Exhibitions at the d.@rt

Art Exhibitions at the d.@rt

In order to reflect the diversity present within our community, the d.@rt plays host to a wide range of exhibitions throughout the year, encouraging submissions from local artists.

Current Display

Previous Displays


We at the d.@rt centre have been so impressed by the quality of work on display at Hampshire Open Studios. It was so fantastic to host such a wide variety of styles and mediums. We have learnt so much from the artists over the time they were with us. This year was even more popular, with a footfall of about 400 people coming in to have a browse of the exhibition. We would be honoured to see them back here next year!

Here’s a little more information about the artists who exhibited this year!


Sarah Louise Baker

Sarah graduated from Winchester School of Art in 2012 with a degree in Fine Art. Sarah is based in Eastleigh where she works in Fine Art, Photography, Print-Making, Product Design and Sculpture.

She has also founded 4loveofsilver in 2013 where she works on a range of silver jewellery, inspired by nature and simply lines.

Most recently, Sarah has begun an MA in Fine Art at Arts University Bournemouth.

From Sarah:

“This is my second year of Hampshire Open Studios at the d.@rt centre. The exhibition space is a wonderful light and bright venue which is full of community spirit.

There were 5 artists this year showing a wide variety of works; Photography, print, textiles, ceramics and my jewellery.

Thanks to the support from the d.@rt centre, our visitor numbers have increased and we are becoming an established venue on the Hampshire Open Studio circuit.

All of the artists have received lovely comments from visitors about their work which hopefully inspires creativity in others.”



Martin Farrow

Martin Farrow is a Fine Art Photographer based in Bursledon. In his photographs he often plays with the perspective and likes to involve blocks of colour, creative more graphic compositions.

Martin uses a lot of digital technology and loves to combine latest generation cameras with Giclée Printing, using archival pigment links on art papers.

He takes a lot of his inspiration from the coast as well as found objects when walking in the countryside.

From Martin;

“The d.@rt venue is a great space for exhibitions like ours because it is light, high, open, welcoming and a good atmosphere.

We have had positive feedback from visitors and there have been more people than last year, our takings are slightly up which is great.

It’s good having five completely different artists as it has provided variety.”


Kate Watkins

Kate Watkins studied Fine Art at Leeds University where she was first introduced to printmaking and soon adopted it as her primary art form. Since then she has been producing prints for over 15 years, exploring a wide range of techniques such as lino, collagraph, mono-print and etching.

After studying for her masters in printmaking she now works as a printmaking instructor at Solent University as well as other adult education venues.

Kate’s inspiration comes from coastal landscapes and has recently been moving towards more abstract work exploring shelters and geometric forms.

From Kate;

“The d.@rt venue is well located with great access, both in terms of the actual gallery space, ample parking and extended opening times.

The staff have made the artists feel very welcome and been supportive – nothing is too much trouble.

The light and airy space is ideally suited to exhibiting.”



Elizabeth Saunders

Elizabeth Saunders is an experienced artist working in textiles and mixed media. After studying Textiles, Fashion and Fibre BA at Winchester School of Art she went on to study an MA in Textile Design.

Elizabeth’s work is inspired by memories and journeys, where she aims to make the invisible-visible using paint, print and stitch.

From Elizabeth;

“This has been my first year exhibiting with Hampshire Open Studios at the d.@rt.

The venue is bright, open and a lovely exhibition space. I have participated in several of the collective exhibitions here and the community network of people always proves to be exciting.

This year I tutored a mini workshop which was very successful and a good sharing of skills.

Alison and the team are always very supportive with the exhibiting with great communication.

Overall an excellent opportunity to share awareness of the gallery space. Thank you to all.”



Helen Scribbans

Helen has had a passion for clay ever since she was at school and set up her own ceramics studio in 1996.

She enjoys making hand-built vessels and bowls as well as sculptural pieces such as masks and figures. Helen Specialises in the unpredictable Raku firing- a traditional Japanese technique which adds excitement to the process.

Helen’s work is inspired by natural forms such as plant, flowers and birds as well as her love for life drawing.




From August 18th – 27th 2018 the d.@rt Centre hosted a Hampshire Open Studios exhibition featuring photography by Martin Farrow and Jill North, ceramics by Nadia Hopkins and Steve Attwell and jewelry by Sarah Baker. 

