INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed Bournemouth-born artist Dryden Goodwin has returned to Dorset to create the first specially commissioned installation for the Gallery at Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts.

The work is a new video, sound and photography piece called Stay.

It will be on show at the gallery for the next seven weeks until Saturday July 10. Entry to the exhibition is free.

Dryden, 33, studied at The Slade School and is now based in London.

A key figure in the contemporary art world, his work uses film, video, photography sound, installation as well as drawing.

He has exhibited all over the world, including last year's Venice Biennale, the Baltic, Gateshead, Tate Britain and the ICA.

Stay was commissioned by Lighthouse after Dryden took part in last year's Silver exhibition.

"I first saw some of Dryden's work at Tate Britain two years ago and was bowled over by his fantastic images," said Lighthouse exhibitions programmer Olivia Hamilton.

"We are thrilled to have commissioned him to create this stunning installation.

"It's great that he has returned to his roots to make this for us.

"I hope lots of people will come to see it and stay!"

Stay includes over 400 moving and still images of three locations, one of which was shot locally in the New Forest.

"Stay takes three distinct landscapes and presents the viewer with an experience of moving through space while simultaneously engaging them in a contemplation of still or frozen moments," explained Dryden.

"By presenting photographic stills of each frame of the video, alongside the projected image and soundtrack, I am trying to create an emotionally ambiguous journey through man-made and natural surroundings."