EOS Vincent van Gogh ¸ Seventh Art Productions & Annelies van der Vegt-42We’re inviting all art lovers to come and enjoy a groundbreaking new series that will offer the opportunity to marvel and delight in some of history’s greatest paintings. You can expect to see work by Van Gogh, Monet, Cezanne, Degas and Renoir in our cinema in stunning high definition this spring.

EOS_ Vincent van Gogh- Jamie de Courcey Head Shot ¸ Seventh Art Productio...Exhibition on Screen brings exhibitions from galleries around the world to over 1000 cinemas in 30 countries. Produced by award-winning director, Phil Grabsky you can expect to see paintings and behind the scenes tours where you will discover what lies behind the exhibition creatively and technically and what the artwork reveals about the artist and the particular historical period.

The first screening at the Arts Centre will be Vincent Van Gogh – A New Way of Seeing, 14 April, 7.30pm. With exclusive access to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam it explores the dramatic story and iconic work of the worlds most beloved artist. The film marks both a major re-showing of the gallery’s collection and a celebration of the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh’s death. With exclusive new research revealing incredible recent discoveries, the Van Gogh Museum has helped craft a cinema experience like no other.

Following on from this there will be a chance to uncover the story of The Impressionists on the 27 April, 7.30pm. From the Musée du Luxembourg Paris, National Gallery London and Philadelphia Museum of Art, this screening will offer an opportunity to get closer to works by some of the worlds’s most popular artists including Monet, Cezanne, Degas and Renoir. It will look at the works, and that of their contemporaries and ask why they fetch tens of millions of dollars around the globe. But who were they really? Why & how exactly did they paint? What lies behind their enduring appeal?

Tickets for the Exhibition on Screen shows are available online of from our box office, please stop by or call 0138 424204 for more details.



Sir John Colfox and Beaminster Schools Writing Workshop

west-dorset-district-council-175x175In October 2014 a group of students from Sir John Colfox and Beaminster schools took part in a week-long writing workshop with writer and producer Paul Dodgson to create original radio dramas. The two pieces they developed were a contemporary response to Little Red Riding Hood and can be heard by following the links below.

Jelly Snakes was written and performed by Alice Etherington, Carly Poole, Adam Harris and Bethan Hewitt-Bell

Faded Purple was written and performed by Monika Krzysztopolska, Ruby Neville, Sam Green and Lucy Taylor.

Both plays were recorded at The Humph studio at Bridport Youth Centre and produced and edited by Paul Dodgson

The project was supported with a grant from the Leisure Development Fund at West Dorset District Council”

BAC welcomes the appointment of its new Director – Laura Cockett

Laura headshot 1Bridport Arts Centre is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Director Laura Cockett.

Laura joins BAC from Hope Street Limited in Liverpool where she is a currently the Projects Producer. Hope Street Limited is a major Arts organisation and part of the Arts Councils’ National Portfolio which has led on many projects in Liverpool and beyond. Many of these have been in partnership with Liverpool City Council and cultural partners in the North West. She has headed up the ’On the Verge ‘ Festival which is dedicated to developing new work and emerging artists. Among her other projects ‘Suitcase’ saw performances in 10 train stations across the country. Continue reading


indexBe transported to New York’s world-famous Metropolitan Opera House with a series of performance broadcasts at Bridport Arts Centre. Audiences will get to see a series of 10 live performances transmitted in high definition from the famous opera house in New York.

The season starts with Macbeth, Giuseppe Verdi on Tues 14 October.Star soprano Anna Netrebko delivers her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Željko Lučić’s doomed Macbeth. Adrian Noble’s chilling production of Verdi’s masterful adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy also stars Joseph Calleja as the noble Macduff and René Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts. Continue reading


IMG_2015We are looking for new people to co-present our daily lunchtime and Mon – Fri drive time radio shows going out at midday and 5pm. This will include doing live interviews and researching for the interviews beforehand. Ideally we want two presenters per show and we can try to match you up if you don’t have a co-presenter in mind. Full training will be given. This offer is open to anyone aged 16+ but preference will be given to people who haven’t presented a live radio show before. Get in touch with Kate at or via the Bridport FM Facebook page as soon as possible.

Kate Wilson ~ Learning Co-Ordinator


Polly outside of BACBridport 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

A Wine Tasting Evening with Steven Spurrier

017#2We’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


Cari Ann pointingThis 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

Exploring Erosion … Artist proposes blowing up the moon.

IMG_0636Rock 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

Internet of Cars: Turning your car into a data carrier

weekend-004This 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

Special Events

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.