Starting in 1999, St Michael’s Studios has established Bridport as one of the most exciting artistic communities in the West Country, providing work and exhibition space for many award-winning painters, sculptors, illustrators, designers, photographers, textile, glass and digital artists, book-binders, silversmiths and hat-makers. St Michael’s Studios are spread throughout the distinctive red brick building with the square tower in Bridport’s Art & Vintage Quarter. The original studios have entrances at both ends of the building.
St Michael’s Studios, Art & Vintage Quarter, St Michael’s Trading Estate, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3RR.
From Bridport town centre, turn off South street and take a short walk down Gundry Lane, turn right at the bottom, then take first left.
Steep steps to most studios, only one studio is on the ground floor.
10am – 5pm daily
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Caroline Ireland & David Brooke
Go through the door to the right of the Vintage Cornucopia shop and take the stairs to the first floor to find figurative artists Caroline Ireland and David Brooke. Caroline Ireland Doodles, dreams and drawings in watercolour, pastel and charcoal; colour and joie de vivre. David’s imaginative acrylic paintings have a mythical feeling; unusual, often quirky, inspiring.
On the same floor you will find landscape painter Kit Glaisyer. Kit is one of a new generation of painters that is reinventing the landscape genre. He creates immersive paintings that transport the viewer into a heightened relationship with the natural environment – an evocative dreamscape where light, darkness and the transcendent character of nature are embraced.
Upstairs you will find Marion Taylor. her well known, colourful depictions of Colmer’s Hill and other local landscapes can be seen on display. Vibrant butterflies and flowers flutter amongst landscapes of Dorset, in particular Colmer’s Hill. Giclee prints, cards, signed copies of her book Colmer’s Hill – One Artist’s Obsession are available.
Charlotte Miller‘s work often portrays the hidden valleys and almost vertical hills beneath the ancient Hill Fort of Eggarden. Mixed media semi-abstract paintings on canvas and smaller works on paper, inspired by the local landscape and coastal paths. Also some semi-abstract Still Life work.
Paul Blow & Suzanna Hubbard
Paul Blow and Suzanna Hubbard both work as illustrators. Paul for magazines and newspapers including The Guardian, Washington Post and Penguin. He will have prints for sale. Suzanna works as an author illustrator and will be showing works in progress for her new children’s book with original art for sale.