TRAIL 2017 – 13th year
TRAIL 2017 – 13th year

23rd July - 2nd September
Click above for more details

Events Calendar
<< Oct 2017 >>
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5
TAAG presents
TAAG presents
TAAG Email list sign up
Register here to get updates from TAAG on events, courses, workshops, exhibitions and other arts events from around the area.
* = required field

powered by MailChimp!

Eight Studios at TAAG – part of Devon Open Studios

Map Unavailable

Date(s) - 09/09/2017 - 28/09/2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

TAAG Arts and Community Centre


Eight artists, that can’t have the public to visit their studios, are bringing their working practice to TAAG Arts and Community Centre

They include professional artists, Open Studio newcomers and an artist that has just finished her degree course who has received the first Bursary offered by TAAG. She will be mentored by the group.

You can expect to see artists working when you visit

There will be a series of artist led workshops during the exhibition period LOOK HERE
SOME WORKSHOPS MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE – These are indicated in the workshop list

TAAG is an artist led organisation dedicated to making opportunities for artists, encouraging personal development and furthering the community ethos through collaborative projects and exhibitions.

The Artists




Working in the studio is important to Tony as he likes to refine ideas that have been sketched outside.

There are some consistent themes like surface pattern, colour and texture but often the combinations of unforseen elements are what makes a work interesting.

The painting he is working on in the background is a view from his studio window drawn in his sketchbook.The structures of the buildings gave the drawing a dynamic composition. The central white window is a strong focal point and makes the composition work.

Open Studio Workshops   Tony Homer

Abstraction in landscape. Monday 10.30 – 12.30am.

Using ideas from the Devon landscape we will be developing techniques that explore the qualities of abstraction using paper, mark making and acrylic paint.

Still Life and Cubism. Thursday 2.00- 4.00pm

Working within the workshop setting we will be looking at Still life and how it was used by Key 20th Century artists to explore a new approach to looking and painting. This will include drawing, collage, and painting.

Each workshop will cost £10.00. Please sign up as there are limited places available.

Please bring your own sketchbooks and photographs that could help you with your work.



Renee came into art late in life when her personal circumstances changed and her children started full time education.

Also later in life Renee’s mother took up art and undertook  a degree in fine arts at Winchester school of art.

Her mothers interest in art together with her discovery of the work of Paula Rego and art therapy have influenced her work to date.

Following in her mothers footsteps she started her degree at South Devon College in 2014 and it was here that she became interested  in print and collage.

The third year of her degree is taking place at Plymouth university and this has giving her confidence to experiment with collage while at the same time develop her digital skills.

Renee’s current work involves researching and investigating  family poetry and as a result she will be illustrating these poems in her own unique way creating a sequel of prints and collages.




Ursula paints many of her pictures outdoors so her studio is quite compact and has to fit into a backpack. She takes it to her favourite spots, like Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve in autumn, heathland and woods above Dawlish and Dartmoor with its beautiful rivers.

She work mostly in alla prima technique, which means finishing a picture in one session. She finds this way of painting exciting, engaging and at times unpredictable – especially when there are interruptions like a herd of curious cows, a sudden rain or a change in light conditions.

When the easel is set up and secured she starts with pencil thumbnail sketches of the subject, testing various points of view and establishing major elements of the composition. Then she draws with a brush and apply washes of diluted oil paint to block main colours and shapes.

Using thicker paint, she continues to work on pattern of lights and colour harmony, while adjusting the shapes and edges.

Website:        email. –

Open Studio Workshop

Start with an Idea, An Introduction to Sketching Outdoors, Sunday 2-4pm.

Please bring your favourite drawing / painting tools and a suitable sketchbook / surface to work on or you are welcome to use materials available at TAAG.

Please bring small folding chair, hat and sunscreen.

The cost: £10

Please sign up at TAAG as there are limited places available.



Fiona Hiscox Seeing Through Glass: A Creative Journey

Over several years Fiona has engaged with creative hobbies, a diversion from a busy professional life as an Optometrist, where her role is to ensure people use their vision the best they can and to look after their eye sight.

She understands how we all see and perceive things in different ways, and she has always enjoyed visiting galleries and shows where art of all shapes and sizes is displayed and provides inspiration.

Fiona discovered a passion for working with glass when she wanted to create some privacy windows in her village home, and armed with encouragement from a local supplier of glass enrolled in an adult evening class and progressed from copper foiling to lead window techniques. Four panels later the job was completed, and there was a lull in making until she decided to enrol for a City and Guilds level 2 in Design for Craft  (Decorative Stained Glass). This developed her skills a little further and has enabled her to design and make both 2d and 3d projects for myself or as gifts for friends. Fiona has subsequently survived a house move and renovation where windows have been incorporated internally as  features. Time for glass making has been scarce with a busy work and family/social life, but the ambition to create a fused glass splash back for her own home was fulfilled during a weekend workshop and her passion for glass re-ignited. She has now realised that she would like to commit more time to this hobby of hers and develop further skills. This year Fiona has undertaken further glass fusing evening classes alongside working life and purchased her own glass fusing kiln.

