Anna Simmons Exhibition

Paintings by Anna Simmons are on display throughout Sarum College on the theme of light shining in dark places.

Anna has painted all her life, but has had no formal training in her youth.

In later life, after her children had left home, Anna gave up her job as a teacher to devote herself to painting. She then studied at St. Martin’s and this period inspired a particular direction in her work which continues today.

Anna has had one woman shows in London, Bath and America, and has sold widely all over the world, including Italy, Switzerland and Germany.

The exhibition is free and open daily.

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Sarum Artists Exhibition: Interpretation

This contemporary art exhibition by the Sarum Artists group is based around the theme of interpretation.

Prismatics 4 by Phillip Hutchings

Interpretation is an essential part in the creation of art. It is an entirely subjective process so imposes no boundaries on the creator, or the witness, of the art. Each should gain by their own personal judgement.

The theme of this exhibition was chosen to stimulate discussion and challenge the individual artist and the observer. If you find it stimulating, confrontational or even, confusing, then it has succeeded!

The Sarum Artists group came together in 2006 after completing courses of study at Salisbury. Their aim is to encourage and promote creative work by their members. As a group they include painters, printmakers, sculptors and book-makers: there are no set boundaries.

This exhibition features work by Becca Allen, Ray Brotherton, Teresa Corona, Jenny Frazer, Penny Hewitt, Judith Kemsley, Phillip Hutchings, J.E. Manser, Sally Middleton, Judith Morane-Griffiths, Moira Ross, Jane Shepherd, Nikki Sheppard and Kate Skillings.

The exhibition is free and open daily at Sarum College until Monday 8 January 2018.

Lingering Ghosts Exhibition by Sam Ivin

This exhibition by photographer Sam Ivin displays hand-scratched portraits of those seeking asylum in the UK, living in a state of limbo as they await news of their application for months or even years.

Their stories recount the experience of lost identity and frustration as they wait to learn their fate. Yet as we learn from the documented conversations, we recognise them as fathers, mothers, sons and daughters – human beings, after all.

Sam Ivin is a photographer whose work focuses on social issues and the people connected with them. Alongside the images, Sam documents stories and perspectives to offer a more personal, tangible understanding of his subjects.

Lingering Ghosts has been included at the Circulation(s) Festival in Paris, the Identità Negate show at Galleria del Cembalo, Rome and at the 2016 Athens Photo Festival. The ‘Green Lady’ Pakistan portrait won The GMC First Prize at Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Photograph Prize. The exhibition has also been featured by WIRED and WEX Photographic.

The exhibition is free and open daily from Saturday 19 August to Monday 25 September.

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Subjectivity Exhibition by Isabel De Almeida

This exhibition by Isabel De Almeida displays work from different series created as part of her self-enquiry during her student years at Bath Spa University.

De Almeida lives and works in Salisbury and has taken part in various group exhibitions locally, in Somerset and in London.

Her work is influenced by philosophical thought about truth, identity and what makes us unique.

De Almeida’s approach to her subject is intuitive and emotional, becoming a journey into the unknown and of the subconscious mind.

This exhibition is free and open daily from until Monday 31 July 2017. There is a free open evening on Friday 9 June from 6.30pm at Sarum College. RSVP to or 01722 424800.

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Relationships by Sophie Ryder

028--Sophie-Ryder---18thNovember2015---by-Ash-Mills_webThe monumental wire and bronze sculptures of artist Sophie Ryder will be exhibited in Salisbury’s Cathedral Close from February 12th.

The sculpture display is part of a city-wide exhibition of Ryder’s work led by Salisbury Cathedral.  Sarum College is among the participating venues, which includes Salisbury Museum and The Young Gallery.

Through her wire sculptures and bronze Minotaur and Lady-Hare series, Sophie investigates relationships. A blend of human and animal forms lend otherness to the subjects and the range of emotions they express.

Girl on Horse etching

The bronze sculpture, Kneeling Lovers with Dogs, will be exhibited at the front of the College.

From 16 February, the exhibition continues inside the College with ink on paper, etchings, screen and solar prints.

