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Wednesday, 12th July 2017, 8pm
Annual General Meeting

On this occasion the AGM will be particularly important as most of the committee is stepping down for various reasons and a new committee is hoping to be appointed by the members who will be present.

Please come along to make your views known. The meeting will take place in The Stables gallery, where we are exhibiting the Summer Show, so we will be able to discuss the work and the theme “A Plastic Ocean” with some of the exhibiting artists who might be present.


Wednesday, 14th June 2017, 8pm
Antigone Neaum

Born in Norfolk in 1951 and not expected to do anything other than get married, Antigone Neaum followed a traditional course into secretarial work and office management. She always had an interest in drawing and painting but purely as a hobby, combined with strong making and craft skills and began teaching in the 1990s, both privately and through Adult Ed.,eventually operating in South Somerset with a variety of textile and design courses.

She returned to full time education as a mature student in 2000 gaining a 1st class honours degree in Print and Interior Textile Design, followed by an MA in Design Textiles. During these studies she became fascinated with the theoretical side of design - the social history, the effect of art and design on our lives and through this gained employment as a lecturer in Visual Culture for the University of Plymouth, followed by a position as Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture at the Arts University Bournemouth. She retired in December 2015 and moved to N Devon in order to pursue an interest in the theoretical and practical aspects of painting and drawing.

Currently she is Artist in Residence at Portland Art in Ilfracombe for
two days each week, where there is a dedicated studio space for painting and showing work.


Wednesday, 10th May 2017, 8pm
Marcus Lanyon
      Marcus Lanyon

Marcus will be talking about his current project and exhibition 'Age of Panic' being held at White Moose until 10th June. The project/exhibition has recently acquired Arts Council England funding which has enabled Marcus to experiment with a variety of mediums, including sculptural 3D printing and bronze casting, plus holding various workshops with colleges and schools locally and in Exeter and Plymouth.

Your chance to ask Marcus questions about his career and the lead up to this, his first solo exhibition at White Moose.

Members free, non-members £5 per person (refundable if joining NDA on the night!). Any members or guests wanting the pre-talk Broomhill buffet, specially priced for NDA at £6.95, please pre-book directly with Broomhill on 01271 850262.


Wednesday, 12th April 2017, 8pm
A Plastic Ocean
    A Plastic Ocean

Screening of A Plastic Ocean

 

In A Plastic Ocean, a new feature-length adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle, an international team of adventurers, researchers, and Ocean ambassadors go on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine Ocean.

 

This special screening is highly thought-provoking and the subject matter will be the theme for our Summer Exhibition. Members are encouraged to come along to discover the effects of our throw away society and to perhaps start making a difference.



Wednesday, 8th March 2017, 8pm
NDA and Art Trek Discussion

This will be an open meeting for North Devon Arts members (NDA) and Art Trek artists. Please come along and join in the discussions around how NDA and Art Trek open studios both go forward. (The Art Trek 2016 report has just been sent to all those participating and as you will note, was successful for a lot of the artists).

Your thoughts and ideas on the future running of NDA and Art Trek are welcomed by the NDA committee, without fresh thinking from time to time we are prone to 'just do the same old thing'!

You do not need to be an NDA member to come along, just an artist interested in the future of NDA and Art Trek.

Anyone wanting a pre-discussion £6.95 buffet at 7pm, it is essential to book direct with Broomhill on 01271 850262. 


Wednesday, 8th February 2017, 8pm
Feral Studio
   Feral Studio

Feral Studio works locally, regionally and online to commission short-term initiatives and long-term engagements that support sustainable, self-sufficient and locally distinctive economies and cultures. Our approach values the importance of multi-disciplinary partnership working to explore and interpret the opportunities and threats that exist in the rural context. As such, we both deliver and collaborate with a dynamic group of practitioners whose skills and knowledge base include (but not limited to) design, food production, architecture, research, filmmaking, policy, horticulture, education programming, contemporary art curating and ecology. 

Ben and Sally have diverse experience in the creative sector, which includes curating, designing, commissioning, writing and animation, as well as backgrounds and interests in ecology and alternative agriculture. 

Sally Lai‘s career has been concerned with commissioning contemporary art and the leading of arts organisations. Having studied curating at Goldsmiths she has worked as a curator (both for institutions and independently), consultant/advisor and was the Director of the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Arts.  She has written for several journals and has been on the selection committee of a number of art prizes including the Future Generation Art Prize and the Samsung Art Prize. Sally is currently on the Advisory Board of Black Artists and Modernism, a research project at the University of the Arts at Middlesex University, on the Steering Group of Visual Arts South West, the Advisory Board of the Attenborough Centre and is a trustee of the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World. 

Ben Moat’s career has primarily focused on social inclusion and broadening participation through championing and coordinating trans-disciplinary arts education provision within diverse contexts. Having studied advanced multimedia at ARTEC he coordinated the Community Education programme at The Tabernacle Arts Centre, London, delivering courses, events and projects. He then managed Creative Communities Project in Islington, London - a four year programme that empowered refugees, people not in education, employment or training and other excluded groups through the use of multimedia practice. During this time Moat was able to use this opportunity to explore pertinent issues that traversed inclusion, emerging technologies, practice-based learning and environmental sustainability. He has completed an Msc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental Energy Systems and worked as a sustainability consultant in Manchester, UK. He was a trustee of the Yarner Trust and is experienced in permaculture.  


Wednesday, 11th January 2017, 8.00pm
North Devon Poetry Workshop
North Devon Poetry Workshop

North Devon Poetry Workshop 

The group consists of seven writers; Pat Glover, formerly teacher of English at Ilfracombe Academy, now Chair of the Academy's governors; Cathy Nicholls, an American poet who lives and writes on Exmoor; Richard Westcott, retired GP; Mark Haworth Booth, formerly curator of photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum; Liz Willis, artist and Jenny Daisley, together, founders of the Springboard Consultancy and Pat Milner, formerly a university lecturer.  
 
Meeting monthly, each member presents a poem for discussion, written loosely around a theme chosen at the previous meeting. The aim is to offer robust but supportive criticism and, we hope, to advance our writing. Some of us are published and prize-winning poets and have read their works in various venues in the South West.
 
On the evening, the group will first read one poem each which has a connection with a work of art, then each member will read a poem representing their particular "voice" or interest. There will be time for questions and discussion during the evening.  
 
The talk starts at 8pm, but if you want the special £6.95 Broomhill buffet at 7pm, you will need to pre-book with Broomhill on 01271 850262.
 

Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 7 for 7.30
XMAS PARTY

 NDA Christmas Party - Wednesday 14th December. 

Arrive 7pm. Buffet 7.30pm. Price: £10.50

This year's party theme will be 'Art or Artist Inspired Tattoos'. The best art-inspired 'tattoos' will be judged democratically by the famous NDA members clapometer! (For the feint-hearted, tattoos do not have to be needle inflicted!!)

We also ask that everyone brings a wrapped Christmas present for the NDA Lucky Dip, to the value of no more than £2.50 - it’s always amazing what interesting presents members put into the Lucky Dip. It’s simple, if you don’t bring a present, you don’t go home with one! This is a great informal occasion to bring friends to if you want, but also to get to know fellow members on a more intimate and friendly basis. 

Broomhill need to know the numbers coming, so please pre-book the Christmas buffet with Broomhill by Friday 9th December, on 01271 850262.


Wednesday, 9th November 2016, 8pm
Anthony Garratt
Anthony Garratt

Anthony Garratt is predominantly a painter of the British landscape. His work is concerned with the weather, an experience and impact of a landscape. His research time is spent in heavy weather, in remote locations and places that have an emotional impact. His work is now in great demand throughout the country and is represented primarily by the Thackeray Gallery in London.
AG: “The more I paint, the more I realise that we are at the mercy of the landscape and elements. This is very appealing to me. In a world where we are obsessed with ownership and control, it is humbling and important that we are reminded to respect the weather, sea, hills and landscape on which we rely. I enjoy isolation as much as I enjoy company and some of my most vivid memories are of standing on the edge of a hill in the wind, on the front of a sailing boat in the spray or being caught off guard in the rain.”
“Britain provides us with weather which makes us feel vulnerable. For me that is what makes it such an exciting place to paint. The sky changes continuously – one can visit a place a hundred times and each time have a different experience.”
Alongside his gallery work, Anthony has produced a series of outdoor painting projects and installations. The installations see large paintings created in situ and exhibited long term on specially designed rusted steel easels outdoors.

High and Low project:

HIGH AND LOW, OR ‘UCHEL AC ISEL’, IS A SPECTACULAR OUTDOOR PAINTING INSTALLATION. THE INSTALLATION TELLS A UNIQUE AND COMPELLING STORY ABOUT THE HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY AND INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE OF NORTH WALES, ENCOURAGING VISITORS TO MAKE A DEEPER CONNECTION WITH THE REGION’S DRAMATIC LANDSCAPE AND THE FORCES THAT HAVE SHAPED IT.

HIGH AND LOW FEATURES TWO GIANT PAINTINGS, CREATED IN TWO VERY DIFFERENT DRAMATIC AND INSPIRING SITES: ONE FLOATING HIGH ON THE FLANKS OF SNOWDON ON LLYN LLYDAW, AND ONE WHICH IS BE HUNG LOW, DEEP BENEATH THE MOUNTAINS IN AN ABANDONED SLATE CAVERN.

EACH OF THE TWO LOCATION OFFERS A UNIQUE AND ARRESTING OPPORTUNITY FOR HIGHLY VISUAL STORYTELLING AND CONTEMPLATION: FROM THE SOARING LIGHT AND REFLECTED IMAGERY OF THE MOUNTAIN LAKE TO THE DARK ATMOSPHERIC SHADOWS AND ACOUSTICS OF THE ABANDONED SLATE CAVERN.

BOTH OF THESE SITES HAVE GREAT HISTORICAL AND GEOGRAPHICAL SIGNIFICANCE. BECAUSE THE PAINTINGS WERE CREATED IN SITU AND THEN SEEN IN CONTEXT, THEY WILL OFFER A VERY DIFFERENT WAY FOR THE VIEWER TO ENGAGE WITH BOTH THE ART AND THE LANDSCAPE WHICH INSPIRED IT. 


