‘It’s Up to Us’ – Summer 2022

 Art in Poundbury was delighted to get the chance to hold the first exhibition in the newly refurbished Jubilee Hall in May 2022.

The ‘It’s Up To Us’ exhibition and Art Trail, inspired by the book of the same name by Christopher Lloyd, invited fellow creatives from Artwey, Dorchester Camera Club and 3Ds Calligraphy to take part, alongside established artists, sculptors, photographers, textile artists, stone masons and jewellers – all of whom are based in this part of Dorset. Pupils from Damers First School also took part, with Year 3s working with ceramic storyteller, Katie Netley, to create a large 3D totem pole, which took pride of place in the hall. Alongside traditional works there was beach-art, innovative glasswork, chicken wire creations, and even a life-sized chimpanzee.

Curated by Teresa Lawton, the exhibition was opened by long-time Poundbury residents and artists, Monica Perry, Hilda Lane and Bev Stephens.

On opening day, special guests included a Ukrainian family, who had arrived from Kyiv, via Poland a few days before. 11-year-old Volodymyr, who loves art and had painted some pictures en route from Poland, was invited to exhibit his work.  Visitors to ‘It’s Up To Us’ also raised nearly £1,500 for the Red Cross Ukraine Appeal.

(Click on any of the images below,  which follow some of the putting together of the exhibition and a small selection of the artwork. To see any of them larger, just click on them.)