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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum in Bournemouth

I found this unexpected gem in Bournemouth back in February, lurking around the corner from the Royal Bath Hotel: The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum. I’d heard of the Russell-Cotes gallery when I’d lived in Bournemouth, but had never ventured inside before. I found the gate – hiding in plain sight, overlooking the East Cliffs. The gate led to a beautiful, relatively small garden with features and nods to the Japanese influence that lurks inside the house. The house itself is quite remarkable – it has a wonderful history with the Russell-Cotes family, and you can learn more by reading the placards and watching a short documentary on the first floor. The building was a pet project of Merton Russell-Cotes’ – he spent his retirement years building his dream home based on influences from the family travels. If Merton was alive today, he would be the star of Grand Designs, for sure! Although the style is eclectic, it works in a wonderfully wacky way. The open rooms don’t just house the huge art collection the family collected – walls and coving are painted with intricate coving and are grand and artistic in their own right. Even if Victorian art is not your favourite, I think you’d be hard pushed to not find something you like here. When Merton finished building the house, next to their business – the Royal Bath Hotel – he gifted it to his wife, Annie, who he adored until he died. When she finally passed away, the family gifted the house to Bournemouth council to enable the public to enjoy the art collection they had amassed. This is remarkable in itself, and worthy of a day trip.

As an aside, they run various events throughout the year. When I visited, you could partake in a murder mystery game. I’ve listed this year’s exhibitions below.

2018 Exhibitions

Russell-Cotes Ceramics: Connoisseur or Conned?
24th March 18 – 26th August 18

Philip Sutton: Woodcuts
1st May – 29th July

Making and Breaking the Rules: Royal Academy 250 at the Russell-Cotes
5th May – 14th October

The Flourish Flock Project
31st July – 5th August

Visit the website for opening times, admission fees and more info.

Project Workshop 2014

Project Workshop Quarley Wiltshire
Project Workshops 17th and 18th May 2014 from 10am to 5pm, Free Entry

The artists at Project Workshops are busy planning their next exhibition scheduled for the weekend 17th and 18th May 2014 from 10am to 5pm. The open weekends are a rare chance to mingle with a group of some of the best artists and craftsmen in the area in the superb setting of Project workshops: it’s a great day out for all the family – and entry is absolutely free.

Some of my paintings will be available to view and buy in Soraya French’s studio.

Aerial Silks Performance

We are busy preparing for the local aerial silks show we are performing for the next 3 weeks. As per usual over December it was manic, and I’ve been spending far too much time eating chocolate and in the car to visit family. I’m nervous and excited to see if our rehearsals have paid off. We’ve got one full dress rehearsal on sunday and then it’s go, go, go!

I have very few tickets left, so if you would to come and see us, please do let me know. It’s £10 per head.

Sat 18th jan 6:30pm
Sat 25th jan 6:30pm
Sat 1st feb 6:30pm


Do you like our tickets? I made the graphic. 🙂 I’ll be posting the full aerial silks shoot soon, I promise! I am also helping with proofing and the photographs for my mum’s new book – almost 200 photos to make publish-ready. The deadline is looming and we’re almost done – it has been very, very busy the last few weeks with my work too as well as all these projects!