Gallery 2 - The Art of Collaboration
to Nov 16

Gallery 2 - The Art of Collaboration

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An exhibition exploring the transition from photograph to word to painting. A collaboration of Newton Abbot Photographic Society, Newton Abbot and Chudleigh Writers Groups, and Newton Abbot Art Group.

The black and white image was powerful. The face had a hypnotic stare that penetrated into my very soul, even when the photo was slipped back into the confines of the large brown envelope. Thoughts whirled around in my head. Who was he? Why was he there? What was he doing? I needed to know his story. The only way I would get to know the truth to understand him more would be to study the photograph in greater detail.

I returned to the envelope and began to slide out the photo carefully.

The attention to detail was intense. On closer look the eyes appear to change from light- hearted emotion to become sinister and complex. They appear to move with mood and rhythm. Are they searching for a connection, possibly spiritual or philosophical reflection? 

Suddenly there seems greater appreciation and understanding of meaning. I felt as though the image was taking on an identity beyond black and white. Now it was producing texture and shades of life in grades of silvery white and chalky grey. The Portrait’s eyelids were sunken under his heavy boned forehead. One eyebrow was raised in a quizzical or challenging mode, whilst the other remained still. This focussed look was capable of challenging any thought.

Could he be an Orator or Greek Orthodox Priest? I wondered. I notice his high cheek bones, aristocratic nose leading to his wild and hairy greyish moustache. His tiny mouth shelters behind all the hair. His thin lips are closed but hide the smallest smile of tight satisfaction.

His face grows on me. He appears to have weathered well during his journey through life. He seems strong, steadfast and safe in spirit.

He is confident in his own skin. There is a spirit of wellbeing about him. His hat gives him status and a sense of authority. He wears at least three outer garments which gives me the impression that he is a traveller of some kind. He is authentic. I feel as though he is willing his thoughts through the page to make contact. He has a ley line of spirituality that is timeless and tangible that connects with me.

I realise that I am witnessing something quite inconceivable. This Icon, this image is telling me his story through the power of thought. He has travelled through time. His rites of passage are his beliefs and religious doctrines. He wants to give Humanity a chance. He believes in the common good and encourages everyone to feel empowered. His eyes show the look of wisdom. His eyes watch and wait for a response. His voice remains quiet whilst listening to others, who then are ready to appreciate his words.  He understands the nature of time. Time to reflect. Time to question. Time to debate. Above all, he wants to reassure belief. Belief in life.

As I looked again at the photograph and the power of the image, I suddenly realised his name. It was Methuselah.


Mother sat me on a counter

in the village corner shop.

                                                            Today’s small child, without plaits,

                                                            leaned on an outside wooden window frame…

There, out of reach, sat glass jars

glitter-filled with boiled sugars,

yellow cubes, square and coated.

                                                            Beyond reach, open shelves held plastic plates

                                                            and squat green and blue polythene bags…

Some tumbled from a wide neck,

crashed against metal,

I can hear the rattle.

                                                            Below, stood red and silver cans,

                                                            above a microwave, of sorts…

A bevel-edged scoop tipped them,

golden as jewels,

into a white triangular paper bag.

                                                            A half empty mug peered over chalk boards,

                                                            ‘Harbour’ and ‘Captain’s’ fare - £4.60, £3.60… 

Mine passed over a single bronze coin, 

a dandelion on its back,

a brass treasure.  

Her mother craned her neck…

 ‘All is safely gathered in’, so runs the harvest hymn; but how often are these words wishful thinking, especially to farmers whose crops lie battered and useless, victim to our increasingly unreliable British climate?

To produce ripened golden grain, in perfect condition and ready to harvest, while skies are blue, must be every farmer’s dream, in the knowledge that it will be safely stored while dry and its quality unspoilt, a task that, once completed, brings a warm sense of satisfaction and achievement to all involved.

Nowadays, many of the heavier tasks that are part of modern farming are made easy with the help of large expensive machines, such as balers and threshers, saving major amounts of time and energy. Technology has, as with so many things, changed the face of farming unrecognisably over the years.

Because of the huge cost of this farm machinery however, many farmers, especially smaller ones, are forced to share or hire. This often involves a deadline, making them work even harder to complete a job within the time allocated. Despite modern aids, there is still plenty of labouring work requiring strong, fit young farmers.

Farm machines are generally kept in immaculate condition and painted in bright striking colours, making a vivid picture, especially while harvesting golden crops under blue skies and scudding white clouds. While the thresher separates wheat from straw the men must constantly work, using their pitchforks, to keep it feeding the machine in forkfuls, while controlling the engine’s speed. Although the crop itself is light this can nevertheless be hot and thirsty work on a warm summer’s day, especially with a deadline to work to.

When the task is finished the men enjoy well-deserved mugs of tea. Later, after some equally welcome farm food, tired muscles begin to relax, laughter dominates and yarns are shared, with nostalgic tales of farming experiences past and present, while pints of ale and cider are supped around the long much scrubbed farmhouse table. If only it could talk, it too would have tales to tell!

Tales of amusement and danger, sad and happy memories, many spiced over time by imagination and re-telling, including personal and unique reminiscences of childhood adventures in the hayfields and more, gradually merge with the day’s threshing and baling reflections as pints are downed and drowsiness sets in.

Talking of haystacks…Now, wherever did I put that needle?

Sunshine, calm blue water deckchair-primed

Ocean empty ripe for daydreaming

No cloned Clipper on the horizon handsome on the eye

But a shimmering oil tanker stark outline softened

Headed for the Emirates

Imaginary pencil plucked from pocket point sharp

He traces her route on an imaginary may

Bay of Biscay, Suez Canal, Nile River, Red Sea, the Port of Fujairah

On an imaginary list he ticks off places he longs to see

One day soon

And deck-chair bound sleeps the sleep of the just

Rooms within rooms, light within light.

Infinite choice for those who dare.

All colour is contained in that pure white.


