Take a look behind the scenes of Lyme’s creative establishments

The Town Mill Studio Artists

FROM September 28 to October 10, there will be a unique chance to see what goes on behind the scenes at two of Lyme Regis’ most creative establishments, as the Town Mill galleries play host to ‘Making a Mark’ and ‘The Faces of the Boat Building Academy’.

At the Malthouse Gallery, ‘Making a Mark’ will showcase works by the Town Mill Studio Artists, a group formed in September 2017 by local artists who had been painting together for three years under the guidance of mentor Phil Clayton.

The artists – Jules Critchinson, Hilary Highet, Rachel Hudson, Elizabeth Richie, Kathie Scott, Sue Swiecicka, Sue Warren and Libby Washington (pictured below) – wanted to continue working together in a creative environment with the encouragement and support of each other and their mentor.

Their aim with this show is to reveal how each of them has approached the creative process and developed their own style and expression using mark making, research and experimentation.

Over at the Courtyard Gallery, an exciting collaboration between local artist Maria Barbashina and the Boat Building Academy will offer a similar celebration of creative development.

Over the last few months, Lyme-based painter Maria has recorded for posterity the instructors and staff of the academy, and gracing the walls of the gallery will be her portraits of everyone from director Tim Gedge to housekeeper Wendy Sartin.

All members of the BBA staff are key elements in the experience of studying at the academy and their portraits will keep a watchful eye over the student work.

The rest of the gallery will be filled with students’ work, fascinating examples of different boatbuilding and woodworking course projects, each a testament to the hard work, skill and dedication to the craft of each student.

Pieces on display will include a Mill Creek plywood stitch and glue kayak made by Chris Silverwood (pictured) during the 40-week boatbuilding course, as well as a deck chair by Jon Ashfield, a ukulele by Corinne Reed, a steamer trunk drinks cabinet by Andy Staines and chairs by Alan Boyles and Mariela Reyes, all from the 12-week Fine Woodworking course.

Both exhibitions will be open daily from 10.30am to 4.30pm, admission is free and for further information visit the websites www.townmillarts.co.uk or www.boatbuildingacademy.com or contact office@boatbuildingacademy.com

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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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