Relationships, curated by Jacquiline Creswell, opens on 12 February with sculptures and life-size bronzes in the Cathedral Close with further works installed inside the Cathedral from 9 April. A recreation of a studio environment exploring how Sophie works opens at Salisbury Museum on 20 February. Salisbury’s Young Gallery is exhibiting paintings, smaller 3D work and wire drawings from 7 May to 18 June.

Exhibition Times & Dates

Sarum College
Free and open daily from 12 February for outdoor sculptures (indoor works from 16 February) through to 3 July

Salisbury Cathedral
Exterior exhibition 12 February to 3 July 2016; interior exhibition 9 April to 3 July 2016
Free guided art tours plus group craft activities on request (subject to availability)

Salisbury Museum
Recreation of studio environment 20 February to 9 July
£6 group tickets

Young Gallery Salisbury
Smaller 3D work and wire drawings from 7 May to 18 June

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Salisbury Art Trail at Sarum College

ArtTrailThis exhibition, part of the Salisbury Art Trail, speaks to the lives of women who are ordinary or famous or somewhere in between.

Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 October 2015

Salisbury Plain Arts artists Heather Olsen and Tamsin Loveday will be exhibiting their work alongside the work of Tracy Satchwill, and Rosemary Mason.

Tamsin Loveday will be exhibiting a series of intimate visual artworks exploring ideas of the feminine and of women ‘holding things together’. Her works comprise of print and mixed media.

Heather Olsen uses a range of ceramic techniques to produce hand-thrown stoneware and hand-built earthenware work. She also creates raku smoke-fired pieces.

Rosemary Mason trained at the Glasgow School of Art. Though she has painted and drawn throughout her career as a mother and grandmother, this is the first time Rosemary has ever exhibited her work. Her works are a mixture of oil on canvas and pencil on paper.

Tracy Satchwill is a collage artist, illustrator and designer who juxtaposes dreamlike stories against a historical narrative so that the documentation of real events interacts with a fanciful, decorative aesthetic. Her artwork consists of a four-panel digital collage inspired by stained glass windows. Tracy’s exhibition Magna Carta Women will be on display at Sarum College for the duration of the art trail.

The Salisbury Art Trail runs from Saturday 3 October to Sunday 11 October. The trail consists of 62 locations in and around Salisbury ranging from artists’ homes and studios to shops, cafés and galleries. Sarum College is venue number 22 on the trail and our exhibition is free and open daily from 9am to 5pm. The full art trail brochure can be viewed online on the Salisbury Plain Arts website.

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Magna Carta Women: Exhibition Draws Path to Equal Rights

MC-WomenLR_webMagna Carta Women by Tracy Satchwill celebrates the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta by depicting the development of the women’s rights campaign since it was sealed.

Monday 28 September to Saturday 24 October 2015

The exhibition includes a four-panel digital collage inspired by stained glass windows, the predominant visual art form during this period of medieval history. The Magna Carta scroll itself will form a pathway in the woods, populated by 50 notable women in British civic life (eg Mary Wollstonecraft, Emily Pankhurst, Catherine of Aragon and modern campaigners such as Laura Bates) who have contributed to gains in women’s rights.

Tracy incorporates historical elements to make playful, theatrical collage. She is interested in creating dreamlike stories in her work and juxtaposing them against an overarching historical narrative. The result is an interaction between the documentation of real events and a fanciful, decorative aesthetic. In this project, she explores a chapter in the history of feminism. The Magna Carta established several important rights for women of the time, for example: ‘at her husband’s death, a widow may have her marriage portion and inheritance at once and without trouble…. No widow shall be compelled to marry, so long as she wishes to remain without a husband.’

The exhibition is free and open daily, 9am to 5pm from Monday 28 September through to Saturday 24 October. From Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 October Tracy’s exhibition will be on display alongside three other artists, Heather Olsen, Tamsin Loveday and Rosemary Mason as part of Salisbury Art Trail. Further details here.

