Duke’s have a dedicated exhibition space at its flagship premises at Brewery Square, which holds a number of exhibitions running throughout the year to complement the firm’s auction calendar.
Exhibitions over the past 12 months have included a display of sculpture and paintings from local artist Mike Chapman and a showcase of British portrait talent in the Semblance exhibition, which was produced in collaboration with The Arts Academy in London.
As one of the oldest firms in Dorchester, Duke’s says it is pleased to add a new string to its bow and to showcase some of the brightest local talent.
Gallery director Gemma Meek commented said: “The Gallery has gone from strength to strength in its inaugural year.
“We are pleased to have shown a diverse range of art, and proud to have provided Dorchester with access to some brilliant art and artists, both from Dorset and further afield.”
The venue has also been used by a range of local companies and community organisations such as the Family Counselling Trust, Dorset Opera, the Dorchester Literary Festival and Dorset Visual Arts.
The flexible space was also used by Duke’s to showcase the stunning Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Volante, sold for £754,000 in June 2017.
For more information, or to enquire about exhibiting, please contact Gemma Meek on 01305 265080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DORCHESTER ARTS OPEN EXHIBITION
Tuesday 11th July – Friday 28th July
Supported by Duke’s and Evolver magazine, the 2017 Open is the seventh and biggest so far. For the first time works will include sculpture, and the final line-up will be chosen by an acclaimed selection panel. The Open promises to showcase the best of Dorset’s artistic talent, with entries from well-known names and emerging artists. Prizes include a solo exhibition in Dorset Art Weeks 2018 and a feature in Evolver
Thursday 21st September – Thursday 12th October 2017.
Inspired by landscapes and his own experiences, Michael Fitzgerald’s paintings evoke a spiritual connection with the land and his own surroundings. This ‘taster of more to come’ exhibition will provide viewers with a brief showcase of his resplendent pieces.
Duke’s gallery will host Michael FitzGerald in a further exhibition and an expansion of his works in March 2018.
Friday 20th October – Wednesday 15th November 2017.
Artist Benjamin Taffinder has achieved international recognition, working in Taiwan and Iceland. His influences to name but a few, are from growing up on his family’s coastal farm in Cornwall, working as a fisherman and diving. Benjamin enjoys the physicality of painting, simplifying and ‘bearing its soul’ so to speak, with colour and pattern integral to this process. His use of a palette knife is characteristic with a delivery of each mark to an impasto effect; visually drawing you in. Benjamin identifies with his environment and the land that surrounds him is fundamental to his creations.
Wednesday 22nd November – Wednesday 13th December 2017.
Julian Bailey is a renowned international artist; well-known in the London art scene and is an elected member of the New English Art Club. He also attended the Royal Academy Schools as a post graduate, achieving the prestigious Turner Gold Medal award. Julian works primarily with oil and gouache and uses the technique of ‘drawing with paint’. His work is a process; refined, destroyed and re-created until a solution is defined, resulting most recently in observational displays of groups of people meeting one another. Julian’s work also consists of loggia and courtyard compositions displaying a fine example of the link between form, colour and space in paint.
Prizes: 1984: Egerton Coghill Landscape Prize (Oxford University); 1986: Turner Gold Medal (R.A. Schools); 19878 Landseer Scholarship; 2011: David Messum Prize (New English Art Club); 2011 Manya Igel Prize.