Newton Abbot Art Group - Spring Exhibition
to May 31

Newton Abbot Art Group - Spring Exhibition


After an exciting and busy 2018 Newton Abbot Art Group are again delighted to be holding our Spring Art Exhibition at TAAG.

Over the past year members of the Group have been kept very busy. They held 3 very different exhibitions last year, plus ran a lively outdoor sketching group that visited Dawlish Warren, the gardens at Trago Mills, Torre Abbey Gardens, the gardens and sea front in Teignmouth as well as several trips discovering the ‘hidden Newton Abbot’. A series of all-day workshops throughout the year has also inspired our artists, and encouraged our members to widen their horizons and try new styles and media.

All of this activity is reflected in this exhibition where Newton Abbot Art Group are exhibiting paintings, sculptures and ceramics from around 20 artists in a variety of styles.

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Sandancers north to south
to Jun 14

Sandancers north to south

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Steve Bowden

Proud to be born ‘Sandancer’ on Tyneside Steve moved to Devon in 1975 where he currently lives and works.

Steve’s images are loose and painterly ian execution and he constantly utilises new styles and techniques to keep his work fresh. A self taught artist, he has a background in graphic design which has given him a unique understanding of the relationship between colour and emotion.

Although aware of scale and perspective Steve prefers to produce a pleasing image and uses his locations purely for inspiration and a reference point. His work captures the essence and feeling of a. place and often disregards the natural order of things.

“Harbours and Seascapes feature heavily in my work but, like all artists I find inspiration in. many places. I’ve always lived by the coast, my hobbies include kayaking and bodyboarding.
Beaches and harbours have been a part of everyday life. I have a real fondness for Cornwall, Penwith in particular. I know it’s a cliche but the light really is something else.

In 2012 while visiting a gallery in Mousehole Steve met Judy Joel and was delighted to be invited to join ABNA, the Association of Natural British Artists.

In 2014 he began being represented by DeMonfort Fine Art and found his work hanging in beautiful galleries nationwide at the same time building a strong following of collectors both home and abroad.

2018 Finalit in Devon Life Landscape artist of the year.

Ken Irvin, painter 

Ken Irvin is an artist painting in oils, watercolour and pastel. His work is based on reality, but he is not a photographic realist, he is more concerned that the image produced is about the impression created by the sensations of light and atmosphere. 

 “My paintings are my representations of real places and people in a specific time and place. Much of the reality is filtered out or given an exaggerated importance. The subject is still there in my paintings and drawings but the image is my interpretation of what I see before me. It is an equivalent image. There is no pretension; it is what it is, an arrangement of marks on paper or canvas.”

 “As I paint I usually have a very clear idea of how the finished painting will look when it is finished this is certainly true when working directly from the figure or a landscape. However, with other paintings I will start with the germ of an idea, perhaps based on a sketch, a photograph and/or the memory of an event, and I will just let it happen as I respond to the paint and explore the idea. Often I will build layers of paint as the picture grows. This process can take some time; weeks, months or even years and so I will usually work on several pieces at the same time and allow them to cross pollinate each other.” 

 Ken’s subjects are many and varied but he takes great joy and finds rich inspiration in the landscapes and seascapes of the beautiful south west of England where he lives. In particular the coast of Devon and Cornwall provides an extensive source of material. He also enjoys the demanding discipline of drawing and painting portraits as well as the human figure and for Ken this is about capturing the individual and expressive character of the individual rather than creating a photographic representation. 

 Ken has work in private collections throughout the world and following the success of his recent solo exhibition he is currently planning his next exhibition. 


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Moors and More
to May 17

Moors and More


An exhibition featuring the work of

Wendy Hayden-Sadler

Tony Homer

Anne Baker

David Baker

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All Seasons - Arts and Crafts Exhibition
to May 17

All Seasons - Arts and Crafts Exhibition

Artists exhibiting: Fay and Tony Berry, Julia Hallet, Nicolette Dann, Faith Rose, Margaret Sheppard and Mike Sherlock

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Colour Me Happy
to May 10

Colour Me Happy


A solo exhibition of the work of Migglet

An ex-professional dancer and self-taught artist, I love to create movement and emotion in my artwork.

I moved to Devon almost 5 years ago and joined my friendly Bishopsteignton art group to meet some local people. Something arty just clicked and I haven't looked back since! 

The thrill of creating is a rollercoaster of emotions and each piece I work on has it's own character, whether it is a person or an animal I am capturing on my easel.

Dancers, Figures, Portraits and Quirky Animals, I simply cannot decide which I prefer to paint, so I enjoy creating them all!

My quirky animals have more than a hint of happy in their crazy little faces, and some are definitely more daft than others. If my work can put a smile on someone's face, that always makes me do the happy dance! 

