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​AIH Exhibition Programme for 2020/2021

Drawing on Dorset November 2019 - 31 January


Drawing on Dorset is a recent publication and accompanying exhibition curated by Dorset Visual Arts in association with Evolver Magazine.

The exhibition showcases original drawings from a selection made from work submitted following an open call to survey current themes, trends and innovations on drawing practices.  It spans the figurative, the abstract and both physical and digital drawings made in Dorset, of Dorset and about Dorset.

Colin Moore: The Open Air 4 February – 20 April


Colin Moore is a painter-printmaker who specialises in linocut prints of the British landscape, often coastal and maritime subjects. In recent years he has been commissioned to provide work for public spaces such as a mural for the new Hilton Hotel in Bournemouth, prints and paintings for a recently launched cruise ship and various works for the Guys and St. Thomas's Hospital Trust in London.

George Wright: Another Way of Life  22 April – 31 August


George Wright is a local, freelance photographer whose work has appeared in books and magazines worldwide. The photographs in this exhibition are results of personal journeys, many of which were made by motorbike, including several trips to Eastern Europe as well as travelling the length of South America and riding to Iran and back. Documenting everyday life, he has work in both national and international collections.

Unmasked: 3 November 2020 – 12 January 2021


Unmasked is a project by photographer Andy Scaysbrook and journalist Emma Pittard, to reveal and celebrate the faces of health workers fighting the battle against COVID-19 in Dorset. The exhibition will consist of a series of portraits of approximately 26 stories from all areas of healthcare, from maintenance staff to management. The pictures will be accompanied by extended captions, identifying the individuals with their different experiences of the pandemic. The project will also serve as a historical document, a first-hand record of the heroic roles played by ordinary people in extraordinary times and will be published in an accompanying book.

Group 7: Explorations in Colour: January 13 – April 2021 TBC

Bonnie Brown

Group 7 consists of Dorset based artists: Martyn Brewster, Brian Bishop, Bonnie Brown, Fran Donovan, Michelle Griffiths, Ursula Leach and Peter Symons. All are long-term practitioners who have a strong commitment to the media of drawing, painting and printmaking. This proposal is based upon the group's continued exploration and use of colour in painting in the 21st Century. As established artists many in Group 7 have work in hospital and hospice collections,  their work lends itself to the environment of a hospital as it is uplifting and life enhancing, bringing a positivity to the spaces it will inhabit.

AONB 60th Anniversary Photographic Competition: Rescheduled for spring 2021, in line with other celebrations


Colmers Hill Sunset – James Loveridge

The Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers almost half of Dorset is a nationally important protected landscape. Through collaborations with Arts in Hospital over the past five years, we have been pleased to have the opportunity to bring the landscape into the hospital through temporary exhibitions, permanent work in the Day Lewis ward and contributions of film to the Room with a View / Biophilia initiative.

In spring 2021 we will be launched a photographic competition to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the AONB designation. We will be appealing to both amateur and professional photographers to enter their work with showcases the special qualities of the AONB landscape and what it means to them.