Lyme Bay Arts CIC is an artists’ and makers’ not-for-profit organisation
building a sustainable member-based platform for individual practitioners and community organisations within Dorset, Devon and Somerset
As a first step towards this goal, we take great pleasure in announcing our new exhibition venue for the South West and home for Lyme Bay Arts: The Gallery, Symondsbury. We are working with Symondsbury Estate’s forward-thinking management who enthusiastically embrace the arts and share our vision for The Gallery. The Gallery opened officially on August 10th and is now hosting a programme of exhibitions.
In keeping with our commitment to outreach and short-term venues and events, a promotional five weeks of art exhibitions, fairs and workshops were organised for June-July 2019 in the Langmoor Room, Lister Room and Performance Area of Lyme Regis’s Marine Parade. We are analysing the visitor numbers before deciding whether to repeat the exercise next year, and are actively investigating other local venues for 2020.
WHO WE ARE
Supporting artists and makers to success with business and practice…
We are a group of volunteers and (will be) paid staff who are preparing to run a permanent gallery space, and showcases in various pop-up locations in the Lyme Bay area.
Many of us have been involved in Lyme Regis and elsewhere in running community arts ventures, but we now have some new volunteers bringing a fresh approach to our thinking and business. It’s going to be an exciting few months as we spread our wings!
WHAT WE WANT TO DO
— Build membership
We invite local artists and makers to join us and take part in our venture, whatever their level of experience.
— Build confidence
We will help established artists to advance their practice, and support inexperienced people to develop a body of work and exhibit it confidently in a professional space.
— Exhibit work
We will develop a programme of affordable solo, duo and group showcases in selected local spaces, as well as venturing further afield.
We will provide workshops and mentoring opportunities for business and artistic practice.
— Gain recognition
We want to become recognised as an important part of the local and regional arts scene.
We will be working to develop links with other local and regional arts and community organisations in all disciplines.
WHO WE'RE FOR
Lyme Bay Arts is for artists and designer makers from the local area, in all visual disciplines, regardless of experience and ability. It is a non-profit Community Interest Company partly run by volunteers, on whose time and skills we rely to make things work.
We aim to provide temporary and permanent spaces for local artists to develop their work, meet their public, and exchange knowledge and resources. Our unique philosophy is to host short focused exhibitions in local towns and villages, curated by our core team and stewarded by the exhibitors.