Just Moments
Photography by Steve Hawkins and Rodney Wayman Sculpture by Sarah Coward
Saturday 27 January to Sunday 18 February
Beaumont Gallery in Mere opens its eclectic 2018 programme with 
Just Moments, an exhibition of photography by Steve Hawkins and Rodney Wayman showcasing the beauty of Wiltshire and Dorset alongside a collection of Sarah Coward’s stunning animal sculptures.
The exhibition runs 
from Saturday 27 January to Sunday 18 February, with the gallery open from Wednesday to Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm or by appointment at any other time.  Admission is free and refreshments are available.
A couple of years ago Steve Hawkins bought a new camera and started a 365-day photography project, taking an image a day and seeing how much he could learn along the way.  He finds real joy in his photography, loves landscapes but also enjoying the challenge of working with people, looking for the unexpected, using the camera lens as a different way of seeing the world around him. Rodney Wayman began a fascination with the lens at the age of eight and has used it as a marketing professional all his working life. He’s now showing some of his more creative recent work to a wider audience.   Finally we’re always delighted to exhibit Sarah Coward’s fantastic sculptures.  If you’ve never seen them, come along to the gallery soon and make the most of this great opportunity!”

Face Place Plant 

Charlotte Harker
Jitka Palmer

Charlotte Harker
Charlotte Harker is an artist based in London. In 2017 she was the inaugural Artist in Residence at the William Heath Robinson Museum in Pinner, Middlesex. In 2015 a series of her drawings of buildings and landscapes were included in a book titled Nowheres, a collaborative project with Poet, Tamar Yoseloff. These drawings were exhibited at the Poetry Society and also the Barbican Centre in 2015. In 2014, for her project and solo exhibition, Species of Trees and Other Landscapes she was awarded a grant from Arts Council England. In 2012 she was awarded a residency at the Cill Rialaig Project in Ballinskelligs, County Kerry, Ireland. In 2009 Arts Council England awarded a grant to support her research into the work of 19th Century Landscape painter, Peter De Wint, at The Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln. Prior to that she was awarded a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 2007. She has been shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and from 2001-2002 was a resident artist at the Florence Trust Studios in London. As well as exhibiting across the U.K., she has been in group shows in Europe, U.S.A. and Australia.

Saturday16 September to Sunday 8 October
Lil Dunham at Beaumont Gallery 
Installation artist Lil Dunham, a graduate of Fine Art from Camberwell College of the Arts, one of the world’s foremost art and design institutions, has a major new exhibition exploring Man and Machinery created specifically for the beautiful space of Beaumont Gallery, the specialist contemporary art gallery in Mere, Wiltshire, running from Saturday 16 September until Sunday 8 October.
Dunham’s work is immensely exciting and breathes cutting-edge creativity and imagination. Developing the idea that consumerism and technology have created a seemingly artificial attitude towards life, and describing her work as “occurring at the intersection of the natural and the mechanical”, she combines organic and industrial materials as a means of exploring the changing relationship between humanity and technology. The artist began building the installation in the gallery during August and is using previously used failed machines and abstract figurative machines to develop her concept. There are both static and moving exhibits.

June 2017 – degree show – Camberwell University of the Arts
15/05/ 2016 – Birds of Passage exhibition – Nomadic community gardens
14/01/2016: group exhibition - Dalston Grove
10/2015: group exhibition - Hotel Elephant
06/2014:  End of year show - BA drawing – Camberwell University of the Arts
2014 – 2017: Camberwell College of Arts - BA (Hons) Fine Art - First class honours
July 2016: Metafora Art School (Barcelona) - summer intensive art therapy course
2009 – 2011: Salisbury College – BTEC National Diploma Art & Design - Triple distinction

Lil Dunham Interview

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1st - 16th July 2017

Contemporary bird and animal portraits, ceramics and sculptures by

Kate Boxer
Patricia Jordan
Sarah Coward
Edith Karlson
Jitka Palmer

Take advantage of this great opportunity to see an exhibition of contemporary bird and animal portraits, ceramics and sculptures by four significant women artists.  See works of great beauty and power by Kate Boxer (illustrator for Adam Nicholson’s acclaimed new book The Seabird’s Cry), Patricia Jordan (charcoals), Sarah Coward (bronze and jesmonite) and Edith Karlson (xxxx). Their styles are very different to one another and we really believe you’ll never have seen birds and animals like this – even in your dreams!
Mikki Rain
Jitka Palmer


Beaumont Gallery in Mere is hosting 
Life, a fabulous exhibition of Mikki Rain’s caricature artwork portraits created for the satirical TV news quiz Have I Got News for You together with original ceramics and beautiful sculptures of people past and present by Jitka Palmerfrom Saturday 20 May until Sunday 11 June.