So step out where the treasure beckons bright,

With courage in your heart, and be aware-

Rooms lead to rooms and light leads on to light.


Endless potential when your thoughts take flight!

Though shadows cling still to the form you wear,

All colour is contained in that bright white.


Directionless, here is both left and right.

Step bravely, no time now to stand and stare.

Rooms lead to rooms and light leads on to light.


Eyes open now in multiversal sight,

Yours to decide – the quantum field is there.

All colour is enhanced in that clear white.


A wave? A particle? Yours to delight!

Step onwards, fearless, into that void where

Rooms contain rooms and light embraces light,

And colour comes to birth in shining white.

    “Sue get Harold’s lead on quick!” Our black Labrador scratched at the door and made muffled half barks.  He needed to get out!  We did too!

    We were happy at first to relax, read, prepare and enjoy eating good food. Going out only to replenish logs for the fire.   A force ten howling gale and raging torrents of icy rain kept us inside for two days. Far too long!  We hurriedly donned warm coats and hats. Our winter break at the cottage had become for us all, incarceration.  

    Outside the gasping dog pulled against the lead, snuffling and marking as we trotted along down the lane towards the beach.  Gradually calmed, we released him to explore freely.  We felt like escapee hens from a battery farm.  A lull!  We relished the cold wind.  To the beach!

    We clambered breathlessly up the steep sandy path through the dunes, with anticipation of the view across our favourite place.  The wide crescent beach stretched before us.  The tide was going out.  The wet sand glistened in gold patches, as weak rays of sun shone down through small gaps in the steely grey bank of clouds, borne by the wind.

    Large breakers rolled in, curling and collapsing in a bubbling frenzy on to the sand – creating a misty haze which hung in the air above the sea.  A few plucky gulls soared above our heads on the freezing wind.  Lone figures stood near the edge of the breakers staring out to sea.

    We broke into spontaneous laughter as we noticed below us the unexpected hundred or more people thronging on the sands, milling about, chatting together or ambling in all directions; enjoying the fresh air and exercise; the scene reminiscent of Antarctic King Penguins; huddling for warmth or purposefully waddling along.

   Couples, family groups, single people mingled uniformly swathed in large down jackets or waterproofs, hoods up, hats and gloves on.  Parents and grandparents vigilantly watched over their wandering children or amused them playing tag in the limited open spaces.  Errant dogs scampered around alone or in packs, to retrieve balls launched from plastic ball-throwers by their attentive owners.  We watched the crowd transfixed!   So many! Why here?!

    Suddenly Harold slid down the dune.  We followed stumbling.  He shot off towards the sea and we ran after him laughing and gasping in the sea air. The wind in our faces!  Freedom!

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Arts and Crafts Autumn Exhibition
to Nov 16

Arts and Crafts Autumn Exhibition

The group consists of 9 exhibitors from Newton Abbot, Teignmouth and Torquay coming together in the Main Gallery at TAAG November 10-16.

This exhibition is a eclectic mix of Art and Crafts- paintings, pottery, wood carvings, textiles and interesting bird boxes.

The artists hope to delight their visitors with affordable and one off, original items.

Exhibitors are 

Jan Newton - pottery paintings

Virginia Griem - paintings pottery 

Jacqui Thompson -paintings

Brett Miller-Pottery 

Pat Tout- paintings 

Fernly Tout- small woodwork

Kathie Weedon - Pottery 

Keith Williams - bird houses

Paula Williams- Arts and Crafts

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Jan Newton

I have worn many hats during my journey through life. My sewing machine was my best friend for many years as I love texture and colour so I made my own clothes and domestic items i.e. curtains

Then I started repairing Antique Dolls and Old Teddy Bears which led me to creating and making Collectors Bears for adults for over 10 year. I won a few awards nationally for the bears. At this time I also wrote articles for a monthly Bear Magazine. I also helped in the family Antique business.

I then turned my hand to painting which opened up a whole new world to me, creating mainly in watercolour.

Currently I am wearing a potters hat and have discovered clay, kilns and glazes. I am 3D again as I enjoy slab building as opposed to the wheel. I create and make mostly animal figures in pottery which have found homes al over England.

Virginia Griem

will be exhibiting both paintings and hand built pots. " I have been painting for many years, but in recently my painting has become much more experimental. When I work with clay I feel that the clay often shows me what shape it wants to be, and of course I don't know how the final piece will look until it comes out of the kiln.   I have been trying to have a similar relationship with paint, a sort of conversation.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, sometimes I don't know what a painting is going to look like, or what the subject is, until I have worked on it over various sessions.  I find this way of working very exciting."  Most of the paintings on show will be acrylics, but Virginia also works in watercolour and ink, as well as stoneware ceramics.

Brett Miller

Pat Tout

Fernly Tout

Keith and Paula Williams

Keith and Paula retired a few years ago and now spend time on doing what they really enjoy.

While Keith spends time in his shed making and designing in wood Paula loves to try lots of media, from watercolours to felt crafts, and lots more.

They have lived in Torquay all their married life (nearly 42 years) and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

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Granite Elements - Winter Exhibition
to Nov 23

Granite Elements - Winter Exhibition

Artists taking part are Mei Lim , Bridget Arnold, Viv Styles, Clare Benson, Cheryl Watson, Marilyn Murch, Sue Windsor 

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Bridget Arnold

sun printed material hand made lampshades

Mei Lim

Viv Styles

Angela Holmes

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to Nov 30


'Landmarks' is a group of 5 artists exhibiting together for the first time.

They work in a range of styles and media, including oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel, glass, linoprint, woodcut, lithography, etching, and waterless lithography. 

Artists taking part are -

Mike Nicholls

 Time and Space by Mike Nicholls

Time and Space by Mike Nicholls

Rob Parrish

 Prairie Roadhouse by Rob Parrish

Prairie Roadhouse by Rob Parrish


Jayne Farleigh

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Sunset Jayne Farleigh


Jenny Day

 Snowscape by Jenny Day - Oil

Snowscape by Jenny Day - Oil


June Saul

 Rockpool by June Saul - Lithograph

Rockpool by June Saul - Lithograph

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More to See - Dartmoor and Beyond
to Nov 30

More to See - Dartmoor and Beyond

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Dr Jill Clarance

Jill is an amateur artist who is retired and has lived and worked on Dartmoor for many years.  She is also a keen yachtsman. 