Wednesday, 12th October 2016, 8pm
Naomi Hart - 'An Artist in the Arctic'
 Naomi Hart - 'An Artist in the Arctic'

In 2015 Naomi Hart was expedition artist on board Scillonian Pilot Cutter Ezra, a traditional wooden sailing vessel making the journey from Cornwall to the Arctic.  Having never sailed before, she learnt to crew at the same time as recording the incredible voyage from Penryn to Scotland, the Faroes, Iceland and finally to Scoresby Sund in remote East Greenland.  She recorded the life of the boat, the landscapes, the flora and fauna of the Arctic in paint and photos.

 

Naomi is presenting a series of talks about her voyage, illustrated with her sketchbooks and photos.  For more information, please use the contact page on her website www.naomi-hart.com

 

Naomi’s work is inspired by travel and nature.  She created world-wide public participation art-science artwork All About Migration in collaboration with the University of Exeter (www.allaboutmigration.com) and is a recipient of Arts Council England funding.  She was international Artist in Residence in Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland, with Parks Canada and The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and has travelled all over the world with her travel sketchbooks.  



Wednesday, 14th September 2016, 8pm
Debbie Lee
  Debbie Lee

Debbie Lee's drawings and paintings convey stories and, during this evening event, as well as giving us an overview of her career, she will demonstrate how we can use stories to help feel the energy of a place and to be creative - like folk tales, which give a fabulous sense of place and of the history woven around it. Debbie will be encouraging us to interact in creating our own story-tales using various prompts around us. 


Wednesday, 10th August 2016, 8 p.m.
NDA Annual BBQ

 NDA members’ meeting

Annual BBQ
at Broomhill Art Hotel
Weds 10th August - 8pm
Our annual summer social event, a barbecue at Broomhill, a perfect chance to meet members in a relaxed atmosphere. There's a chance to walk in the Broomhill sculpture gardens, and choose your favourite piece in the National Sculpture Prize.

Meal costs £7.95 - please pre-book for the buffet on 01271 850262.



Wednesday, 13th July 2016, 8pm
July AGM

The next NDA meeting on 13th July at Broomhill, 8pm. Talk + NDA AGM
Julie Gavin, Partner at White Moose, will give a short presentation about
pricing your work and working with galleries. 
Following this it's our Annual General Meeting, where you can air your thoughts
and ideas about how the group goes forward, voice your concerns and nominate the
next committee - you can also nominate yourself for the committee, if you have
someone there to second you!  
This year several NDA committee members are standing down, so it is vital that
other members come forward to ensure survival of NDA. So, if you have a little
spare time to give, please talk to committee to see if you can help in any way.


Wednesday, 8th June 2016, 8pm
Open Evening for NDArt Trekkers

North Devon Arts would like to invite all artists and makers taking part in this year's NDArt Trek Open Studios to come along and meet fellow Trekkers for a free, information sharing evening - whether you are an NDA member or not.

Tanya, our Publicity Officer will be able to give advice on publicising your own venue and will update us about publicity NDArt Trek will be doing on your behalf. Also some help will be given on using social media, if you are just dipping your toes in this as a means of promoting yourself.

Some regular Trekkers will be there, very happy to pass on tips for a creating a successful event to those taking part for the first time. Perhaps if you are new to the event, you will have fresh ideas of your own to pass on to us! If you want to bring a piece of work, or a photo to give a flavour of what you do, it would be a great way of finding out more about each other. 

To keep interest in the event in front of the public, please send any news stories about your work or venue so they can be used for the website and for publicity. Please send to us via this page; http://ndarttrek.com/contact-the-webmaster/ 

To view the website and see the latest artists taking part, go to; http://ndarttrek.com (still a work in progress). 

Look forward to meeting you all at this special evening.

If you wish, a £6.95 buffet is available at 7pm, but must be pre-booked on 01271 850262 


Wednesday, 11th May 2016, 8pm
Paul Broomfield
Paul Broomfield

Contemporary taxidermy artist Paul Broomfield will be giving a talk at Broomhill Art Hotel on the evening of Wednesday May 11th and will be interviewed about his work by award-winning journalist Pete Robinson. A selection of his assemblage boxes and original semi-abstract paintings are currently on display at Broomhill. 


Wednesday, 13th April 2016, 8pm
Martin Brooks
Martin Brooks

Martin trained at the Royal College of Art where he was awarded the Royal College Drawing Prize and Madame Tussauds Prize for Figurative Art. Subsequently, he has developed his practice into portraiture, his work is characterised by tonal painting with broad open brush strokes. Martin’s most recent subjects have included the singer Laura Mvula and the physicist and broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE. His paintings have been selected for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition for both 2014 and 2015.
Martin has been involved in a range of projects including painting a series of frescoes in Tuscany, to restoring a James Turrell sculpture in Cornwall. He previously lectured in life drawing and fine art at North Devon College (1988 - 1991). He currently lectures at the University of Plymouth, teaching both life drawing and painting, and in 2013 was presented with the SSTAR Award Winner for Most Inspirational Teaching and Most Outstanding Support across the Faculty of Arts at the University.
www.martinbrooksart.com

 

 


Wednesday, 9th March 2016, 8.00pm
Ceramicist, Sandy Brown

Hot on the heels of her Indian Artist in Residence position, Sandy will be speaking about this amazing experience as well as about her ceramic 'Temple' building, created for Chatsworth House Gardens last year.

Based in Appledore, she manages to have a world-wide presence in the art world - why not come and learn how Sandy has made this happen!

 

Wednesday, 10th February 2016, 8 p.m.
Environmental artist Jo Bushell
     Environmental artist Jo Bushell

In 2015 Jo received funding from Seedbed Trust enabling her to invest time in researching how the use of organic resources in the natural environment can be used as part of a rite of passage; developing ways which allow participants to process life-transitions through gathering, making and creating alongside others. This Rites project has an important photographic element which includes the use of projection. Working closely with photographer, Stuart Fiddes, she has developed methods of projecting the organic artwork produced by the participants back onto their own bodies – creating a textural, earthy translation of their journey and a powerful witness to the closure of the process of transition. She brings into focus the increasingly relevant issue of mental health and the need for finding and providing relevant and accessible creative processes to support well-being in our society. Jo has recently moved to Bristol from North Devon.


Wednesday, 13th January 2016, 8pm
Mark Hawarth-Booth

Speaker Mark Hawarth-Booth
Mark, based these days in Swimbridge, is a poet/writer and past curator of photographs at the V&A amongst many other fascinating achievements. This talk will be your opportunity to hear straight from Mark about his many passions.

If you wish to eat first, please pre-book for the special £5.95 Broomhill buffet at 7pm.

Non-members £5, (returnable if becoming an NDA member on the night!).


Wednesday, 11th November 2015, 8 pm at Broomhill.
Contemporary Art Education

 Contemporary Art Education. Pete Newell, Curriculum team Leader at Petroc College, will discuss the teaching of art today, culminating in a question and answer session with members.


Wednesday, 14th October 2015, 8pm at Broomhill
Jane Churchill

NDA members may remember Jane as the artist who launched White Moose back in 2013 with her amazing and very moving, WW1 exhibition. Jane is now involved in an arts project about Gallipoli with West Buckland students and Barnstaple museum and will be talking to us about this experience as well as the many other facets of her busy career. Jane's vibrancy and passion for her art is infectious, so this is an evening not to be missed. 


Tuesday, 8th September 2015, 8 pm
'Materially Speaking'

Simon Ryder will talk about completing his 3 month, artist residency at The Observatory, a fantastic, award winning, architect designed building which is travelling to various Westcountry sites. (NDA member, Edward Crumpton was commissioned to create a knotted rope screen within the building). Simon will also be telling us about his latest artist residency and his career path towards securing these residencies.

 


Wednesday, 12th August 2015, 7 for 7.30
NDA Summer BBQ

Our annual summer social event, a barbecue at Broomhill. The night is a perfect chance to meet members in a relaxed atmosphere. There's a chance to walk in the Broomhill sculpture gardens, and choose your favourite piece in the National Sculpture Prize.

Meal costs £7.95 - please pre-book for the buffet on 01271 850262.
 

 


Wednesday, 10th June 2015, 8.00pm
Jacob van der Beugel

Jacob van der Beugel was born in London in 1978. He studied History of Art at York University and trained with Rupert Spira in 2002, then was assistant to Edmund de Waal in 2003. He has set up numerous Studios in England and now resides in Devon, UK.
His work varies in scale from large, site-specific ceramic installations to smaller, Still Life arrangements.
In more recent work, Jacob’s preoccupation has been with interpreting man’s attempts to rationalise the abstract: such as sounds in music scores, human identity in DNA samples and even the turmoil of the FTSE 100 during the financial crisis of 2008. Jacob’s output re-humanises these abstractions in an endeavour to depict the human condition. This has led to a highly original diversification of techniques and approaches, resulting in a very distinctive output. 
The work is meticulously made by hand, embracing the notion that in order to extract meaning from one’s art one needs to employ exceptional levels of effort. Clay has an extraordinary ability to capture human traces and endeavours in its conversion from the soft everyday and ordinary material to the hard and frozen sculpted object.
Jacob has recently worked a large commission for Chatsworth House and will be artist in residence at the Sanger Institute, a genome research institute primarily funded by the Wellcome Trust.
Jacob’s work is collected internationally and held in numerous private collections. 


Wednesday, 13th May 2015, 8 p.m.
NDArt Trek discussion

All members are welcome to come along and meet some of the artists taking part in this year's ND ArtTrek event. The evening will bring informal, general discussion, including the artists talking about their artworks and their expectations from opening their studios, what it takes to make a venue interesting to visitors, plus other handy hints, queries or suggestions that arise from discussions about the event.

As you are probably all aware, this is the first time NDA have organised this special open studios event, with volunteers from the committee and membership taking on the various roles of brochure design, project co-ordination, website and publicity, etc.

So now your support is required to keep this event the prime open studios in the area, please visit as many artists as you can and perhaps along the way you will be tempted to buy the odd piece of artwork! Please tell your friends and contacts, hand out brochures and put up posters for us - the more information out there, the more successful the event for all the artists taking part.