Following Hampshire Open Studios the d.@rt Centre welcomes Sue Dornom’s ‘Painting with Parkinson’s’










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Art Collective 2016: Sharing the talents of local artists and friends of the d.@rt: October – December 2016

Art Collective 2016 opened on the evening of Saturday October 22nd 2016, and features work by local artists from a wide range of disciplines, from sculptures and textiles to pencil drawings and paintings. The large and varied group of local artists participating makes this exhibition a vibrant one with something for everyone to enjoy.

Participating Artists

Tom Strutton 2 Vicky Taylor Sam Strutton Lorna Miller

David Booth has a varied body of work with a background in sculpture, product and landscape design, shop fitting and construction industries with a focus on community led public art and regeneration projects. He is currently in Fiji assisting with recovery work following the devastation caused by Cyclone Winston (http://gvi.org/Fiji%3A+Cyclone+Winston+Update). A booklet showing a variety of his work will be on display at Art Collective 2016.

Karen Donnelly was born on the Isle of Wight where her first job, aged seventeen, was in pottery production. Despite the draughty barn location and odd jobs, pottery quickly became and remains her favourite art form. She studied at Art College in Southampton for a year, got a job making clocks, and then met a fellow potter, who was seeking help with painting work for the British museum. Since then Karen has worked on around 15 000 pieces for the museum and still does commission work for them.  More recently she has become involved in teaching all kinds of skills, with pottery remaining a favourite. Karen ‘loves to be making things every spare minute’, preferring to spend her time creating something than being entertained by television or any less productive pursuits.

Sue Dornom started her own business making jewelry, fascinators, tiaras and bouquets for weddings after medically retiring in 2005. She decided to go to art classes and now works in watercolour, acrylics, inks and pastels.

Wendy Fleckner has pursued her love of fabric and stitch in various ways throughout her life, achieving a BTEC (distinction) Machine Embroidery in 2010 and an FdA (Merit) Stitched Textiles in 2014. She mainly works in a highly representational, controlled and detailed style, but occasionally takes a more conceptual approach as was demonstrated by her ‘Red Knot Migration’ installation exhibited at the Mall Galleries, London 2015. Whilst she has been influenced by a number of artists from differing practices, including printers and artists as well as many textile artists. Wendy’s inspiration usually occurs by chance; it could be a word, a story, a photograph or an environmental issue that captures her imagination, prompting a range of diverse and sometimes unusual work. www.wfleckner.com

Richard Groom ‘I am passionate about portraiture; I always have been. I have produced a variety of artwork over the past 22 years, but have always been drawn back to making portraits. A face, expression, a set of features is a character map, a glimpse into a person’s narrative. My subjects range from family and friends to total strangers. If I see an expression on someone who interests me I want to capture it.’

Harry Hornsby is an experienced photographer and currently works at the Winchester Science Centre as a STEM Schools Liaison Officer. His photography is featured in Art Collective 2016.

Anthony Kawalski produces art in a range of mediums including photography, voice, painting, and interior design. He has painted murals as public art across England and taught in English grammar schools, as well as working for the National Trust. His work featured in this exhibition is a selection of his photographs of Canada, where he is currently http://www.kawalski.ca/index.html

Linda Lines works in varied mediums and often tutors at the d.@rt, and has contributed both a painting and a paper porcelain candle holder to Art Collective 2016.

Lorna Rebecca Miller works as a textile artist and for the last twenty years has been the Course Leader of A level textiles at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College. She creates an eclectic mix of relief and sculptural textile pieces, often inspired by memory and change. Working both figuratively and abstractly, free machine and hand stitch is used as a means to draw, shade, darn and more recently to produce a fabric in its entirety. The absence and presence of the figure, fragments of the body such as the torso, feet and hands are of particular interest to her. Memory, sentiment and place are beginning to evolve in her recent work.

Emma Morrissey BA is a fine artist and author, specialising in portraiture. She works in graphite and acrylic and creates her portraits by eye with no tracing or photo manipulation. She regularly teaches workshops in Art and Business Enterprise skills, some of which occur at the d.@rt, such as the painting with acrylics workshops earlier this year. https://emzportraitscrafts.wordpress.com/

Jeanette Neale has enjoyed all types of stitch, drawing and painting since early child hood. Greatly influenced by her mother who was a tailoress and her father who enjoyed drawing and painting as a hobby, she was never short of help or materials when needed. On retirement from a successful nursing career, Jeanette wanted to recapture and develop skills enjoyed earlier in life and enrolled on a City & Guilds in Design and Craft for Patchwork and Quilting completing both parts 1 and 2 at Eastleigh College. She went on to attend West Dean College where she obtained her Foundation diploma in Art and Design in 2013. Jeanette is an accomplished artist and uses this skill to great advantage within her Textile Art. She is an active member of several textile and quilting groups as well as her local art group. The love of her garden, the countryside and nature in general, is reflected time and again in her work. She is of the belief that something should either be useful or beautiful (preferably both), and whenever possible portray a message.

