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Rachel brings Dorset’s landscape to life

THE paintings of Rachel Sargent provided some of the real highlights of today’s six-venue cruise around the Dorset Art Weeks venues. Some beautiful examples of her work are on display at her studio at the Gold Hill Organic Farm at Child Okeford, near Blandford. Her paintings are inspired, she says, by the landscape of her … Continue reading

Stopped in my tracks by the power of art

I’VE seen art that has been simply good and some that has been wonderful, some that’s been predicable, even dull, and some that has been powerful and thought-provoking. But even in an event on the huge scale of Dorset Art Weeks, it is a rarity to encounter something that stops you dead in your tracks, … Continue reading

Dorset’s artists open their studio doors

DORSET Art Weeks is off to a flying start, with artists the length and breadth of the county already reporting good visitor numbers. The fortnight-long extravaganza, organised by Dorset Visual Arts, is held every two years and attracts thousands of people from all over the world to England’s loveliest county, pumping millions of pounds into … Continue reading

A sunny start for Dorset Art Weeks

JUST in the nick of time, the squally showers and blustery wind vanished and a benign sun appeared for the launch of this year’s biennial Dorset Art Weeks. As in 2012, Sculpture by the Lakes at Pallington Lakes, near Dorchester, provided an idyllic setting for the launch of the event, which runs until June 8. … Continue reading

The grand old city of York

HISTORY greets you at every turn in York – not just ordinary, common or garden history, but BIG history, tumbling down through the centuries in a cascade of drama with an all-star cast of invaders, monarchs and mayhem. Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans – each ruled York for periods after its foundation by the Romans as … Continue reading

The sun shines on Blandford Georgian Fayre

THOUSANDS of people packed the streets of Blandford on May Bank Holiday Monday for the Georgian Fayre. Traffic was banned from the town centre from 7am to 7pm as an array of stalls took precedence, while the Blandford Food Festival, staged at the Crown Hotel, proved a real crowd-puller.