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George Biles Art Exhibition

George Biles Art Exhibition

A major retrospective art exhibition celebrating the remarkable talents of Bridport’s Master Sign Painter, George Biles will take place during August across a few venues in Bridport.

George Biles (b.1900 / d.1987) was a highly talented signwriter and pictorial painter who lived in Bridport throughout his life. For many years George painted the pub signs for Palmers Brewery.

The George Biles Project has been delivered by the Town Council working with Palmers Brewery and local signwriter Jemma Thompson. Work to research, record and exhibit the works by George Biles was made possible with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Thanks to National Lottery players, the project has:

• Digitised the collection of pictorial pub signs held by Palmers Brewery,
• Supported two signwriting workshops for 12 people in Bridport and
• supported the public exhibition of George Biles works in summer 2024.

The three exhibition venues will be open from 1 – 29 August 2024 between 10.00 and 16.00 (closed Sunday and Monday):

• Royal British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove – Re-creation of George’s studio with a selection of pictorial pub signs and other images of George at work in Bridport.

• Bridport Arts Centre – display of Pantomime screens and backdrops painted by George;

• Bridport Museum – display of the original “Spirit of Bridport” Town Sign;

• Lord Nelson Skittle Alley – More of Palmers pub signs – open during the pub hours visit

For more information see: or contact: [email protected]

The George Biles Project has been supported by:

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Photo credit: George Biles photograph album with kind permission of Ken Allen.

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