I am a member of the Devon Artists Network, recently joined the Torbay Guild of Artists, and I was absolutely thrilled to have recently won 'Best Painting in Show' at the Spanish Barn Exhibition, Torre Abbey for my painting of a dancer titled 'Reverie'

My husband is incredibly supportive and together we launched my website in August 2018. I had no idea how much work would be involved even though my 'HIM' did warn me and we continue to update and add to my site as I create new work, which is pretty often so I really do have a job keeping up with myself!

I work in a variety of mediums from watercolour and inks to pastels and acrylics and use a riot of colour at times, but also adore the simplicity of monochrome which can simply 'say' so much.

You will find me, ArtyMigglet on Facebook & Instagram and of course on my site

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John Jones - Exhibition
to May 10

John Jones - Exhibition


JOHN JONES - was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire in 1950

Currently he resides in Devon.

John has exhibited his work at Chenil Gallery, Kings Road Chelsea. In 1984 he was the resident artist at Bickleigh Mill in Devon.

He attends annual festivals in Catalunya where his work is very well received.

John’s works have sold in Australia, USA and Europe.

His previous projects include theatre design and musical and dramatic theatre,

John’s other interests are photography and writing.

He is now bringing his work to the TAAG Galleries for the first time.

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Dawlish Art Group - Spring Exhibition
to May 3

Dawlish Art Group - Spring Exhibition

Details of our group

Dawlish Art Group was started 47 years ago by a small number of people who met to paint together in each other's homes. We are now a diverse group of 34 artists who meet weekly during term time at St Mary's Hall, Dawlish Warren. There is a varied programme which includes workshops, critiques and demonstrations by professional artists. Our members also enjoy working on their own paintings and sharing ideas, tips and techniques with each other in a lively friendly atmosphere.

Details of our Exhibition

Dawlish Art Group are delighted to be holding our Spring Exhibition at TAAG from Saturday 27th April - Friday 3rd May. Fifteen artists using oils, acrylics, watercolour, pastel and mixed media will be exhibiting their work. Subjects will include original landscapes, floral, wildlife and abstracts to suit every taste. We would like to welcome you to come and browse in a friendly atmosphere. You might find just the work of art you're looking for.

Artists taking part

Barbara Armstrong, Valerie Anderson, Elizabeth Brown, Brenda Barkwill, Michael Cockram, Margo Crispin, Kath Loram, Denise Mills, Mary Nixon, Jenny Norman, Caz Oinn, Andrew Owen, Clive Robinson, Dennis Vernon, Jeanette Waldron.

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TAAG Easter Open Exhibition
to Apr 26

TAAG Easter Open Exhibition

The TAAG Easter Open Exhibition

Artists exhibiting include

Colin Wares, Patricia Wares, Roger Lissenden, Colin Lizius, Avenda Burnell-Walsh
Rob Parrish, Alex Jones, Kwerky Crafts, Jan White, Nicolette Dann, Jackie Colclough
Clare Fowley, Dawn Robinson, Sally Davis, Michelle Greenwood-Brown, Veronica Boniface,
Mike Leaman, Glyn Lupton, Fay Berry, Tony Berry, Keith Bowcock, Catherine Denison
Hermosa - glass, Faith Rose, Christine Price

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Teignwich Village Artists
to Apr 18

Teignwich Village Artists

Artists taking part include

Andy Tapper, Keith Bowcock, Diana Kleyn, Mike Wall, Maxine Adams, Emma Stanley-Clarke, Joyce Boyne, Clare Jenkinson, Jenny Day

Meet the Artists -      2 – 5 pm Sunday 7th

Andy Tapper

Andy Tapper, local born and bred:  I have always been interested in art but only took it up seriously since retiring 5 years ago, I joined the Teignmouth Art Society which has been absolutely invaluable in developing my interest in this absorbing hobby. I tend to try and push my boundaries, applying different styles and techniques and look for subjects that interest me and as diverse as possible so not to get too stuck in a rut .    I find  the freedom and versatility of acrylics together with some inventiveness and experimentation can be fun and rewarding.

Joyce Boyne

I am from a local Teignmouth family and married into another Teignmouth family both having earned their living from the sea and river. My husband has fished out of Teignmouth for the last 54 years; we both enjoy life around the river beach area.

About twenty years ago I joined a “Learn to Paint and Draw class” in Dawlish, I have been practising ever since. I particularly like to draw portraits from a live model; I use watercolour, acrylic and pastels at a regular portrait class.

Recently I have been painting seascapes in acrylic creating texture with the paint and effects by using brushes , pallet knives and any other things to hand for example old tooth brushes, rag, cardboard and feathers.