"Life is a real celebration of ‘larger than life’ characters! We have a brilliant collection of around fifty of Mikki Rain’s recent black and white caricature portraits with their satirical take on politicians from around the globe and celebrities and stars from the worlds of film, TV, pop, sport, arts and literature, plus the Royal Family.  They’ll form a perfect juxtaposition with Jitka Palmer’s vibrantly coloured ceramics which capture facial expressions and body language reflecting the spontaneity of everyday life, and her thought-provoking stone sculptures.  Both artists’ works are immediately accessible and mirror their exuberant creative personalities.”
Mikki Rain said “I’ve worked for the satirical news quiz Have I Got News for You since it was first broadcast over 26 years ago and have had enormous pleasure in poking fun at those in the news ever since as, for me, humour is one of our great pleasures in Life! Who are my subjects? Anyone well-known who has ever appeared in a newspaper.”

Jitka Palmer said “For this exhibition I am showing ceramic vessels and stone sculptures.  Drawn from Life, my vessels strive to be expressive. One group of large vessels depicts personal experiences in various countries I’ve visited, illustrating richness of the world, whilst the other group looks at movement and body. My sculptures focus on relationships and inner world and nature and are more reflective.” 

Life runs from Saturday 20 May to Sunday 11 June, and admission is free.  The Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm or by appointment at any other time.

Mikki Rain is an artist and illustrator who has worked in a variety of creative fields since she left art college and moved to London in the 1970s.  She was initially involved in the counter-culture working as a magazine designer alongside the OZ crowd with the underground press.  She was also working with bands and record companies, designing sleeves, promo and logos.  She developed diverse styles as an illustrator for magazines and newspapers like Timeout, The Independent, Financial Times and Radio Times as well as following personal projects for illustrated work and printmaking. 

She has been providing the caricature portraits displayed behind the panellists on the set of the satirical TV news quiz ‘Have I Got News for You’ since the first show in 1991 - a combination of collaged humorous caricatures and typography creating a dynamic black and white graphic representing topical issues and high profile personalities in the news which work as stand-alone images as well as part of the panels.

Jitka Palmer was born in Prague where she studied medicine and worked as an anatomist. She first moved to Britain in 1985 and studied ceramics at Croydon College of Art and Design setting up her first studio in London with the support of a Crafts Council Setting Up Grant. She worked as a freelance artist for ten years, exhibiting both in England and abroad, before returning to the Czech Republic for three years teaching English and Anatomy and Morphology for artists whilst developing her drawing and painting skills. She returned to Britain in 1998 and since then has lived and worked in Bristol. She has given master classes at Cardiff University and colleges in Bath and Bristol, and led workshops for children and adults. Jitka was involved with the CIP/Craftspace joint project in Birmingham, teaching women asylum seekers. She has exhibited in Britain, Europe and USA and her work is in private and public collections including Musee National de Ceramique, Paris.

Lorna Brunstein
Richard White
Andrew Walworth


Beaumont Gallery in Mere is hosting a powerful exhibition of thought-provoking and challenging artworks of buildings devastated in wars from WWI through to Aleppo by Andrew Walworth which sit alongside installation artist Lorna Brunstein's personal perspective of the horror of the Holocaust. Richard White has created installations using sound and light

The images and objects exhibited will prompt the viewer to explore their perceptions of the persecuted, the stateless, and political refugees, themes which have a universal resonance and connect us at a deep emotional level. 

Cut Flowers runs from Saturday 1 April to Sunday 23 April, and admission is free.

The Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm or by appointment at any other time.

Andrew Walworth, who also curates the exhibition, said "This exhibition comes from a need to articulate what a refugee from a foreign state means to a person living well away from the actuality of war, how refugees are perceived in the modern world - their almost universal no-status - and the way in which they are treated. I invited Lorna to exhibit as she has personal knowledge of the worst aspects of war and the subsequent fallout. Her works also act as a prompt, a historical reminder for us to think about when reading opinions about current wars and refugees.

Installation artist Lorna Brunstein is a second-generation Holocaust Survivor whose work explores issues of identity, memory, loss, displacement and inherited trauma.  "My practice is emotionally driven. I feel compelled to make work that, although highly personalised, expresses themes that resonate are universal. I'm particularly interested in family histories, memorials, testimony and the silences we all carry and have been shaped by. I think of the wider issues of the Holocaust and the genocides that have happened since and continue to take place.  Individual memories are my starting points and I use the media most able to evoke the feelings I wish to communicate. My work intends to give the viewer a transformative and immersive experience and aims to create a tension and energy within a contemplative space."

