Last Sunday, we set off for West Dorset on a last minute flash visit to our favourite county; it was a business trip of sorts. We went to visit a venue down in West Bay... We hope to reveal more about this in a few weeks if it all works out...
It was a really positive trip for us: we chatted to quite a few people who live and work in Bridport. And yes, we are thinking about making this lovely, dynamic town our base in the future. It will be hard work and a very slow process, but we will get there in the end. At the moment, it is really nice to be able to explore and discover the area and get a feel for it. And the feel at the moment is very, very good.
I have posted before about the Arts and Vintage Quarter based within the St Michael's Estate in the heart of the town and the redevelopment threat it is under (see my blog HERE). I can reveal that I am now a proud shareholder in Enterprise St Michael's, a fantastic local initiative which aims at buying the land and turning it into a business, arts and heritage hub. It would be the perfect place for us to develop our design and publishing ventures as well as the small indie bookshop/literature and music hub I have in mind...
I have re-posted below the film "Made in Bridport" which I blogged about last September. It explains what the St Michael's Estate is all about and what their vision is... certainly not the planned housing development!
It was "An exhibition celebrating Imaginary, Visionary and Surrealist Art" which featuring 11 West Country-based artists.
It was a truly lovely exhibition full of fantastical landscapes and scenes inhabited by a range of characters: dreamy-eyed maidens, darkly twisted creatures, grinning fairies, two-headed beasts...
The artists were inspired by ancient times, legends, superstitions, myths, religious imagery, wild natural landscapes, tales of mystery and curious deeds.
I don't really like to have to pick favourites as I genuinely liked everything and thought the works by all the artists worked really well together... But I could say that I was intrigued by the small scale paintings by David Marl - the religious symbolism mostly escaped me, but I loved the colours and the composition of the scenes - I could read a narrative in each small frame. These are real little gems.
Imagine the tales these images tell!
Do go to the exhibition if you are in the area (it is free and runs until 28th February !)
The other artists featured are below (I have linked their websites if I have managed to find them):
Imagine my shock when I finally got to the top of Chapel Hill! One of the windows of the chapel had fallen to the ground...
What an awful sight! I do hope this will get repaired quickly... The poor resident doves must find their abode a tad draughty these days...