Founded as a community interest company in 2020, Studio KIND. presents the work of both local and national, early-career and established artists through an ambitious and diverse programme of exhibitions and events, curated to excite imaginations, challenge perceptions and create connections.
Our mission is to raise the profile of contemporary art in North Devon; supporting and promoting the rapidly-growing local arts scene whilst showcasing artistic activity from around the UK. We seek to be an inclusive organisation; creating exciting opportunities for artists from all backgrounds to engage with contemporary artistic thought, and inviting a broad audience by offering a high-quality programme of innovative and dynamic exhibitions and events.
Studio KIND. is located in a thriving part of the village of Braunton, near Velator Quay, just off the popular Tarka Trail and UNESCO designated biosphere reserve, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. While taking a sustainable and sensitive approach to our unique locality, we hope to enrich the experience of visitors to the area and to encourage cultural development within our region.
Studio KIND. is run by Braunton-based artists Richard Gregory and Laura Porter. Richard has 40 years’ experience in the arts and creative sectors. His work as an artist, designer, film maker and social entrepreneur has seen him involved in nationally significant projects and campaigns. Richard’s work has been archived in the British Library and is commissioned by national charities and institutions including the National Trust, Belmarsh Prison and Surfers Against Sewage. He was also a founding Trustee of the Museum of British Surfing.
Laura Porter is an artist and curator. Since graduating with a degree in Fine Art, she has exhibited across the country, been shortlisted for a number of awards and helped organise many artist-led initiatives.
Art and Culture // Showcasing artistic excellence and contemporary thought through a range of curated exhibitions, open calls and hired venue shows to create an exciting, engaging and innovative programme. We want to focus on art that is accessible for both audiences and participants; raising the profile of local artists as well as bringing cutting edge art to local audiences.
Art and Learning // By facilitating exhibitions, workshops, artist talks, performances, art socials, residencies and online activity, Studio KIND. will champion emerging talent from Devon and beyond, engaging people of all ages, abilities and cultures. Through collaboration, discussion, promotion and skill sharing, our programme of events and exhibitions will inspire and nurture creativity in a safe and inclusive environment, supporting the development and progression of artistic activity from all backgrounds.
Art and the Community // Studio KIND. is a significant cultural initiative in the heart of North Devon, exhibiting art that is reflective of the local community as well as the wider art scene in the UK. The space is available to hire for events and exhibitions led by various community groups alongside curated shows, encouraging a dialogue that is responsive to the local community. Studio KIND. will raise the profile of contemporary art in Devon, making a positive impact to the area’s artistic and cultural development and contributing to public appreciation of contemporary art.