Forthcoming exhibitions at the Wharf Art Gallery are shown below. Further details can be found in the Wharf magazine, published bi-monthly. Invitations to private views may be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or filling in our enquiry form.
We particularly encourage local artists to exhibit with us, and actively promote new talent. If you would like to exhibit at the Wharf Gallery, please contact Chris Burchell, Art Director, on 01822 613928 or email@example.com for further details.
|Monday 28th November 2016 to Friday 6th January 2017||
Mount Kelly Exhibition
Mount Kelly’s Art exhibition at the Tavistock Wharf Gallery in December serves to celebrate the collaboration between our pupils and established artists living and working in West Devon.
Jennie Hale an artist / potter lives and works in the beautiful wooded Lyd valley. It is here where she creates her nature diaries, recording forest creatures, bugs and ripples in the river. From these she generates unique earthenware, and Raku fired sculptures. Jennie’s animals and birds come to life, expertly decorated with oxides and glazes. These beautiful creations have inspired and motivated our pupils and adults alike who attend a Saturday class at the college desiring to create their own ceramic masterpieces. Animals, human heads and artifacts, skillfully coiled and modeled with expert guidance.
Our A ‘Level pupils also get the opportunity to work alongside highly acclaimed Mary Gillet at her Tamar Print Workshop. Set on the edge of Dartmoor, her surroundings are captured in her scored, furrowed, scraped and burnished etchings and landscapes which become contemplations on how our surroundings can reflect our histories, our moods and our thoughts. Pupils learn historical techniques and processes, helping them to turn their observational drawings into individually unique finely crafted prints.
The artwork of Jennie Hale and Mary Gillet will be presented alongside that of our pupils, showcasing artists of the present and potentially, of the future.
|Monday 16th January 2016 to Friday 24th February 2017||
A screen print artist based near Launceston, Katherine would describe her style as ‘pop art’ with a heart. She uses a mixture of photo sensitive emulsion and paper stencils with acrylic paints.
She draws her inspiration through photographic images. In a recent piece she used an image of ice skaters and set them over an old astrological chart. This picture represented love, fate and the fragility of life. She has also used images of carousels and trapeze artists to represent the ‘merry go round’ of love and relationships.
Colour is really important to her. She might find a piece of driftwood on the beach with a faded blue that she will keep and match up in a print.
Like the old Masters, Katherine mixes all her coIours herself and does not use them straight from the pot. She loves to play with contrasting colours, metallic golds and silvers mixed with other colours. This can highlight and lift elements of the picture. Enjoying experiment, she plays with techniques to produce different effects. Leaves, cotton thread and even cotton wool under the screens create unusual results.
Katherine’s studio is a shed in the garden. She made her screen print press from scrap wood and got some old metal screens second hand. This gives her work a ‘cottage art’ feel. As she does not have the equipment to produce large print runs, work can always vary slightly within the run. This allows her to play with and exaggerate the mis-registrations that occur. This has become a theme in her work, eschewing perfection.
‘Life isn’t perfect and we are all unique.’ She says. “This is my art and you don’t have to like it, I have done it because something inside me wants and needs to be whole again”.
|Monday April 3rd to Friday April 28th 2017||
Angie Seaway is an expressive landscape artist. She began painting in her late 30’s and went on to study Fine Art at Plymouth University. She has had many solo and group shows across the South west since, and sells her work internationally as well as in the UK.
Angie paints in a dynamic way, always starting in the landscape with the weather and elements, and her initial response determines the outcome. Paint is layered over lines of charcoal and ink as the subtleties of the paint infuse through the prior mark making. Her work seeks to evoke a response in the viewer to the landscape around us and its relationship to our interior landscapes coloured by emotion and memory.
She says of her work,
‘I paint because I have to. Without painting, my life loses its flow and I cannot think straight or feel right. It is my way of making sense of the world around me in both a physical and emotional way. It is a kind of obsessive love affair which has its own momentum and life.’
Angie Seaway lives and works in East Devon, minutes from the seafront at Exmouth. Applications to view her work at her home based private gallery may be arranged by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
|Monday 1st May to Friday 26th May||
My Great Gand Father and Grand Father were full time Artists so I hope some of their talent may have rubbed off. My art expresses life in the natural world. I love to paint and trying to capture the feeling from the picture before me. I have always loved to sketch with pencil but have now started painting with acrylic and tissue paper straight onto canvas, it is so liberating. Since moving to Devon two years ago I started exploring different media and not picked a pencil up since. I have been attending art classes in Cornwall and enjoy working with fellow artists. I am very competitive in aspects of my life and have always felt that we can achieve anything we want.
I grew up in the countryside and love to paint all aspects of it from the sea,land animals and especially birds. But recently have been really enjoying exploring new techniques and influences.
