The natural beauty of Devon has always attracted and nurtured creativity in artists resulting in a vibrant studio practice. This September from Saturday 7th – Sunday 22nd, Devon Open Studios celebrates the flair and talent of the artists who live and work in Devon, connecting artists to enthusiasts in this free showcase for the arts. People of all ages can enjoy this self-guided art tour, with the flexibility to visit with as many artists as one likes.
Usually these studios are open by appointment only so Devon Open Studios gives a rare opportunity to the visitor to get an intimate view into an artist’s domain, where ideas are conceived and come to life – and you might just discover a hidden gem? Devon’s vibrant and diverse art community includes artists with a vast range of styles, media and subject matter from painting, drawing, sculpture, print-making, installation, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and more. Many also include demonstrations of techniques, workshops and talks.
A free colour guide gives detailed local directions to studios, pictures and a description of artists’ work. With the guide in their hand, visitors will be able to plan their own art trail, meet artists, see where they show or produce their work, and combine browsing art with enjoyment of the county’s varied landscape. This year we will also be running a mixed taster show in Torquay with the Artizan Gallery allowing visitors to see several artists’ work at a glance and then choose which studios they particularly wish to visit.
Natacha Du Pont De Bie Media Officer, explains, “Devon Open Studios is more than just an exhibition of artwork, it gives focus and confidence to local artists, and allows them to show in a completely different way than the gallery framework. It is a really accessible exhibition concept, Devon Open Studios gives people a chance to buy in a comfortable environment and art enthusiasts to see the talent that Devon has to offer.”
So why not take a wander through Devon’s two rugged moors, five official areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, two amazing coastlines and some of the most bucolic villages and towns in the country, to look at art this autumn?
Come and discover new artists in their studios, and buy directly from them.
Devon Open Studios is an event organised by Devon Artist Network (DAN), which promotes, celebrates and champions the arts in Devon.
More information about Devon Artist Network’s Devon Open Studios can be found on the website: www.devonartistnetwork.co.uk
A free guide to the event with colour coded maps and every artist illustrated, is available from tourist information centres, libraries, hotels and galleries in late July. Please check the brochure to confirm dates, times, and find out helpful directions.