Delight as art finally opens up in Bay after pandemic lockdown

Artists in Torbay are celebrating the return of Devon Open Studios for 2020.

After the months long closure of the sector, Devon Open Studios represents the first major exhibition opportunity and with its proven popularity amongst audiences, could offer the boost artists need.

The year’s programme offers a combination of bursary winners, sculptural showcases, professional studios, and open exhibitions.

Artizan Gallery and Artizan Collective Gallery, in Lucius Street, hosts the annual English Riviera Summer Open Exhibition to coincide with this year’s studios programme as well as a curated showcase of Devon ceramicists, sculptors and 3D artists.

The English Riviera Summer Open has grown over its six-year history and has spent the last two years hosted at Artizan Collective.

This year’s show will welcome 70 artists.

The event runs until September 27 and features two bursary winners.

Landscape Artist of the Year 2019 semi-finalist James Murch can be found at Cockington Court, whilst emerging talent Torbay-born William Mills exhibits at Artizan Gallery.

Since graduating from Falmouth University in 2015, Will has exhibited across the region, with work selling internationally and receiving recognition in 2020 under the award of the New Elizabeth Bovill Trophy.

With works described as Turneresque, his showstopping, large abstracts have won him the acclaim of this year’s Joanna Radford Award.

The gallery will also host works of esteemed Devon artists Richard Slater R.I. and Arthur Homeshaw R.W.A, as well as a curated sculptural event, which will welcome nine accomplished artists working in various mediums and producing at the height of their field.

These are, Ezra Bailey, Bev Knowlden, Kate Lyons-Miller, Eilean Eland, David Newman, Brendan Rawlings, Rose Ellis, Gesche Buecker and Elisabeth Hadley.

Julie Brandon, of Artizan Gallery said: “We’re bouncing back having only been able to reopen in the middle of June and we can’t wait to make the most of this year’s Devon Open Studios event.

“It was great to be approached by Will to host him as a bursary winner, and we’re excited to welcome him alongside the exhibitions we’d started planning back in March and feared might not be possible.”