6 Bridport Artists
Saturday 13th to Sunday 28th April
10.30am to 4.30 pm
Meet the Artists: Saturday 13th April 10.30 – 4.30.
Eype Church Centre for the Arts, Mount Lane, Eype, Bridport DT6 6AR
6 Bridport Artists is an exhibition that brings together several well-known Dorset artists who were formerly based at St Michael’s Studios in Bridport’s popular Art & Vintage Quarter. Having regularly exhibited together for many years, this exhibition will be their first reunion since they lost their studios to a fire in July 2018. It has been a traumatising experience for them all, but this close-knit group of artists have been actively encouraging and supporting each other over recent months as they gradually get back on their feet.
The question is, how does an artist recover from the loss of a studio, especially one where, over many years, they have honed their skills and developed their creative practice and professional reputation? This is the dilemma that has been faced by artists Kit Glaisyer, Caroline Ireland, David Brooke, Marion Taylor, John Boyd and Charlotte Miller.
The answer, it seems, judging by the remarkable output in this exhibition, is to keep working, anywhere a space can be found to use paints and canvas.
Some have been lucky enough to find alternative premises, while others have managed to dedicate part of their homes to the continuation of their artistic journeys. The 6 Bridport Artists Exhibition is a tribute to resilience and dedication, as well as a reunion of creative individuals who have enjoyed collaborations over many years, and we can now follow their individual creative journeys in these exciting new bodies of work.
Kit Glaisyer has been working at his home studio in Bradpole, on the outskirts of Bridport, focused on a new series of landscape paintings that are both gentle and meditative in nature. Some might notice a renewed sensitivity and quietness within these recent pieces, perhaps inspired by Kit’s experience of living closer to the countryside, where he's been enjoying the tranquil atmosphere of deep peace and calm, far from the lively buzz and social distractions he once enjoyed at St Michael’s Studios. As Kit adjusts to his new circumstances these paintings seem to be both reflective of recent events while offering us an uplifting vision of the future.