Big thanks to committee members and Bruce Aiken for their huge efforts in keeping this popular event alive.
Stella Levy

All NDArt Trek artists are welcome to this special NDArt Trek open studios meeting for free - our normal non-members fee is £5.
To book the £5.95 Broomhil Buffet at 7pm, please contact; 01271 850 262 (booking essential prior to May 14th).


Wednesday, 13th May 2015, 8 pm
A Foc us on NDArt Trek

NDA Members Meeting - A Focus on NDArt Trek 2015
Wednesday, May 14th, 8pm at Broomhill
NDA members are welcome to come along and meet some of the artists taking part in this year's NDArt Trek event. The evening will bring informal, general discussion, including the artists talking about their artworks and their expectations from opening their studios, what it takes to make a venue interesting to visitors, plus other handy hints, queries or suggestions that arise from discussions about the event.

All NDArt Trek artists are welcome to this special open studios meeting for free - our normal non-members fee is £5.
To book the £5.95 Broomhil Buffet at 7pm, please contact; 01271 850 262 (booking essential prior to May 14th).

 


Wednesday, 8th April 2015, 8pm
Catherine Cartwright
Catherine Cartwright

Catherine will be talking to North Devon Arts members about her career as an artist and a printmaker and about her role as a Director of the Double Elephant Print Workshop, based at the Phoenix, Exeter.
In 2014 Catherine undertook an artist residency at Exeter's women's refuge, producing work in response to the women using this facility and the issues involved.
Catherine explains, “Broadly my practice is about freedom and containment alongside an investigation of human rights. My work enables me to learn about, digest and consider current issues of human rights. Primarily I use printmaking, collaborating too with animation, art action and dance”.
The talk is open to all, but with a £5 fee for non-members, returnable if joining North Devon Arts on the night!
The special NDA £5.95 Broomhill buffet is served at 7pm, but please ensure you pre-book on 01271 850262.
 


Wednesday, 11th March 2015, 8.00pm
Curating The Burton
Curating The Burton

The evening’s conversation will focus on the joys and challenges of curatorship. Miranda (Tilly) will review recent achievements at the Burton Museum and Art Gallery, outline her approach to the challenges the museum is currently facing and invite comments and discussion on the potential of galleries and museums in uncertain times.

NDA members are free and guests are welcome for a fee of £5 
The special NDA £5.95 Broomhill buffet is served at 7pm, but please ensure you pre-book on 01271 850262. 


Wednesday, 14th January 2015, 8.00
The Great War; An Artist's Perspective
The Great War; An Artist's Perspective

We are steeped in the history and experience of the Great War (1914 to 1918), both from the perspective of the participants and that of the professional historians who seek to revise our evaluation; and we are unbearably familiar with the poetry that arose from the war to end all wars.

What of the war artists?  Why were they commissioned, what did they set out to achieve, and what do we think of their work now?  What was it like to be an artist on or near the battlefield, or indeed in the factories at home?  And what about the war at sea, and in the air?  Peter Villiers will present an illustrated interpretation of the work of war artists in the Great War.  Please come and share your own view.

Peter Villiers is a professional author and historian who has published over a dozen books and many articles.  He is especially interested in the origins of the Great War.
 


Wednesday, 12th November 2014, 8 p.m.
"Pretty Deadly"

Michael Brennand-Wood is internationally regarded as one of the most innovative and inspiring artists working in textiles, a defining characteristic of his work has been a sustained commitment to the conceptual synthesis of contemporary and historical sources, in particular the exploration of three-dimensional line, structure and pattern. He has persistently worked within contested areas of textile practice, embroidery, pattern, lace and recently floral imagery.

"I'm really looking forward to returning to Devon, I've exhibited and worked within the county many times over a long period of time. The Pretty Deadly talk on the 12th will be a good opportunity to present recent work and ideas."

www.brennand-wood.com


Wednesday, 8th October 2014, 7 p.m.
Elizabeth van der Beugel

White Moose is pleased to host this evening talk for NDA members, where they can see and hear about this moving exhibition of works by Tiverton based artist, Elizabeth van der Beugel. !
Elizabeth uses traditional graphic techniques in her work, such as silverpoint on gesso panels, black ink and drypoint prints, capturing moments of deep intimacy as well as isolation with delicacy and sensitivity. Her work also challenges preconceived notions of motherhood and highlights the dichotomy between accepted social norms and the actuality of this lived experience. !
Drinks will be available (for a small d!onation), but no food, sorry folks.! 


Wednesday, 10th September 2014, 8 p.m.
Sculptor, Jonathan Rodney-Jones

 Jonathan Rodney - Jones has worked as a professional sculptor for 30 years with clients as diverse as the Chinese Government to the Royal Marines, in this talk he will show some of his body of work, explain how it has been funded over the years and share his hopes and fears for the emerging generation of sculptors.


Wednesday, 11th June 2014, 8 p.m.
Jacqui Harrison
Jacqui Harrison

Having studied Fine Art Photography at the Glasgow School of Art, Jacqui trained to be a Secondary School Art and Design teacher but didn't last long in the teaching profession. She now lives in North Devon and works part time as an illustrator alongside selling her own work mostly through private commissions. Much of her work is photography based but she also likes to experiment with new materials as much as possible. Mostly she makes work about people and places and travel is probably her prime source of inspiration.

Broomhill will serve a specially priced buffet from 7 p.m. for our members and any guests, please remember to book in advance on 01271 850262.


Wednesday, 14th May 2014, 8 p.m.
Hooked on Heaney

Seamus Heaney and I (oh the sound of that!) originated on opposing sides of the Northern Ireland political and religious divide. But we spoke the same language, in the same accent, with only a few differences, imperceptible to a stranger, glaring and fundamental to us natives. Seamus was ahead of me at Queen’s University and as an undergraduate I was only vaguely aware of his work, which was beginning to appear in locally- produced pamphlets. It wasn’t until I was living in London in my twenties, that I picked up a copy of his first collection, 'Death of a Naturalist', and was hooked. Reading him back then switched a light on. But did my appreciation of him need that element of exile? Sometimes I wonder if I’d be as hooked on Heaney had I remained living in Northern Ireland. Would he be ‘ordinary’? Would I be required to reduce his fame to platitudes, as some do? Was it the surprise of discovering him for myself that ignited the blaze? Whatever it was that got me started, I have followed him all my adult life. I've read his poetry and essays, taught him to students, chatted with him even. I am still in mourning for the loss of him.
Recently I attended a very good Heaney seminar in the Troubadour Poetry Cafe in London, run by the academic Cahal Dallat. Using a similar format, but making it my own, I propose to present a selection of Heaney’s poems to illustrate my understanding of the
man and his work. I’ll produce handouts of the poems and people can volunteer to read them aloud if they want to. In addition, and if time allows, people can contribute with a Heaney poem of their own, and say what it means to them and why. Broomhill will serve a specially priced buffet from 7 p.m. for our members and any guests, please remember to book in advance on 01271 850262. 

Frances Corky Thompson


Wednesday, 9th April 2014, 8.00 p.m.
Marcus Lanyon
Marcus Lanyon

"After graduating from the Royal College of Art, Lanyon was selected as one of the inaugural Saatchi Gallery & Channel 4's '4 New Sensations'. His work is included in the Zabludowicz Collection. He currently lives and works in Bristol, UK.
Utilizing a hybrid language of materials, Lanyon hovers between the seduction of materials and the bite of the uncanny; the familiar, formal, decorative and symbolic rendered subversive. Presenting narratives that weave the quiet violence of mortality with a merger of contemporary and ancient human concerns, the work lures us in only to quietly lift a knife to our back." 


Wednesday, 12th March 2014, 7 p.m.
Members' Inspiration Evening

 Time for members to discuss just what inspires them. Timed to coincide with the second phase of the NDA New Year, New Work exhibition on display in the gallery at Broomhill, members will be invited to discuss their own work or any other piece that has inspired them either now or in the past. An opportunity to air those views and encourage discussion about such important topics as “What is Art?”, “Why is Art so Important?” and “What’s for Tea?”


Wednesday, 8th January 2014, 8 p.m.
David Pepper

David was fortunate enough to have been taught by an inspiring English teacher quite early in his formative years. Most of the verse and prose he was expected to learn by heart at that time has stayed with him and has formed the basis of a lifelong interest in, and regard for, other people’s poetry.
At various times during school, university and a veterinary career, pieces of poetry have stimulated, nourished and sustained him.
In 2007, he was lucky enough to win a national poetry reading competition run by The Times in conjunction with Naxos Audio Books. David will recite and read a small selection of poetry and prose, and will try to explain why these pieces matter to him. 


Wednesday, 11th December 2013, 7 for 7.30
NDA Xmas party

Members and guests are welcome to this informal, friendly evening where they can relax and chat with fellow members, eat good food and generally have an enjoyable time. This is an ideal way of getting to know fellow artists and for new members to ease themselves into the group.

To get your imagination working please bring a wrapped gift up to the value of £2.50 to put in the NDA Lucky Dip. It's amazing what you can find for such a little amount! Sorry, but if you don’t bring a gift, you won’t receive one.

By members’ special request, we have re-introduced the 'Create
a Table Decoration' award - with a prize for the audience's favourite, judged by the clapometer! So let your creative juices flow.

PLUS special guest entertainer, more details in December newsletter

Broomhill will serve a specially priced buffet at £9.95 for our members and any guests they might want to invite. Members and guests not wishing to eat with us, are welcome to come along after the buffet, from 8pm onwards, to join in the merriment and the awards ceremony.

Broomhill will need to have your buffet bookings no later
than Saturday 7th December, so please call on: 01271 850 262.

 


Wednesday, 13th November 2013, 8 p.m.
Hilary Paynter
Hilary Paynter

Hilary Paynter, Wood Engraver Extraordinaire
Wood engravers use an end cut of hard wood rather than the long grain of wood as in making woodcuts, enabling a more detailed image to be carved into the harder surface. Hence Hilary Paynter is deemed to be top of her game in the wood engraving world for her beautifully detailed prints, which are often humorous and are keenly socially and politically aware.
Hilary's ideas brim over and consequently she is prolific in creating her engavings and exhibiting across the UK. Hilary will talk of her career and explain how she works, with examples of end cut wood engravings and some of the tools of her trade to show members.
Also she will bring some of her books, full of wonderful images of past works, which she will happily sign for members who may wish to buy on the night.


