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Future Exhibitions

Alternative Visions: Undiscovered Art in the South West

21 March - 6 May 2018















A remarkable and celebratory new exhibition providing a unique insight into a previously undiscovered group of artists and what motivates them to create art.

An open call across the South West of England invited artists who identify as facing a barrier to the art world for reasons including health, disability, social circumstance or isolation to submit work for the exhibition. More than 300 submissions were received and a team of selectors chose 20 artworks for their visual interest and emotional impact.

The exhibition will feature painted, drawn, printed and sculpted works. They are diverse in content, style and approach; Peter Matthews dons a wet suit and paints in isolation as he floats in the tide off the Cornish coast; Jeremy James Lovelady finds discarded objects on the streets of Penzance, which he includes in his textural paintings.

Alternative Visions is developed in partnership with Outside In and Arts & Health South West. Funded by Arts Council Strategic Touring programme.

Please be aware that a few artworks featured contain images that some visitors may find upsetting.



Alternative Visions: Artist’s Exhibition Tour

24/03/2018 14:00 - 15:00

Join exhibiting artist George J Harding for a tour of the Alternative Visions exhibition. Take a closer look at his choice of works on display, get an artist’s perspective on the exhibition and explore what motivates people to create art.

Please be aware that a few artworks featured contain images that some visitors may find upsetting.

Tour lasts 45 mins approx.


Advance booking required via Eventbrite:


Alternative Voices

21/04/2018 19:00 - 22:00

An evening of spoken word, performance and film by artists from across the South West. Experience Poole Museum after dark and take a closer look at the Alternative Visions exhibition.

Please book your place in advance. Tickets are free but we will take donations on the door.



Augustus John: Drawn from Life

26 May - 30 September 2018














This is the first major exhibition of the art of Augustus John (1878-1961) since 2005. He was probably the greatest artist to have lived and worked in Poole and a hundred years ago was considered a towering figure of British Art. This reputation was founded upon his extraordinary talent as a draughtsman, his great skill as a portraitist, and his Bohemian lifestyle.

The exhibition will focus in particular on John’s early to mid-career, aiming to reveal to today’s audience why he was considered such a dominant figure in early twentieth century British art, and look in some depth at his outstanding achievements in drawing and etching.

Around sixty works will be drawn from a wide range of museums and galleries, including the National Portrait Gallery and Tate, as well as from private collections around the UK. The exhibition will highlight John’s close association with south-west England, its landscape and authors connected with the region, such as T.E.Lawrence. 

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