Bay on road to recovery through art and culture

Torbay Weekly

Torbay is being guided on the road to post-Covid recovery with a big and colourful offering of art and culture.

The theme is 'Art at the Heart of Recovery – Rebuilding Together with Torbay’s Creative Community.'

Torquay's Artizan Gallery is putting creatives first in their programme for the upcoming year, reimagining the high street, exhibition spaces and artist services at a moment where there is opportunity and huge appetite for disruptive change.

From bursary awards, to commissioning works and launching new creative spaces, activity will create opportunities not only for local artists, but for local audiences too.

“After two years of art viewed only through a screen, the importance of our physical spaces to unlock the wellbeing potential of art and culture has been wholly confirmed.” Julie Brandon, Owner Artizan Gallery “There are lessons to be taken from the innovation of the past 24 months, but now they are best applied on our high streets and in our public spaces as we celebrate open doors for the year ahead.”

Artizan is celebrating with a year long bursary programme, with over 40 awards having been made to artists from Torbay, South Devon and beyond.

The free and subsidised exhibition spaces, which were open to applications throughout 2021, were originally intended to be awarded to just three artists. But now expanded, they will make up the entirety of Artizan’s 2022 calendar with 12 months of exhibitions curated from the entries.

The calendar of bursary exhibitions officially launches with “Made From…”, a showcase exploring a wealth of materials and craftsmanship, that will welcome a group of artists whose practice takes material elements and with skilled hands, manipulates, moulds and weaves works of fine art.

Launching February 18 (6pm to 8pm), the exhibition will also unveil the Lucius Street Mosaic, commissioned by Torquay Town Centre Community Partnership with Cleaner Highstreets and councillor Ward funding, and produced by local mosaic artist Janet Ventre.

A dedicated scheme of grants will also make 10 awards to support Torbay artists to participate in this year's Devon Open Studios event taking place in September.

The Artizan will  host three Torbay artists, the workspaces will officially launch on February 11 (6pm to 8pm as part of a celebratory evening for the English Riviera Contemporary Exhibition. More information  can be viewed at www.art-hub.co.uk/exhibitions.

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