‘Charmouth to Chernobyl: People and Places that Inspire’

THE Town Mill in Lyme Regis will host an exhibition that follows a journey from Charmouth to Chernobyl by local artist Howard Flanagan.

Howard is an emerging international artist, who has become more widely known over the last two years for his individual highly detailed paintings. Last year he was a finalist in The Sunday Times Watercolour Artist of the Year competition and exhibited with the Royal Watercolour Society.

This year he has worked almost exclusively with the organisers of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and the international children’s charity UNICEF, to produce twelve paintings, a series of limited edition prints and a calendar, all to be sold in aid of UNICEF. The original paintings were exhibited in Liverpool this July to coincide with the end of the Clipper race.

This spring, he was lucky enough to visit the exclusion zone surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in the Ukraine. Looking around, he was both inspired and humbled by the struggles of the people who continue to live there.

Working mainly in pastel, watercolour and ink, Howard seeks to capture the landscape around us as well as the quiet, unadorned natural beauty in the eyes of people struggling with everyday life.

‘Charmouth to Chernobyl’ will be open daily from September 13 to 26, 10.30am to 4.30pm in the Town Mill’s Courtyard Gallery. Admission is free and further information can be found at www.townmillarts.co.uk

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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