Arts ahoy! Dorset artists’ work takes to the high seas

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 together in the space.’

Partnership with Brittany Ferries

Brittany Ferries and The Arts Development Company’s Culture+ programme worked in partnership to create the exhibition. It features life studies, landscapes and abstracts of Dorset.

‘We seek ways to promote Dorset artists and get their work out there in public,’ said Andrew Knutt.

‘This cross-Channel partnership is a fun and quirky way to “ship” art and showcase Dorset’s breadth of talent.’

The exhibition runs until the end of January and there are plans to continue at different locations later in 2018.

Brittany Ferries’ Port Operations Manager Jo Bussell added: ‘It is a pleasure to be part of this exciting arts exchange. We pride ourselves on providing the best sailing experience on our ferries and displaying Dorset artwork adds to this experience.’

Artists exhibiting on the Barfleur are Tony Kerins (Swanage), Tina Hiles (Dorchester), Sarah Jane Ross (Bridport), Judith Ryde (Wimborne), Annie Lovelass (Lulworth), Brian Matravers (Lyme Regis), Carolyn King (near Lyme Regis), Robert E. Harrison, Gilly Hopson (Winterborne Whitechurch), Rhys Cannon (Broadmayne), Graham Lindsay Towler (Wareham), Malcolm Giladjian, Maxine Walter, (Wimborne) Sharon James (Swanage), and Phil Clayton (Lyme Regis).

Sara Hudston