“Bridport Arts Centre is pleased to report that our application for Arts Council England National Portfolio funding for 2015-18 has been successful, and we will receive a continuation of our annual funding at the present level.
In our 40th Anniversary year, this award is a strong endorsement of the Arts Centre’s work locally and regionally and confirms our position as an important part of the cultural landscape in Dorset and the South West.
This ongoing support from the ACE will enable us to continue our diverse and high quality programme of live performance, film, exhibitions and talks, and also to continue to develop our learning and outreach work.
We’d like to thank ACE and all our other supporters, and to send our congratulations to everyone who received NPO funding and commiserations to those who did not”
Polly Gifford, Director
We’re delighted to announce that its recent fundraising event has raised £1400 for the Arts Centre Funds.
The wine tasting evening was led by the internationally renowned wine expert Steven Spurrier. The event – A Tour de France – highlighted a range of French wines. These were specially selected by Mark Banham who is in charge of Palmers Wines in Bridport. The sell out event was held in the Allsop Gallery at the Arts Centre. After the wine tasting a buffet themed to complement the French wines was provided by Modan Catering. Cudmore Event Hire provided the logistical support for the event. Continue reading
This past Saturday BACstage theatre group headed up to Salisbury Playhouse to take part in the National Youth Theatre Connections Festival. BACstage are a youth theatre group based at Bridport Arts Centre with ages ranging from 12-18 year olds. This festival is run by the national theatre and involves 230 youth theatre groups around the UK performing one of ten new plays written by established play writes. BACstage was chosen to take part in the scheme and chose to perform the play Heritage. Continue reading
Rock falls, landslips, dangerous cliffs, homes and businesses threatened… what should be done about coastal erosion? Why, blow up the moon of course!
At least that’s the suggestion of artist Richard DeDomenici who is part of a project called Exploring Erosion, alongside artists Jeff Pigott and Julia Warin. Commissioned by the Jurassic Coast Trust, the project aims to encourage people to think differently about coastal erosion.
The impact of last year’s severe weather has given erosion a bad name with the impression that it’s destroying the coast and must be stopped. This obscures the fact that the spectacular coastline we enjoy is the direct result of coastal erosion that has been going on for millennia. At the same time, there are some people who ignore the potential dangers completely and who can be seen climbing over recent rock falls. Continue reading
This series of exhibitions and events will explore and debate the use and misuse of cars in everyday life through the lens of visual arts. Responding creatively to data and research derived from traffic flow analysis in Dorset and Hampshire using automated number plate reading (ANPR), six artists will show work alongside the results of a research project, Sixth Sense Transport, investigating online promotion of a social and shared space for people who use cars and want to reduce their carbon footprint.
Using data from ANPR cameras on A354 between Dorchester and Weymouth and similar cameras in Southampton city centre, artists have created their own scenarios for the exhibition. Simon Hollington & Kypros Kyprianou in The Car That Turned… and Steve Beard and Victoria Halford in Router have created their own futuristic road movies. Stanza in The Agency at the end of Civilization, Duncan Shingleton in Flows and Ivar van Bekkum and Esther Polak in Fronting Motion all use the data as it is gathered in real time to create visual and sound pieces that focus on traffic build up, carbon emissions and patterns of car usage.
We’re proud to be showing these international artists as well as hosting a special screening of Jean Luc Godard’s acclaimed film Weekend. Each of the artists’ pieces has been specially commissioned and premiered for the show.
13 – 23 May
Film Screenings: 16 May, 7 – 9.30pm, FREE
Weekend, Jean Luc Godard and artists’ films from the project.
Car(bon)Mart: 17 May, 2014 10.30am – 2pm, FREE
A demonstration of some of the research from Sixth Sense Transport including Scalextrics, mobile phone apps and hands on workshop. Just drop in and see what’s happening.
We all like getting letters. Bradpole artist David Smith will be sending a letter a day to Bridport Arts Centre, for a whole year!
It’s all part of an art project, entitled #Letter365, that will gradually unfold over the coming 12 months. Working in conjunction with Bridport Arts Centre, David will create a unique artwork each and every day for a year with the accumulated work being exhibited as an installation in the Art Centre’s Allsop Gallery in March 2015.
Before the end of each day David will seal his work in an envelope and arrange for it’s delivery to the Arts Centre by post or other means, where it will remain unopened and unseen until the exhibition. The unfolding process will be documented on a blog http://www.letter365.co.uk. Continue reading
You never expect life to change while you are watching paint dry, but that’s exactly what happened to me. One minute I was trying to decide if the living room wall really needed another coat of magnolia and the next Pirate Gran had bounded into my brain, and refused to leave until I had written her down.
I thought eureka moments happened to other people. But there was Pirate Gran – as large as life and twice as naughty – demanding to be let loose on the world. She was irresistibly funny and feisty, and what’s more she very thoughtfully brought her story with her.
I’m sure there are writers whose brains ache with the effort of imagining what happens next… But I could see Pirate Gran as clearly as I could see, well as clearly as I could see that magnolia paint, and somehow I knew exactly what she and her silly shipmates had been up to. Continue reading
Parlor Dance have loved being back in Bridport after their visit last May when we brought ‘Close Distance’ to the arts centre which was supported by a ‘Dance a Day’ curtain raiser.
This week has been quite a different experience as we are in a research and development process exploring ideas for our next full touring piece ‘Home from Home’ which is studying ‘care’ and impact of care in various contexts. The next work will consist of three different pieces of work to include duet and trio work by the company’s professional dancers and one actor; Richard Headon who co-runs ‘Desperate Men’, a street theatre company based in Bristol. Continue reading
We’re delighted to announce our programme of events for February 2014 – May 2014. Continue reading