The opportunity to work alongside other artists at TAAG during Devon Open Studios and to exhibit for the first time is her chance to open the door to her creative future.



As an artist, Angie tends to spend a great deal of her time on her own; which she likes but admits that she does miss the company of other fellow artists. Her studio space is a bit on the small side…. and her new work is growing in size.

Being part of Open Studios at TAAG will remedy these two things and she is so looking forward to spending 3 weeks with 7 other artists.. it’s her planned holiday for this year

Whilst her art work is mainly figurative it could also be described as expressionistic as its content is emotional and themed on her imagination and dreams.

These paintings and drawings start small and grow as ideas flow… then she knits them together to create a larger piece.



Lesley-Jo Thompson moved with her family from Southampton to Teignmouth in 2000, whilst expecting her fourth child, and it is here she has lived and worked ever since. In 2009 after 20 years of bringing up her family, she decided to fulfil a promise to herself to go back into education, and study towards a career in creative industry. She studied photography at Plymouth collage of art and graduated with a BA Honours Degree in 2015.

She works in photography, film and paint-inspired by the environment around her, be it the nature of landscape or human nature, the fluid and ever flowing element of inevitable chance is always a preoccupation for her. Colour, light shape and texture are always an important core of Jo’s work whatever medium she chooses to work in.



Shan has been painting for over 20 years, and studied Fine Art at Weston College in Somerset, and Exeter College.

She enjoys experimentation and colour, and most of her work uses mixed media, particularly using collage to enhance texture and interest.



Born in Prague, Czech Republic, in 1977 and having started his painting career at an early age, Jirka studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and graduated with a Masters Degree in Fine Art in 2001.

Jirka’s first visit to the UK was in 2006 when he was instantly struck by the sheer beauty of this country, discovering that nowhere was very far from the sea – a sharp contrast to his experience of having lived his life so far in a landlocked country in central Europe. He was particularly inspired by Devon urging him to present his own interpretation of the natural beauty, atmosphere and spirit of this special part of the country in his paintings.

Particular sources of inspiration for his art are the coastline, the sea and Dartmoor. He attempts to manifest his fascination with the sea and the endless movement, rhythm, energy, power and ineffable sensual effects of waves in his seascapes. Dartmoor, with its beautiful undulating landscapes combined with its unique nature, spirit and moodiness, has also been the subject matter of many of his paintings.

He appreciates and admires the work and talent of British artist Anthony Garratt and of Norwegian artist Ørnulf Opdahl. He feels a strong connection between the work of each of these artists and his own work, feeling neither the need to exaggerate or to be too precise about a scene – merely painting the scene, the weather, the atmosphere, the mood, the colour … as it is.

Exhibitions of his work have been held since 2002 in Prague, extensively throughout the Czech Republic and in Berlin.

Jirka divides his life and work between Prague and South Devon where he paints from his home in Dawlish overlooking Lyme Bay.


Workshop programme



Date Time Workshop



10 10-12



Renee Sheppard – Family Animal Collage

Ursula Andrejczuk –
Plein air – outside art  £10




11 10:30-12:30 Tony Homer – Abstraction in landscape -£10



12 10-12



Angie Jenner – Activity art workshops. **

Booking essential   £10



13 No Workshop



14 2-4pm Tony Homer – Still Life and Cubism – £10


15 No Workshop



16 2-4pm Jo Thompson – Photography composition -£10



17 10-12



Renee Sheppard – Family workshop Fabergé inspired eggs – Free


Ursula Andrejczuk – Plein air – outside art- £10




18 10:30-12:30 Tony Homer – Abstraction in landscape – £10



19 10-12



Angie Jenner – open drop in workshop

Pre booking essential   £10



20 No Workshop



21 2-4pm Tony Homer – Still Life and Cubism – £10


22 No Workshop



23 2-4pm Jo Thompson – Abstraction in photography -£10



24 10-12



Renee Sheppard – Family workshop – Free


Ursula Andrejczuk – Start with an idea

An Introduction to Sketching Outdoors – £10




25 2-4pm Tony Homer – Abstraction in landscape – £10





26 10-12



Angie Jenner – open drop in workshop

Pre booking essential   £10



27 No Workshop



28 2-4pm Tony Homer – Still Life and Cubism – £10