Her mother and father moved to Shaldon after the second world war when Jill was a youngster and owned and ran the Round House Hotel. 

So she also has many fond memories of Shaldon and the River Teign. As the title of the exhibition suggests Jill paints landscapes and seascapes.

All the proceeds of her work are going to charity.

Beatrice Fisher

Beatrice has been painting for several years and works in oil on canvas and mixed media. Her paintings are inspired by life and nature, they are colourful and eclectic

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to Dec 7

Affordable Art Fair - Teignmouth Art Society Christmas Exhibition

Artists taking part include

Clare Jenkinson; Keith Bowcock

Cynthia Mosley; Chris Pitman

Jayne Farleigh; Jan Newton; Anne Doggett

Keith Bowcock

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Gallery 1 - Variety
to Nov 9

Gallery 1 - Variety

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Liz Diamond

Liz Diamond lives in Teignmouth, having made the exodus from the Home Counties twenty two years ago.  

“I had a vision of living near the sea and came to Teignmouth, stood on the back beach, and knew this was the place I was destined to live in.”
 Liz has worked as a cleaner, Home Help, shop assistant, factory assembler, typist, silver service waitress, social work assistant and Special Needs and Primary school teacher.  She is also eclectic in her artistic interests, having been an award-winning poet, a Picador published novelist, a published short story writer, and once had a play she had written performed by professional actors at St Albans Art Centre.  

As well as writing, Liz has also had a long-standing interest in art, having worked in pastel, oils and clay.  Her main direction nowadays is to explore the wide versatility of acrylics and its capacity for being used with other materials to produce works with significant textural qualities.  Liz will often prime the canvas with materials such as wood filler, papier mache, or strips of tissue set in gel, that she will then put gesso on and paint over, producing the richly textured paintings, such as her mackerel and seascapes, that she is getting known for.  

Liz took part in the Devon Open Studios this year.  Her fish paintings received much positive feedback. “Good enough to eat,” somebody commented.

Ranulf Rayner

Ranulf was trained by Wilfred Blunt, brother of Anthony Blunt the spy, who went on from teaching at college to being in charge of the Queen’s collection.   Many years later in 1977 he started writing books, which he found other artists to illustrate including his wife, Annette, who also paints dogs and horses, although he completed many of the line drawings. HeI painted most of the artist’s work in watercolour first.

Since that time a busy life has limited his production although he has found time to finish several large marine paintings in oils on canvass, which have sold mainly at auction, with two currently in a London gallery.   More recently Ranulf has been painting in resins on aluminium, a method he has developed which gives great depth and luminosity.  The paintings are indestructible and also appropriate for damp situations such as bathrooms.

Apart from his marine paintings he also specialise in less expensive underwater scenes, and sea birds.  Having been born in nearby Bishopsteignton, Ranulf has had a life long passion for the sea. 

Jeremy Holloway

Unknown Artist creates intricate Woodblocks – but who is he or she?

(and there’s a link to the original “Flower Fairy” illustrations....)

Approximately 30 years ago Jeremy Holloway, then living in West Dorset, was given a box of approximately 50 wood blocks by his (now deceased) mother. She had been given them by an elderly lady who lived in the same village as she did, namely Winterborne Zelston, near Blandford in Dorset. 

The woodblocks had apparently belonged to the lady’s sister, who had a connection with the original Flower Fairy illustrations. It is possible that the same engraver was responsible for the illustrations that have adorned not just the flower fairy books but a plethora of associated memorabilia to go with them. What the actual link is however is unknown.

For almost 10 years the woodblocks were stored at, and on a permanent loan to, the TAAG gallery and arts centre in Teignmouth.  It was not until Jeremy was introduced to Jenny Pery, art historian and artist (also a wood engraver) living in Bovey Tracey, that he considered an exhibition of the engravings. Jenny has printed all the blocks and only now can their true beauty be seen. Whilst Jeremy can legitimately offer the prints for sale, he is very keen to find out who is responsible for the blocks. Jenny believes they were all produced by the same person, probably a female, in the 1930s or 1940s, as book illustrations. Apart from that neither Jeremy nor Jenny have any idea when the engravings were originally created or who did them.

It would be wonderful to solve the mystery. As they were most likely designed as illustrations for books of the period, it would be lovely to hear if anyone recognises them, or could offer any information about them. And of course we could then give the wood engraver the credit he or she deserves.

These beautiful, if mysterious, woodblock engravings are being exhibited at the TAAG Gallery and Arts Centre in Teignmouth Devon from Saturday 3rdNovember to Friday 9thNovember. 

Patricia Wares

Patricia was born and raised in Brighton Sussex where she married and eventually had two sons. Initially she trained and became a qualified hairdresser but changed her occupation, after the birth of her sons, to nursing. After time working on the wards of the NHS hospitals she joined the Nuffield Group to train and qualify as a Operation Department Practitioner (ODP)

Her Husbands work bought them to Devon in 2001 at which time she decided to retire.

During the school years she always enjoyed the art lessons although she did not develop any of the skills beyond that of the classroom, from leaving school she did not paint or draw again.

Having retired and completed all the work involved with the upheaval of moving home she needed something to occupy my mind. Remembering her interest in art at school Patricia looked for and found a tutor to teach her the art of painting and drawing. She was fortunate to find someone able to cope with her inabilities and encourage her to join a local art group in Kingsteignton.

She quickly learned which media mixes she could use and now has a diverse range of artwork.

Recently Patricia was asked to produce a step by step article on the uses of Pebeo acrylic paints which featured in The Paint Magazine.

