YaY! 2020?

– alongside local, lockdown art

Now in its 17th year, Isabel de Pelet’s Young Artist of the Year 2020 exhibition has finally been able to open; a mixed media show, comprising of painting, sculpture photography and printing and showcasing young local talent.

This year judged by sculptor, Sasha Constable and painter, Matthew Hayward, both previous exhibitors in the Miking Parlour. Prizes up for grabs include a solo show, cash and materials.

Alongside the exhibit we are also delighted to be able to introduce some even younger artists, who have submitted their lockdown artworks for framing and exhibiting.  

If you’d like to be considered for Yay! 21, which will happen at the end of the year, then details of how to enter can be found here. 




ALTERED STATES 6 Nov-21 Dec, 28-30 Dec and 2-4 Jan 11-3pm


Much of the work in this exhibition has been created in response to the Coronovirus pandemic and its social and physical implications; it has altered states. 

19 artists from the Wessex Contemporary arts group have submitted work for this exhibition, which was selected and curated by Deanne Tremlett.

The exhibit is open daily from 11-3 and artists from the group will be available during these times to walk and talk you through the work.

For more information on the group, its members and ethos you can visit WESCA’s website HERE.


the uncomfortable beauty of terrible things

this show brings togeth­er three prize win­ners from guggleton’s sum­mer open 2019, ​go fig­ure’, sue bak­er ken­ton, sasha con­sta­ble and matthew hayward.

the three artists were selected by the judges, wendy elia, david cobley and Anthony connolly, after a long day of deliberation on the assembled works of the 24 finalists.


during the go figure exhibit curator, deanne tremlett, brought together the finalists, over two days, for discussion and cream tea.

these discussions resulted in the theme for this show. little knowing how sadly portentuos they were the participants explored, amongst other topics, artists’ use of the seductive formal qualities of art to better engage the audience when communicating difficult subjects, finding beauty in even the most dreadful things.

much of the work in the show has been produced during the recent national lockdown, whilst also developing themes already observable in the artists’ work.

the exhibit opened with a socially distanced, facilitated ‘in conversation with’ event, hosted by andrew stooke and available to view here.