Wednesday, 11th September 2013, 7 p.m.
Pete Ward, Earth Artist


Earth artist Pete Ward will be talking about his work with the Biddiford Black group, an exhibition of which opened last Friday.
There will not be a buffet, but drinks are available for a small donation.
 

 


Wednesday, 10th July 2013, 8pm - AGM approx. 8.30pm
Members' Evening and NDA AGM 2013
Members' Evening and NDA AGM 2013

 

In a short talk before the AGM, a member of the organising group for North Devon’s BioSphere Reserve will discuss the overall impact and the relevance of the B10 anniversary; members exhibiting at the NDA Squared summer show will also be able to explain their work in relation to the B10 celebrations. At 8.30pm, the North Devon Arts 2013 AGM will take place. The AGM will provide an insight into the NDA year, what we've done and where we're going. There will be reports on the past year, and a chance for members to feedback and talk to the Committee about taking the group into the future. Finally the next Committee will be elected for 2013/2014.
If you want to know more about the outgoing committee, or would like to nominate yourself or another to be part of the NDA committee, please contact chair@northdevonarts.co.uk

 


Wednesday, 12th June 2013, 8 p.m.
Roger Cockram
Roger Cockram

Roger is a highly successful ceramicist, selling and showing in galleries across the UK and internationally. He frequently has his work in the ceramicist collectors auctions at Bonham's and has just had a book written about him and his work.

Roger's ceramic work is inspired from his early career as a marine
biologist, evident in the colour range and in the decoration of the pieces.

 


Wednesday, 8th May 2013, 8 p.m.
The Sail Loft Scribblers
The Sail Loft Scribblers

The Scribblers are a group of writers who met when attending a creative writing course at The Sail Loft in Combe Martin Museum. The group decided to raise funds for the publication of their best work and use the proceeds from the sale of the book to support the museum. A Fun with Words night at the Galleon, a Hafla in the Village Hall and a Literary Quiz at the Royal Marine were supplemented by grants from local groups.
After months of revising and editing, Scribbles from the Sail Loft emerged.
Join us at Broomhill Hotel on the 8th to listen to their poems and hear their story.


Wednesday, 10th April 2013, 8.00pm
White Moose Gallery
White Moose Gallery

Please note that the talk will NOT take place at Broomhill this month as Jane will talk about her major project, Degrees of Separation, at the White Moose Gallery, starting at 8 p.m.
White Moose Parking: Belle Meadow car park, top pedestrian entrance onto Trinity Street, White Moose is the grey corner building on right, diagonally opposite.
Please Note: No buffet will be served at White Moose, but for a small donation, drinks will be available. 


Wednesday, 13th March 2013, 8pm
Richard Meyer
Richard Meyer
NDA member Richard Meyer, who has shown recently at the 11th North Devon Open at The Museum of Barnstaple, is to give an illustrated talk about his work which has been described as “vibrant and expressionistic”. His impasto style is based on reality and his subject matter encompasses portraits, landscapes and figure studies. To find out more about his work go to; www.meyergallery.co.uk

Anyone wanting the buffet before the talk, price £5.95, please remember to book prior to the day on 01271 850262. 


Wednesday, 13th February 2013, 8 p.m.
February meeting
February meeting

Judith Westcott and Jenny Smy will be talking about the selection processes involved in putting on the annual Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society open art show at the Burton Art Gallery. Their talk aims to give artists an insight into why the group feels selection is required and will try to answer any questions members may have about this sometimes controversial subject. Do take a look at the group's website; http://whobidarts.co.uk/

NDA members who would like the opportunity to talk for a few minutes about their work entered in the NDA 'New Year - New Work' exhibition, please contact Stella at; events@northdevonarts.co.uk and she will arrange to slot you in after the 'Selection' talk.
Important: Anyone wanting the Broomhill, £5.95, specially priced buffet, please book prior to the day on; 01271 850262.

 


Wednesday, 12th December 2012, 7 p.m.
NDA Xmas Party

 Members and guests are welcome to this informal, friendly evening where they can relax and chat with fellow members, eat good food and generally have an enjoyable time. This is an ideal way of getting to know fellow artists and for new members to ease themselves into the group.

To get your imagination working please bring a wrapped gift up to the value of £2.50 to put in the NDA Lucky Dip. It's amazing what you can find for such a little amount! Sorry, but if you don’t bring a gift, you won’t receive one.

By members’ special request, we have re-introduced the 'Create
a Table Decoration'
award - with a prize for the audience's favourite, judged by the clapometer! So let your creative juices flow.

Broomhill will serve a specially priced buffet at £9.95 for our members and any guests they might want to invite. Members not wishing to eat with us, are welcome to come along after the buffet, from 8pm onwards, to join in the merriment and the awards ceremony.

Broomhill will need to have your buffet bookings no later
than Saturday 8th December, so please call on: 01271 850 262.

 

Wednesday, 14th November 2012, 8 p.m.
Anita Reynolds and Jennie Osborne
Anita Reynolds and Jennie Osborne

Anita Reynolds is a painter and printmaker, living and working in the South West. This year she has been walking the coastal path, documenting her findings and relationship to the landscape through photography, drawing and printmaking. This is part of a larger project which covers four countries, 630 miles in 56 days. She likes working collaboratively with other artists, particularly poets. To see her blog which acts as a diary / sketchbook of her activities go to: www.anitareynoldsartist.blogspot.co.uk


Wednesday, 12th September 2012, 8pm
Simon Groves, Painter & Photographer
Simon Groves, Painter & Photographer

Once upon a time, while working on a “serious” photography job in Photoshop, Simon Groves noticed that mischievous and playful ideas for fun kept entering his vision; just like pencilling in a moustache on the Mona Lisa for light relief.

One day he followed that wish and as an experiment, decided he would not question the images and ideas that popped into his head; he would just follow.

The result was a series of images of Barnstaple and some other North Devon locations which seem to bring a smile to anyone who sees them. They express a love of Barnstaple and North Devon, and bring some fun for all the family.

Come and ask Simon anything you like about this work, or just take in these innocent, dreamy and striking photo real images, and hear how they all came about. 


Wednesday, 8th August 2012, 7pm
NDA Summer Party
NDA Summer Party

Our now annual summer social event will be in August this year, when we hope the rain will have finally stopped falling! The evening is held at Broomhill and offers members a chance to see the fabulous sculpture gardens.  The night is a perfect chance to meet members and find out what they do in a relaxed atmosphere. Last year members also walked through the sculpture gardens and voted for their favourite piece in the National Sculpture Prize.

Meal costs £7.95 - please pre-book for the buffet on 01271 850262.

 


Wednesday, 13th June 2012, 8pm
Deborah McKinlay, Writer
Deborah McKinlay, Writer

Deborah has published half a dozen non-fiction titles in the UK, and her books have been translated into numerous languages. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Esquire as well as several national newspapers.

The View from Here, her first novel, was published by Soho Press (New York) in 2011.

"I have tried doing lots of other things, but in the end I always come back to writing. It feels like home".


Wednesday, 9th May 2012, 8 p.m.
Liz Atkin, Visual Artist
Liz Atkin, Visual Artist
After a successful and moving talk to NDA members last May, Liz has been invited back to share with us, recent experiences of her Japan residency.

Liz Atkin is a visual artist based in London. With a background in theatre and dance, physicality underpins her creative practice. Skin is her primary source for corporeal art, both as metaphorical membrane and physical boundary. Her work centres on a multilayered exploration of the possibilities of marking, extending and transforming the skin so as to question the limits of the body and the potentials for communication across and within the porous textures of light and surfaces.  This personal investigation explores body focused repetitive behaviour resulting in a sometimes violent rendering of the body in order to condense it to matter for resculpting.
 
Liz has exhibited in London, Los Angeles and Japan. She completed a Masters in European Dance Theatre Practice with Distinction from Trinity Laban in 2007. She won the London Paper self-portrait award with the Affordable Art Fair in February 2008 and won the British Women Artist's 2010 competition.  Liz was the only international Artist in Residence on The Genesis Project, Los Angeles California (2008), and recently was Fellowship Resident Artist at the Akiyoshidai International Art Village in Japan (August 2011). She has made collaborative work with photographers Cameron McNee and Lenka Rayn H, molecular biologist Dr Simon Park at University of Surrey, performance maker Luke Pell, and film maker Oliver Warren.
 
Liz is a resident artist in Havelock Walk in South London, a creative community of sculptors, painters, designers, photographers and other visual artists. She exhibits work in regular Havelock Open Studios throughout the year.
 
Recently she was a selected British artist for 1 Day of Art: London for (t)here Magazine, New York; a book of her collaboration with Lenka Rayn H has been published and her artwork is the subject of a documentary short by Dingo Bill Productions for Manifesto, a NYC/LDN company. 


Wednesday, 11th April 2012, 8pm
Sim Taylor - Ceramicist
Sim Taylor - Ceramicist

Between 1991 and 2011 my ceramics have evolved out of my sensitivities and changing attitudes to Clay and Fire. My initial work was born out of traditional Vessel based pottery, to Assemblage forms, to present sculptural Ceramics. This development of my work gives an insight into my inspiration for change in creative thought, technical pursuit and evolving aesthetic approach. However I believe that although the work of an Artists, Craftspersons or Designers changes in shape and form over years of making the presense in ones ceramic is a manefestation of all your thoughts, energies and creations gone before.

'The Return Journey' a blog by John Foley, Imagine Gallery owner, Long Melford, Suffolk.

...Anyway, leaving the town of 'Saint Ives' on a wet misty morning, I was undecided about where I should visit on my journey home. There are so many really exciting artists working in this corner of England that I really didn't know where to head for. John Bedding, suggested that I look at the work of 'Sim Taylor'.

 

So I did look at his work, and also where he worked. "I can do that on the way home". As a result my route back to Suffolk was dictated by the need to visit this man, which was made harder because he was lecturing at a University in North Somerset and his time was restricted. I spoke with him, we fixed a time to meet and then the rest of my journey was based around our meeting.

 

From the Leach pottery I drove to? Actually I'm not sure as I just did what "SatNav" told me. Eventually I arrived in the evening at a University where I was greeted by the incredible Sim Taylor.

