President’s Symposium, May 2024

The subject of our 2024 Symposium is

Colour and Form: Unique Insights into Devon’s Art and Practice

Hosted by our 2023-24 President, Jenny Pery, it will be held on Saturday 11 May 2024
at Petroc College, Tiverton.

Midnight Sun I by Jenny Pery

The Symposium will focus on Visual Art, perhaps the most inspiring and civilising aspect of all the arts. We will explore the world of Colour, focusing on the origin of pigments followed by the work of two exceptional Devon painters.

We will then examine Form in the work of one of Devon’s foremost wood engravers, and the many essential products made from ball clay by Devon’s leading clay company.

Finally two acclaimed exhibition designers will discuss how art may be presented to the public in the most lucid and eye-catching way.



9:30 – 10.00amREGISTRATION and refreshments 
10:00 – 10:10amWelcome and introductionSue Andrew, DA Chair and Jenny Pery, DA President
10:10 – 10:50amBlue is the Colour: from lapis and indigo to the depths of the oceanJenny Balfour-Paul
10:50 – 11:30amPainting is silent poetryBenedict Rubbra
11:30 – 11:45amBREAK 
11:45 – 12:25pmSoaked to the Skin: A Painter OutdoorsMichael Honnor
12:25 – 1:05pmSixty Years a Wood EngraverHilary Paynter, MBE
1:05 – 2.05pmLUNCH 
2:05 – 2:45pmFrom Pit to Pottery: the Civilising Story of Devon’s Ball ClaysJohn Pike
2:45 – 3:30pmThe Exhibitionists! Museum and Exhibition DesignIvor and Bridget Heal
3:30 – 3:40pmSummary of the presentationsSue Andrew
3:40 – 4:10pmTEA 



The Symposium will be held at Petroc College, Mid Devon Campus, Bolham Road, Tiverton EX16 6SH on Saturday 11 May 2024.

Free parking. Travel instructions will be sent with booking acknowledgement.

Tickets for members of the DA are £30 per person. Non-members are welcome at £40 (and a £10 refund will be available to all who join the DA within a month of the Symposium).

Morning coffee, buffet lunch and afternoon tea are included.

  • You can book for the Symposium online via WebCollect. See this page for details, or if you’re familiar with WebCollect booking you can go straight to the event page on WebCollect here. Our preferred payment method is by Online Direct Debit, but payments by Bank Transfer and Cheque are also accepted.
  • You can also book by printing a copy of the flyer (here) and sending the tear-off portion with your remittance to our Registrar.

Cancellations received two weeks or more before the event start date will be refunded in full; up to one week before a 50% refund will apply; no refund will normally be offered for cancellations received within one week of the start of the event.