Welcome to The Shippon Gallery

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The Shippon Gallery opened in September 2017 to show sculptures and drawings by Dave King, usually alongside works by a guest artist, most recently Joel Fisher (above). But the current exhibition Then & Now is entirely of works by King selected from the past 50 years. These include two large wall-mounted sculptures chosen to represent the UK at the Paris Biennale XI. Then & Now also features King’s latest commission, Think Slow, Act Fast, seen below right at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen. The wooden sculpture near the door, Husk, is one of two works on display at the current Royal West of England Open Annual Exhibition in Clifton, Bristol. (More information in Dave King Profile)

Think Slow, Act Fast

The Shippon Gallery is in rural East Devon between Axminster and Chard. See Contact page for directions. It usually opens 2pm – 5pm Friday to Sunday but is currently closed due to government advice on self-isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic. 01460 220021 / alisonoldhamart@googlemail.com


The Shippon News has reviews of exhibitions by Alison Oldham, pictured above at the Royal Academy with Fruit, Antony Gormley’s sculpture whose materials are described as cast iron and air. She was the Research Fellow of Falmouth College of Art/Tate St Ives and art correspondent of Oracle teletext and the Ham & High. Each review focuses on a work of art that she’d like to take home.

This section begins with information on Frances Aviva Blane’s participation in the exhibition Fragmented at the Zuleika Gallery, London, plus  reviews of a book on her, FAB, and an exhibition staged in 2018 Broken Heads Broken Paint. 

The Archive starts with Brian Rice: 60 Years of Paintings and Prints at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter in 2019, then has information on Patrick Jones’ home exhibitions in Budleigh Salterton and an account of Chris Orr’s talk at the Ilminster Literary Festival on his illustrated book The Miserable Life of Fabulous Artists.

It continues with reviews of Into the Night at the Barbican Art Gallery is followed by Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy, Vuillard: The Poetry of the Everyday at the Holburne Museum, Bath, Lee Krasner’s Living Colour at the Barbican Art Gallery, The World As Yet Unseen: Women Artists in Conversation with Partou Zia at Falmouth Art Gallery, On Paper at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton, Albert Irvin and Abstract Expressionism at the Royal West of England Academy, Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde at the Barbican in London, and 50 Years, 50 Artists at Annely Juda Fine Art in London.

Also included are Virginia Woolf: An exhibition Inspired by her Writings, most recently at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, then of Trail@14 at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen’s Riverside Gallery in Bovey Tracey, the Royal West of England Academy’s 166th Annual Open, and an exhibition of prints in Budleigh Salterton – Looking For Jeffery Edwards, Frances Aviva Blane’s Broken Heads Broken Paint and Howard Hodgkin’s Last Paintings, both in London, and Westcountry shows Sculpture @ The Walled Garden in Moreton, Dorset (below), then Jane Hedges, Chris Dunseath and Jacy Wall in Dorset Art Weeks 2018, Kate Westbrook’s Diana and Actaeon at The Malthouse Gallery in Lyme Regis and David Haughton in St Just at Penlee House, Penzance.