I do believe it is very easy to look at great artists work and think that you could never achieve their prowess but if everyone painted the same we would not have the diversity in art. So if you can draw with guidance you can paint. My only regret is that I didn't have or explore the chance to go to art school. But if I had maybe I wouldn't be enjoying learning and painting now.
Kindest regards Caroline
|Monday 5th June to Friday 7th July 2017||
He started painting in 2008 and posting the results on a blog, got his first commission within a few weeks.
“I felt I might be on to something – even at that early stage”
After 18 months his painting “Argyle Man” was selected for a public art commission and was reproduced on the back of the Big Screen in Plymouth City Centre; which was a massive boost to his self-confidence.
Since then he has had his own solo show in Plymouth and been part of several group shows. Tavistock Wharf will be his second solo show.
“My tastes and styles are an eclectic mix – heavily influenced by twentieth century artists – but I always try to plough my own furrow and do what I like. This show will be a mixture of older paintings or drawings - and ones that I have created especially for it. Some will be on canvas and others on paper”
“I have called myself My Dog Ate Art online since the beginning – my website can be found at mydogateart.com “
Steve sells his work across the UK and has customers in the US, Canada, Brazil and the Far East.
|Mon 10th July to Fri 11th Aug 2017||
With ‘American Landscapes: The South’, Lucy Piper, a photographer from Exeter, Devon, brings us a flavour the Southern States of America , from Texas to Tennessee.
Primarily a documentary storyteller, Lucy’s work normally focuses on people within their environment. This exhibition however, seeks to look solely at the landscapes of the country she is fascinated by, to study its diverse environments in isolation, without the distraction of human interest. Lucy’s past projects have involved looking at the ‘Bible Belt’ of Small Town America, London’s Inner City Farms and Island Campers off Cornwall, and collectively the stories form quite an archive of work for a photographer of just 25 years old.
Lucy studied Press & Editorial Photography at Falmouth University, and moved back to Devon in 2013. Whilst studying, she did a placement at International newspaper The Los Angeles Times, an experience that has shaped and informed her practice ever since.
She now works as a Freelance Photographer and Musician in the South West, travelling across the UK and further afield, for both personal stories and commissions.
Lucy’s latest project, supported by Arts Council England, looks at Mississippi’s shifting blues music and culture. Several images within this exhibition are taken from her new work, but the full presentation of this story will be next year.
Mon Aug. 28th Fri 29th Sept 2017
Peter Langford was born and raised in Yorkshire and had an interest in both art and science. He had to make a choice between the two at school, and chose science.
Peter’s father introduced him to photography in his early teens, and taught him how to develop and print black and white film. He soon realized that photography was an ideal combination of both art and science.
After leaving school at 18 and Peter joined the BBC as a trainee television cameraman and started work at Television Centre in London where he worked his way up the ranks to senior cameraman. He worked on television drama, music, current affairs, arts and science programs, until 1988 when he moved out of London down to Devon – Tavistock in fact.
Peter was taking photographs throughout his BBC career, doing some corporate publicity shots, some catalogue work, but mostly (for his own enjoyment) taking ‘real life’ pictures in the streets of London. After moving to the West-country, he developed a love affair with Dartmoor and the Devon and Cornish landscapes, which offer so many photographic opportunities. He tries to capture the peace and tranquility that can be found in nature.
Peter Langford is semi-retired now, but still does some part-time teaching at Falmouth University in the School of Film & Television. He now devotes much of his life to his first love, photography.
|Monday 2nd to Friday 3rd November 2017.||
Paintings and drawings.
Sonia Turner is a local artist living in Devon.
Forty years on she still recalls that moment when she picks up her paint brush and it touches the canvas.
Sonia enjoys working in a variety of media, particularly oil paints and graphite pencil.
Her style and techniques are something that she is still exploring and developing.
The challenges posed by the observational skills involved in animal portraits and commissioned works allow her to visually evoke the character of her subject and express feelings.
This, she feels, allows her sub conscious mind free rein, exploiting accident and ephemeral intuition.
Some of her favourite pieces have come from painting and exploring in this way.
|Monday 6th November to Friday 1st December 2017.||
Under the Same Sky
Rosie Woodcock and Helen Moore
Paintings, drawing and photographs.
What are the common elements for life on this planet? Light, water and air.
Through the lens of a camera, Helen Moore looks at wildlife and nature; Rosie Woodcock takes a paint brush en plein air to look at sea and sky-scapes, exploring the idea that we all live ‘Under the Same Sky’.
Rosie and Helen have always been most at home in the open air.
Rosie lived in Arctic Canada for some years where she learned the skills of survival in the wilderness. She lived in rural Cornwall for 30 years, but recently crossed the border into Devon!
Helen has lived in the Cornish countryside all her life, where she runs a small-holding. She spent many years training horses - and taught people how to ride them.
Her fascination with wildlife photography has taken her as far as Svalbard in Norway, India and Tanzania as well as Romania