Cathedral, Peter Stiles
15th January - 6th March 2021
Cathedral is a new solo exhibition of paintings by North Devon-based artist Peter Stiles. On leaving The Slade, Peter Stiles began to paint the landscape of North Devon and has continued to do so. His work is constructed using the layers of memory that have accrued around the places that he has painted so often. He composes pictures in order to convey emotion and a sense of grandeur and space.
SWARM, Braunton Academy Pop-up exhibition
25th - 29th March 2021
SWARM showcases the incredible talents of Year 7 art students at Braunton Academy. Over the past few months they’ve been working on a project exploring the structure, importance and variety of insects. The exhibition will display 150 sculptures made from an eclectic array of materials, with every student in Year 7 contributing their work. This will be presented alongside a selection of 2D work that responds to these themes.
Englishness is a Moving Target, Chris Alton
2nd April - 24th April 2021
Chris Alton is an artist and curator, who grew up in Braunton, North Devon. His work addresses the interconnected nature of prevailing social, political, economic and environmental conditions. In 2012 he founded English Disco Lovers (EDL), an anti-fascist, pro-disco group, which looked to reclaim the EDL acronym of the English Defence League. Other recent projects include a video essay on the trident as a cypher for colonial intent, and a typeface based on the silhouettes of migratory birds. Englishness is a Moving Target brings together a selection of old and new work produced over the last 9 years.
This Was Bound to Happen Sooner or Later, Molly Rooke
30th April - 22nd May 2021
Molly Rooke, a multi-disciplinary artist and educator living and working between Somerset and Devon, explores preservation and longing through collections of images and ephemera. This Was Bound to Happen Sooner Or Later showcases a new body of work exploring themes of preservation and restoration through coastal geography and heritage. Using traditional methods of domestic fixing and repair in an expanded form, the work focuses on the degradation and erosion of the Somerset and Devon Coastline and what might be considered futile attempts to protect it from being eroded any further.
North Devon Arts is a friendly and informal networking group of professional and amateur artists, including painters, sculptors, ceramicists, graphic designers, textile artists, printmakers and stained-glass artists. NDA was set up in 1998 to enable artists, and those interested in the arts, to find a way to connect and develop across a large rural area, and the dispersed communities within it. 2020 is the theme of the North Devon Arts Christmas exhibition, giving members the chance to showcase work made during lockdown and in response to the challenges everyone has faced this year.