Cre­ative Ways

Dorset - - ART­SREACH -

Dorset Art Weeks 2020 may have been post­poned but we can still share sto­ries about artists’ work and even of­fer some vir­tual tours and on­line screen­ings

nly a few weeks ago 800 artists, de­sign­ers and mak­ers from across the county were pre­par­ing to wel­come vis­i­tors from far and wide to their stu­dios and gal­leries for the 14th bi­en­nial Dorset Art Weeks (DAW). To help cel­e­brate this won­der­ful ar­ray of venues great and small, ur­ban and ru­ral was a beau­ti­fully pro­duced Dorset Art Weeks Guide - a com­pre­hen­sive di­rec­tory to all the open stu­dios and filled with artists’ sto­ries. Along­side this was to be the launch of the new Film Dorset, with a stand-alone pro­gramme of screen­ings. Coron­avirus has put this pop­u­lar event on hold for now, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t share some beau­ti­ful images and fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries from DAW with you here. After all these artists are fun­da­men­tal to the cre­ative and cul­tural economies of Dorset.

Dorset Art Weeks has been re­fo­cused and rein­vig­o­rated in sev­eral ways for 2020. We wanted to put the stu­dio at the heart of the event. We wished artists to not tidy up, but leave the tools, ma­te­ri­als, ex­per­i­ments and stim­uli to their work in full view to bet­ter in­form and prompt

di­a­logue with vis­i­tors.

Not all artists - par­tic­u­larly those in groups and col­lec­tives – can par­tic­i­pate in this way. These artists have been brought to­gether in a ‘pop-up’ fes­ti­val, cel­e­brat­ing art made in kitchens, sheds, village halls, bor­rowed shops and other tem­po­rary set­tings.

‘These artists are fun­da­men­tal to the cre­ative and cul­tural economies of Dorset’

The arts char­ity, Dorset Vis­ual Arts, who pro­duce the event, will run Art Weeks next year so that none of this won­der­ful creativ­ity will be wasted. We’ll be back ready to WOW you then. In the mean­time, there are some events which will still hap­pen but in a more vir­tual way...

Jem Main, Cre­ative Di­rec­tor, Dorset Vis­ual Arts

‘Dorset Lines’ paint­ing by Laurence Bel­bin lau­rence­bel­bin.com

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