Jurassic Coast art exhibition coming to Bridport

Local artist Colin Bentley pictured on the Jurassic Coast

THE Jurassic Coast Trust is delighted to host an exciting art exhibition in Bridport this October, featuring local landscapes by artist Colin Bentley.

The exhibition will be take place at the Symondsbury Estate’s Tithe Barnfrom from october 21 to 24 and will feature paintings of iconic coastal landscapes from West Dorset, including Lyme Regis, Golden Cap and West Bay.

The exhibition is the second in a series of three as part of a collaborative project between Colin and the Jurassic Coast Trust, which will eventually encompass all 95 miles of the World Heritage Site, spanning from Exmouth to Swanage.

The project began with an exhibition in Sidmouth last year, which attracted thousands of visitors and raised more than £8,000 for the Jurassic Coast Trust. Part proceeds from sales of this year’s artwork will once again be donated to the Jurassic Coast Trust to help protect and conserve England’s natural World Heritage Site.

To inspire his artwork, Colin has collaborated with the Jurassic Coast Trust’s volunteer ambassadors, drawing on their geological expertise to bring the coast to life in his works. As well as coastal landscapes, the exhibition will feature portraits of each of the ambassadors with whom Colin has worked.

Alexandra O’Dwyer, chairman of the Jurassic Coast Trust, said: “Colin Bentley’s passion for the Jurassic Coast shines out of his paintings, while his talent as an artist is equally matched by his generosity as a supporter of the Jurassic Coast Trust.

“Working with him is a delight as he has integrated brilliantly into our group of ambassadors. He gets involved in much that we do as an organisation and his fundraising has already been a fantastic contribution to our work.

“We are all looking forward to this year’s exhibition and seeing Colin’s interpretation of West Dorset’s spectacular landscapes housed in Symondsbury Estate’s beautiful Tithe Barn, a perfect location for these atmospheric canvases. We are hoping to welcome many visitors to the exhibition which will appeal to art enthusiasts and collectors as well as to lovers of the Jurassic Coast.

“The money raised from sales of the artwork contributes to the trust’s work looking after our World Heritage Site for all to enjoy – as a small charity with a huge responsibility these funds are absolutely crucial and hugely appreciated.”

Colin added: “As a landscape painter I’m spoilt for choice when it comes to finding spectacular landscapes to paint, and Dorset’s stretch of the Jurassic Coast doesn’t disappoint.

“This collection is the accumulation of over a year’s work and is my largest exhibition to date. It’s been an absolute privilege to work with the Jurassic Coast Trust, and I can’t wait to share my work with everyone, and to do my little bit to help look after this place that we all love.”

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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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