'UNLOCKED' BINNEL + BUNKER Summer Exhibition, 29-31 August 2020

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Binnel Studios and The Bunker Gallery invite you to their 2020 Summer Exhibition: Unlocked

29 - 31 August,  11am - 4pm daily
Old Park Road, St. Lawrence, Isle of Wight, PO38 1XR

From 'On the Wight'

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The August bank holiday weekend brings with it a chance to meet nine of the most talented and highly-accomplished artists on the Isle of Wight, in this joint exhibition between Binnel Studios and their nearby neighbour, The Bunker Gallery

There aren’t many places that can offer an ‘effortless cool’, but Binnel Studios, now fully established at the former site of Isle of Wight Studio Glass in St Lawrence, and The Bunker Gallery, and a WWII radar bunker, do just that.

This summer, Binnel Studios and The Bunker Gallery come together for a joint exhibition, the Binnel + Bunker Summer Exhibition 2020, Unlocked. One event, two venues and nine artists.

Unlocked takes place between Saturday 29th and Monday 31st August open 11am – 4pm each day.

The artists
If you’ve been lucky enough to visit Binnel Studios, or The Bunker Open Studios, you’ll know that the quality of work is impressive.

This year’s event is a great opportunity to see new work by the artists; Molly Attrill, Matthew Chambers, Jane Cox, David Firmstone, Sue Paraskeva, Amanda Wheeler and Celia Wilkinson, as well as Lisa Traxler and Lincoln Miles at The Bunker.

As you might expect when there are nine artists involved, a wide range of styles and mediums will be on show, appealing to a variety of tastes.

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The Bunker © Julian Winslow

The Bunker Gallery is sited in a converted WW2  Radar Bunker – it is also home to artist Lisa Traxler and designer Lincoln Miles.

The abandoned RAF bunker has been transformed into an avant-garde home, sculpture park and gallery. Annually an artist or creative group are invited to install a pop-up exhibition celebrating this unusual space.

Lisa says,

“During the Second World War, more than 50 Chain Home early-warning radar stations were erected on Britain’s coast to keep the Luftwaffe at bay.

“The radar station at St Lawrence, on the south coast of the Isle of Wight, was built in 1941 and buried in the earth; it helped to detect V-1s, but was closed in 1947 and fell into ruin.

“This is our back story to the wonderful bunker that we are guardians of and the backdrop to our pop-up gallery over the August Bank Holiday.”

Lisa will be creating a new limited edition interior sculpture, unique to the ‘Unlocked’ Summer Exhibition 2020. All proceeds from the sale of cards will go to Mountbatten Hospice.

Lisa Traxler
Lisa Traxler is an elected member of the Royal Watercolour Society and Royal Society of Sculptors. Her award winning art combines painting and 3d form within her practice. 

Lisa often collaborates with local company AJ Wells and Sons on her large vitreous enamelled steel sculptures and wall murals. The latest enamelled steel commission was for a Memory Tree at Mountbatten Hospice on the Island in 2019. Recent exhibitions have shown her work from Southampton City Art Gallery, to Bankside Gallery, London, and St Ives, Venice and Berlin.

Arts Council England funding has just been awarded for a duo exhibition in the West Gallery at Quay Arts, now postponed to 2021. A solo exhibition of new sculptures will be shown in the Foundry Gallery in Chelsea in Spring 2021.

Safety Net Home by Lisa Traxler

She says

“Working across a range of media including painting and sculpture my practice addresses an ongoing fascination with defence architecture and materiality.”

Lincoln Miles
Lincoln Miles‘ Architecture practice will be showing a selection of conceptual projects exploring themes for a changing world.

Lincoln Miles - House in the trees

Where and when
The Summer Exhibition takes place on Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th and Monday 31st August 2020 – open daily between 11am – 4pm.

If you are unfamiliar with St Lawrence, from Ventnor continue on the A3055 past Ventnor Botanic Garden until you reach Old Park Road (on your left) and then follow the signs for Binnel Studios, you will pass The Bunker but need to park in the Binnel car park and walk back.

Entry is free, but don’t forget to visit the cash-point first, because you might just fall in love with what you see.

Our thanks to Binnel Studios and The Bunker Gallery for sponsoring this event feature. They and other businesses taking paid promotion enables you to continue reading OnTheWight for free


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