Better Days

Individual Artists/Friends


23 August - 4 September 2022

10 am - 5 pm daily, except Sundays 11 am - 4 pm

Admission free

David Manley

Allan Green

Moira Baumbach

Sarah R Key

A diverse selection of paintings, prints and drawings connected by friendship and a shared desire to communicate love of and concern for the natural world. The title “Better Days” is a defiant riposte to our turbulent times and takes its cue from the group’s 2020 exhibition “Days Like These” in Lyme Regis.

Moira Baumbach’s concern for environmental issues has sustained an extensive printmaking project focused on endangered species of British birds. Her approach is infused with an English Romantic sensibility with strong lines, muted colour and powerful forms. She sees herself as an emerging artist, and having studied recently at Plymouth College of Art after a twenty year career in the Civil Service and raising four children, she has now settled in Dorset.

Allan Green lived for over twenty years on the south Devon coast and is finding his new Dorset landscape surroundings equally rewarding, describing “a subtly different sense of place”. He is drawn to topographically strong viewpoints which he expresses through vigorous brushwork in oils.

Sarah R Key’s recent work is inspired by trips to both West Cornwall and the Western Isles of Scotland, focusing on drawing as a medium and with a concern for global issues. Being present in the landscape is often combined with obliquely political references with an environmental commitment that she shares with Moira, with work that has “at its centre an open ended questioning that allows the viewer space for interpretation.” Sarah is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Staffordshire University.

David Manley says, “I respond to external stimuli that is as much psychological as physical. I’d say my internal dialogue is as much to do with moods, sounds, smells, touch, and social history as my visual sense of place”. For this exhibition he has created a series of small panel paintings depicting a variety of locations, near and far. David was Professor of Art at the University of Derby until retirement. David and Sarah have extensive teaching and exhibiting experience in South Korea, China, Sweden, Portugal and another dozen countries. They live in the “Heart of Rural England”, as the county of Leicestershire styles itself.