I have been a member of Teignmouth Art Society for the past nine years and regularly exhibit with the Society.

Keith Bowcock

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Maxine Adams

Maxine Adams is a new welcome addition to the Teignwich  Village Artists this year  and we are pleased
to feature her beautiful work.

She is best known for her animal paintings using complimentary colours and tones to create fur and feather textures and luminous eyes.

She considers herself to be an instinctive colourist and we also look forward to seeing her whimsical portrayal of animals such as hares and emus which are particularly popular.

Jenny Day

From an early age I was captivated by the natural world, so that drawing and painting landscapes and flowers has always been my main focus and interest. I paint mainly in oils with an intense and vibrant palette, and a fascination for the interaction of colours. My style can be quite free and impressionistic if I am using a palette knife, but I also like to produce softer flowing sensations, using a mixture of brush and rag to apply and work in thin sequential layers. I am also a printmaker, and currently working on local scenes of Dartmoor and South Devon with linocut.

Emma Stanley-Clarke

Emma started painting 11 year ago after a career in ballet which taught her self motivation and to strive for perfection.

It is important to her to provide visual detail and accuracy of the initial subject.

The sense of order acts as a shield against the unpredictability and lurking chaos of the outside world.

She won the SWAC People’s Choice Award 2017 with her painting of Haytor Quarry and exhibited the painting of Foggintor Quarry at SWAC exhibition in 2018.

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Clare Jenkinson

Clare is currently working on some paintings based on the movement of waves and the line of the tide, and these images are from a session working on the project on Ness beach.

Clare says “I did get some funny looks!”

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Teignmouth Poetry Festival - Song and Dance Exhibition
to Mar 29

Teignmouth Poetry Festival - Song and Dance Exhibition

From Saturday 16th March, TAAG will host a two-week exhibition of artwork and accompanying poetry.  This will be the 6th consecutive year that Teignmouth Poetry Festival has filled the galleries with collaborative work – the result of many months in which visual artists and poets have focused together on one particular theme.  This year it’s ‘Song & Dance’ – expect vibrant colours, movement, lyricism…

All five previous exhibitions have been spectacularly successful; visitors to Teignmouth, staying in town for the Festival, have been hugely impressed with the quality of work on show and by the Arts Quarter generally.

On the opening night, Sat 16th March, Teignmouth’s own shanty crew, the Back Beach Boyz, will raise the roof in the Festival’s first Fringe event.  And on Saturday 23rd March the Festival itself comes to TAAG when many of the poets involved will read the poems on display; this free event was one of last year’s highlights.

Full details of the Poetry Festival, which is supported by National Lottery funding through Arts Council England and the Town Council, are on the website . Tickets for all Festival events are available from the Teignmouth Pavilions box office.


‘Song & Dance’ is the theme of a two-week exhibition, part of this year’s Teignmouth Poetry Festival.  It opens on March 16th in TAAG’s galleries. 

 The show is the result of a six-month collaboration between 15 invited artists and ten Devon poets.  This format has worked brilliantly in previous years: Festival visitors from all over the UK have been hugely impressed with the quality of work on show, the creative buzz in the Arts Quarter, and with TAAG itself.  

 Festival organisers are keen to promote the TAAG connection: on Sat 23rd March an appreciative audience will pack the galleries as poets perform the written work which accompanies each exhibit.  In some cases the poets have written to the artwork, in others it is the artists who have responded to particular pieces of poetry. There are guest writers too: several of the best-known names in British poetry have contributed work on the ‘Song & Dance’ theme and have been invited to read at this free and unticketed event.

 A week earlier, on Sat 16th March, a Fringe event will prove that you can’t have ‘Song & Dance’ without music: Teignmouth’s own shanty crew, the Back Beach Boyz, will raise the roof at the exhibition’s opening party.    

 Joint curators Virginia Griem and Graham Burchell are both artists as well as successful poets.  Graham is confident the visual art will have it’s own immediate impact on visitors.  He says, “At previous exhibitions with this format we’ve noticed that people stay in the gallery much longer than usual.  Taking time to read the poetry alongside the images and sculptures deepens  the experience.”

 And this year could be the brightest and liveliest exhibition yet.  ‘Song & Dance’ has inspired images and artifacts ranging from flamenco to ballet via a Ska band, caged songbirds, home-made clogs and sheet music.  The poets, presented with this visual cornucopia, have responded with imaginative leaps: the singing of overhead cables in the wind, village dancers in a Breugel painting, a girl in a zoetrope...  The result will be an enthralling show of colour and movement. 

 Full details of the Poetry Festival, which is supported by the Town Council  and Arts Council England, are in the 12-page brochure available in TAAG and many town outlets.  It can also be downloaded from  Tickets for all events are available from Teignmouth Pavilions box office.

