300 open door to world of art in county-wide event

Artist painting

See the artists at work - Credit: Devon Open Studios

Artists all over Devon will be throwing open their doors and inviting people to look behind the scenes of an artist’s studio.

Over 300 artists are taking part in this year’s Devon Open Studios which takes place from September 11 to 26 with a range of free exhibitions, workshops and opportunities to see artists at work.

The art and craft on display will include drawing, painting, sculpture, tapestry, ceramics, jewellery and glasswork. Artists range from new talent to experienced professionals.

Five emerging artists have received bursary awards to support their participation in the event:

Dinah Gibbons will be showing her work at The Angel Gallery in Totnes. She embroiders items of lost clothing such as a dropped glove or found sock. 
Ruth Helen Smith has been inspired by local produce during the pandemic. With neighbours dropping round eggs and sharing plants for allotments, she began to think about how local produce brings community together, and how disconnected we are from the people and processes behind many items sold in supermarkets. 
Amelia Webster paints portraits of everyday people. She enjoys spending time with someone, listening to what they have to say so that she can tell their story in paint. Amelia will be exhibiting her work at her studio in Old Pottery Court, Chudleigh.
Nicola Barton uses recycled silver to make handcrafted jewellery inspired by nature. Nicola will be exhibiting her work at Fursdon Barn Studio, Moretonhampstead.

Alison Hannah works with stoneware and porcelain, inspired by the moorland & coastline of Devon. She will be exhibiting her work in North Huish near South Brent.

Three artists will be showing their work at Powderham Castle, Kenton:

Painter Anna Fitzgerald is artist-in-residence at the Castle. Her  large-scale work is inspired angels and by folklore animals, especially foxes, badgers, stags and hares. Janec van Veen and Jane Perkins are creating a collaborative exhibition entitled ‘Fabulous Beasts’, taking inspiration from heraldry and fantastical mediaeval creatures and other items in the castle.

Penny Carter and Jane Watts will be showing sculpture, glass, jewellery, mixed Media, forged Metal and leather in Noss Mayo. 
Luna North is moving from her attic and will be showing work in her brand new studio in Molland near South Molton. Inspired by the flora and fauna of her local area, she creates paintings and prints of wildflowers, bees and butterflies.