Richard White:
I am intrigued by the possibility of being at the point where the physical and the virtual meet. I am working with the physical, emotional and intellectual experience of walking, wayfaring through obscured histories and reluctant heritage. My specific focus is in outdoor contexts, primarily rural, using social media to explore absence, presence and network resonance.


In the shed:
Experiments in topophilia: 10 x short films random loop
Belsen Ballroom            (3:18)
by the skin of our teeth (3:34)
Exile (2)                      (1:58)
Frome to Belsen           (3:44)
Joys of the Forest         (4:01)
Bearing Witness           (3:23)
Belonging                    (4:16)
Exile                           (5:00)
Indifference                 (3:20)
Inheritance                  (1:08)

Resistance                   (5:17)

These films were part of the closing exhibition of the Forced Walks: Honouring Esther project: The line of a Nazi Death March transposed to England, returned to Germany and retraced. 2 x 2 day walks. Somerset April 2016. Lower Saxony February 2017



The Beaumont Gallery in Mere is exhibiting a selection of black and white photographs by world-renowned Magnum photographer Ian Berry from his long-term project ‘The English’ alongside stunning images by Ash Mills of life at Salisbury Cathedral and exquisite sculpture by Rose Eva. The exhibition runs from Saturday 25 February to Sunday 12 March, with the gallery open from Wednesday to Sunday between 10am to 4pm. 
This opening exhibition of the gallery’s year takes its title from Berry’s powerful collection of photographs representing his personal exploration of England and English life in the 1970s.  The project, originally supported by the first Arts Council Photography Bursary, was later published as a book ‘The English’ and recognised as an important body of work from the perspective of this distinguished Magnum documentary photographer who grew up in the North of England but had spent a substantial part of his life abroad, particularly in South Africa. 40 years on, it forms a unique collection capturing the time and an era when there was far greater freedom to create photographs. As Berry noted then, “England is the easiest country in the world in which to take photographs—in the way people react or rather do not react in the photographer’s presence.”
Ash Mills, a freelance photographer, has been Salisbury Cathedral’s official photographer since 2008 covering its many diverse activities including major services, special events, art exhibitions, and the progression of the major repair programme to conserve and restore the building.  He is “extremely privileged to be the cathedral’s official photographer which is truly a gift to any photographer.” Given his first camera aged 8, he “immediately loved the creative process of composition – the ability to really see what is in front of you, rather than just looking at it.” 

An exhibition of Contemporary Portraiture by nine artists

Tony Connolly
Rose Eva
Patricia Jordan
David Harrison

Sandrine Maubeche
Mikki Rain

Sarah Swann
Andrew Walworth

Harriet White




The Beaumont Gallery in Mere hosts 'People', an exhibition of contemporary portraiture by nine of the best portrait artists currently working in the UK, from Saturday 22 October until Sunday 6 November. 

People celebrates the diversity of the artists’ different styles and interpretations of the human face as they work in their chosen medium. Laura Rich and I know and admire the work of all nine and consider many of them to be among the best portrait artists currently working in the UK.  Many are prize winners and a number exhibit regularly in London and internationally.  Styles vary from large scale oil pieces to more traditional portrait painting as associated with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters through to the caricature artwork portraits created for the satirical TV news quiz ‘Have I got news for you’. 

There will also be sculptures by Rose Eva who works in bronze and exotic and colourful stone sourced from all over the world creating highly polished, sensuous sculptures based on the human form. 

“We’re particularly pleased to be able to run this exhibition at the Beaumont Gallery as the genre of portraiture is very specialized, subjective and personal.  We believe it will be a great showcase of different contemporary styles and a real eye-opener.”