 The Artists: Rachael Bennett, Jane Branch, Roger Dennis, Liz Diamond, Anne Doggett, Rose Ensor, Alan Gregory, Virginia Griem, Angela Holmes, Tony Homer, Claire Jenkinson, Migglet, Shan Roberts, Jacqui Thomson, Avenda Burnell Walsh

 The Poets: Veronica Aaronson, Helen Boyles, Graham Burchell, Ian Royce Chamberlain, Roger Dennis, Liz Diamond, Virginia Griem, Jean Grimsey, Jennie Osborne, Marc Woodward.

 Guest Poets include: Roger McGough, Fiona Benson, Martin Figura, Kim Moore, Brian Patten, John Greening, Gill McEvoy and others.

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Saturday 16 March to Friday 29 March

Art inspired by Poetry / poetry inspired by Art

Exhibition on a theme of ‘Song &d Dance’

Saturday 16 March - 6.00 - 8.00pm

Song & Dance Exhibition launch including songs of the sea from the Back Beach Boyz

Saturday 23 March 4:30 - 5:30pm

Reading - Art and Poetry - Song & Dance’

This informal reading was a highlight of last year’s Festival.

Many voices - some well known, others less so - will speak from all corners of the galleries, confronting or conversing with over 40 artworks on display. Collaborating on a theme of ‘Song & Dance’ an invited group of visual artists and poets have ben working towards the Festival’s own exhibition. Artists have responded to new poems donated by our Festival guest poets and others, and thge invited poets have been writing to new work, both 2D and 3D, from the artists. Be prepared for an hour of sheer delight.

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Multimedia Art Show
to Mar 15

Multimedia Art Show

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Catherine Kennedy

Artist Statement

The strong tides and rough seas of the Devon coastline inspire my work. These large waves have influence a series of oil paintings started 5 years ago that have amounted to 47 so far. The rivers around Dartmoor and long exposure photographic images of water have influence another series of paintings started recently. I am interested in looking at the way images are altered using this photographic technique and like the idea of taking it to another medium and exploring the results.

Following the initial painting and drying process I applying glazes of oil paint to further enrich the surface of my work. I may go back to a canvas on several occasions over a period of time until I am completely satisfied with the texture and depth of colour in the finished painting.

Born in Buckinghamshire, I move to Devon 14 years ago and am now based in Teignmouth, Devon. I visited the Torbay area on a regular basis as I child and the coastal imagery I encountered influenced my work. Painting from an early age it wasn’t until I reached my mid 30’s that I went to art school, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2008 at the University of Plymouth. I admire the free use of large brush strokes and textures Maggi Hambling shows in her wave paintings. I often return to the work of Kurt Jackson and Peter Doig for inspiration and a sense of place.

Emma Pritchard


Emma is an illustrator recently graduated from Plymouth College of Art. Her style is defined by her use of simple shapes and bold, limited colours within traditional screen printing and digital work. Emma is largely inspired by the natural world and her travels both around the world and within her local area. She enjoys taking imagery and reducing it into its basic form and exploring the play between positive and negative shapes.



Instagram: @emmaeloiseart

Marcus Nodwell

Artist Statement

My Northern Irish roots act as a foundation for investigating my identity as an artist. By exploring the narrative of my own identity, I use extension, large brush strokes and continuous line throughout my practice to convey a sense of my own personality in my work. I demonstrate freedom, open- mindedness and self-discovery through the medium of acrylic and continuous line while carefully depicting my own artistic journey. I draw inspiration specifically from Jean – Michel Basquiat, Willem de Kooning and Alberto Giacometti, in order to fully establish my own unique artistic vision. I have recently graduated from Plymouth College of Art, with a 2:1 in ‘Painting, Drawing & Printmaking’;. I am currently studying an MA in Painting at Plymouth College of Art.

Paddy Tuohy

Artist Statement

Hi. Thank you for taking the time to look at what I’m doing . I’m very humbled to have sold some of my paintings . I was born on the north side of Dublin in the mid 60’s, by the time I’d left for the UK in 1984 I was washed up and burnt out, through savage childhood trauma’s and my behaviour , unbreakable & stubborn “ouch” I left school and home at 12 !. you can imagine how that worked out !!! I only came to painting 3 or 4 years ago & taught meself , after a lifetime of depression & stress.

I was diagnosed with bpd in January 2016 ‘at 50’ I was so angry !!! So I started painting , again but, something new came out, the healing had begun :) I have now found an outlet, with painting I can let go and switch off all the negativity , highly recommend for stress relief . Inspired by my two beautiful Daughters :) I don’t feel very confident as I’m not good with detail but love to express some of what I’m feeling on a canvas. Again , thanks for the visit.

