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TAKE A DORSET VIEW Exhibition in Dorset County Hospital April-July 2024

I was invited to exhibit my Kimmeridge pots along with the stunning photographs of Dorset by the winners of the AONB 2023 Photo Competition.

EARTH FIRE WATER SPRING Visual Rhythm Exhibition


VISUAL RHYTHM Exhibition in Dorset County Hospital 10 January to 7th April

I will be taking six or so pictures to Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester, where they will hang from the 10th January til the 7th April. You do not have to be admitted to hospital to see the work! They will be in a main public corridor on the second floor leading to Damers restaurant. The exhibition is called "Visual Rhythm". I will be showing again with June Lisle, John Austin-Williams, Imogen Bittner and Mala Hassett.

"Angel Wings" pastel on paper 52x65cm at Dorset County Hospital.



We have been invited to return our exhibition Visual Rhythm to the Malthouse Gallery in East Lambrook Manor Gardens. We are delighted to have this opportunity again. This time Gillian Collins is able to join us, and there will be other fresh work to fill the gaps of work that has sold. So even if you had the opportunity to visit in May, you should do so again.


Artists’ Talks : Saturday 20th May at 3pm

You are warmly invited to hear Helen speak about her paintings and ceramics at East Lambrook Manor Gardens, when she and other artists taking part in “Visual Rhythm” will talk about their work and answer questions.


VISUAL RHYTHM brings together five members of the Dorset Salon (Dorset Visual Arts). Very different artists, whose work reflects the dynamic sensations found in music. Among the colours forms and marks in their work lie the echoes of a melody, a beat, or as the title describes a Visual Rhythm.

During the exhibition you can hear “Flux” a sound installation in response to the artists’ work by award-winning young composer Joy Ingle. “Flux” is a sound installation composed as a response to the movement inherent in this exhibition. The sounds of birdsong, twigs underfoot, and whistling wind morph and grow, dancing into new forms and reshaping the sonic landscape.

You are welcome to join the artists at the Preview of Visual Rhythm on 29th April, 2-5pm.

Please click on the ebook below to get a taste of the exhibition to come and understand the artists' link to Visual Rhythm. (The book is designed to be seen as a two page view with a cover). It is hoped this book will be published in time for the exhibition.




New pastel "Exhalation" (above) shown here.



"Breathless" Wesca Exhibition at Shaftesbury Arts Centre, Dorset. 1st-14th March.




Group exhibition


From post-modern realism to total abstraction members of Wessex Contemporary Art (Wesca) respond to a theme using a wide and sometimes surprising range of materials.

This will be a stimulating exhibition showing in a Georgian townhouse which overlooks the Borough Gardens in Dorchester.

Aleathea Lillitos , Elaine Collett, Elaine Mills, Heather Stone, Helen Simpson, Imogen Bittner, Jane Burden, Jindra Jehu, Jo Saurin, John Bartholomew, Judy Tinsley, June Ridgway, Marilyn Rose, and Mary Tambini very much hope you will be able to visit this Easter exhibition opening on Thursday 14th April for ten days (closed Wednesday 20th)



Solo exhibition



Due to Covid 19 Helen’s solo exhibition, Petal Poise (above) that was to take place in 2020 will now take place from the 1st – 29th May and 24th July – 14th August 2021.

The first phase of the exhibition in May will be in the Gallery known as the Studio and will focus on Helen’s oil paintings and some of her ceramics. The second phase the exhibition in July/August will be an extended version, with works in the larger Malthouse Gallery as well as the Studio, and will feature oil paintings, pastels and ceramics.

These galleries are set in East Lambrook Manor Gardens, in Somerset, well worth a visit in themselves. The exhibition however is free and there is no need to buy a ticket to the Gardens. There will be no need to book when you visit the exhibition in May, but numbers of visitors will probably be restricted to two persons in the Gallery at any one time.

If you wish to see the Gardens you will need to buy a ticket, and check this website to discover if you will need to book to see the exhibition in July/August.






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Helen Simpson
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