Dorset Art Weeks, and Arty things in Frome and Bruton

Arty things to do in Frome, Bruton and Dorset this bank holiday.

There is a lot going on this weekend and into next week if you’re into art. Dorset Art Weeks kicks off on Saturday 28th, with studios across Dorset opening their doors to visitors. Closer to home in Frome Black Swan Arts has a must-see exhibition on in the main gallery: The Animation Show, featuring Oscar-award winning animations.


Printmaker Jackie Curtis is showing in Diva’s cafe, and Miriam Sheppard, Angela Morley and Ann Warren’s Stop & Stare exhibition is closing on Saturday 28th May, if you haven’t been yet, quick: go and see it!

Black Swan Frome

On Bank Holiday Monday composer Sadie Harrison brings her Rosegarden of Light project to the Silk Mill, with paintings by Phyllis Wolff to decorate the walls. “A unique fusion of live traditional & classical music from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria & the UK alongside video performances from Kabul. Performed by acclaimed American string sextet Cuatro Puntos with Baily/Doubleday (rubab & voice) and Ensemble Zohra (Afghanistan’s only girl’s ensemble from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music).”


Over in neighbouring Bruton, Martin Creed’s new exhibition is worth visiting at Hauser & Wirth. Bruton Art Factory is hosting the official Packhorse Fair after party from 6pm, with Radio 6 DJ/ Fun Loving Criminal Huey Morgan on the decks.

Martin Creed Somerset


The weather is set to be fairly good this weekend, particularly in Dorset. So it’s worth making the trip across county to Dorset’s chalk hills and sprawling art scene. Mount has helped several Dorset artists prepare for Dorset Art Weeks: We framed for Gary Cook near Shaftesbury – his fantastic paintings depict endangered species alongside beautiful infographics. Venue 247 – West Melbury.

gary cook painter

Not far from Gary’s studio is Phyllis Wolff, a must-see painter with a sensational body of work venue 249, Twyford.

Phyllis Wolff

Further West, near Sherborne, Denman & Gould is a design studio in a converted church. With 3D architectural models, delicate watercolours and hand-crafted items all beautifully designed, this is a must-see show in a beautiful location. Venue 215, Haydon.

e gouldings dg

Make a day of it and travel down to the South coast to Bridport to visit David Smith’s studio. As one of the most exciting contemporary artists working in Dorset, David’s work is both beautiful and thought-provoking. Venue 141

david smith

There are plenty of other amazing things going on over DAW, but these four we recommend highly! Pick up a free DAW guide from our studio (though please note we’re not open this weekend). The good news is that Dorset Art Weeks extends beyond the bank holiday from 28 May – 12 June.

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