Paul Littlejohns

Artist Statement

Hi my name is Paul Littlejohns and I am a self taught artist from Exeter, I have always been good at art.

I had a accident in 2000, but still managed to work until 2015. I am 60 years old now and I paint 3 or 4 times a week and I mostly use oils.

My tel No is 07519918550.

Rory Kennedy

Artist Statement

I am an illustration graduate that likes to work in pen and ink with a focus on line work. I think the detail created by line work is very intriguing and I am inspired by Victorian prints that have an immense amount of detailed line work. My work revolves mainly around realism and narrative as I find it interesting how the two interplay. I do all my line work by hand with a selection of different pens that have a variety of thickness. All the colour work is done digitally; I find this is the best way to get a lot of contrast in line work, as digital lines don’t have that variety of mark.

Gail Trezise

Gail is a ceramic/mixed media artist inspired by the coast. 

Her harbours and boats are a playful representation of the surroundings she loves. 

Hand built using earthenware clay and finished with a variety of other materials, including locally sourced driftwood. 

Gail continually strives to make her unique pieces stand out and make people smile.

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Becki Elia

Ross Kennedy

Claudia Lowrie

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TAAG Printmakers Exhibition
to Mar 8

TAAG Printmakers Exhibition

An exhibition by the TAAG printmaking group led by Sarah Morris


Once again there will be an opportunity to see some of the outstanding prints that have been produced by the pupils of celebrated local printmaker, Sarah Morris at Teignmouth Arts Action Group community centre (TAAG). Each week two enthusiastic groups explore the fascinating practice of relief printmaking using both wood and lino cuts. 

Participants learn a method known as reduction block printing. This is a process complicated by the fact that what you cut away from the block is revealed when you print. This requires a good deal of forward planning! It is rather like approaching an image as a negative of what you want in the end. Then the palette of colours is planned and mixed and each one applied carefully in stages as sections are cut away. Sometimes textures are added by rubbing back the block with sandpaper, or creating marks using textured paper etc. The resulting marks have a ‘painterly’, organic quality that are usually lacking in mass produced relief prints. As each layer of ink is added and the colours overlay each other, the print gains an organic quality as the oil based high pigment inks build up a rich surface. Each print is unique with rich satisfying tones.

So why ‘The Wooden Spoon Press’? The whole process is very low tech, as the students do not use a mechanical press; but instead they just burnish the back of the paper with a wooden spoon to transfer the ink from the block onto the paper.

This process is accessible and satisfying for people of all degrees of skills and expertise. Complete beginners quickly go from strength to strength due to the positive and supportive atmosphere in the groups.  Many have built up their skills over several years, and now produce work of a very high artistic quality. 

So come along and see the very impressive results of all their hard work at the WOODEN SPOON PRESS Exhibition at TAAG from Saturday March 2ndto Friday March 8th,  open daily from 10 – 5.

Sarah’s acclaimed work can be found at Devon Guild of Craftsmen at the Riverside Mill in Bovey Tracey, where her work is regularly on display.

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Digging for Victory
to Mar 1

Digging for Victory

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Digging for Victory is an exhibition of art, photos and zines by a group of artists & author friends, organised by Steve Brown. The title is not a reference to allotments but an allusion to a time when everyone pulled together in difficult circumstances. Today is a time of great uncertainty, and our exhibition is a coming-together of art from a diverse group of friends.

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Steve Brown - Steve graduated from Plymouth College of Art in 2017. He organised a group exhibition for Art Week Exeter in 2018, from which has evolved a monthly radio show on Phonic FM and Mixcloud, entitled ‘Exeter’s Vanished Rock Venues’. His ‘Digging for Victory’ installation was originally shown, in a different configuration, at the 2018 Plymouth Art Weekender.


Whitney-Anne Baker - Whitney is an artist whose work includes physical and digitally created collages and the use of soft materials. She picks away at the vacuous, glossy world of popular culture and the urban and emotional alienation that underlies it. Her work has been characterised as dystopian kitsch.

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Cress de la Fosse - Cress graduated from Plymouth College of Art in 2017 and is now studying for an MA in Theatre Practice at Exeter University. Her work is often performative but she also uses wax and other media in static exhibitions.


Sue Freestone - Sue graduated from Winchester School of Art in 1997. She explores her own shamanic spiritual practice using found objects, combined with natural materials. Her concerns are the environment, women’s issues and our dis‑connection from nature.


David Harbott - David makes art which engages with the local community. His work has included BGS350 - a project which recorded the impact of the rising sea level upon endangered bird species, and the Kitchen Drawings, which involved documenting people’s kitchens in an exchange of values, rather than money. He is studying for an MA at Plymouth College of Art.

