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Lifting the lid on how their work is made, Process is a new group exhibition by Dorset Visual Arts’ Salon Collective featuring sketches and 3D pieces through to the artists’ finished works. 

Showing in the Main Gallery at Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, until Saturday 23 April the exhibition divides the space into a studio-like section for each artist in which they show finished pieces and share the process by which they were made. 

The Salon Collective came together in 2018 to enable a group of fine artists with solid professional training and experience to test and challenge their ideas and find stimulus through peer review, discussion, exhibitions and informal collaborations. The members’ varied practices complement and encourage each other.  

Contributing to Process are: 

Jacqueline M Byrne: A contemporary subject and site responsive artist who, through natural processing methods and materials, references 'memory' in both her outside installation, and gallery work. www.jmbyrne.gallery  

Clare Hawkes: Specialising in contemporary expressionist painting and drawing, she works primarily with oils and an emphasis on colour, gesture, and scale. Themes drawn from contemporary and art historical issues, and wider cultural references, complement inspiration found in classical works and how these can be revisited in the light of changing values about life, art and society. www.clarehawkes.com  

Claudia Dharamshi: Inspired by archives and collections, Claudia’s use of collage and cropping create interesting juxtapositions which suggest new narratives. Her paintings are characterised by intuitive mark making, texture and layering. www.claudiadharamshi.com  

Lisa Riot: A multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in photography, sculpture, collage, painting and installation, Lisa’s current themes discuss self-identity, the human experience and our relationship with nature. www.lisariot.com  

Published 7 April 2022