Dorset Portrait: Artist Emma Brownjohn

PUBLISHED: 10:48 25 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:24 25 October 2016


We already have sushi and flat whites. This month, we have a brand new art gallery. All we need now is Californian weather and Dorset will be beyond improvement.

I applaud the old quote by Twyla Tharp almost as much as her name: “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.”

So why not run away to Sherborne this autumn?

The Yard, a new pop-up gallery and shop, is the welcome invention of artist Emma Brownjohn, recently returned to Dorset after 20 years.

Emma’s work has been commissioned by the likes of Harrods, Coca Cola and Penguin. Now she’s home to shake up the Dorset cultural scene.

“I’ve managed to get an exciting body of artists together that represents all areas of creating,” she says. “Glass, printmaking, jewellery, painting, clothes, industrial lighting, ceramics, textiles, furniture - and more.”

More? Crikey.

Emma, who grew up in Marnhull, is clearly happy to be back: “I like the quiet, the night skies, the birds and the market. Everything feels familiar but also brand new.”

The Yard is open until the end of December. And it encapsulates Emma’s outlook: “Attempting to make paintings that aren’t steeped in political agenda or pretentious but are to celebrate colour, joy and make people escape into.”

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