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Clare Heaton - Clare is doing a final degree top-up at Plymouth College of Art. She is showing some work that she is preparing for an exhibition at the Space Gallery, Dartington, later this year.

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Angela Hilton - Angela graduated from Plymouth College of Art in 2017 and is now Co-ordinator at the KARST gallery in Plymouth. She is showing a piece that was originally shown last year at Plymouth Art Weekender.

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Liz Lockyear - Liz has been a longtime promoter of art in Teignmouth, being a founder Director of TAAG and a major contributor to the Pavilions and the TRAIL (recycled art) projects. She is showing work made for the recent TRAIL exhibition at the Devon Guild.

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Jane Perkins - Jane is widely known for her very successful found object collages. In this exhibition she is showing another side of her art with her National Geographic ‘Yellow Brick Road’ installation.


Laura Reeves - Laura is another established artist and will be showing her ‘Worksheets’ that were previously shown in Mostyn, Llandudno and in her solo exhibition at the Exeter Phoenix in 2016, along with some new screen prints (and some zines, of course).


Rachel Rose - Rachel has just finished an Art degree top-up at the University Centre, Somerset. She’ll be showing some of her latest work, which explores delineation, space and identity.

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Karen Tarr - Karen’s work in this exhibition is concerned with the collapse of insect life in Britain. “Living rurally, surrounded by fields, I have watched the insects in our garden decline dramatically over the years despite our attempts to counteract it.” Her work features some of the Devon moths identified as being of conservation significance.


Matt Thomas - Matt and his partner Nic have a disused pub in Plymouth – ‘RAAY’ – which they have refurbished and is now operating as a successful centre for art and yoga. Matt has a long track record as an artist/illustrator and constantly produces new and interesting work.


Jez Winship - Jez is a photographer, and a bit of a cultural historian, and will be showing photographs taken mainly in and around Devon churches, as well as those of local wildlife, pylons and more besides.


The Analogue Collective - The Collective is a group of visual artists and authors, whose work includes artist books, zines and other primarily analogue outputs. From time to time we exhibit collectively, allowing us to show a selection of work which is as diverse as our practices. In 2018 we took part in the Plymouth Counter art book event and in Art Week Exeter. Contributors include: Laura, Matt, Whitney, Steve, Angela, Rachel, Cress, Karen and Daniel Guy.

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Tyrone Dalby
to Feb 8

Tyrone Dalby

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Tyrone is Teignmouth-based and a new exhibitor at TAAG. His work is mainly collage and print works. After a hiatus in his artistic career this exhibition is a first step in taking forward his practice.

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to Feb 1

Sarah & Yusuf Khan - A retrospective exhibition

The exhibition in Gallery two is a tribute to Yusuf and Sarah Khan who were active members of the Art Society for many years.  When he retired from his post as a psychiatrist, Yusuf took up painting as a hobby, producing the exquisite watercolours we have come to recognise and admire.  He was always enthusiastic about his art and keen for new experiences.  He and Sarah seldom missed an Art Society demonstration and would often support the summer sketching days.  They also liked to paint in foreign climes such as Skopelos, France and India which really fired their imaginations.  

 As with everything he did, Yusuf applied his keen intellect and analytical mind to the art of picture making and on two occasions he delivered a scholarly presentation to the Art Society.  Each was an insightful understanding of the elements and principles of composition, backed up by a slideshow of examples from his own sketchbook. 

 During the last few years, failing health has restricted his involvement in the art scene, but Yusuf continued to enjoy active discussion and participation when possible.  His interest in people never waned and he liked to engage in philosophical debate at every opportunity whilst indulging another of his passions, music.

 Sarah loved to paint colourful pictures in acrylic, but she was also a fine practitioner of ceramics which she enjoyed right up to the week before she was taken ill.

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to Feb 1

In at the Deep End - Art by Laura Keating

My name is Laura Keating and I live on the glorious South West coast of Devon. I am looking forward to my upcoming exhibition at T.A.A.G Arts Community Centre. I have named my very first exhibition “In At The Deep End.”

The naming of my exhibition was an instinctive reaction to a surprise Birthday present from my son and daughter when they announced the Gallery space at T.A.A.G! ‘In At The Deep End’ indeed. 

Art and Photography have been my hobbies for years and has been a journey of techniques and styles which continue to evolve. Who knows what the destination is? 

So here it is ‘My Exhibition.’ I hope to meet lots of like minded people who are thinking of plunging into their ‘Deep End’ - why not come along and say “Hi” and we can sink or swim together.’

