Portrait of Caroline Liddington

Caroline Liddington portrait

“I moved to the Bridport area in October 2015, coming up country from Cornwall where I had spent the previous Six years studying for an MA in authorial Illustration and working as part of the creative hub at Krowji studios in Redruth. I was also a member of the women’s exhibiting group ‘Taking Space’.

My work has been a mix of fine art and illustration, depicting a narrative and/ or expressing a feeling. Earlier in my career I worked as a freelance illustrator and teacher, alongside painting in my studio and exhibiting regularly.”

Venue 21

A unique approach to image making, reflecting joy and optimism. Interior and exterior landscapes, seen through windows and doorways, amongst other abstract and figurative shapes. A keen sense of perspective and colour placement, presenting imaginative, semi abstract paintings. Large, small, framed, unframed, browser work and cards prices £2.50 – £2,500

Stone Cottage, Greenhayes, Shipton Gorge, Bridport, DT6 4LU

From A35 or Burton Bradstock follow signs to Shipton Gorge and the New Inn.

Greenhayes is a private drive behind pub, Stone Cottage has green car in front garden. Please park in front of far right garage nearest the house.

07958 756368


10am – 5pm

9/10/11/12/13/14/15/16/17 September

WC in nearby pub

Wheel chair access: No

Portrait of John Wolfe

John Wolfe 1000


Venue 20

Over 20 sculptures designed for both interior and garden settings. Van Leyden prize Medical arts society. Enjoy the sculptures around the pond and in the beautiful garden setting.

Dinkeys plot, Mangerton Melplash, nr. Bridport, DT63SG

Beaminster road – follow signs Mangerton Mill – continue half mile – next house on left after high grove farm.Short driveway to garage visible.Park through gate opposite drive or in drive.

01308 485 371 or 07710 902261

9 / 10 / 11 September

10am  – 5pm

Wheelchair access : no

Portait of George Paul Sainsbury

George Sainsbury 1000

“Observation is the key to recording and hence communicating my experience within a location.

My work has always been figurative rather than abstract but I aim to give my personal response to a subject not merely reproduce the image in a photographic way. I enjoy the challenge of working ‘en plein air’ being particularly motivated and inspired by the light just before or after storms or showers and at dawn and sunset.

My usual working method is to make sketches on site in pencil, pastel, watercolour or oil, sometimes quite finished and successful as paintings in their own right but more often than not they need to be quick rushed statements as a note to record my initial response to the light and atmosphere at the time. I then assemble and study these sketches back in the studio which allows me to produce a more coherent finished painting relatively quickly, then, if successful, I will pursue the idea as a larger piece. The difficulty is to retain that spontaneity of the initial sketch in the larger studio painting.

Although intensely observed my work is constantly tending away from the accurate recording of detail towards the impressionistic record of my engagement with the natural scene before me. I have a desire to capture the essence of the subject, leaving the viewer a greater chance to find their own interpretation and response.”

Painting, Drawing & Printmaking

Venue 28

George works from his studio in the Bride Valley enjoying the challenge of working ‘en plein air’, painting land and seascapes. In contrast he also produces small, carefully observed still lifes, concentrating on the representation of light and reflections. Studio open all year round by appointment.

Long Bredy Studio, 1 Bedford Terrace, Long Bredy, Dorset, DT2 9HW

From the A35 follow signs to Long Bredy. Go down to the lower end of the village. Studio is on the left next to the house. From Litton Cheney 1 mile along Cox’s Lane from The White Horse Pub. Parking on the drive.

01308 482300 / 07824 118159


Facebook: /SainsburyArt

9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 September

10am – 5pm

Toilet: yes

Wheelchair access: yes

Portrait of Billie Willcocks

Billie Willcocks 1000

“I rarely plan my work, preferring it to develop spontaneously – although I usually have a fair idea of how it needs to take form.

When out sketching, I prefer to use diagrams of shapes and compositions – putting colours and ideas for later work.

My studio is in a beautiful garden, where I am fortunate to have plenty of inspiration and tranquility! I love to work outside especially along the Dorset coastline

It is a constant struggle to achieve something new and exciting and I try to use different techniques and ideas as much as possible to this end.

Although I work in watercolour, gouache and acrylic – mixed media and oils are my preferred medium.

I seem to have a need to paint and can’t wait to start on a new piece.”


Venue 4

Paintings in various media of Dorset landscape and Jurassic Coast with emphasis on colour, texture and form. Lovely garden for picnics. Refreshments available. Children and dogs welcome. Cards and prints for sale.    