She is currently a committee member of the Kingsteignton Friday Art Group, a member of the Kingskerswell Art Group, the Devon Art Society and Torbay Guild of Artists.

She have exhibited paintings, some of which have won awards, at various venues.

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Back Beach Artists
to Nov 2

Back Beach Artists

Artists taking part (click on Images to enlarge)

Rob Parrish

Kath Loram

Barbara Armstrong

Keith Bowcock

Clare Jenkinson

Andy Tapper

Trish Edwards

Janette Waldron

Nicky Noble

Cecilia Sharam

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Shape & Shadow - South West Sculptors
to Oct 19

Shape & Shadow - South West Sculptors

Shape & Shadow

South West Sculptors Association will be exhibiting in TAAG, Teignmouth Arts Centre for the first time, bringing an eclectic mixture of sculptures titled “Shape and Shadow”

SWS sculptors is an inclusive group of, at present, 24 sculptors whose aim is to collaborate and promote their passion for sculpture. It was seeded in 2003 through initiative of Totnes bases sculptors and has grown in strength to embrace sculptors distributed throughout Devon.

The richness of the group has been in forging friendships, sharing problems, aims and resources in the context of sculpture.

Rotating gatherings throughout our different homes and studios can be likened to a magical theatre opening into unique creative atmospheres and spaces from moorland to coastline. It is fascinating to understand people differently through what they make. There is a strong figurative impulse within the work yet figures are as diverse as the personalities behind them and include realistic and conceptual, mythological and humorous, elegant and erotic. In complement, there is plenty of abstract work which draws inspiration from elements and environments, the universal and the spiritual.

This year members have participated in outdoor sculpture shows including Dartington Gardens, Delamore House, Ivybidge and the Mythic Garden, Chagford. We are currently looking forward to an exciting new exhibiting opportunity at Exeter Cathedral in 2019. In the meantime, we invite you to journey through the group's work where smaller works for home as well as garden can be enjoyed in the more intimate environment of TAAG.


Angela Holmes, Anne-Marie Moss, Bev Knowlden, David Newman
Derek Cadle, Helen Ridehalgh, Hilary Bradt, Jan O'Highway
Jenny Distin, Martin Staniforth, Melanie Guy, Miguel Valentini
Nicola Axe, Rose Ellis, Tati Dennehy


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Dawlish & Teignmouth Camera Club
to Oct 5

Dawlish & Teignmouth Camera Club

Dawlish & Teignmouth Camera Club Members' Exhibition

A celebration of photography of the local area and beyond in digital and print images.

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The Cause
to Sep 28

The Cause



Poetry at the Cause Exhibition at TAAG - On Tuesday afternoon the exhibition will be supplemented by local poets who will read their poems as a stimulus for discussion. 
The Poets are Liz Diamond, alongside Julie-ann Rowell, Veronica Aaronson, Virginia Griem and Jennie Osboune. They will be reading a mixture of their own poems and others about strong women. 
The poetry reading is at 3pm. 

We also have games loaned to us from Parliamentary Education and outreach. The games are thoroughly enjoyable whilst uncovering a riches of information which got participants into animated discussion on Monday afternoon. 

Everyone is welcome to come and play the games at any time. Groups also welcome.


2018 is the centenary of the very first votes for some women and Dreadnought marks this centenary with a tour of its new play, The Cause, which will be at Teignmouth Pavilions on Wednesday 26th September, 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
T.A.A.G. and Dreadnought South West, who toured Oxygen in 2013 about the women’s suffrage pilgrimage, are collaborating on an exciting week-long event (24th to 28th September) to exhibit and share work in response to the Rebellious Sounds Project and, in particular, to The Cause.
The Cause marks the achievements and different methods of activism of two women leaders from the suffrage campaign, Emmeline Pankhurst and Millicent Fawcett. It explores the impact of a life time of campaigning whilst also looking forward to the present day and where we are now in relationship to gender equality and violence towards women and girls.
Artists have been asked the question ‘What has changed and where are we now?

 The response through art and poetry reflect on these questions and inspires debate in this exciting week long exhibition and series of events.

 Come and see this work that celebrates women's lives, voices and stories.

 The exhibition takes on many causes. Deborah Frish’s metal, restrictive corset sets the scene for Avenda Burnell Walsh’s latest work, ‘Emmeline’ in her series ‘The corsets are off’. Clare Seal follows on the theme with suffragette slogans embroidered into a corset ‘Courage Calls’. The removal of restrictive corsets was a symbol of the suffragettes of their fight for freedom and democratic rights. 

Liz Lockyear has taken the theme from Shakespeare’s ‘A winter’s Tale’ that tells the story of a Queen stripped of her status by her husband consumed by jealousy and fear leading to madness. His abuse of power is centuries old and the result of a patriarchal society that can still poison the relationship between men and women. 

Other events include an EqualiTeas Workshop with Monday 24th at 2pm run by Thomas Williams from the Parliamentary Education and Outreach team. 

 Poet, Jenny Osborne is holding an afternoon of poetry reading and discussion, ‘Womens’s Voices’, on Tuesday 25that 3pm. 

All welcome to the exhibition daily 10am-5pm and workshops at TAAG Arts and Community Centre at 4/5 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth. TQ14 8DD

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Devon Open Studios - Seven Studios @ TAAG
to Sep 23

Devon Open Studios - Seven Studios @ TAAG

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The TAAG display for the annual Devon Open Studios 

7 artists are taking part and will be there most of their time painting and demonstrating their various styles and work.

Artists -

Barbara Watkins
Clare Jenkinson
Donna Hogarth
Jane Branch
Kathryn Loram
Michelle Greenwood-Brown
Shirley Taylor

Workshops available during the exhibition...