Short biographical notes of the nine artists
Anthony Connolly is an Elected Member of The Royal Society of Portrait Painters. He is listed as one of the top 10 portrait painters of 2015 on Mall Galleries website. He lives and works at his home near Salisbury. He originally trained at Goldsmith’s College and before becoming a fulltime painter taught for several years, and still runs drawing and painting courses. His book ‘Portrait Painting’ was published by the Crowood Press in July 2011. His awards include: 2004 The Prince of Wales Award for Portrait Drawing; 2009 The Changing Faces Prize; 2012 The Prince of Wales Award for Portrait Drawing; 2014 The AXA Award for Drawing, RHA Dublin.
Rose Eva studied history of art at the Courtauld Institute in London, and worked as a specialist in the Modern British Art Department of Phillips Auctioneers, now Bonhams. She has curated exhibitions including the 150th anniversary exhibition for the Heatherley School of Art, and written many catalogue entries and articles on art for publications. Her adult life has therefore been spent studying works of art and it is this extensive visual education that has informed her own art and made up for her lack of formal practical training. She works both in bronze and in exotic and colourful stone, sourced from all over the world, creating highly polished, sensuous sculptures based on the human form.
Rose has exhibited widely in the UK as well as in Paris, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.  In 2015 she won both the Army Arts Society Sculpture Award and the Humphreys Prize at the ING Discerning Eye exhibition in London. Public commissions include ‘Deeper than Skin’ for Salisbury District Hospital, a commission won in a national competition, and ‘Snapbreast’, a massive female torso covered with tiny images of their breasts sent in by supporters, to raise money for the Haven, a national breast cancer support charity – a sculpture featured in the Huffington Post.
David Harrison lives and works in London and trained at St Martin’s School of Art.  He exhibits widely and his works have been shown at venues including TRAMPS, London (2014), VeneKlasen/Werner, Berlin (2012), Vilma Gold, London (2012 and 2003), Daniel Reich Gallery, New York (2008), Galeria OMR, Mexico City (2007), the Arts Centre St. Petersburg, Florida (2005), Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland (2005), The Whitechapel Gallery, London (2006 and 2004), Whitechapel Project Space, London (2004 and 2003), Bloomberg Space, London (2004) and Cubitt Gallery, London (2001). His works expand the languages of contemporary painting and sculpture, drawing into play parts of the culture which are forgotten, buried, discarded or disregarded. The artist employs all that has lain outside of the mainstream of modern art - age-old symbols and fanciful myth, irrational beliefs, traditional genres like landscape, exuberant sexuality, barbed wit, and wonder at the natural world - in order to speak vividly about our own time, and to revivify the disciplines of painting and sculpture.
Patricia Jordan studied Fine Art Printmaking and Photo Media at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design and Illustration at the Royal College of Art. She has been a Visiting Tutor at the Drawing Studio since 2004, teaching life drawing. She works predominately with charcoal. Patricia grew up in London and spent most summer holidays on her Grandparent’s farm in Ireland. Her art offers a humble and yet honest platform from which the voice of the wild can be heard and appreciated. She gathers vulnerable subjects whose fragile message might otherwise be missed - from the fraying strands of an empty nest to the whorled fur of the endangered Squirrel Monkey, her drawings recover the fragile details that would otherwise elude our attention. She illustrated The Old House to commemorate Hans Christian Andersen’s bicentenary (Solark Publications) and has exhibited in various London group shows including Outlines; Big White Space; Dead Bird Show, Whitechapel Project Space; Society of Wildlife Artists; and Flowers East

Sandrine Maubeche lives and works in Wiltshire.  Born in Paris she studied Architecture, Art and History of Art at La Sorbonne, Paris. She paints portraits of children, adults and animals as well properties/heritage properties and classic cars. For the past decade she has concentrated on commissions and exhibited in many galleries and art festivals.  She uses many styles and media depending on the subject she needs to represent and works in pencil, ink, pastel, acrylic and oil, as well as experimenting with other techniques. She lectures on art, history, history of art, folklore, geology, archeology, literature and music.
Mikki Rain is an artist and illustrator. She has been providing the caricature portraits displayed behind the panellists on the set of the satirical TV news quiz ‘Have I Got News For You’ since the first show in 1991 - a combination of collaged humorous caricatures and typography creating a dynamic black and white graphic representing topical issues and high profile personalities in the news which work as stand-alone images as well as part of the panels. They are selected because of the subject’s predominance in the news at any given time and may be depicted in a way that relates to a news story: for instance, Jeremy Clarkson was rude about the Mexicans so he became Mexican in her representation of him.
Sarah Swann studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Bath Spa University College and works mainly on commissioned portraits from her home studio near Shaftesbury, Dorset. She has a passion for expressive portraiture that captures personality. An emerging artist, her characterful ‘Self Portrait’ has recently been shortlisted for the prestigious National Open Art Competition having been short listed for the Columbia Threadneedle prize at the end of 2015. Recent exhibitions include The Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition and Black Swan Gallery, Frome.
Andrew Walworth won the Williamsburg Oil Painting prize, 2014.  He spent many years working in London and used one of the studios in Belsham Street LONDON E9 run by SPACE, a leading visual arts organization founded by Bridget Riley, Peter Sedgley and Peter Townsend in 1968. After a chance meeting with a farmer who did a lot of work for the then Vale of Aylesbury with Garth and South Berks hunt, he started painting hounds, left the city and went back to the country and concentrated on portrait work. His work encompasses commissioned portraiture of animals and humans as well as direct reportage imagery drawn from news images of international conflict and its impact on individuals.
His studio is adjacent to The Beaumont Gallery.  He has exhibited widely in the UK.
Harriet White lives and works in Bristol. She studied at Falmouth Art College then Bath Spa University, graduating in 2001. She has exhibited extensively, mostly around the UK in commercial galleries and national museums, has twice had work included in the BP Portrait Award and twice in the Holburne Portrait Prize. In 2013 she was shortlisted for the Threadneedle Prize for Painting and Sculpture. 

