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Access All Arts! – Devon Open Studios 2015

Devon has always been a hugely important area for the visual arts, but have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with people behind the canvas or camera lens? If you are visiting East Devon during September,  a variety of locations provide the exciting chance to enter the studios, workshops and dens of the region’s most creative characters.

This is a great chance to meet artists, browse beautiful paintings, crafts and more while enjoying a Jurassic Coast break with an artistic twist.  And of course, we have the perfect Devon holiday accommodation to get you within little more than a brushstroke away from all the action! Read on to find out more about:

In simple terms, Devon Open Studios takes an accessible, no-holds-barred approach to art. Now in its ninth year, this most lively of art events continues to go from strength to strength with more and more artists and creative types offering up their abodes and workshops to visitors. You will find a variety of exhibitions, workshops and lots more happening across the county, aimed at not only showcasing work, but at encouraging more people to take an interest in arts and crafts. What better chance to ask questions, pick up advice or buy a unique keepsake to take home?

We have included a small selection of Open Studio events taking place to give you a taster of what you might be missing out by not visiting this beautiful part of England during September.

Exhibitions and Smithing in Sidmouth.

With a creative scene all of its own, Sidmouth is a town hosting a variety of Devon Open Studio events; already a very popular holiday destination, it has plenty to see and do whatever the weather. Here are two art inspired events taking place this September:

Ann Bruford, creator of coastland and woodland inspired contemporary Jewellery using traditional goldsmithing techniques, will be holding open days at her Studio near Sidmouth this year. Her studio is located just out of Sidmouth in Newton Poppleford and will be open between Wednesday 9th September and Sunday 13th, opening again between the 16th and 20th.  More information here.

Alongside the individual open days in Sidmouth, the Town’s  annual ‘Artbeat Exhibition will be taking place between the 15th and 22nd Sept at Kennaway house between 10 am and 5.30pm each day. The newest work by 12 local artists will be showcased, with a mixture of techniques on display from acrylic to textiles.

Art Courses and Events at the Thelma Hubert Gallery, Honiton
Whether you fancy viewing current work, browsing craft goods or trying your own hand at something creative, this Devon venue is well worth a look during Devon open Studios. There will be a special local crafts display with various items. But for those looking for art classes and workshops in Devon for autumn 2015, there are two excellent options: Hannah Twine leads a special art class on 1st September that looks at drawing lifelike animals and humans, while you can also brush up on your Life Drawing Skills on Sept 19th with Louise Banks. See the official site for further info.

Keen to visit East Devon during September?
Looking for accommodation whilst browsing the Devon Open Studios art events? Click here to view our availability from the 5th of September.

For more information about Devon Open Arts 2015 visit the official website here


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