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The Natural World & Birds, Bees and Flowers
to Jan 25

The Natural World & Birds, Bees and Flowers

Felicity Hughes

Felicity choses to paint flowers as they lend themselves very well to the vibrant water colours now available , mainly painting wet in wet she now also use inks, inktense and also Brusho.  Her other art work is pottery, having taken this up again after a 30 year break.  She has recently been learning how to throw pots on the wheel using porcelain. Felicity says she loves the white of the clay and decorates using a 'sgraffito' technique.

Virginia Griem

 " 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.

Clare Jenkinson

She has always had a love of drawing and went on to study botanical illustration at Birmingham University, founding the Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists with fellow students.  The discipline of observational drawing underlies and informs both her design work and painting, and working from life studying natural forms – flowering plants, shells, fungi, insects – is an instrinsic part of her practice.

Recent exhibitions include ‘Botanical Inspirations’ at RAMM, Exeter, SWAc Open at Exeter Castle, Artizan ‘The Power of Three’ , Open exhibitions at Harbour House in Kingsbridge, ‘Tor to Shore’ at Birdwood House and Devon Open Studios at TAAG in Teignmouth.

Clare exhibits regularly in Teignmouth where she is now based, at the TAAG centre and with Teignmouth Art Society.  

Her work is also represented at Gallery Number 2 in Dawlish, and online on Torbay arthub, Art Gallery SW and her own website:

Anne Read

Anne enjoys the challenge of watercolour and has recently started to experiment with different techniques using tissue paper or gesso to add random depth and texture to her paintings.She considers herself very lucky to live in Devon where there is such a wealth of beautiful coastline and countryside to inspire her.

Clare Benson

Clare draws from observation, often outdoors on the eastern edge of Dartmoor where she lives. Oil pastels are a favourite medium, and she tries to capture the colours of the landscape in changing seasons and weather.

For this exhibitionClare has chosen some studies of wild flowers and plants, both seen close-up and as they appear in the landscape.

Rhian Wyn Harrison works from her home studio in Paignton, creating quirky and colourful mixed media art. 

She repurposes old books, newspapers and maps as both the backgrounds and the inspiration for her work. Her challenge is always to find an unexpected interpretation between word and image. Rhian draws straight onto the vintage papers, then enhances with colour, using inks, gouache and soft pastels, finally adding a sprinkle of wit or humour with hand-stamped lettering.

Her distinct style lends itself to many subjects and themes. Rhian has built an extensive local following, successfully exhibiting at a number of Devon galleries, including Delamore Arts, SWAc Open and Torre Abbey. 

She has recently been selected as one of the UNESCO Global Geopark ambassador artists for Torbay.


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 new works in my original style at the forthcoming  exhibition.

Des Maxwell Clark is a watercolourist specialising in landscape and natural history subjects. He also paints more "off the wall" subjects in great detail, such as a naughty cat who has knocked over a vase of flowers. He has exhibited many times at TAAG, five times at the South West Academy and last summer at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery. This exhibition will include some very detailed studies of flowers and birds, reflecting Des's past as a scientist.

He will be joined by his wife Anna Grayson, who was the first woman to present a "Natural World" programme for BBC 2. She is now an artist, currently best known for her Pastiche Photography of famous works of art. She will be showing some of her work for this exhibition including homages to Van Gogh's Sunflowers and to Georgia O'Keefe's flower close-ups.

Gill Greatorex

I am driven with a desire to expunge the world of waste in every form and turn it into something beautiful. Plastic clinging to trees and hedges, graphically traumatised squashed cans beside the road, sweetie wrappers glistening beguilingly after the chocolate has long gone. All my life I have hoarded just about everything. I believe you can tell the age of the hoarder by counting the species of artful detritus in their cupboards and shelves. 

There is something especially ludicrously luscious about a pile of foil milk bottle tops in many different colours waiting to be turned into sculptures, colour sorted t-shirts ready to hook into rag rugs and assorted other rubbish about to be recycled into something stunning. I’m especially excited by the intertwingling of rural crafts such as cob and willow with twinkly adornments such as disco balls, foil, sparkly beads and CDs.

I live in Bishopsteignton where my mantra is the five (not three!) Rs; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Resplendent display, Responsible disposal. In 2005 I founded an Outdoor Art group in our village (BOAG) to have fun making art out of found waste and sustainable materials. We have displayed many award-winning sculptures on Teignmouth seafront using an array of materials such as plastics, CDs and squashed drinks cans. One of the largest, ‘The Hub’ made from 1,500 hub caps, was bought by Eden Project.

My ultimate mission is to make jewel-encrusted dog poo so desirable that it is never left anywhere hanging in plastic bags!

