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 an exhibiton by internationally renowked artist Julian Bailey 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.
Duke's partner Garry Batt 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 Garry Batt on 01305 265080 or email [email protected]
CHRIS DUNSEATH - Dorchester Arts Open Prizewinner
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 – Friday 8th June 2018
The selectors of Dorchester Arts Open 2017 awarded the sculptor Chris Dunseath the prize of a solo exhibition at the Gallery at Duke’s. The exhibition is part of Dorset Arts Weeks 2018 (Venue 205).
Chris grew up in the West Country and studied Art at Yeovil, Cheltenham and was a postgraduate at The Slade.
The show takes the form of a small retrospective showing a selection of current and earlier sculptures and drawings in a variety of materials including bronze, stone, wood and paper. Some of the work is influenced by a curiosity about theoretical physics and other bronze sculptures were developed for an exhibition at The Museum of Somerset as a response to Bronze Age artefacts held in the Heritage Stores.
He has recently won the Wilson Award in ‘The Open West’, Cheltenham and is a prizewinner in ‘Wells Art Contemporary’. He is an Academician of the Royal West of England Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors. He has work in various national and international collections including Arts Council England and The Royal Collection.
He agrees with the physicist, Richard Feynman, when he referred to the inadequacy of science to capture the marvel of our universe and for the need for art to help bridge the gap between the tangible and intangible.