Artists of the Devonshire Association – an exhibition

Exhibition flyer

The DA held its first ever art exhibition entitled ‘Artists of the Devonshire Association’ in October 2014. This beautifully presented and phenomenally successful three-week event was staged at the elegant gloss-Art Exeter gallery and attracted several hundred visitors.

The twenty-five artists whose work was on display are all members of the Devonshire Association and are well-known in their respective fields. Many are members of the South West Academy (SWAc) and many have national or international reputations. They include the painters Valerie Barden, Nicholas Collier, Margaret Dean, John Dodson, Alexandra Jacobs SWAc, Wendy McBride SWAc, Robert Organ, Rita Smith, Madeleine Strobel, James Tatum SWAc and Kate Westbrook; sculptors Roger Dean, Peter Randall-Page SWAc, David Sawyer and Jilly Sutton; textile artists Anne Jackson and Christine Sawyer; ceramicists Laurel Keeley and Jenny Southam; wood-engravers Hilary Paynter SWE and Shirley Smith SWE; printmakers Mary Gillett SWAc and Jenny Pery SWAc; book artist Joanna Radford; and Jane Price, who works in a wide range of different media.

The exhibition was accompanied by four linked events: Professor Sam Smiles who talked on Devon and the Modern Movement 1900-1960; Dr Robin Wootton on The Art of Folding Structures; and Anne Jackson on The Devon Witchcraft Series of Tapestries. Shirley Smith SWE also gave a revelatory demonstration of wood engraving.

Peter Beacham giving the introductory speech at the Private View

Special thanks are due to Dr Robin Wootton, who conceived the idea of a DA exhibition and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to see it come to fruition; Ms Lucinda Cusdin, ‘our’ delightfully accommodating gallery manager; the Rev Peter Beacham OBE, who gave the introductory speech at the Private View; and to the other committee members Jenny Pery SWAc, Joanna Radford and Professor Antony T Buller (DA publicity officer). The Association is also grateful to the following sponsors for their generosity — Bearnes, Hampton & Littlewood; Buddens Westinsure; Latimer Trend; and Strutt and Parker.

The images below are designed to give an overview of the exhibition as a whole and the range of different media used by the artists. (Further examples of individual artworks can be seen in the Association’s Facebook page.)
Images courtesy of Antony T Buller, Robin Wootton, Lucinda Cusdin and © several artists.