 

I have never seen someone so young, so handsome with such long hair since I was eighteen. That was me looking in the mirror many years ago. Sim is a real dynamic character, full of life and enthusiasm for his art, it is little wonder that he is so sought after as a lecturer and teacher of ceramics.

 

He whisked me away to his room and showed and explained to me the philosophy and techniques of his creations. He was so humble when describing his ceramic sculptures.

"I am honoured that you have bothered to come and see me", he said many times.

 

I felt like saying "are you stupid? The honour and pleasure is mine". I told him after looking at his work "you are going to be so big". He shook his head, and that is what I liked so much. He is striving to make beautiful things not a name for himself, that was unimportant to him.

 

But he will become known, just for the simple reason that he is interested in his craft.

Five hours after leaving him, with a head full of memories and loud music I arrived home.

 

For the full blog article by John Foley ‘A Return Journey’, go to; http://imaginegallerylife.blogspot.com/

Also, for more info and images of Sim's work, see; www.simtaylorceramics.co.uk

 



Wednesday, 14th March 2012, 8pm
Printmakers Merlyn Chesterman and Judith Westcott
Printmakers Merlyn Chesterman and Judith Westcott

The evening's NDA speakers are the renowned printmakers, Merlyn Chesterman and Judith Westcott. Judith and Merlyn will be sharing this evening, talking about their solo printmaking ventures and about coming together to work on special larger printmaking projects. Both have developed wide reputations in the print world and are well respected. Pictured here is their joint work 'Time and Tide'.

Merlyn Chesterman

Merlyn Chesterman grew up in Hong Kong, returning to England to study Fine Art at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, and later woodblock printmaking at West Dean College, where she now teaches on the short course programme.

Merlyn is based in Hartland, where she has a studio and runs courses. Her woodcuts are semi-abstract, and usually based on places that have a particular beauty. Her woodcuts are often large, and have three or four different colour blocks. She is interested in the grain in wood, and also in vigourous cutting.

Merlyn spent January and February this year woodblock printmaking in China, at Guanlan Print Base in Guang Dong Province. See www.guanlanprintbase.com

 


Wednesday, 8th February 2012, 8pm
Alex Hartley and Nowhereisland
Alex Hartley and Nowhereisland

Newsflash; prior to this talk, Sandy Brown, major ceramicist and founder of the Appledore Visual Arts Festival and Rae Hoole, the new co-ordinator, will be giving a brief update to NDA members on this June's festival.

In summer 2012, North Devon will welcome an extraordinary visitor, Nowhereisland, a floating island nation, devised by Devon-based artist, Alex Hartley (pictured, photo: Max McClure). It will be moored at Ilfracombe 1-4 September, almost at the final stage of its journey from the Jurassic Coast to the Bristol Channel, as a major project of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Nowhereisland is made from material originating from a newly revealed island in the Arctic. Alex was the first person to stand on this territory and, with permission, brought the material back to the UK to make the artwork. During the journey to the UK, Nowhereisland was declared a new nation with citizenship open to all and, online, citizens can contribute to an evolving constitution, alongside a programme of 52 Resident Thinkers. Across the south west, the build up to the journey is underway as schools (including Ilfracombe Arts College), community and arts groups begin to plan how they will welcome this new nation to their town.

As an artwork, Nowhereisland will create a spectacular sight, for people who gather to see it in each port and for those who discover it while enjoying the south west coast.

North Devon Arts are extremely priviledged to have Alex speaking about this major Olympiad project at their February 8th meeting, being held at Broomhill Art Hotel, where he will tell the story of Nowhereisland and talk about his other recent artworks. He will be joined by Michael Prior, Associate Curator of Situations, who will be present to discuss some of the issues involved in producing such an ambitious project.

Free entry for North Devon Arts members, but non-members are welcome, entrance fee: £4.


Wednesday, 11th January 2012, 8 p.m.
A Tenuous Grasp
A Tenuous Grasp

Gill Jones discusses the recent exhibition from her 3rd year show for her B.A. Hons in Fine Art. The image shown here,"Cogito Ergo Sum", was part of that show and was also included in the Evolver Magazine prize exhibition at the Thelma Hubert Gallery.


Gill’s degree show was called "A Tenuous Grasp" and she describes the body of work as follows; "This work has been an exploration of presence and absence, time passing, the corporeal, the ethereal, what it means to 'be', love and that tenuous grasp we have on life."

 


Wednesday, 14th December 2011, 7 p.m.
NDA Xmas Party
NDA Xmas Party

Members and guests are welcome to this informal, friendly evening where they can relax and chat with fellow members, eat good food and generally have an enjoyable time. This is an ideal way of getting to know fellow artists and for new members to ease into the group.

Rinus at Broomhill will serve a specially priced buffet at £7.95 for our members and any guests they might want to invite. Members not wishing to eat with us, are welcome to come along after the buffet at around 8pm to join in the merriment.
Rinus will need to have your buffet bookings by Saturday 10th December, please phone him on 01271 850262

 


Wednesday, 9th November 2011, 8pm
The Broomhill Group
The Broomhill Group

As there will be no meeting of North Devon Arts in November
(due to the Private View to which all are invited on 1st November at The Picture House in Exeter!) we would like to hold a meeting at Broomhill hosted by The Broomhill Group (the NDA writers/poets group). Rinus will feed us if there is a reasonable number of people taking up this invitation. We are considering all sorts of ideas to make an entertaining evening based on ‘words’. There will be no pressure on anyone to create or perform anything. Anyone who considers words are ‘not their thing’ will be surprised!The Broomhill Group welcomes your support - contact Jann for more information: memberships@northdevonarts.co.uk


Wednesday, 12th October 2011, 8pm
Kester Webb on Exmoor

Artist, photographer and interested in geology, Kester Webb has been walking the coastal footpaths and exploring the sea cliffs of North Devon since the 1950s, taking photographs and drawing the dramatic scenery in order to create geo-morphic landscape paintings. Kester will be giving an illustrated talk about Exmoor to NDA members.

Inspired by E.A.Newell Arber's challenge in The Coast Scenery of North Devon, 1910: 'It would be a proud accomplishment to have traversed the whole of the shoreline from Porlock westwards' - Kester Webb is the creator of The Hidden Edge of Exmoor Project.

He has now scrambled, boulder-hopped and rock-climbed the entire length of North Devon's beaches and given numerous illustrated talks of his exploration for charities and groups throughout the region. He is also involved with the Combe Martin Museum through his practical experience in local silver-lead mineral mining.

Read about editor, Tom Hodgkinson's day out with Kester on The Idler website: http://idler.co.uk/country-diary/a-country-diary-45/


Wednesday, 14th September 2011, 8pm
NDA - Speed Skilling Evening
NDA - Speed Skilling Evening

You've heard of Speed Dating, now we present Speed Skilling! The idea of the evening is for you to use our 'experts' to brush up on your skills moving from table to table finding out about topics of interest! A number of areas will be covered on the night, including: Networking/volunteering in the arts; Internet Q&A; Writing about your work; Using your photos; Promoting yourself. This comes in response to member feedback that they'd like to see more training and skills sharing in NDA - hence this meeting. Just come along, pick a topic and pick our brains!


Wednesday, 10th August 2011, 7pm
Special Members' Evening
Special Members' Evening

SPECIAL NDA MEMBERS EVENING - Wednesday 10th August
Traditionally, NDA doesn't hold an August meeting, but some members have said it seems such a long time not to get together.

So the committee have arranged with Rinus at Broomhill to have an informal meet and walk in the wonderful Broomhill gardens, taking in the newly situated Sculpture Prize shortlisted works. Rinus has agreed to cook a BBQ for us (weather permitting, or in that case a buffet) at the special members rate of £7.50 (veggies catered for as well!)
 
Members are welcome to bring friends with them (no guest fee this evening) and have the choice to eat or not, although what better way to get to know fellow members than over a BBQ in these gardens? Come along to enjoy the friendly company, good atmosphere, fab food and discuss your choices about who should win the Broomhill Sculpture Prize!
 
Please note; food will be only be served to those who have pre-booked with Broomhill. To book, can members please contact Broomhill direct, leaving their names, on; 01271 850262 or email:  info@broomhillart.co.uk  no later than Saturday 6th August.


Wednesday, 13th July 2011, 8pm
Andy White and NDA AGM
Andy White and NDA AGM

NDA member Andy White talks about his new series - 'A Kid I Have Fallen in Milk'- a collection of seven surreal paintings that catalogue the transition from the Summer to the Autumn of his life. His technique involves the absent minded application of paint to the canvas with minimum conscious intent.

At around 8.30pm the NDA AGM begins with reports on the past year, and a chance for members to feedback and talk to the Committee. Finally the next Committee will be elected for 2011/2012.

If you want to know more about the outgoing committee, or would like to nominate yourself to be part of the NDA committee, please see form attached to the June newsletter.


Wednesday, 8th June 2011, 8pm
John Makepeace OBE
John Makepeace OBE

North Devon Arts is pleased to welcome one of the country’s foremost international, furniture designer/makers, John Makepeace OBE, to talk about his outstanding 50 year career as a maker and an inspiring teacher.

John’s furniture is both classic and modern, representing workmanship at its very best.  There is a touring exhibition of his work going round the UK this year and we are pleased to announce that John will be bringing three of his iconic chairs to display in Barnstaple’s Museum during June to coincide with his NDA talk. The talk is part of the North Devon Festival. For more information on John's work, see his website at
http://www.johnmakepeacefurniture.com/

Tickets for non-members £5.  For further information and to book for John’s talk at Broomhill, please contact; events@northdevonarts.co.uk
 
In conjunction with John Makepeace's talk at North Devon Arts, Barnstaple Museum presents a special opportunity to view three chairs by influential furniture designer and maker, John Makepeace, at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon from 1st June-30th June 2011, Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.00pm, as part of the North Devon Festival. Free entry.  Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon , The Square , Barnstaple , Devon , EX32 8LN


Wednesday, 18th May 2011, 8pm
Liz Atkin - Photographer
Liz Atkin - Photographer

Please note: new date of 18th May for this talk (not our usual meeting date of 11th May).

Liz Atkin is a visual artist based in London. With a background in theatre and dance, physicality underpins her creative practice. Skin is her primary source for corporeal art, both as metaphorical membrane and physical boundary. Her work centres on a multilayered exploration of the possibilities of marking, extending and transforming the skin so as to question the limits of the body and the potentials for communication across and within the porous textures of light and surfaces.  This personal investigation explores body focused repetitive behaviour resulting in a sometimes violent rendering of the body in order to condense it to matter for resculpting.

