This is Now!
March 6, 2023
Working in partnership with Weymouth College and The Friendly Society of Artistic Labourers,’ This is Now’ explores Dorset Museum’s collection and looks at how creative practitioners learn from and are inspired by, the museum artifacts. And in turn, how contemporary creative responses breathe new life into the museum’s collection.
This is the fourth gathering of the Friendly Society of Artistic Labourers (FSAL). Devised as a form of radical work experience, This is Now is a research-led project that involves all students across all the creative arts at Weymouth College.
The project has included dedicated research time at the Dorset Museum and the production of new work, that will be made over a period of two weeks at Weymouth College and exhibited and performed at the Dorset Museum on Friday 24th March 2023.
Alongside the research and creative production students contributed to all aspects of the project including; exhibition planning, working with project partners, marketing, press and promotion, documentation, and evaluation.
As with previous iterations, FSAL students worked in groups to develop projects supported by Weymouth College staff members. There are ‘pioneer’ groups consisting of student representatives from each course. This group made key strategic decisions relating to the direction of the project and were representatives of the rest of the participating students.
Alongside project leader Simon Lee Dicker, other professional artists with a background in working in a museum and heritage context were invited to deliver presentations and workshops.Book Now
18 February - 22 June 2023
The Art of Seeing: An exhibition of photographs by Dorchester Camera Club
The Club is delighted to have this opportunity to exhibit some of their members’ prints in the Dorset Museum together with an audio-visual presentation.Find out more
21 March 2023, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Archaeology Highlights Tour
Explore archaeological treasures held by Dorset Museum – from Bronze Age gold to medieval silver - in this volunteer-led tour.Find out more
22 March - 25 June 2023
ARTIST ROOMS: Louise Bourgeois
Explore the work of Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010), one of the most important figures of modern and contemporary art. This spring Dorset Museum will show a major presentation of her work in this Artist Rooms touring exhibition featuring works jointly owned by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland.Find out more
22 March 2023, 7:30pm
Cordiera Piano Trio
A varied programme ranging from J.S. Bach’s most revolutionary son to a vivid and exciting contemporary American work by way of two pillars of the standard chamber music repertoire.Find out more
23 March 2023, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
FREE | Museum After Hours
Join us for an opportunity to explore the Museum at this FREE late opening.Find out more
23 March 2023, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Joanna Quinn in conversation with Tracy Chevalier
Spend an evening with Joanna Quinn and best-selling author Tracy Chevalier as they discuss Quinn’s debut novel, The Whalebone Theatre, a brilliant coming-of-age story set in Dorset before and during World War II.Find out more
24 March 2023, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
This is Now
The Friendly Society of Artistic Labourers and Dorset Museum invites you to a spectacular showcase of contemporary art, design, media, music, and performance. Inspired by…Find out more
28 March 2023, 11:00am - 12:00noon
Dorset Museum Highlights Tour
Explore 250 million years of Dorset’s history in this volunteer-led highlights tour of Dorset Museum. Discover Roman mosaics, fossils from the Jurassic Coast, Thomas Hardy manuscripts and the sculptures of Elisabeth Frink – and plenty more along the way.Find out more
1 April 2023, 10:00am to 4:30pm
One day life painting pose
This is a structured class that will take students through the traditional monochrome underpainting approach to painting the figure in oils. Same pose all day…Find out more