Artists

Festival Artists

Alain Pezard

Memories in Water

These waters ( around 700 )  were collected and labelled over 30 years by myself, friends, family and acquaintances who accepted the task. Collectors were asked to bring back a bottle of water, labelled with date, time and location from their travels.  No other instructions were given. The result is a vast range of waters, obscure and prosaic, waters  such as “ Kabul 1997 “, “ The Nile Luxor 1984” ” water from the highest tap in Europe June 2011″  and  waters collected from ponds  or paddles  somewhere in the world. The collection represents a journey comprising of myriad of containers, from vintage perfume bottles to a baby’s bottle, a jam jar, all linked to very particular moments and places.  They are all memories of time, places and people.

www.creativetorbay.com/alainpezard

 

 

Andrew Stacey

Community artwork

Concept designs for community artwork project on the new Lemon Grove estate, Newton Abbot.  The designs are for a wall mural/ fresco on the community allotment wall that represent the timeless image of people working together on the land.

 

 

Greg Newman

Storm

My recent paintings of clouds are really just a vehicle for me to delve further into abstraction. It becomes an anchor that I can start from and, if things go wrong in colour or design, move back into representing and begin again.

www.gregorynewman.co.uk

 

 

Mark Jessett

New Kinds of Treasure

Mark Jessett’s vibrant and beguiling installation of small, abstract, mixed-media works. Taking the form of hanging paper strips, the ‘paintings’ will be densely hung around the gallery. With over 100 highly coloured, individual pieces, the installation will bring a sense of abundance and excitement, akin to entering a sweet shop. The pieces will be available for individual sale at a highly affordable price; the work as a whole is concerned with accessibility, choice and perceived value, presenting original, handmade artworks in a gallery equivalent of the pick and mix counter.

www.markjessett.com

 

 

Alex Murdin

Bycatch

Bycatch is a series of videographic screensavers which show human activity on the coast, as people drift along shore lines in a zone between sea and land. Reflecting on “homo littoralis” as hunter-gather and child at play these short films will be shown in the empty shop window of an Ashburton estate agent and a few doors down from the local fishmonger, a place metaphorically between land, home and the sea. Alex Murdin is an artist who considers how people use rural and coastal public space, and particularly how it is used at leisure. Previous projects have included a pop-up lido for Crazywell Pool, a working shower in the landscaped gardens of Tremough House and proposals to make Haytor Rocks compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act.

www.ruralrecreation.org.uk

 

 

Anita Bell

Home

Anita Bell is an artist and designer maker. She creates installations, assemblages and individual sculptures. The materials she uses are various and might include; found objects, cotton rag paper, textiles, twigs from hedgerows and humble domestic items.

These pieces are explorations into ideas around notions of ‘home’ and a sense of belonging. Importantly bound into the work is also a dialogue about our deep connection to nature and our remaining wild spaces.

www.studiobell.co.uk

 

 

Juliet Middleton-Batts

Badge of Honour

Juliet is an emerging artist based in South East Cornwall. Her research-led practice seeks to unearth historical and social narratives, which she interweaves into site-responsive installations. Explorations into past and present, fact and fiction, real and imagined are developed by her into intriguing and thought-provoking concepts.

Juliet’s installation for the festival can be viewed at St Lawrences’s Chapel and takes its concept from the Chapel’s previous use as a Grammar School. Activist and journalist Richard Carlile (b.1790) was an ex-pupil of the school and was a strong advocate of civil rights, women’s suffrage, freedom of speech and expression, and was the pioneer of a ‘free press’.

www.julietmiddletonbatts.com

 

Robert Manners & Timothy Didymus

Continual Tones

Rob and Tim have known each along time – from the early days of their interest in image and sound. Although contact has been intermittent they have witnessed the development of each other ideas over a period of 30 years.
Sharing common themes of emptiness, stillness, solidity and space they have decided to put their work together in a very experimental spirit ~ to see how it works; to see if it works.
Tim has worked on the ‘Harmonica Automata’ for a number of years now. A self-built intstrument that makes slow forming harmonic waves of acoustic sound, produced by twelve motorized glass resonance machines.
Rob’s recent prints and collages build on his long term fascination with maritime and navigational materials; a constant source of inspiration but only a starting point for his ideas.

www.robertmanners.co.uk

 

Andrew Southall

Optical Projection (experimental)

Most projected images we see are delivered via some form of recording medium. When we look at the screen of a digital device, a photograph or a film, we are looking at a rendition of the past. In most cases, this is an optically generated and modulated past, with a single vanishing point. Lens technology provided a means of image production that links representational painting directly to photography, film and now digital imaging.
It has been a revelation to me to learn the extent to which optical devices were used in European painting, dating back to the beginning of the renaissance. It is extremely likely that Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait, for instance ,was painted using a mirror lens.Optical Projection (experimental) takes these conditions of representation as it’s theme. It produces a live projection and in the same moment, renders is it as a single image with three vanishing points… In these days of ubiquitous digital imagery, the result is immediately familiar and yet at the same time, strangely uncanny.

http://artdesign.bathspa.ac.uk/staff/andrew-southall/

 

Emily Smith

Mural at Cleder place

Whilst walking down North street about a year ago I looked up at the highly unattractive wall above the playground at at Cleder place and realise it’s a potential blank canvas for our community to use. My vision is to see a piece of artwork designed, created and celebrated inclusively by our community. I am currently at the beginning planning and organising stages. I hope to collect support and starting ideas from the community to see this worthwhile project materialise into fruition.

 

Karen Pearson

A walk over 7 days

Karen will be showing work made for her ‘A walk over 7 days’ project at the NEW Ashburton Art Festival.  The project evolved as she set herself the task of walking for 7 hours over 7 days. Each walk starts from the same point; the bench outside the ironmongers in Ashburton.  The routes are pre-planned but without an overall expected pattern.  Each walk is measured and recorded using a camera, an iPhone app and a Dictaphone.  Over the seven days a picture of the town emerges as the walks develop their own identity but also start to overlap and merge into a single experience.

www.artspace57.co.uk/

www.karen-pearson.com

 

Robert Manners & Timothy Didymus

Continual Tones

Rob and Tim have known each along time – from the early days of their interest in image and sound. Although contact has been intermittent they have witnessed the development of each other ideas over a period of 30 years.
Sharing common themes of emptiness, stillness, solidity and space they have decided to put their work together in a very experimental spirit ~ to see how it works; to see if it works.
Tim has worked on the ‘Harmonica Automata’ for a number of years now. A self-built instrument that makes slow forming harmonic waves of acoustic sound, produced by twelve motorized glass resonance machines.
Rob’s recent prints and collages build on his long term fascination with maritime and navigational materials; a constant source of inspiration but only a starting point for his ideas.

www.facebook.com/timothydidymus