Body Soul Exhibition - An Interactive Community Event
5th – 13th
daily between 10am – 5pm
Leeson House, Langton Matravers, Swanage, Dorset. BH19 3EU
Fine art gallery rooms
Acre grounds open to public
There is a very
special fine art exhibition happening in the stunning Isle of Purbeck this
summer, in the form of a collaboration between distinguished local artists
Andrew Thomas; sculptor, and Phil Hill; painter.
This will be held
at the magnificent venue of Leeson House in Langton
Matravers, near Swanage in Dorset; a former Mansion House, now used as a field
studies centre, set in its own 7-acres of diversely landscaped grounds.
Body Soul’ exhibition will be focused on the relationship between art and
wellbeing; promoting the therapeutic benefits of creative practice for all
forms of physical and psychological health issues. To that end, the artists are
supporting the incredible work of the Alzheimer’s Society charity, who offer an outstanding service
supporting people living with dementia nationwide, and who will have a presence
at the venue throughout the duration of the exhibition, offering information,
help and advice to any visitors that may need it.
Andrew and Phil haven’t exhibited
together since 2012, and are promising a real showcase of their art to
celebrate this rare occasion. They will be bringing together a large body of
their work, throughout Leeson House, and in four designated gallery rooms, each
with its own ambiance and style. This will be an inspiring opportunity for the
visitors to meet the artists and experience their most recent works, which will
be unveiled at the exhibition.
be debuting his latest series of bronze limited edition sculptures, “designed
and created with heart and soul”, to produce truly unique works of spiritual
art. These thought provoking pieces reflect the essence of our innermost
consciousness, and resonate a divine transcendent energy. He will also be
exhibiting a comprehensive number of his other bronze editions, a selection of
his original works, and some inspirational pieces from his own collection of
award winning work that he has made over the past 30 years.
be showcasing a broad range of his new avant-garde paintings, with an explosion
of colour and exquisite form, exploring the depths of surreal and abstract
design in his unique and distinguishable style, created to challenge and impact
on the viewers’ senses. Phil suffered a serious debilitating illness
in 2004. Gradually returning to health, he found that resuming his love of
painting significantly aided his recovery. He calls his style of painting
“anti depressionism!”. As well as showing his latest work, there
will also be a retrospective of some of Phil’s earlier paintings.
addition to the fine art showcase, the concept of the exhibition is to promote
the healing qualities of art as a therapy, and to utilise the complete venue
for creative practises throughout the duration of the exhibition.
and Phil said:
is growing awareness of the benefits of art as a therapy, which can help to
promote healing and a sense of wellbeing for anyone that exercises their
creativity, be it; poetry, music, photography, cooking, dress making, sculpture,
painting and so on. Creativity runs through the veins of all people, it is not
selective, it is innate in the fabric of our nature, and provides a great sense
of pleasure and self-discovery to all those who partake".
a gift to our Purbeck community and beyond, we would like to invite anyone
interested in the arts, to come along to Leeson House, with either your
easel, camera, sketching pad, musical instrument, or whatever artistic medium
that you use, find a quiet spot of your choice, and simply let your creativity
flow into the atmosphere. Clubs and groups are most welcome, as we have
seven beautiful acres to enjoy, with woodlands and sensational vistas over the
Purbeck hills and Swanage. We would also actively encourage anyone living with
dementia, or any other psychological or physical issues, to come along to the
venue to enjoy the uplifting qualities of the art on show and participate in
the creative atmosphere. For those that are new to the creative practices, we
will be providing a selection of free drawing materials to encourage their
will also be a community sculpture; ‘the soul tree’, for all
visitors to add their creative essence, special activities for children (a
small fee may be charged), a quiet tranquil space for peaceful contemplation,
indoor and outdoor facilities for memory cafes, dementia groups, carers groups,
art groups etc, plus many other surprises yet to be confirmed".
vision for the Mind Body Soul Exhibition is to fill this venue with
creativity every day, and transform it into a living, breathing work of
Inquiries: Christine Thomas – email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 07802638126