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The 2017 Art Exhibition runs from 12 to 20 August.

We have over 40 West Country artists and crafts people exhibiting this year, including many new names and some popular favourites. Paintings, prints, ceramics, jewellery, woodwork and greetings cards will be on display for sale. Perhaps you will find that gift for a special occasion.

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Pics: Charlotte Miller, Apple Sunrise
George Sainsbury, West Bay
Jill Preston, Cornish Cliff
Jenny Cuthbert, Nature's Bounty

Art Exhibition

The 2016 Burton Bradstock Art Exhibition was our most successful so far regarding attendance and sales of paintings and crafts. This was a reflection on the high quality of art work and crafts being exhibited. Our attendance was up by 25% and the sales of paintings,cards and crafts was increased by nearly 100% from last year.

Great thanks to all our artists who exhibited such fabulous paintings and crafts. The impressive standard of work that was on show reflects the talent that exists in West Dorset and surrounding counties. Also the variety of media and styles made it a wonderful exhibition for visitors and other artists looking for inspiration.

The visitors' book showed from how far and wide people came. One painting sold at the exhibition will soon be hanging in a house in California! The visitors comments on the welcoming atmosphere in the exhibition hall and the high quality of work on view made encouraging reading for the people who worked so hard to organise the event.

Thank you to all who visited and bought pictures and we look forward to seeing you in 2017 when the next Burton Bradstock Festival of Music and Art will be held. The dates for this have already been announced and are from the 12 August to 20 August.

Art Exhibition 13 to 21 August 2016

Village hallIn the heart of Burton Bradstock is the Village Hall in Church Street by the green. The Hall is converted to a vibrant, colourful art gallery for the period of the festival in August. On show will be original paintings, ceramics and wood crafts by quality West Country artists at affordable prices.

We are delighted to have  some of our best selling  artists from last year exhibiting their new work here again this year. These include: Jake Winkle, Marion Taylor, James Webster, Marnie Shaw and Lynda White.

There will also be a selection of  talented artists new to our exhibition showing this year.

This year’s exhibition will run for nine days from Saturday 13 – Sunday 21 August.

Open from 10.00 am until 7.00 pm. On Sunday 21 August, closing time will be 12.30 pm. The exhibition is also open during the music concert intervals.

Admission is free.

Throughout the week, sold items will be replaced by new work so it is worth popping in frequently to view the art, and enjoy the atmosphere. Hopefully there will be something which you might like to buy. The sale of artwork raises money for the Festival.
Further information to come.

Pics Right: Lynda White, James Webster, Lynda White,
Jake Winkle, Diane Summer, Adrian Ballantyne,

Get involved

art ex We would welcome assistance with the organisation of the Art Exhibition. If you are able to contribute computer skills, marketing know how or just give help where needed please contact us.

Working on the committee requires a moderate degree of commitment over the year. Committee members bring a huge range of skills and interests to the Art Exhibition and we are dedicated to delivering a high quality event. This is an engaging and enjoyable period when you will meet artists, musicians and other friends of the festival. A very rewarding ten days.

If being on the committee feels a step too far but would like to volunteer your help on an 'ad hoc’ basis we would like to hear from you. Email us

Thoughts from a member of our organising team

Bride Valley News 2016

Have you ever yearned to be part of the action, behind the scenes? On moving to Burton Bradstock 10 years ago, it was my top ambition.

For Art and Music lovers, the Burton Bradstock Festival which this year takes place 13 – 21 August, offers nine days of indulgent pleasure, fired by international musicians of repute, and widely acclaimed local artists and craftspeople.

The organisers of the Art Exhibition and Sale would welcome help from anyone interested in assisting us to prepare, run, set up and take down the Exhibition. We are a small group of diverse, friendly people, and enjoy first hand experience of this wonderful Festival!

Lucky me, I got involved 5 years ago. Do join us.

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Burton Bradstock Art Exhibition 2017

Three of the artists who will be exhibiting at our art exhibition
take their inspiration from the extraordinary Dorset landscape.

George Paul Sainsbury

George Sainsbury

“Working out of my studio in Long Bredy in the Bride Valley I enjoy the challenge of working ‘en plein air’, painting mainly in oils, being particularly motivated and inspired by the light just before or after storms or showers and at dawn and sunset. Although intensely observed I have a desire to capture and communicate the essence of the subject, leaving the viewer a chance for personal interpretation and response. As a relief from land and seascapes (and harsh weather,) I produce small, quiet still life paintings which allow me to concentrate on careful observation and in particular the representation of light and reflections.” Website

Charlotte Miller

“I have long been inspired by the beautiful landscape of my home in West Dorset.   Living in a small village set beneath the ancient Hill Fort of Eggardon my work often portrays this hidden landscape of almost vertical hills and tangled woodland.

I also spend many hours walking the coastal paths and surrounding countryside, I make simple line sketches and combined with stored images these are then developed into paintings within my studio.”

Jenny Cuthbert

“I am best known for my distinctive stylised west Dorset landscapes (although I do occasionally cross into our neighbouring counties!).  Inspiration comes from the lanes lined by flat-topped hedges that appear and disappear between the hills, wind-sculpted trees and the long shadows of late afternoon.  Recording the distant landscape, looking closely into hedgerows or exploring natural forms the local environment is my main visual resource. Watercolour is my main medium and I also work in print including lino, drypoint, copperplate etching and monoprint. My work is held in private collections throughout the UK, in the USA, Europe and beyond.”

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