Tuesday 11th September 1.30 - 4pm - CLARE JENKINSON 'Plant Portraits' observational drawing from plants £5

Wednesday 12th 1.30 - 4pm - JANE BRANCH 'Expressive Charcoal' drawing workshop, please bring a putty rubber and watercolour paper (booking required)

Sunday 16th 10.30am - 1pm - DONNA HOGARTH 'Mixed media collage ' £5

Monday 17th 10am - 4pm - MICHELLE GREENWOOD-BROWN Mosaic Heart workshop £35 (booking required)

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Indoor TRAIL
to Sep 6

Indoor TRAIL

The Annual Indoor TRAIL exhibition presents more artworks made using recycled materials.

This Year's artists are Mike Yates, Ben Yates, Sam Lock, Black Dog Beach Glass, Camphill Devon, Clare Seal, Amy McCarthy, Rik Pitman, Phil Weave, Peter and Vera Stride, Margaret Sheppard.

Free Workshops

Recycled Art workshops will be running from 11th August to 5th September.

All workshops, resources and facilities are provided free and will be open 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm daily for everyone.

These workshops have been made possible with funding from Teignmouth Town Council

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TAAG Summer Open Exhibition
to Aug 10

TAAG Summer Open Exhibition

Artists showing work include:

Fay Berry

After many years as a Graphic Designer I retired and started to paint in watercolours. Living in Devon the moors and sea are a constant source of subject matter. The magical combination of paper, water and pigment capturing the fleeting moments of light on the sea, the rugged moorland and shimmering colours of the seasons never fails to inspire me..

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Catherine Denison

Catherine was born in Bristol.   She sells her art as originals, reproductions and greetings cards, trading under the name of 'Dartizen'.  Colour is a key feature in Catherine’s art.  She produces inspired pieces, often experimental, neo-cubist or abstract in nature, particularly enjoying working with acrylics and encaustic wax.  

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Clare Fowley

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Jane Ripley

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Michelle Greenwood-Brown


Katryn Loram

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Margaret Sheppard

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Jennifer Jenkins

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Lisa Fletcher

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Avenda Burnell Walsh

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Rob Parrish

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Inspired Images
to Jul 27

Inspired Images

Artists taking part are

Keith Bowcock; Mike Wall; Rob Parrish; Jan White; Andy Tapper
Nicky Noble; Chris Pitman; Emma Stanley-Clarke; Avenda Burnell-Walsh

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Keith Bowcock

Keith Bowcock of the Teignmouth Art Society entered a competition in the magazine International Artist in the subject “ Seascapes ,Rivers and Lakes “ , open to all subscribers from every continent . His reward was to be notified that first he had been shortlisted for consideration and subsequently later advised that he had become a top ten prize winner !

His oil painting “ The Thrill Seekers “ depicts 2 mountaineers scaling towering cliffs above a surging Atlantic sea on the South West`s coastline .

Keith says  ... “ I was thrilled to be informed that I would be given a full page coverage in the February 2018 Magazine .I never dreamt that I would ever achieve something like this and I would strongly recommend some of our excellent local artists to have a go themselves – you just never know ! “

Jan White

A career in education preceded the opportunity to indulge in her passion for exploring the British Coast, recording detail of findings, forming the inspiration and vision for watercolour paintings. Travelling nationally, exploring and absorbing individual elements of the landscape, sketching to verify, using pencil, pen and ink, watercolour and photography for later use (provided by an enthusiastic husband’s expertise!) to deliver an everlasting memory of the many stunning and vibrant wildlife and surroundings.

Jan is self-taught and her Paintings and Limited Edition Giclee Prints are often recognised by the continued flow of her artwork on to the mount, which she creates by hand embellishment, ensuring a unique and totally individual piece of art.  

In 2016 Jan won Best Watercolour Painting at NAAG Art exhibition and last year was been awarded the June Urban Memorial Cup at the Torbay Guild of Artists 50th Exhibition for Best Watercolour Painting. She was also delighted that year to exhibit in the Biennale internationale des arts et de la culture in Perros Guirec, France.

A number of workshops in the West Country have contributed to her development and she continues to soak up knowledge and skills from other artists sharing the same passion

Living the dream!

Nicky Noble

Since graduating from Plymouth College of Art in 2017 with a BA (Hons) Contemporary Crafts degree specialising in ceramics, my work is still evolving and refining. Nature is my constant inspiration, especially the landscape, hedgerows, cliffs and beaches near to the River Teign where I regularly walk and explore.

I work mainly with layered, rolled and pinched porcelain and porcelain paper clay forms, enhanced with a variety of oxides which I am able to once fire. More recently I have been experimenting with coloured slips, underglazes and making and testing high fired glazes, as well as other clay bodies. I am constantly excited by and drawn to what many perceive to be nature’s imperfections and try to communicate my own vision of perfection and beauty in form, surface texture and decoration.

I am enjoying the experience of being a free practitioner, investigating new ideas, techniques and learning new skills, and aim to expand my practice to include other methods of hand-building, as well as thrown work. I am looking forward to seeing where this takes me.

To see more examples of what I have been doing, have a look at my Facebook page at or on Instagram at or for further information, email me on at


Emma Stanley-Clarke

 I started painting 10 years ago after a Career in Ballet which taught me self motivation & to strive for perfection.

It is important to me to provide visual detail & accuracy of the initial subject. ( not everyone’s cup of tea!)

This sense of order acts as a shield against the  unpredictability & lurking caos of the outside world.

 I won the SWAC People’s Choice Award 2017 With my painting of Haytor Quarry  

It’s a pity artists can’t let the work Speak for itself!!!

Rob Parrish

Rob Parrish is intrigued by colour and his head bursts with ideas...and seeking looseness and imagination to paint more abstractly. After years of using pastels he is coming round to acrylics to enablehime to achieve those objectives.

Clare Jenkinson

Avenda Burnell-Walsh

Avenda believes in a free form of expression. Her series of paintings called ‘The corsets are off… and they are not going back on’ is a reference to the suffragette cause.  Her portraits free the real sitters of Holbein, Vermeer and Klimt from the constraints of corsets and convention. Avenda imagines a conversation that might have been left hanging in the artistic air … and proposes a dialogue with painters who will surely follow.