Her highly stylized work involves large scale paintings that are at the same time glamorous and intimate, intimidating and voyeuristic. These are not portraits in a traditional sense, the subject is the source photograph and the model’s role is that of an actor. There is nothing more than a suggestion of vulnerability, of the character beneath the veneer. The staged set-up and synthetic colour used serve to emphasise the artifice, detaching the paintings from reality and suggesting a parallel world of Hollywood cinema and high-gloss fashion photography.


The Beaumont Gallery in Mere hosted The Pleasure of Bathing, an exhibition of charcoal drawings by Patricia Jordan of intimate studies of dead birds, bird nests and endangered species, from Saturday 28 May until Sunday 26 June 2016.

Exhibition curator and resident artist Andrew Walworth said “I have long been a great admirer of Patricia Jordan’s work which has always been consistently masterful. She exhibits in London so I am particularly pleased she has agreed to show down here in rural Wiltshire."

Patricia Jordan said “When I was eight my wonderful cat Black Beauty brought home a dead, flattened, dried out sparrow that she probably picked up from the alleyway. I thought my cat had killed this tiny bird and was distraught. My mother allowed me to bury the body in our garden and just before I placed it in its grave I kissed it goodbye, still very upset. I went upstairs and drew the bird as I remembered it before placing the picture carefully in my cupboard under my clothes and felt at peace. I had given the bird back to itself.

“That was the start of it really and over the years I have created a collection of ‘frozen in time’ animals and birds. They carry an intangible depth and connection to something other-worldly that holds my attention and challenges my ability to draw.  When the time comes to bury the once living creature I am left only with an impression in charcoal.  It’s then I appreciate what I have achieved and the extraordinary privilege it is to draw these beautiful beings as sincerely as I can, and I’m humbled and overwhelmed by their endless grace and beauty.  

“I’m truly delighted to have been invited to give this solo show at the new Beaumont Gallery which offers such a great space to exhibit my pieces which are undeniably in real sympathy with the beautiful rural setting.” 

Patricia Jordan studied Fine Art Printmaking and Photo Media at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design and Illustration at the Royal College of Art. She has been a Visiting Tutor at the Drawing Studio since 2004, teaching life drawing. She works predominately with charcoal. Patricia grew up in London and spent most summer holidays on her Grandparent’s farm in Ireland. Her art offers a humble and yet honest platform from which the voice of the wild can be heard and appreciated. She gathers vulnerable subjects whose fragile message might otherwise be missed - from the fraying strands of an empty nest to the whorled fur of the endangered Squirrel Monkey, her drawings recover the fragile details that would otherwise elude our attention. She illustrated The Old House to commemorate Hans Christian Andersen’s bicentenary (Solark Publications) and has exhibited in various London group shows including Outlines; Big White Space; Dead Bird Show, Whitechapel Project Space; Society of Wildlife Artists; and Flowers East.


The newly opened Beaumont Gallery at Woodlands Road, Mere, hosts Silent Exchange, an exhibition of award-winning photography by Waite from Thursday 3rd March until Sunday 3rd April 2016. 

Bringing together Waite's most important landscapes to date as well as new works, Silent Exchange showcases Waite's personal response to beauty in an exhibition of images which span a lifetime at the forefront of landscape photography. The exhibition will feature images from many different countries and include photographs of the beautiful Wiltshire and Dorset counties.

Landscape photography is a passion for Waite.  He has described the making of his images as a deeply involving personal experience, or as he has put it “a rather fine interaction between me and the landscape with the camera as the intermediary”.

His pictures are as much about his state of absorption, rapture if you will, in which mind, technique and his feelings come into perfect alignment as they are a strict evocation of place and of the world external to his lens. In discussing his work, Waite has employed the term ‘pre-visualisation’ first used by the great American landscape photographer Ansel Adams, to whom he has been compared.

Waite's beguiling images appear to show our planetary home as unspoiled and profoundly beautiful. In so doing they provide us the reassurance that sometimes it is.

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