Liz completed a Masters with Distinction from Laban in 2007. She won The London Paper self-portrait award with the London Affordable Art Fair in February 2008. Liz was the only international Artist in Residence on The Genesis Project, Los Angeles California for five weeks that same year. She has exhibited her work at exhibitions in London, such as solo shows at APT Gallery  (April 2008), Camden People's Theatre (Oct 2008), as well as group shows including 'What NOW,' a weekend showcase at Siobhan Davies Studios London in April 2009, celebrating a new generation of young dance-artists who think and ask questions through movement and the body. Most recently Liz exhibited work in a solo show at Blackheath Halls.
In April 2010 Liz joined Havelock Walk in South London, a creative community of sculptors, painters, designers, photographers and other visual artists.  She is forging new collaborations with Gary Lambert (dancer/choreographer), Lenka H Ryan (photographer), Oliver Warren (film maker) and Dr Simon Park (molecular biologist at University of Surrey). For more information www.lizatkin.com


Wednesday, 13th April 2011, 8pm
Gavrilo Princip: The Assassin who started the First World War
Gavrilo Princip: The Assassin who started the First World War

 Written by Peter Villiers

With original illustrations by Fiona Balfour
 
 
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, local author and occasional playwright, Peter Villiers, will be presenting an illustrated book talk for North Devon Arts on Wednesday 13th April at Broomhill Art Hotel. Talk starts at 8pm.
 
I am an author and publisher living in Weare Giffard, I published a biography of Gavrilo Princip last year, and commissioned Fiona Balfour to illustrate it.  
 
Fiona took to the task very readily, and an interesting process of collaboration took place, during which I explained the background to the book and what I had in mind for the illustrations, and she, as it were, ‘read’ herself into the process and decided how to create the images that would best illustrate the book.
 
The result was a book which, I believe, is enhanced by its illustrations in a way that maps and photographs could not have achieved (although some were also included). In the age of the internet, there is still a place for the artist as book-illustrator; and I hope that both of us learned from the experience.
 
My 2006 marine biography of Joseph Conrad was illustrated with pictures of his ships, researched and painted by specialist marine artist Mark Myers who lives in N. Cornwall: but that’s a story in itself...
(Joseph Conrad: Master Mariner.  Peter Villiers, Seafarer Press, 2006.  With original illustrations by Mark Myers, FSMA.)
 
Peter Villiers

On 28th June 1914, the Bosnian student Gavrilo Princip shot dead the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo. Austria blamed Serbia for the attack, and the First World War followed. Find out more about the attentat of the century, its consequences, and its continuing relevance.

• Who was Gavrilo Princip, why did he open fire, and what was his connexion to the Black Hand?

• What role was played by the director of Serbian military intelligence, Colonel Apis? What did Apis hope to achieve by the assassination, and why did the Serbian government disapprove?

• Protecting the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife on their visit to Sarajevo in June 1914 should have been a relatively simple affair. Why did the assassination succeed, and who was to blame for this extraordinary failure in security?

• The shooting of an obscure Archduke in an even more obscure corner of the Balkans - in fact, the capital of a remote province that had only recently become part of the Austro-Hungarian empire - led to world war, the death of millions, and the destruction of four empires. Why; and how is this murder still relevant to-day?
 
This book may be ordered on-line from www.cpibookdelivery.com  
or is available at local bookshops.

Wednesday, 9th March 2011, 8pm
Inspiration Evening
Inspiration Evening

This is the night when we all get an insight to the work of others in the group. It's an open evening for members to talk about their own work and inspirations.

If you are showing work in New Year New Work 2011, why not tell us about the work you have on show. Also why not bring along something that inspires you to give us an insight into what makes you tick! If you are not showing, why not bring along a piece of work and tell us about how you work, what you do and what inspires you. A great way to find out more about fellow members and to network!


Wednesday, 9th February 2011, 8pm
North Devon's Pottery Trade - Sadie Green
North Devon's Pottery Trade - Sadie Green

Sadie Green undertook a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship in September and October 2010 and will be talking about her experiences at our February meeting.

Sadie travelled through North Carolina and Virginia, visiting organisations, artists and archaeologists. The aims were to reignite the 'special relationship' between Bideford and her new twin town, Manteo in North Carolina through the arts and to research North Devon’s pottery trade with the colonies of the Eastern Seaboard in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Sadie produced a 3-year plan with Dare County Arts Council (DCAC), laying out the steps for an Arts Exchange Programme for Bideford and Manteo. The first step being an artists' handmade postcard exchange project with an exhibition scheduled for late May and June at DCAC. Postcards will also be exhibited in Bideford at the same time. It is hoped that two primary schools in Bideford and Manteo will also undertake a similar handmade postcard exchange in 2011.

Viewing the collections of sherds in Jamestown added to her knowledge and understanding of the trade as well as it's aesthetic qualities. Sadie also studied collections in Williamsburg, Richmond, Charlottesville, Virginia and in Raleigh North Carolina. She met curators of collections and archaeologists, all were generous with information and contacts. What was striking was the sheer volume of sherds. These finds also cemented the link between the tobacco and pottery trades and the importance of this relationship to the development of the English colonies in Virginia and to Bideford as a port and town. Contact Sadie at sadie@experiencedevon.com. Sadie’s blog can be viewed at www.sadie-green.blogspot.com


Wednesday, 12th January 2011, 8pm
The Art of Haiku
The Art of Haiku

Haiku is a Japanese verse form known for distilling the essence of a moment in time and place through strong nature imagery...and Haiga are illustrated Haiku.

Evocative images are provided by photographer George Brown and words are provided by Jann Wirtz.

Please bring a pen and paper.


Wednesday, 8th December 2010, 7pm
Informal Christmas Evening
Informal Christmas Evening

Due to the success of last year’s informal Christmas buffet and get together at Broomhill, for NDA members and their friends, it was decided to do the same again this year. If you want to come to the 7pm buffet, you will need to
book at least a few days in advance to give Rinus enough time to prepare. The cost will be £7.50 per head. Please contact Rinus tel: 01271 850262.

Members and guests who do not want to eat, are welcome to come along a bit later, at 8pm. and join in with the socialising - just having fun is an important part of being in the group and is great way of getting to know your fellow members.


Wednesday, 10th November 2010, 8pm
Albert Duplock
Albert Duplock

Albert Duplock was the winner of the Plough drawing prize in 2009. Born in the North East, he moved to London to study at the Royal College of Art and since then has been a professional artist working in London and the South-west.

His work has ranged from large abstact paintings and collages to delicate and imaginative figurative drawings. He continually experiments and invents using images and mediums in unexpected ways. His talk with the use of slides will take you through his creative journey describing and illustrating the ideas and influences behind his art.


Wednesday, 13th October 2010, 8pm
Aune Head Arts
Aune Head Arts

Aune Head Arts (AHA) is a not-for-profit rural arts organisation making and
commissioning contemporary arts projects. AHA provides opportunities for
local, regional and national artists to work in rural contexts, particularly on
Dartmoor; nurtures early career artists by providing professional training and
exhibition opportunities; collaborates with individuals, groups and
organisations across the UK to produce its projects, and exhibits work in rural
communities and urban centres using non-traditional as well as traditional art
spaces. Nancy will tell us about AHA's work and how artists can get involved.


Wednesday, 8th September 2010, 8pm
John Hurford
John Hurford

John Hurford became one of the real forces behind the British psychedelic art movement.  His early work (as much of it still is today) was crowded with flowers, birds and insects - highly detailed observations from the natural world he saw around him in the Devon countryside where he lived.   A recently published book,  'Johnny, The Work of Psychedelic Artist John Hurford' , gives further insights into his career. More information from his website www.johnhurford.co.uk

PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO NDA MEETING IN AUGUST.


Wednesday, 14th July 2010, 8pm
Inspiration Evening and NDA AGM
Inspiration Evening and NDA AGM

A members evening, where NDA artists are encouraged to bring along or talk
about what inspires them to produce their work. Guy Stoker will begin the
evening talking about his recent musical composition 'Ictal Variations', an
investigation into the interrelationship between music and epilepsy.
Other members then talk of their current inspirations. The second part of the
evening is the NDA AGM, where members have an opportunity to discuss
how the group should be run in the future and, to choose their next NDA
committee (or nominate themselves).


Wednesday, 9th June 2010, 8pm
Martin Pailthorpe
Martin Pailthorpe

BBC Film maker and photographer, Martin Pailthorpe, will be talking about his career and how it evolved into to camerawork, photography and editing. Illustrated with film clips and photos from his foreign trips (notably Tibet and South Western China) and closer to home - in North Devon and his current job in the Outer Hebrides.


Wednesday, 12th May 2010, 8pm
Tom Hodgkinson, Editor of The Idler
Tom Hodgkinson, Editor of The Idler

Tom Hodgkinson is founder and editor of the Idler, a periodical which campaigns against the work ethic. He is the author of three books which outline his own brand of anarcho-idlerism, and they are: How to be Idle, How to be Free and the Idle Parent, all published by Penguin. The latest issue of the Idler is titled "Back to the Land". At Broomhill, he will be discussing his journalistic career to date, his move to North Devon, why he hates Facebook and why he hates Henry VIII. He will accompany his talk with a few songs on the ukulele. More info: idler.co.uk 


Wednesday, 14th April 2010, 8pm
Amy Cooper - Ceramicist
Amy Cooper - Ceramicist

Amy Cooper is a ceramicist who is now based in North Devon and has a contrasting body of work. Many of you will have seen her brick sculpture (including the brick sofa in the grounds of Broomhill) and also her delicate porcelain lamps in the form of sea urchins. Amy discusses her work and career to date.

Amy grew up in idyllic Cornwall, spending much of her youth in the countryside and on the beach. After travelling and a series of menial jobs she attended Falmouth School of Art for their foundation course, with a view to furthering her painting skills. She quickly grew disillusioned with aspects of the fine art world and realised that painting wasn't the direction she wanted to take. Ceramics reared it's head as part of the course and Amy quickly became hooked on the infinite properties of clay and the myriad techniques that go with it.