Avenda says “I seek to give the sitters a modern voice. The corset is off, and it is not going back on. ‘One is bigger than the other, get over it.’ ‘That’s the last time I’m going to wax my upper lip, get over it.’ ‘This studio is freezing and I’m not even getting the minimum wage and no idea what I can make for supper.’ It’s 2018 and women will no longer be compelled to be beautiful for their audience; only for themselves, and on their own terms.”



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The Fusion Art exhibition at Teignmouth TAAG (from Sat 14th of July till 20th) marks the return of the five artists coming back with new ideas and two more names added to the list in to present a shared vision in various forms of individual expressions.

The common theme for all artists is exploration of the human condition, bringing to public the elements of being, the exploration of the unknown and attempting to translate what's not yet fully imaginable.

 This year's line up includes:

 Kerry Broom-head Brown, a British painter and a sculptor residing in Netherlands where she works in the Transformatie studio in Arnham and exhibits in her own gallery ''Forrest Edge Gallery'' in De Steeg. Kerry has travelled extensively with her artwork in Italy and the UK. Not limiting herself to any one style it can be likened to a stream of consciousness, where imagination is the only limit, with the flow of the creative force taking control, rather than trying to conform to a form is about pushing it and expressing what's close to the experience.

 Rosy Tydeman you may know as the lovely owner of The Glorious Art House where a lot of her handiwork is displayed. With the arsenal of big clocks, delicate smiling dolls, Rosy attempts to remind us of the small little treasures we are surrounded by if we only force ourselves to find time to stop and look.  

 Angie Joy Jenner is an illustrator with the body of work including charcoal, chalk pastel, acrylic, and monochord pieces portraying the process of being human, using the art to record experiences of events and the universality of those experiences to understand ourselves a bit bitter and through that have a positive impact on the world.

Jirka Ptacek, a Czech born painter, graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, after holding exhibitions throughout the Czech Republic and Germany, Jirka has found a new source of inspiration in the raw beauty of South Devon, and working in various styles and themes using art to  reflect the world around us: from urban landscapes consumed by shadows to awe inspiring inhuman beauty of the sea, they are there to allow the viewer the escape from the stresses and turmoil of the day to day world.

 Chris Ress – a sculptor and painter with a playful and unstructured approach to his work, bringing out something out of the chaos and mess which he unashamedly enjoys making, often utilising whatever materials are available at the time, varying from metal to wood.

Marcus – a new addition to the group. Marcus trained as a graphic artist, photographer, fine artist and a Holistic therapist– all of which impact each of the pieces and are essential in their creation, and where inspiration can be found aside from the influence of otherworldly and spiritual side of our lives.

 Lastly they are joined by Andrew May, a poet and a writer. Andrew works in collaboration with Marcus to bring out written word in new, unusual, interactive forms which explore emotional themes, focus on the understanding of oneself or at least acceptance and taking on responsibility for ones existence. Maybe then, when we work through denial, accepting our capabilities, good and bad we can lift ourselves up, and if we are honest and strong enough we'll be a rock for others to lean on.

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Quadriga 2
to Jul 13

Quadriga 2

A harmonious exhibition of contemporary art by local artists.

Impressionist and abstract work together with wire sculptures motivated by reactions to nature, mood and feeling will fill the gallery with fresh and stimulating pieces to challenge viewers' imaginations


The struggle and joy of creating a work may not always be a long process but one has to draw on every corner of the mind to capture what is in one’s imagination. The subject matter hides so many mysteries and I strive to  reveal what lies beyond.



I'm in awe - intrigued - at the force and impact of essential elements in our existence and this is what motivates my work. 

Through an evolving portfolio of techniques I hope to offer alternative perspectives, working and reworking qualities and characteristics with different treatments which inspire unexpected reaction.

I like to work free from accepted interpretation as it's my belief that the imagination has no boundaries and depth of emotion may be revealed through art. 




Having learnt  the basics from renowned wire sculptor Celia Smith I have progressed to develop my own styles and techniques.

My original inspiration was the bird life of Devon’s coast and countryside. This allowed me to create life and movement in my interpretation of the subjects.

Encouraged by success at my latest exhibitions and falling back on the design aspect of my commercial career I have sculpted a series of impressionist silhouettes based on the human form and abstract shapes from nature .

 I will be showing this collection along with new works in my original style at the forthcoming exhibition.

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Fibre Art Exhibition - Joanna Gosling + Isabelle Jourdan
to Jul 6

Fibre Art Exhibition - Joanna Gosling + Isabelle Jourdan

Colour, texture, form

Fibre Artists, Isabelle Jourdan and Jo Gosling use colour, texture and form in explorations related to both the Bauhaus tradition and Peruvian textiles. In addition to their artistic practice, between them they have a wealth of experience in the field of psychology and spiritual practice. For both, the passion for fibre art makes their art a sacred and devotional practice.

Isabelle and Jo look forward to welcoming you and during the exhibition, will be delighted to demonstrate techniques used in their work, with a variety of yarns including some hand-spun.

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to Jun 29

In Nature's Colours

Artists taking part 

Charmain Hebbard -Sunset on Mull

Carol Courtier -Quiet day at Trevone

Clare Jenkinson - Passiflora

Rose Jenkinson- Sencha

Mike Nicholls -Time and Space

Elaine Best - Together

Wendy Dominguez- Tree

Jenny Day- Rivers of Colour

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to Jun 22

Newton Abbot Art Group

Newton Abbot Art Group return to TAAG with their 2018 Summer Exhibition of original paintings, prints, and ceramics.  Newton Abbot Art Group have over 70 members, and many of the paintings being exhibited  have been completed at their twice weekly studio sessions when they meet as a Group.  

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition all are welcome to a cream tea to be served in TAAG on Saturday 9th June at 2.30 pm, when there will be a short ceremony awarding trophies for best artworks.

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Devon Tapestry Weavers Exhibition - Gallery 1
to Jun 8

Devon Tapestry Weavers Exhibition - Gallery 1

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Textures of Weaving: contemporary tapestry weaving.

