and types of glass used when individual panes were replaced. It formed the basis for the first series of prints on Waterloo Station, then others followed.

The architectural works are more recent and include modern buildings and tinted glass where again watercolour is used to bring life and form to the work.

Open daily 10.30-4.30, free admission.

A Feast of Colour, 28/07/2018-08/08/2018

Oil paintings by Caroline Liddington, inspired by the joy of colour as seen in the Dorset coastal landscape.

These large and small narrative paintings explore unexpected views through doorways and windows. Some images incorporate many smaller vistas, others focus on a single aspect producing a more abstract impression. All the work celebrates a courageous use of colour inviting the viewer to embrace the summer colour of Dorset.

“After many years of training, experimenting, writing and observing, I have produced a large body of creative work, in a variety of mediums.

I have always been inspired by my surroundings, in the early years I worked figuratively, painting and sculpting portraits and using the human form as an integral part of the composition. Later I painted the rooms I inhabited, the windows I looked out of, the chairs I sat in and the doors I walked through.

I explored the landscape surrounding and beyond my home. In recent years I have included my emotional response to the subject whilst experimenting with application and design.

I paint with careful attention to detail and the placement of objects (blocks of colour) into space, taking care with my colour choice and observing each painted area within the context of the whole picture. Defined edges are important, pure colour meeting pure colour, creating a visual feast and a vibrant relationship between myself, and my subject. Every mark is made with intention; nothing is left to chance. Expression, spontaneity and energy emerge as a result of my hours spent painting a picture, not the wild process of painting.

Recent themes have been taken directly from my experience of the Dorset coastal landscape. Motifs within the pictures include seascapes, landscapes, boats, birds and cats amongst other colourful seaside paraphernalia.

I make quietly (in myself) away from others, always preferring solitude and silence and my results are considered, quietly constructed, yet loud in my colour choice and design.”

Open daily, 10.30-4.30, free admission

Colour, Line and Thread 2018, 13/07/2018-1/08/2018

An eclectic exhibition of work by five local artists using different media. Colour, Line and Thread is now a well-established feature of the Town Mill’s schedule, and this year sees its welcome return after a year’s absence.

Hilary Buckley’s love of colour and pattern comes through in her vibrant paintings highlighting the shapes and contours of the local landscape, a sharp contrast to Philip Winstone’s cool and subtle coastal scenes with their emphasis on texture and palette. Textile artist, Sue Calder, enjoys drawing with thread in her small hand-stitched pieces, and manipulating colour variation using fabric in her patchwork quilts, while Pete Hackett’s off-the-wall photography and sculpture always intrigue the viewer. John Calder is known for his iconic land art, often charred to add marks of contrast and texture, and he is now exploring other marking techniques including printing.

Open daily 10-5pm, free admission

Anna Hillman & Pauline Lerry – Recent Works, 13/07/2018-25/07/2018

This is the second exhibition Anna Hillman and Pauline Lerry have shared at the Town Mill galleries in Lyme Regis. Both have had careers in the Fashion Industry and both have had a lifelong interest, and maintained practice, in painting, drawing and printmaking.

Anna Hillman

Anna now lives in Dorset and her work is mainly influenced by the landscape here, but also that of Tuscany and Umbria. She is currently working with drypoint printmaking, as well as drawing and painting. Her work shows her continuing experimentation with approach and media.

Pauline Lerry

Pauline’s mixed media paintings concentrate on the sense, or mood of the subject matter, and on the nature of the media. The work is often a mixture of observation and memory, and responds to elements of unpredictability. She is from Somerset, and is also influenced by the environment around her.

Open daily, 10.30-4.30. Free admission.

Private View Saturday 14th July 2:00 – 4:00

Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, 29/06/2018-11/07/2018

‘Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea’ explores through photography and drawings Chelsea Davine’s inspiration for her large scale oil paintings.

“In my working practice I draw upon memories and images of the Dorset coastline and the details of the surrounding landscape as well as the energy and vibrancy of the architecture of the city I live in, Barcelona. Being able to exhibit in the form of a solo show in the beautiful Malthouse gallery back home in Lyme Regis, where I spent my formative years, I felt it would be a perfect opportunity to explore and show the photographs I have taken over the years and the materials that I am inspired by, alongside the work I exhibit around the world.”

Open 10.30-6.00 daily, free admission
Private View 29th June

Them Again, 29/06/2018-11/07/2018

In this new exhibition, Zee Jones and Pam Allsop continue to explore mixed media, collage and colour. There is always something fresh in their work that encompasses themes of sea and landscapes, still life and flowers, as well as abstracts. For both artists, working in collage brings together their love of painting with their skill at sculpting images with mixed media in order to create texture, shape and structure.  In this way, they create a colourful and painterly equivalent to sculpture, which they hope will be exciting, uplifting and pleasurable.

Pam (left) and Zee (right)

Open daily 10.30-4.30. Free entry.

Zee Jones

Born In London in 1955, Zee studied Social Sciences  and  had a long career as a social care professional.

Following her redundancy in 2009 she completed an art foundation course , and has gone on to developed a recognisable style through experimenting with colour,  shape, and texture, as well as attending workshops and longer term courses.

Zee is now based  between  Devon and Dorset, and concentrates her time drawing , painting , teaching workshops and exhibiting.

Her work has been described as confident and strong with a compelling use of colour and structure.

In a relatively short time working as an artist, Zee has built up a good following and her work sells well.

“I work mainly in acrylic and collage often adding different media.

I have always been drawn to bold colour and I feel I have an intuitive understanding of how colours work together and how they can affect emotion.

I want people to find my work interesting but above all to touch a place inside them that makes them feel good.”