Jacqueline Rolls inspiration for her work stems from a fascination with pattern, shape, texture, colour; the natural world and the desire to capture a fleeting magical moment inviting you to explore further. Her work often starts life as a simple line, a pattern or a texture which then evolves. ‘I just love seeing what happens, immersing myself in the experience, responding to the moment, allowing an idea to evolve and develop, taking me on a journey.’ She creates paintings using a range of materials and digital art works using a range of software.

Elizabeth Saunders is a Textile Artist who works with print, paint, collage and stitch within her work. Elizabeth has exhibited her work within galleries and in National shows. Continuing to be influenced by historic and contemporary artists she finds motivating people about textiles exciting and rewarding. Her work is often inspired by a narrative of her own memories and journeys through life. The expression of imagination, fragility, motivation, experience and determination unfold within her work aiming to make the invisible memories-visible. Elizabeth has been integrating photographic image transfer as a development to her practice and enjoys working with vintage Maps. www.elizabethsaunders.co.uk

Sam Strutton is a painter and sculptor who draws inspiration from the sea, which has been her first love for as long as she can remember. The sculpture in this exhibition is one of a set conceived and constructed earlier in the year, comprised entirely of sea glass and shells sourced locally from the shores of Southampton Water. The soft-edged glass, shaped and formed by the sea, is carefully pieced together to assume the form of that which shaped it.

Tom Strutton Tom Strutton is a contemporary artist specialising in detailed, realistic pencil portraits of birds. He has been drawing and painting birds since 2004, enjoying the challenge of recreating their shapes, colours and characters on paper. Working from photographs and using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils to achieve rich, warm tones, Tom seeks to bring life to his subjects and celebrate their majesty.

Karen Tait is an avid crafter and loves all crafts. She started sewing when her children were small making clothes and dressing-up clothes , and began jewelery making about four years ago. She now makes jewellery, sews and paints with wax which she then mounts into different items including cards. Karen’s skills painting with wax are regularly passed on to students in her Encaustic Art workshops held at the d.@rt Centre. https://www.facebook.com/kazies.encaustic.art

Torri Taylor is an illustrator based in Bristol. ‘I have always been obsessed with drawing; my work is heavily influenced by the traditional drawing techniques learnt during my education brought to life using mixed media and a vibrant approach with colour.’ Torri completed her foundation year at Kent Institute of Art and Design before graduating from Kingston University with an Illustration degree. She has since sold a number of drawings and paintings in the UK and France and taken the leap into the freelance world. http://torritaylored.com/about/

Tim Watson works in a variety of mediums and is closely connected with the d.@rt after five years working here. He has contributed a print to Art Collective 2016 which is layered with different aspects of a story.

Mihaela Zhehova is the owner of Eco2wear, creating upcycled clothing an accessories made to measure for women. Her aim is to reduce the amount of clothing going to landfill to combat climate change, trade ethically and help customers lead sustainable lives. She will be exhibiting two pieces from her latest Upcycled collection ‘Vision’ AW16′. www.eco2wear.com

Emma Morrissey Jacqueline Rolls Lorna Miller Mihaela Zhekova 1 Sam Strutton Tom Strutton 2 Vicky TaylorRichard GroomWendy FlecknerElizabeth Saunders


Previous Exhibition:

Flyer White d.@rt Centre

The hillside chalk figures are a unique part of our British heritage. All drawing begins with a mark or a line, like the thread of a woven fabric the drawn line acts as a line or pivot connecting people and places. The chalk figures create an illusion of depth highlighting the chalk within the hills enabling the image to become a landmark defining shape and texture within this unique art form.

Artists Sue Emery, Wendy Fleckner, Jeanette Neale, Elizabeth Saunders and Barbara Strange aim to engage and raise awareness about the art heritage of the hillside chalk figures through this exhibition.

Each Artist has developed and interpreted their ideas following research. Using textiles/mixed media within their work, each has brought their own particular style to the exhibition.

All work is for sale and can be purchased directly through the d.@rt Centre.


Our last exhibition was a showcase of the amazing talent at Wildern School. 




Previous Exhibitions:

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