The exhibition was shown at the Devon Guild of Craftsman in earlier this year.
View article in Devon Life magazine

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David Carson Shaw Exhibition

DavidCarsonShawExhibition of paintings in the Sarum College Common Room representing images from civilisations and cultures past and present.

David Carson Shaw studied Fine art at Sheffield and Munich, and is a fellow of the Royal society of Arts. In his representation of images from civilizations and cultures past and present, he includes allusions, memories and fragments, always aware of the divide between permanence and the fleeting nature of the passage of time.

The exhibition is free and open daily from Saturday 2 August until the end of August.

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Sanctuary at Sarum Exhibition

Sanctuary at SarumPhotographs, source material and drawings by John Maine, to complement Salisbury Cathedral’s Sanctuary exhibition of sculptures.

Free and open daily Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 2pm until Wednesday 23 July.

In addition to John Maine’s work, Sarum College’s Common Room will house a selection of artwork by a group of residents from Morning Star Salisbury, a charity which provides support and rehabilitation services to those struggling with homelessness and addiction.

John Maine studied at the West of England College of Art before attending the Royal College of Art. He was awarded the first fellowship at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 1979 and subsequently worked in Carrara and attended the Hagi Symposium in Japan. Commissioned by the Government Art Collection, he spent a year in Australia carving a granite work. Returning to London, he worked in situ to carve ‘Arena’ on the South Bank outside the National Theatre, since when he has made numerous works in public, both in Britain and abroad. John Maine lives and works in Wiltshire.

These works at Sarum College extend ‘Sanctuary’ an exhibition of sculpture in the Close and within Salisbury Cathedral during spring and early summer 2014. Here, photographic prints and smaller sculptures by John Maine give an idea of the scope and range of his work relating to sites elsewhere, as well as showing diverse sources that have inspired him.

As of 1 June, the exhibition also includes drawings for sculpture that were previously being displayed in the Young Gallery.

Morning Star Salisbury was set up as a charity in July 2002 by Dave and Bev Kidley to reach some of the most needy people in the area. These works which are located in the Common Room, were created by a small group of residents from Morning Star Salisbury in workshops run by artist Susan Francis.

Standing Stones in Salisbury Church Times article 16 May 2014 (access requires subscription)

Read a review of the opening reception written by Martin Field for the Salisbury Journal.

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Botanical Painting Exhibition at Sarum College

painting of beech leaf

webThe Sarum College dining room has been transformed with 40 watercolours by Sally Pond. The botanical paintings exhibition runs until Sunday 2 March 2014.

Botanical painting is an exacting discipline which combines scientific observation with aesthetic appeal. It has its roots in the ancient herbals of the Middle Ages and gained huge popularity with the rise of interest in floriculture in the 16th century. In the 17th and 18th centuries it reached its zenith with the work of Linnaeus, Ehret, the Bauer bothers, Banks and Redoute. After a period of waning popularity it has once again become a vibrant and contemporary art form. The work of Shirley Sherwood and her gallery at Kew and the efforts of artists and teachers around the world has produced an international following of collectors and students giving botanical painting a secure place in the 21st century.

painting of Ginko leaf, a watercolour by botanical artist Sally Pond
Ginko Leaf

In 2012, a year after earning a Distinction in the Botanical Painting course at the Chelsea Physic Garden in London, Sally won a silver-gilt medal at the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual Botanical Painting Exhibition in Victoria. She also won the Society of Botanical Artists in Westminster, where she received a Certificate of Botanical Merit. Sally will be exhibiting work at the same events in April and May of this year as well as with the group Amicus Botanicus at the Shepherds Market Gallery in Mayfair.

She moved to Salisbury in 2011 and is now an established botanical painter and teacher. Sally participated in the 2012 Salisbury Art Trail and has exhibited locally at the Fisherton Mill Gallery and Studio 53.

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She runs day workshops in botanical painting in Salisbury and Beaconsfield. The exhibition is free and open daily Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 2pm until Sunday 3 March. All the artwork in this exhibition is available for purchase. For more information about Sally Pond, visit her website at

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