Pam Allsop

“My work is mixed media and texture on canvas or board. I enjoy the unexpected outcomes the layering of that process creates. It is more about inner perception than outer reality. The inspiration comes from an image or word and the theme comes out of the work. I do not make, it is more about allowing the picture to emerge. “

There is only Light, 21/06/2018-27/06/2018

Celebrating DIP’s 30th birthday

Dorset Independent Photographers have looked to writer John Fowles for the title of their 30th anniversary exhibition in June at The Malthouse, Town Mill, Lyme Regis.

In styles ranging from landscape and documentary to abstract and wildlife, images by the photographers for their 30th anniversary exhibition go to the heart of the former Lyme novelist’s assertions “that nothing and nobody is what they seem” and “there is only light”.

The show, sponsored by Lyme Bay Holidays, marks a special birthday for the group of eight photographers. Dorset Independent Photographers came into being as a result of an inspiring weekend workshop in Dorchester led by Fay Godwin, a seminal figure in 20th century British landscape photography.

Members, who are mostly based in West Dorset, have come and gone since that important weekend in 1988. But the group has been meeting regularly in each others’ homes to share work ever since, and two of the founder members – Tim Edwards and Ian Chapman – are still actively involved. The group has also exhibited widely in the region, including at the Town Mill back in 2005.

Photographic styles may have evolved since the 1980s, but Dorset Independent Photographers has remained a constant presence in the region’s visual arts scene. The secret of its staying power has been its informality, its members’ willingness to share work in progress and to exchange honest but constructive criticism.

The exhibition includes information about photographic processes, and individual members will be on hand every day. Saturday, June 23rd offers the opportunity to meet several of the photographers and to discuss their differing approaches.

  • Malcolm Macnaughtan’s approach takes us back to the early days of the group, and to the roots of photography itself. His body of work entitled A Land of Mountains and Flood records on large format monochrome film the effects of rapidly changing light on the landscape of the Western Highlands. The culmination of this work is the fine print made using traditional darkroom printing techniques – the embodiment of the use of light in its purest sense.
  • Images of urban life by Paul Clarke – everyday scenes that many of us might take of granted – may seem a million miles from the wilds of Scotland. But the time of day at which he presses the shutter and the prevailing light conditions will have an equally powerful impact on the final print. “This is the visual language of photography and storytelling through light,” says Paul.
  • The city has also provided inspiration for Ian Chapman. Wandering the streets of Edinburgh he was struck by how light revealed glimpses of the city’s past and clues to its present character. Together his elusive images of obscure fragments create a narrative of connections across time.
  • Lisa Bukalders’ photography is driven by a lifelong passion for nature and wildlife. “For me it’s all about being there, being immersed in nature, and being able to capture more than just a likeness, but also the mood, character and spirit of the animals,” she says. In this, the strong southern African light plays a crucial roIe, sometimes by softening the shimmering edges of her dreamlike images, and at others by throwing her subjects into sharp relief for an all-to-brief moment.
  • John Tilsley looks further north for his photographs – to the altogether chillier light of Iceland, Finland or the depths of a North Norfolk winter. Alongside his passion for landscape, he is continuing to record New Forest Pony sales as well as the work of heritage railway volunteers.
  • Like John, Andy White is often drawn to the shore. For this exhibition he has concentrated on the Jurassic coast on his doorstep, while not forgetting the rest of the world. “I have kept away from the stereotypical images of sea and sand, and instead have focused on challenging weather conditions and light that are difficult to photograph and yet hugely rewarding.
  • Chris Hilton considers himself something of a photographic magpie, collecting the shiny things that catch his eye. “it’s just about the way the light reacts with that splash of colour, the interesting shape or something darting into shot – but it’s always about the light.”
  • Summing up the group’s enthusiasm for this year’s Fowles-inspired exhibition theme, Tim Edwards advises:  “Just be open to what light can offer.” Speaking about his abstract images, he explains: “My emotional response to the type of light on a particular day can have a profound effect on the final image. Ranging from dark and brooding to airy and joyous, colourful or monochromatic.”

Open daily 10am – 4.30pm, with free admission.

Paper and Clay, 15/06/2018-27/06/2018

Paper and Clay is a diverse and exciting exhibition by four established ceramicists and a collograph printer: Linda Bristow, Cath Bloomfield, Alison Potter, Belinda Brownlee and Denise de Freitas.  They met ten years ago whilst studying Ceramics at Bath Spa University. Their techniques include throwing, hand building, plaster casting and mono printing onto clay, and Cath creates collograph and stitched prints. They are all inspired to create work that is vibrant and unique.

  • Cath Bloomfield is a collage print artist who explores colour, texture and narrative through this technique. She is inspired by natural forms from the Wiltshire landscape where she lives. She uses various materials within her work to create a lively visual conversation.
  • Belinda Brownlee works with white earthenware using moulds and liquid clay. She decorates by mono printing with coloured slips directly onto the plaster.  Her ideas start by sketching, mark making and combining colours.
  • Denise de Freitas builds her vessels by hand using sheets of paper clay. Layers of coloured slips are applied and then taken away, creating a depth of surface. Inspiration is taken from old buildings, peeling paint and rusting ironwork.
  • Linda Bristow is also inspired by the natural environment.  Meadow flowers and wild areas are her source of inspiration. She hand builds her fragile sculptures and presses flowers into small clay tiles to create her intricate wall pieces.
  • Alison Potter makes brightly coloured earthenware figurative vases and boats. They are individual and differ in character, but all are meant to amuse.  Her inspiration comes from people she knows or sees in the street.

Open daily 10.30-4.30, free admission