Coltswood, Bright Hay Lane, North Chideock, Bridport, Dorset DT6 6JZ

At Chideock Church on A35 turn into North Road. Continue for approx.1 mile, at “T” junction turn right, continue to bend (ignore Hell Lane), Coltswood ahead. Ample parking at end of drive.

01297 489827

Facebook Artist Page: Billie Willcocks

Opening Times: 10am – 5pm

9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 /14 /15 /16 /17 September

WC: yes

Wheelchair access:  yes

Old Rectory Cottage, Rampisham

Functional and Artistic Woodturning

Venue 25

Using only locally grown sustainable wood, to produce natural edged functional items as well as artistic pieces. The work of retired farmer, Peter, and Woodsman, Trevor, is award winning and reflects their passion for highlighting the beauty of trees and Nature without having to deplete rain forests.

Old Rectory Cottage, Rampisham, Dorset, DT2 0PT

Off A37 at Holywell take first left in Evershot, signed Rampisham, straight over crossroads venue is on left. Off A356 at Kingcombe Cross straight over crossroads venue is on right. Ample parking, level walk to workshop, one step to gallery.

01935 83247 or 83793

07585 895614

10am – 4pm

9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 /17 September 

WC: No

Wheelchair access: Yes

Portrait of Adam Beales

Adam Beales 1000

Venue 23

Creating pottery is about the spirit of making for Adam, a reflection of how our lives are connected to the earth and to each other. Current work consists of rounded, symmetrical forms inspired by Korean, Japanese, North American and British pottery, both modern and ancient. The idea that art can be introduced into everyday living, Adam is passionate about creating pottery that enhances the lives of those who enjoy his work.

Alice Blogg’s New Log Shed, Unit 9 Browns Farm, Nettlecombe, Bridport, DT6 3SS.

Please type in Alice Blogg into Google maps. The pin is the exact location of the workshop. If following a Sat Nav do not turn down Private drive at the end, continue 100 yards and gate on the left.

9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 /14 /15 /16 / 17 September
10am – 5.30pm

WC: Yes
Wheel Chair access: Yes on uneven grass


Instagram: @ad_beales

Exhibiting with Alice Blogg, Liz Somerville & Sian Evans

Portrait of Gerry Dudgeon

Gerry Dudgeon 1000

What did you hope to convey by your choice of artwork for the BOS guide?

“A free and bold response to the landscape of West Dorset.”

How would you describe the process by which your artwork takes shape?

“After making pen & ink sketchbook drawings in the landscape, I start each painting in the studio with loosely applied abstract marks while the canvas is on the floor, with no fixed image in mind. Then when it’s dry, I allow these marks and colours to suggest the way forward, gradually forming a composition which has structure and depth, based on the shapes and rhythms of the surrounding landscape.”

Why do you think it is important for Artists to participate in Open Studio events?

“It’s useful to get feedback from visitors, and provides an insight into how artists work. It’s also a good way to sell one’s work, to build up the mailing list and occasionally to get noticed by gallery owners.”

Venue 18

Semi-abstract paintings on canvas by professional artist evoking the shapes and rhythms of West Dorset’s hills and the light on rivers in SW France. Strong, vibrant use of colour. Awarded First Prize at Bath & West Show 2017. Drawings, cards and prints available. Unspoilt rural setting with ample parking.

Hincknowle Studio, Walnut Farm, Melplash, DT6 3UG

From Bridport, take A3066 towards Beaminster. Ignore first right turn at Gore Cross signposted West Milton/Powerstock and after 2 miles turn right at second junction signposted West Milton/Powerstock. After ½ mile take left track signposted Walnut Farm. Parking outside studio.

07857 629444


10am – 5pm       9/10/11/12/13/x/15/16/17 September

Toilet: yes

Wheelchair access: yes

Portraits of the Artists by George Wright

Peter Hitchin 2

Portrait of Peter Hitchin, 2017 BOS Venue 9

“A painter of invented inconsequential figurative images.”

George Wright has documented dozens of Bridport artists over the years, and in 2010 he collaborated with Kit Glaisyer and Lu Orza (writer) to create the book and exhibition “Portrait of the Artist – 25 Bridport Painters & Sculptors”. His photography has taken him from Djibouti to Irian Jaya and his work has appeared in magazines and books worldwide. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London, Dorset County Council and Dorset County Hospital. He has exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum, New York, The Chicago Botanic Gardens and Bridport Art Centre. He continues to travel widely and has recently returned from an overland motorbike journey to Iran. He lives in Bridport.