Friday 5 April from 6.30pm. Tickets: £25 from Sladers Yard.
Gallery and Cafe are open throughout the trail weekend 5- 7 April. Serving wonderful home-made food, drinks and showing Landmarks: new paintings by Paul Jones and furniture by Petter Southall with craft and accessories by leading British designer makers.
Friday 5 April: Sensory Feast – Petter Southall and Paul Jones Artists’ Talk about how memory and imagination feed their work, followed by lively audience discussion. Celebrate with a feast of chargrilled seafood and vegetarian kebabs made by Sladers Yard’s award-winning Licensed Cafe and music performed by Europa String Choir.
Launching the Dorset Visual Arts ‘Movable Feast’ Art Trail Weekend, the Sensory Feast includes an Artists’ Talk and discussion with painter Paul Jones and furniture designer Petter Southall. The fascinating duo Europa String Choir are described below.
Tickets: £10 for Talk. £25 for Talk and Feast with Music. Please phone 01308 459511 to book.
Plan the rest of your trail weekend: Movable Feast
This major solo exhibition of Paul Jones’s work includes three groups of new paintings that cohere into a dazzling showcase of the ideas and vision he has built up over the last fifteen years, seeking to explore and re-invent the complexities of coastline, geology and landscape. Two of the groups, Out of the Blue and Stones, concentrate on the ‘edge’ of landscape, that moment of transition between earth, air and water and the coincidence of a common geology in far apart places. The third, Cranborne, plays with the intangibilities between memory and observation in well loved places.
Award-winning designer craftsman, Petter Southall has been making his distinctive furniture at his studio outside Bridport since 1991. He started working wood at age 17 learning to build traditional Norwegian boats from the boatbuilders tucked away deep in the fjords of Western Norway. He has diplomas in boat building, cabinet making and sustainable design and he combines these three skills in his unique furniture. Petter will talk about where his design ideas spring from and how the deep roots of design thinking from the Vikings to Medieval structures inform his work.
Europa String Choir
Former pupil of the Yehudi Menhuin School, Cathy Stevens played with the English Chamber Orchestra and London Sinfonietta. She has many years of experience as a London session player and is an intuitive improviser. Since the 80’s, Cathy has been involved in free improvisation and group composition, most notably in the renowned free-improv ensemble “Steve Harris – Zaum”. More recently, Cathy has worked in “The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists” and together with Udo, is a member of “Frozen Orchestras of Lost Sound”, a collaboration in Music & Art.
Originally from West Berlin, Udo Dzierzanowski has a grounding in experimental music & alternative rock. He worked with a number of bands & musicians internationally, including “The League of Crafty Guitarists” and more recently “The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists”. Udo and Cathy were both members of “Steve Harris – Zaum”, have worked in Robert Fripp’s Guitar Craft & have an ongoing connection with The Guitar Circle of Europe. As Europa String Choir, Cathy & Udo love to explore concise instrumental pieces, featuring memorable melodies & unusual rhythms when composing together.
A buffet of seafood and vegetarian kebabs cooked on the griddle with all kinds of interesting and beautiful salads made by Sladers Yard’s award-winning Licensed Cafe and served in a party atmosphere in our comfortable cafe space. Drinks and delicious homemade desserts will be charged separately.
The Exhibition of Petter Southall’s furniture and Paul Jones’s new paintings will be open throughout the weekend with sculpture, craft and accessories by leading British artists, designers and makers.
The cafe will be open 10 am to 5pm throughout the weekend as usual. The gallery opens 10 am – 5pm on Saturday and 12 – 5pm on Sunday.