“Shaftesbury Arts Centre Sets Sail Once Again with a Stunning Maritime Exhibition, ‘Boats, by the Yard’”


Once again, Shaftesbury Arts Centre emerges as a haven for lovers of nautical life. It’s a spot to dock your stormy sea gear, shake off the saline sweat, and immerse yourself in an oceanic journey. Even if you’re not a maritime enthusiast, Kim Pragnell and Hilary Ball have concocted an exhibition, “Boats, by the yard”, guaranteed to fascinate the masses. It boasts an impressive array of boat paintings, both functional and leisurely, capturing everything from active trawlers to beached freighters in an assortment of environments.

Kim with one of his new ‘romantic’ paintings – Wool on the wire image: Edwina Baines Oct 2021 BV Magazine – https://www.theblackmorevale.co.uk/2021/10/15/in-the-studio-with-kim-pragnell/

Prepare for a visual feast of charcoal sketches, the vibrant hues of Cornish trawlers, fishing nets, and harbour scenes. Despite the exhibition’s brief run (Wednesday 28th June 2023 – Tuesday 8th July), there’s ample opportunity to soak up the spectacle before the tide rolls in.

You can find us at Shaftesbury Arts Centre, Bell Street, Shaftesbury. Our gallery doors open from 10:00 to 16:00 daily. You can reach us at 01258 446441.

Further enhancing the experience, Shaftesbury Wines has kindly agreed to sponsor the Preview on Wednesday 24th June from 17:00 to 19:00, offering a selection of their exquisite house wines. It’s a perfect pairing, a true delight. We eagerly anticipate your visit.



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