Devon Tapestry Weavers are holding an exhibition of their work entitled ‘Textures of Weaving’ at the Teignmouth Arts Action Group Gallery in Devon between 10am and 5pm from Saturday 2ndto Friday 8thJune.  

There has been a resurgence of interest in tapestry weaving in the last few years and Devon Tapestry Weavers are committed to bringing the traditional art of tapestry weaving into the 21stcentury. In a fast-paced world with instant gratification, tapestry weaving is a slow, meditative process requiring a minimum of equipment and accessible to everyone. Come and see weavers in action and have a go yourself!

For more information, please contact:

Paulette Furnival


Mobile: 07718 539 458

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to Jun 1

Paintings by the TEIGN - AGERS

Artists taking part


Gill Michael - Watercolour Animals, Landscapes, Seascapes in quirky colours

Yvonne Grylls - Oils, watercolour, Pebeo, you name it and Yvonne will have tried it.  

Carol Warren - Oils, acrylics, Carol experiments and is always keen to learn something new.  She is at present working on the concept of abstracts.

Ann Beves - Watercolour and acrylic,  Ann has a joyful nature and it comes across in her paintings, which are often comedic animals which can’t help make you smile.

Ann Denning. - Pastel and acrylic paintings often larger than the norm.  Ann paints in a free nature her paintings reflect this.  They verge on the impressionists style.

Yvonne Grylls

Yvonne is an Amateur artist who was born in Teignmouth and attended the Teignmouth Grammar School. She has always enjoyed creating so when she retired she decided to try painting and absolutely has a passion for it.

Watercolour, Acrylic, Waterbased Oils and now experimenting with Pebeo glass paint.. Yvonne has exhibited and sold locally and surrounding areas. She paints Montages of local villages and towns and has been fortunate to have sold to Council Offices for them to send away as gifts for Twinning including Teignmouth. 

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Irresistible People & Places
to May 25

Irresistible People & Places


An exhibition by Denise Mills & Emma Stanley-Clarke

 Denise Mills 

Denise Mills 

Denise is a self taught artist living in Dawlish and a member of Teignmouth Art Society, Dawlish Painters and the Dawlish Art Society.

She has won 'Best in Show' awards in all three societies.

She paints mainly in acrylic, her favourite medium, and enjoys painting animals, boats, seascapes, portraits and, more recently abstracts and landscapes.

Some off her paintings are now abroad in Spain, the USA, France, Singapore and also nearer home in Hampton Court Palace.

Although she suffers a lot from arthritis she hopes to carry on painting for some time yet. Happy Days!


 Emma Stanley-Clarke

Emma Stanley-Clarke

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Emma Stanley-Clarke

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to May 25

Elaine Ford - Exhibition

Elaine has worked as an Equity Registered Stunt Co-ordinator and Performer in Films and Television for over 25 years.  She also pursued her passion for art, and in 2013 studied Fine Art at Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton), where she graduated with a B.A. (Hons) Degree.  She then went on to complete a Masters Degree in Fine Art. 

The adrenalin rush, energy, and drama is ever-present and feeds into her creative practice, which involves painting, print and installation.

Nancy Balfour Award 2016   -   Winchester School of Art

"My current work is an amalgamation of drama, imagination, and memory.  The sea is my initial starting point and touch stone.  The interaction with materials is the way I engage myself with the unconscious/subconscious and actual sea and the concepts of sea.  This, I can feel free to use in whichever direction I choose.  The physical act of pouring and pushing paint around is an intrinsic part of my practice, whereby I lose myself in the materiality of the painting process.  I have a passion for colour and it’s emotive qualities within a painting.  I endeavour to create art that the viewer will respond to on a sub conscious level in a similar way that the power of music can influence and affect our souls.  .

An important value within my life has been 'the dramatic' and is a central thread in everything I become involved  with.  Subsequently, these qualities that I value, have been my guideline for the constituents of my art making within the last three years."

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TIAF Anglo/French Exhibition

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T.I.A.F. - Teignmouth International Art Forum

Anglo / French Exhibition May 2018

It is Teignmouth's turn to host the Anglo French Exhibition which for local artists will be from Sunday 6th May to Friday 18th May 2018 for 13 days. 
This year it coincides with the Perros- Guirec Twinning weekend so will be a particularly exciting exhibition. 
There will be two social occasions, 
1. An opening/preview on Sunday 6th at 5pm
2. A reception event with aperitifs for the VIPs, artists and twinners as well as the awarding of the public choice prize on Friday 11th May. 

To find out more and let us know you want to enter click on required entry below to download the file

TIAF Registration Form 

TIAF Terms and Conditions

TIAF Receipt and Deposit form 

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Gallery 2 - Hermosa Glass
to Apr 27

Gallery 2 - Hermosa Glass

We are Hermosa Glass or Karen and Mark, we are now husband and wife team who got married this year but have been together for over 9 years.

We mainly work with stained and fused glass enjoying the chance to be creative for ourselves and interpret our client’s ideas into stained glass panels.

We are currently working on a commission for a series of panels depicting scenes in and around Bridport Mark’s old home town. We enjoy working with our clients on their commissions as it gives us a chance to try new styles and appreciate other’s ideas.

Karen is currently experimenting with fused glass structures. We have also been experimenting with discarded/recycled glass.   

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Dawlish Art Group Spring Exhibition
to Apr 27

Dawlish Art Group Spring Exhibition

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Artists taking part are as follows.

Valerie Anderson.                                         Audrey Gowan                                  

Liz Brown.                                                     Denise Mills

Chris Butler.                                                 Jenny Norman

June Copplestone Cooper.                        Pam Richards

Sheila Dangar.                                             Jeanette Waldron

Will Edwards.                                              Gill Wiseman

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Paintings, Pots and Presents
to Apr 20

Paintings, Pots and Presents

Arts and Crafts Exhibition

Paintings, Pots and Presents exhibition combines the arts and crafts of many talented people who have come together to form this eclectic exhibition at TAAG from April 14 -20.
Virginia Griem -artist and potter
Jacqui Thomson - artist
Pat Tout- artist and craft person
Fernly Tout- master wood carver
Kathie Weedon - artist, potter and crafts person
Neil Slack- crafts person
Jan Newton - artist, potter and eclectic collector/craft person.
The exhibition will have items for sale across a wide price range to suit everyone.

