Gallery programme - Programme 2017

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, 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 WharfGallery, please contact Chris Burchell, Art Director, on 01822 613928 or for further details.

Mon Aug. 28th  Fri 29th Sept 2017

Peter Langford.


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.

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Monday 2nd September to Friday 3rd November 2017

Sonya Turner: New visions.

Paintings and drawings.

Sonia Turner is a local artist living in Devon. As a child, she can remember the moment when her passion for art was born when she picked up a pencil and a magical feeling flooded over her.

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.

Sonia prefers the adventure and discovery of painting straight onto canvas without any planning or preconceived ideas. 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.

The beauty of art for her is that there is always something new to learn; a different way to express oneself from memories and feelings inspired by nature, drawing inspiration from her two wonderful children, her family and the people who surround her.


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Monday 6th November to Friday 1st December 2017

Rosie Woodcock and Helen Moore: Under the Same Sky

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

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November 2017


Helen Moore, wild life photographer exhibits her fine art prints of wildlife from around the world.

Helen has lived in the South West for over 30 years and always had a keen interest in the natural world.  Many of her images are from Devon and Cornwall, but lately her travels have taken her far and wide and photographs of animals from Africa, India and the Arctic feature in this exhibition      


December 4th 2017 to January 13th 2018.

 Jacey  Neill. Digital Art.

 Tavistock resident Jacey exhibits her experimental digital images for the first time. Exploring the themes of dance, landscape and emotions, her works exploit the creative posibilities of the computer.

 Signed mounted unframed prints. £30 to order.

Muriel Martin. Paintings.

Born in  Devon in  1925, Muriel was brought up on the family farm at Lifton. Her formative days were spent helping in the home farm  dairy, general farm work, and later, driving the milk delivery lorry. In between tractor driving, ploughing and shooting, Muriel found time to marry local lad Glanville, raise a family and devote her time to community work. For some years she and Glanville ran the Lamerton Youth Club.

After leaving Lifton, they moved to Newberry where they were appointed house parents in a residential special school for boys.

In her retirement, Muriel took up painting as a hobby under the tutelage of Yvonne Burchell, a Milton Abbot artist. She has produced over one hundred delightful paintings, many of which have been sold abroad.

At the age of 91, this is Muriel’s first exhibition. Her style is easy on the eye, exploring traditional scenes and images in a figurative style. 

MARK BONE. Abstract and figurative paintings.

Mark Bone started painting when he enrolled in an Introduction to Painting evening class at Richmond-upon-Thames Adult Art College in the early 1970’s. His work there was exclusively in gouache and he painted and exhibited in Richmond and Twickenham until 1978. His career then took a different turn when as a professional bookseller he decided with his wife to open and work together in their own bookshop in Teddington. This ruled out any prospect of art activities so all work and equipment was put away. When he retired and moved to Gunnislake in 1998 Mark started working in watercolours at Yvonne Burchell’s classes at the Alexander Centre and has learned and worked with her since then. In 2010  he sent pictures for exhibition in Celle, Germany and in 2012, to  Finland together with other Tavistock artists.      

His work is meticulous. Painting in watercolours and gouache, he interprets local landscapes in his thoughtful style. His abstracts explore the possibilities of illusion and perspective.

By Muriel Martin.

       Abstracts by Mark Bone.