After graduating from Falmouth, Amy went on to the University of Wolverhampton and studied for a B.A. in art and design (ceramics and sculpture) where she channelled her passion for clay into two main (and completely contrasting!) bodies of work - delicate porcelain lamps and large scale brick sculpture. Graduating with a first class honours degree in the summer of 2002, her career was kick-started by a hugely successful degree show and she has gone from strength to strength ever since showing regularly at craft design shows and major ceramics events, as well as supplying a host of galleries both at home and internationally. For more information, see her website at www.amycooperceramics.co.uk

 


Wednesday, 10th March 2010, 8pm
Informal Poetry Evening
Informal Poetry Evening

Claire Williamson will be leading this informal poetry evening, where she will give a brief outline of her career as a Bristol based poet and writer, plus being an organiser of Poetry Slams.

A few years back, NDA commissioned Claire to write a cyclical poem in response to the foot and mouth crisis here in North Devon; part of an Arts Trail using five artists making temporary, outdoor artworks in five different communities. Her poem was then reproduced onto postcards, inviting visitors to venture back into the countryside.
 
Claire will be reading from some of her published works. A question and answer session will round off the evening.

Claire Williamson is a freelance writer, living in Bristol with her husband, daughter and two dogs. Claire has a strong performance element to her work and her latest collection, The Soulwater Pool (The Poetry Can, 2008) reflects these theatrical ingredients.

Claire has worked extensively in education and has worked with The Poetry Slam introducing performance poetry to schools, since 1994. Claire is lead-tutor for Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes at University of Bristol and has worked extensively in the community, in areas such as addiction recovery, looked-after children, profound disabilities, cancer care and with older people.

Claire’s first collection Ride On (PoTA Press, 2005) won an Arts Council Award and toured the South West. Claire has also toured with Exposed (Apples and Snakes) and The Truth is Optional (PoTA Press). She is currently working on a new novel entitled The Scarab Bookshop. More info on Claire's website:www.clairewilliamson.co.uk


Wednesday, 10th February 2010, 8pm
Members' Inspiration Evening featuring Ric Hyde
Members' Inspiration Evening featuring Ric Hyde

This is the night when we all get an insight to the work of others in the group. NDA member Ric Hyde will begin the evening, telling of his new approach to his artwork. From there, it's an open evening for members to talk about their own work and inspirations.

If you are showing work in New Year New Work 2010, why not tell us about the work you have on show. Also why not bring along something that inspires you to give us an insight into what makes you tick! If you are not showing, why not bring along a piece of work and tell us about how you work, what you do and what inspires you. A great way to find out more about fellow members and to network!


Wednesday, 9th December 2009, 7pm for buffet or 8pm for meeting
Christmas with NDA
Christmas with NDA

Why not join other NDA members for a get together on the last meeting of the year, Wednesday, 9th December? The committee thought it would be a good idea to keep this an informal night, where members can chose whether to book a £6.50 Christmassy Broomhill buffet (at 7pm), or come along later at 8pm to meet their fellow members.  This social occasion would help us all to get to know each other better and what we do and, best of all, have some fun!


The Lucky Dip will still be a feature of the evening - so if you want to take home a present, please bring a wrapped gift to the value of £2.50 to put in the box (optional!).  If any of you want to dress up for the night, or bring something you have made to decorate the tables, it's up to you - there may be prizes for the best, judged by the infamous NDA Clapometer!  


If you would like the special, delicious Broomhill buffet, served at  7pm, please contact; Rinus on 01271 850262 by no later than Saturday, 5th December.


Wednesday, 11th November 2009, 8pm
Art Cooperatives
Art Cooperatives

Members of 3 local arts and crafts co-operatives - Helen Bailes, Sue Martin and Alison Nicholson will talk about the background to the setting up of cooperatives at The Appledore Crafts Company, Appledore; 14 the Gallery,Torrington; and The Art Coop at Gallery 39, Barnstaple. They'll discuss the ethos, advantages and disadvantages, success and disappointments.


Wednesday, 14th October 2009, 8pm
Gill Burbidge - Feltmaker
Gill Burbidge  - Feltmaker

Gill will be talking about her work  as a feltmaker.  She studied at Loughborough College, Exeter College and University of Plymouth.   She is a practicing artist and researcher currently responsible for delivering and developing Art@Bicton since 2004.   She is a Professional Associate of the Society of Artists and of the International Feltmakers' Association.


Wednesday, 9th September 2009, 7pm
Mangez l'art
Mangez l'art

A celebration of food and culture, in cooperation with: NDA, Wild curl and Broomhill's Salon Del Eccentrica. Please note, unlike usual NDA meetings this event starts at 7pm, with buffet later during the evening.

'Mangez l'art' will be packed full of delicious foody treats and performances of music and poetry. Riverford Farms' Guy Watson will be giving a talk on his new Riverford Farm Cook Book. Fred Dudbridge from Slow Food Devon will be advising us on how we can counteract fast food and fast life. A variety of local food producers will be displaying their produce,including a mouth-watering demonstration from Swiss Chocolatiers Melchior Chocolates based in South Molton! The food theme continues on the walls with an exhibition by food photographer Guy Harrop. To complete the evening, a special buffet (for those opting to eat) will be served by the award winning Broomhill restaurant 'Terra Madre'.

Free to all NDA members who aren't eating, £5 for NDA members including Mediterranean Tapas buffet (please state you are an NDA member when booking, and bring membership card along on the night, since normal event price is £7.50). Booking essential, 01271 850262.


Wednesday, 12th August 2009, 6pm start, buffet at 7pm
NDA Summer Party
NDA Summer Party

This first ever NDA Summer Party party is being held at Holwell (between Muddiford and Berrydown - a few miles from Broomhill) and will be held at member Liz Willis' house and grounds in a beautiful rural setting. The party will be indoors, if wet.

A buffet meal will be provided: bring your own alcohol and an instrument if you’re musical!

Tickets £10 per person. Tickets available at the next NDA meeting on 8th July or by sending a cheque payable to 'North Devon Arts' to: North Devon Arts, PO Box 291, Barnstaple EX32 2BN.

 


Wednesday, 8th July 2009, 8pm
Members' Inspiration Evening & AGM
Members' Inspiration Evening & AGM

A members evening, where NDA artists are encouraged to bring along or talk about what inspires them to produce their work.

The second part of the evening is the NDA AGM, where members have an opportunity to discuss how the group should be run in the future and, to chose their next NDA committee (or nominate themselves). Details of the 2009/2010 committee and member nomination form is available here.

The chair's report 2009 is now available here and the AGM Minutes are also available here.


Wednesday, 10th June 2009, 8pm
Author, Tracy Chevalier
Author, Tracy Chevalier

Tracy will talk about how a spark of an idea gets developed into a published novel, using her forthcoming novel 'Remarkable Creatures' as an example.

Tracy is an author whose works include 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' (also made into a film). Tracy's next book is about fossil collector Mary Anning. If you want to know more about Tracy, take a look at her great website www.tchevalier.com.


Wednesday, 13th May 2009, 8pm
Ken Hildrew - Demonstration
Ken Hildrew - Demonstration

Ken Hildrew is a well respected artist, living and working from his North Molton home and studio. He has work in private collections and in business institutions across the world. Having studied at the Woolwich School of Art, he originally worked in television and advertising.

He has exhibited throughout the UK, winning many awards along the way, including being three times winner of the Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition. Ken's laid-back approach to all this success is refreshing and endearing in these self-promotion times!
 


Wednesday, 8th April 2009, 8pm
Arts Matrix Session
Arts Matrix Session

Joanne Vickery gives a special session for North Devon Arts members at Broomhill.  Joanne is also part of the Gateway Theatre Group, working with children and community groups across North Devon. She is committed to bringing out people's creative ideas, but at the same time having as much fun as possible!

Why not use this great (free) opportunity to help you think laterally about the way you work, plan your career or promote yourself.

Arts Matrix is the skills and enterprise development agency for creative professionals in the South West. They enable arts and creative industries professionals to develop skills to make the most of their careers. Their services, for creative businesses and social enterprises, include one-to-one professional development planning, business and organizational consultancy, skills audits, sector specific seminars, and training programmes.

If you would like further information about Arts Matrix services please visit www.artsmatrix.org.uk


Wednesday, 11th March 2009, 8pm
Peter Stiles
Peter Stiles will be talking about his forthcoming project with the North Devon and Barnstaple Museum to celebrate Darwin's 200th Anniversary.  Artist Peter Stiles has been commissioned to examine the Museum's seaweed collection and produce artwork, an exhibition and a publication, which focus on the connection between Ilfracombe, Charles Darwin, Philip Gosse and George Eliot.

Wednesday, 11th February 2009, 8pm
NDA Members' Inspiration Evening
NDA Members' Inspiration Evening This is the night when you can get an insight to the work of members of the group. Some members showing work in New Year New Work 09, will tell us about the work they have on show.  Others will bring along something that inspires them to give an insight into what makes them tick! Some who are not showing, including non-visual artists, will be encouraged to bring along a piece of work and tell us about how they work, what they do and what inspires them. A  great way to find out more about NDA members and to network!

Wednesday, 21st January 2009, 8pm
Sandy Brown
Sandy Brown Sandy Brown is a world renowned ceramicist, first studying under master potters in Japan, where she lived for a time.  Sandy has had major touring exhibitions in many countries and has just returned from a tour of China. Her experiences of China will form the basis of her talk in January. One of Sandy's platters is pictured here (photo: John Andow).
Please note: this event is takes place at The Glove Factory, Appledore; and the date is later in the month than is our custom! No buffet is available prior to the meeting, so please make alternative arrangements (perhaps a local pub?).

Wednesday, 10th December 2008, 7pm for 7.30pm
NDA Christmas Party
NDA Christmas Party The annual Christmas Party at Broomhill.  This is a great way of introducing friends and interested people to NDA as it is always a fun night and one where we can get to know each other in a relaxed setting.
The price of the tickets  include a three course meal and a complimentary glass of wine.  This year make a Christmas Decoration as a gift to swap - a prize for the best.  Dress To Impress - theme is Crackers! (prize for the best decorated).
Tickets are £14 and can be purchased by sending your cheque made payable to 'North Devon Arts' to: North Devon Arts, PO Box 291, Barnstaple, EX32 2BN.