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Teignwich Artists

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The popular Teignwich Village Artists return for their fourth season at TAAG from 30th. March to 13th. April .

The fact that there are 10 well known local artists exhibiting not only local scenes but also a wide range of subjects including abstracts makes  a visit to the Artist`s Quarter in Teignmouth a worthwhile trip during the holiday break.

Artists taking part are -

Mike Wall; Chris Pitman; Keith Bowcock; Alan Gregory;
Diana Kleyn; Andy Tapper; Maureen Fayle; Jenny Day;
Wendy Dominguez; Emma Stanley-Clarke


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Earth Hour exhibition

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An exhibition to celebrate Earth Hour


In response to Earth Hour 2018
at TAAG from Friday 23rd March to Thursday 29th March 2018

‘Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet and is organised by WWF engaging a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues.  Earth Hour was famously started as a light-off event in Sydney Australia in 2007.  Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide, and the one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.’(see

This year Earth Hour falls on Saturday 24th March and the theme in Teignmouth is ‘Bikes’. 

TAAG will be hosting an exhibition to which we invite contributions from artists.  The exhibition will run from the 23rd to Thursday 29th - the day before Good Friday.  Exhibits will be hung on Thursday 22nd March with the private view on Saturday 24th from 6pm.  This is followed at 7.30pm by a bring a dish supper and some storytelling ‘Tales from the Saddle’. There is no charge to artists to exhibit with just a 20% commission on sales to help cover costs. 

Artists are invited to take a broad approach to the subject matter.  The group organising the events have been using the strap line ‘pedal ‘n’ pulse’ which I pass on for your interest and inspiration.  So far a miniature skate park with ramps is being made by children as an interactive piece and several artists are looking at sculptures from bike parts.  From what we are hearing so far it seems likely that there will be more interactive/moving parts of the exhibition than usual but we need a richness of creative thought and we are excited and interested to hear any of your ideas.

Please send a description and a picture or drawing of your exhibit giving all relevant details to: and title your email Earth Hour 2018: Exhibit. We will need to have received details of your exhibit by 22nd February. 

I will pick up your emails off the TAAG computer. If you would like to contact me directly and get a faster reply to any queries you can do so at

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Topical Talks that Don't Cost the Earth

Earth Hour is now the world's largest grassroots environmental movement creating massive impact around the globe. Each year, hundreds of millions of people organise events – at home, and in their community to show they care about the future of our planet. 

Three interesting evenings have been arranged by Teign Estuary Transition to develop the Earth Hour Theme, following the Pedal and Pulse events on Saturday 24th March. The venue is TAAG in Northumberland Place, Teignmouth, with a 7pm for 7.30pm start.


“Incredible Vegetables” is the title of the first talk on Monday 26th March. Mandy Barber is a perennial vegetable enthusiast, and she and her partner Julian Skinner run an organic nursery near Ashburton growing perennial vegetables and unusual edible plants. There will also be plants or seeds for sale.

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“Mercury’s Rising! Weather we like it or not” follows on Tuesday evening, 27th March, with speaker Dr Michelle McCrystal from the University of Exeter. She wants to talk about all things climate, how it has changed in our lifetime,  and what we can actually do about it.

Ethical investing is the theme of the third evening on Thursday 29th March. Paul Pizzala’s background is investment with sustainability expertise, working for a variety of wealth management companies, most recently for WHEB Asset Management. Antony is our local environmental communicator, founder of CarbonSense and currently CEO of Real World Visuals, whose speciality is developing images and stories that make sense of the data collected about our world. Antony and Paul promise an interactive discussion on investing and their personal reflections.

TAAG is also hosting 'Bikes' An Exhibition of Art, reflecting this year's Earth Hour theme in Teignmouth.

Suggested entry is £2 for each evening, to cover speakers' and TAAG's expenses.

More information - Mike Rickard 07877 797271

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Journeys - part of the Teignmouth Poetry Festival
to Mar 22

Journeys - part of the Teignmouth Poetry Festival

‘Journeys’ – Saturday March 10th to Thursday 22nd

 An exhibition of new Art and Poetry to celebrate  Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2018

Local artists and poets have been collaborating for many months to produce a scintillating range of new work around the theme of ‘Journeys’. The exhibition – including 40 new artworks and over 50 new poems – is curated by poet and former art teacher Graham Burchell. 

Graham says, “It’s been fascinating to watch this body of work developing. Writers have taken inspiration direct from the artwork, while painters and sculptors have been influenced by the new writing which has emerged. The ‘Journeys’ theme has brought a dozen different interpretations: the places people have journeyed to, the roads they’ve taken, spiritual, seasonal and nature-based journeys by both night and day. There are political slants and even journeys into the cosmos.”

Graham is confident the visual art will have it’s own immediate impact on visitors. But as an extra treat for this year’s event, eight prominent poets from all over the UK have donated their own ‘Journey’ poems. He adds, “Taking time to read the poetry which accompanies it is certain to deepen the experience of a visit. When all this comes together in the gallery space, it will be our best exhibition yet!”

 ‘Journeys’, part of Teignmouth Poetry Festival Fringe, opens on Saturday 10th March. Entry is free, and the TAAG gallery is open from 10am – 5pm, seven days a week. Information about the opening night party will follow.

Full details of the Poetry Festival, which is supported by National Lottery funding through Arts Council England, are available via this link

Tickets for all Festival events are available from the Teignmouth Pavilions box office.

          Firebreak Road - Jacqui Thomson                                Walkabout - Avenda Burnell-Walsh                    

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