Anne Gwynn

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to Jan 18

Voluntary/Community Groups

The following are taking part in this exhibition

Teignmouth Gardening Society

Teignmouth Fairtrade

Friends of Teignmouth Cemetery

Teignmouth Twinning 


Red Rock Harmony

Teignmouth Players

TIAF Teignmouth International Art Forum

Non-fiction reading group

Teign Heartbeat

Friends of Teignmouth Orangery



TAAG Workshops

Pavilions Teignmouth

Neighbourhood Plan

Teignmouth Poetry Festival

Horsemanship for Health

Teignmouth Ramblers

TAAG Mahjong group 

Teignmouth Art Society

Friends of Eastcliff Park

Teignmouth Film Society


The Helen Foundation

Teign Heritage

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TAAG at Christmas
to Jan 4

TAAG at Christmas

Over 25 artists with a variety of items for you at Christmas.

Artists exhibiting

Amy McCarthy

Angie Jenner

Annabel Jones

Clare Fowley

Dawn Robinson

Emma Appels-Riley

Emma Stanley-Clark

Fay Berry

Glynis Lupton

Hermosa Glass

Jacqueline Colclough

Jan White

Julia Vella

Kwerty Crafts

Michelle Greenwood-Brown


Mike Wall

Mike Leaman

Nicolette Dann

Pam Brooker

Patricia Wares

Sally Davis

Sam Lock

Tony Berry

Veronica Boniface

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Within the Frame - Six personal visions
to Dec 14

Within the Frame - Six personal visions

Artists exhibiting

Ursula Andrejczuk - Painter - Oils

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 works mostly in alla prima technique, which means finishing a picture in one session finding this way of painting exciting, engaging and at times unpredictable – especially when there are interruptions like a herd of curious cows, 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 applies 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. 

Richard Berry - Painter in Watercolours and Oils

After moving from Shaldon to Ashburton in the middle 1970s, I first started to paint in 1985. To begin with I only used watercolours, but over the years l have also worked with oils and pastels, and many of my later paintings have been produced using mixed media.

My preferred subjects are landscapes, and a lot of my works have been inspired by living on the edge of Dartmoor. I enjoy painting the moorland and I especially enjoy painting the River Dart. I love to focus on the river banks covered in trees, the reflections in the water and the dramatic effects of the seasons on the landscape.

Further from home, on visits to France I have also been inspired to paint similar landscapes that I’ve come across there, such as the Loire River and the harbour in Honfleur. I have exhibited and sold paintings in both England and France, as there is a market for them in both countries.

Rosemary Waine -Silk Painter

Rosie has been working in the south west for some time working on silk painting referencing her local environment which includes south Devon. Her recent work on Dartmoor shows her versatility to evoke mood and atmosphere within this complex media.

She is a member of the Dartmoor artists group thar exhibited every year in Ashburton.

Her work in this exhibition uses complex techniques achieving outstanding visual effects within the compositions she designs.

An evocation of place and the transient quality of weather and light come together forming an evocation of surface, texture, colour and for

Mike Neal - Painter, garden architect, teacher, lecturer and Printmaker

Mike was born in Wolverhampton and tended the art college there completing a degree in Fine Art.

He also attended Birmingham art college at Margret street under the Tutor Arthur Hughes who was an inspirational art tutor during the one year PGCE course.

Mike went on to teach art and design and also developed his interest in garden design.

He also continues to explore lino printmaking producing outstanding multi coloured prints.

His paintings in oil and watercolour play with contemporary themes of cubism and abstraction retaining a strong link to observation. Within his work you can see a subtle play of light, shade and composition often including humorous references to objects and landscape that play with form and content.

 He has kindly agreed to exhibit with us this year and his work will inspire us all.

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Tony Homer - Painter in Acrylics and Printmaker

Painter and printmaker based in Devon. My work uses local landscapes, buildings and the sea. I use these elements as a starting point for my paintings and prints. 

I like to use sketchbooks to collect information and drawing from observation is integral to my work. These studies help me with compositions, colour, form and pattern, which evolve through mark making with pencils, pens and brushes.

Working outside is important to me as I get my best ideas from things that happen around me. Developing an abstracted and stylized composition are my main concerns and these form an important part of the focus of my work. 

Back in the studio I will use these early studies to develop my ideas for paintings. Working on three or four paintings at the same time ideas gradually come together and can often result in abstraction. 

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Affordable Art Fair - Teignmouth Art Society Christmas Exhibition
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

Joyce Boyne

Keith Bowcock

Clare Jenkinson

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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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'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

Rob Parrish

Prairie Roadhouse by Rob Parrish


Jayne Farleigh

Sunset Jayne Farleigh


Jenny Day

Snowscape by Jenny Day - Oil


June Saul

Rockpool by June Saul - Lithograph

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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 

Gallery 1


Bridget Arnold

sun printed material hand made lampshades

Mei Lim

Viv Styles

Angela Holmes

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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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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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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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