NEW INDEPENDENT EXHIBITION OF COASTAL AND RURAL ART
Art that truly reflects its surroundings
In one of the most idillic places one can find in the South Hams, between sheep filled rolling hills and a secluded wooded valley, you can find Fowlescombe Farm. This is the space that a local group of artists have purposely selected as their new exhibition space, letting the surroundings play a big role in how to interpret their art and nature itself.
From the 1st to the 10th of April, the group called the Creative Collective will be exhibiting their inspirational work in a beautiful stone converted barn facing the open countryside. We have been invited to explore the dialogue they present and discover their seven very different approaches to understanding this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Walking towards the barn, we are welcomed by a stunning pair of peacocks, but that is just the introduction to the beauty of the installation. Once inside we can carefully observe the detail in the work of painter Ayse Rifat who opens the forest to the viewer in the most intimate close-up portraits of wildlife and fauna. Looking further we also discover the human and animal sculptures of artist Ani Buckland, that capture beauty and movement frozen in time and reveal more and more as we walk around the plinths that support them.
Observe Landscape and Flora
We can also explore the moors in all their splendour without leaving the exhibition through the avid black and white photography of artist Nigel Grist, who also invites us to join him in his new ventures in the moors, a combination of photography tuition and his guidance to the most inspiring landscapes. Or just stay indoors and feel the open air through the atmospheric ink works of artist Anna Ventura that reflect the capricious countryside weather and iconic rural elements with extreme detail.
Feel the Elements
The experience doesn’t end in hearing and seeing, we can also feel the textures of the natural elements by stroking the textile bowls from artist Rosemary Moser. Or to hold colourful bits of earth between our hands with the sculptural Raku pottery by the hand of artist Susan Luker, which reflects the smoothness of the South Devon Coast that most inspire her ceramics. And lastly, we are in awe observing the delicate precious stones and silver work of silversmith Elisabeth Cooper, who has been developing silverware for years, including spoons and jewellery capturing her inspiration in these small pieces of art.
Find more information about this event at: www.creativecollectivesouthhams.co.uk
Fowlescombe, in Ugborough is fully wheelchair accessible and offers parking.
Opening view: friday 1st of April at 6pm – 8pm.
Exhibition times: Saturday 2nd to Sunday 10th of April from 10am to 5pm.
Anna Ventura (organiser)