The Car that Turned


Hollington and Kyprianou


The Car that Turned (2014)


Film (5mins)

Exhibition Dates

13 May – 23 May Bridport Arts Centre, 10am - 4pm

31 May – 8 July Winchester Science Centre 10am – 4pm

3 June – 6 July Turner Sims 10am – 5pm

Special Events:

17 May Bridport Arts Centre, Special Screening 7 - 9.30pm

1 June Winchester Science Centre, Special Screening and Artist talk 6-9pm

Number of Visitors

Bridport Arts Centre- 580

Turner Sims - 1800

Winchester Science Centre - 22000


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