Wednesday, 12th November 2008, 8pm
Peter Randall-Page
Peter Randall-Page Peter Randall-Page is an international sculptor, working in stone.  He uses nature and its intricate mathematical forms as his inspiration and is known for his collaborative sculptures with the Eden Project and Kew Gardens.

Wednesday, 5th November 2008, 6.30pm
NDA Extraordinary General Meeting
Details of the proposed association membership are included in the newsletter - come to the meeting to vote in person, or send your vote to chair@northdevonarts.co.uk.

Wednesday, 8th October 2008, 8pm
Lee Morgan
Ex editor/owner, ‘Art in Devon’ currently working on ‘The People’s Republic of South Devon website magazine.  Lee will talk about ways of getting your work in magazines, creating an interesting story and producing a good image for a feature, plus talking about his latest website project.

Wednesday, 10th September 2008, 8pm
Chris Chapman
Chris is a well known photographer working in Devon, mainly showing black and white images. He is renowned for his emotive, documentary photos of life on a Devon farm during the Foot and Mouth crisis.

Wednesday, 9th July 2008, 8pm
Inspiration and NDA AGM
A members evening, where NDA artists are encouraged to bring along or talk about what inspires them to produce their work.  The second part of the evening is the NDA AGM, where members have an opportunity to discuss how the group should be run in the future and, to chose their next NDA committee (or nominate themselves).  Nomination forms to elect a new committee have been sent out to the membership.

Wednesday, 11th June 2008, 8pm
Linking Art & Music
Linking Art & Music A special evening hosted by North Devon Arts as part of the North Devon Festival, with musical instrument maker, Tony Benson, musician friends Babelfish and plenty of artists making up this informal gathering.  The evening will centre on the relationship between the Visual Arts and Music.
The event is open to non-members of North Devon Arts - admission is £4 for non-members.  For further information ring 01271 850262 or email: chair@northdevonarts.co.uk.

Wednesday, 14th May 2008, 8pm
Louise Short - Sculptural Assemblage, Installation Work, Teaching, Curation Work
Louise will be talking about her career as a professional artist, curator and educator.  She is widely exhibited, is Director of STATION, teaches at leading universities, and advises artist groups.
Louise studied Fine Art at Exeter College of Art graduating in 1986.  In 1992 she attended the University of Wales Institute Cardiff with an M.A. in Fine Art.  She has exhibited widely in the Europe, the Middle East, Georgia and Australia.  The installation work 'Teething Room' was purchased by the Arts Council Collection of England in 1999.  Her interest in collections and commonly used objects have culminated in installations and sculptural assemblages which often utilise various forms of dirt and discarded material.
Louise has long been involved in curation, exhibition organisation and consultation, since initiating STATION (a former fireboat station) and an old donkey stable/cave, a temporary Research and Development Context for Art, based on Bristol's docks (www.stationbristol.org.uk) of which she is Director.  She has been instrumental in initiating debate, and in making opportunities for artists to realize new works.
She has taught in Site Based Practice and Photography at the University of Plymouth, Camberwell College of Art and Goldsmiths, and is Senior Lecturer in M.A. Fine Art at the Cardiff School of Art & Design.  She currently also works as a agony aunt for ALIAS (www.alias.org). Louise has most recently been Artist in Residence at the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, marking its 21st Anniversary.

Wednesday, 9th April 2008, 8pm
Multi Story Theatre Company
Multi Story Theatre Company Multi Story Theatre Company are a small-scale touring theatre company that will run a participative session for NDA members which examines the way artists see, using activities such as kinetic sculpture.  Multi Story will introduce themselves with a short performance from their current work, probably from the piece that they will be taking to the North Devon, Brighton and Prague Festivals in 2008.
Multi Story is crammed full of experience.  Bill Buffery both performed and directed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and was Artistic Director of Orchard Theatre Company for eleven years.  Gill Nathanson worked with some of the UK's top Education and Community theatre companies before joining Orchard Theatre Company in 1989.  As well as playing leading roles with the company, she ran three Youth Theatres and an extensive workshop programme.
As the name implies, Multi Story are centrally concerned with the enduring power of story - and with communicating the richness of experience that the old stories contain to new audiences, both young and old.
Pictured right are Bill Buffery and Gill Nathanson - photograph taken by Guy Harrop.

Wednesday, 12th March 2008, 8pm
Kate Rowley - Textile Designer
Kate Rowley - Textile Designer Kate Rowley discusses her career as a textile designer for clients such as Tommy Hilfiger, Garnet Hill, Ludvig Svensson, Almedahls and IKEA.  Kate began her career selling print designs for fashion through agents, and worked in Rome and Paris.  Since returning to the UK she has concentrated on furnishing print designs for curtaining, bedlinen, shower curtains, table cloths, beach towels, etc.  She has also recently worked on wallpaper designs.

Wednesday, 13th February 2008, 8pm
New Year New Work: the Stories Behind the Work
Come to hear the stories and inspirations behind New Year New Work 2008- as participating artists are informally invited to talk about their work.  A real chance to get an insight into the working methods, creative responses of fellow members.

Wednesday, 16th January 2008, 8pm
A user's guide to the NDA web site
There will be a session on how to get the best out of the NDA web site.  There will be an introduction to some useful new features on the site.  There will also be a discussion on how to get your own web site address and web site and how to create and maintain your own web site.  The evening is hosted by Mark Hajdukiewicz of m2z ltd, designers of the new NDA web site.  The meeting notes with links are available here.
Fiona Fraser-Smith, co-ordinator of the Appledore Visual Arts Festival, will also speak.  Starting off the evening, she will explain the format for the 2008 Festival and be asking for NDA artists to be involved, either exhibiting, doing workshops or, responding to their call for artists in residence.

Wednesday, 12th December 2007, 7pm for 7.30pm
NDA Christmas Party
This is the annual Christmas Party at Broomhill.  This is a great way of introducing friends and interested people to NDA as it is always a fun night and one where we can get to know each other in a relaxed setting.
The tickets are £18 and include a three course meal and a complimentary glass of wine.  There's a fun Christmas Creative Challenge to bring or wear your Christmas tree - a prize to the best.  Also bring a wrapped present to the value of £1.
Tickets are £18 and can be purchased by sending your cheque made payable to 'North Devon Arts' to: North Devon Arts, PO Box 291, Barnstaple, EX32 2BN.

Wednesday, 14th November 2007, 8pm
Christina Bonnett - Showing with confidence
How to choose frames and best present work can be a problem to artists.  Practising artist and framer Christina Bonnett will talk about displaying artwork including some tips on presenting work for Exhibition and Galleries.

Wednesday, 10th October 2007, 8pm
Lydia Corbett - model turned artist
An unusual introduction to Picasso led to Lydia Corbett (or Sylvette David as she was then known) modelling for him on a regular basis.  Stunningly beautiful: ‘The Girl with a Ponytail’ was the inspiration for numerous paintings and sculptures and this encounter with genius was instrumental in developing her own artistic practice in later life.
From an early age Lydia has been engaged in the world of artistic expression.  In the last few years her work has been increasingly expressive and illustrative, recalling those early impressive years and later her journeys through motherhood, love of nature, religious, social and philosophical themes.  Corbett’s paintings and ceramics possess a dreamlike quality born of naïveté.

Wednesday, 12th September 2007, 8pm
Open studio events - how to get the best from them
Those organising and participating in Devon Art Works and Art Trek explain what goes into making an open studios events work - costs, promotion, brochure distribution, etc.  It promises to be a lively and topical discussion, as it takes place during the Devon Art Works open studio event (Devon Art Works takes place 8th-23rd September).
Web sites: for Art Trek www.northdevonfestival.org/events/arttrek.html.

Wednesday, 11th July 2007, 8pm
April Doubleday and Jill Denton
Jeweller, April Doubleday and textile artist, Jill Denton will talk about their commitment to fair trade products and environmental issues relating to their work.
How jeweller, April sources her materials for her silver and gold jewellery without using the mines that exploit their workers and how she uses recycled old wood from muscial instruments.
Textile artist, Jill will talk about how she's become sick of the waste produced everywhere and the need to buy new frames and materials all the time, now tries to recycle and reuse in her work wherever possible, using found objects and recycled materials.  All related to the same environmental issue, and is something she feels very strongly about.  Having spent time in India and similar countries, Jill has seen how resourceful these peoples are, inspiring one to think along similar lines.

Wednesday, 13th June 2007, 8.00pm
The stories behind the work
Come to hear the stories and inspirations behind the ‘Square Picture Show’ exhibitions as participating artists are informally invited to talk about their work.

Wednesday, 9th May 2007, 8.00pm
Colin Allbrook
This well known local artist will be talking about his painting career and demonstrating his techniques.  Colin’s modest but easy and confident manner is infectious and shines through in his paintings and drawings of life in the North Devon landscape.

Wednesday, 11th April 2007, 8.00pm
Andy White
Andy works as a mosaic artist and his latest creation is a fabulous, large, classical mural.  His pet interest is resistance to the creative process, or artists 'block' as we know it.  Andy will talk about his mammoth mosaic and hopefully impart how he copes with the ‘blank canvas’ syndrome! www.andywhitemosaics.co.uk

Wednesday, 14th March 2007, 8.00pm
Vanessa Marston
Vanessa Marston Vanessa is a well known sculptress and has spent many years working to commission, making life-sized bronze or resin figures.  She will provide us with details of what this has entailed in marketing terms, being at the right fairs/shows and the sheer hard work of creating large scale art works.  Her paintings can also be seen at the NDA ‘New Year - New Work’ exhibition until 1st March.  www.vanessamarston.com

Wednesday, 14th February 2007, 8.00pm
The stories behind the work
The stories behind the work Hear exhibiting members talk about their work in the Winter Show and what inspires and motivates them.
As a special addition to end this evening, artist Tony Culver will engage us with his ‘off the wall’ ideas on Art.

Wednesday, 10th January 2007, 8.00pm
Poet, Frances Thompson
Having taken early retirement from teaching in order to focus on her writing, Frances completed an MA in Creative Writing at Exeter University in 2003, gaining a Distinction and a School Commendation.  In the last few years, her poems and stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies in the UK, the USA and Ireland.