Thursday, 14 August 2014

See art in the making at Devon Open Studios

There's something about the West Country that attracts those with an artistic disposition. For some it's the captivating views, for others it's the unique personality of the place - the people, towns and traditions. Whatever the inspiration, the outstanding quality of art produced in this corner of Britain is truly something to be celebrated.

That's exactly why Devon Open Studios is so popular and enduring. From 6 – 21 September over 200 artists at over 140 venues across the length and breadth of Devon throw open their doors to the public - and invite you to visit them in their studios, many located in some of the most beautiful, unexplored parts of the county. There is so much to explore; painting and printmaking, ceramics and textiles, sculpture, jewellery, photography and more.

Now in its eighth year, Devon Open Studios provides a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists, find out what inspires their work, buy art direct from the creator, see demonstrations or even have a go yourself. As said, many artists also give demonstrations and show works in progress, allowing the rare chance to see the art being created and get a feel for the process from concept to completion.

Helpful Holidays is the main sponsor, as we have been for the last 4 years. We also sponsor the Devon Open Studios Emerging Artists Bursary Awards to encourage those taking their first steps into professional practice, returning to creative practice after a career break or change, or taking their art in a new direction. This year’s winners are showcased at a special exhibition at Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton from 6 – 25 September.

This year’s winners are Rory Cunningham, Janet Sainsbury (picture above), Tessa Jane, Greg Newman and Elisa Cunningham.