Art House Potters



Sunday 19th May to Saturday 25th May  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily Except Sunday 10am – 3pm Saturday 10am – 4.30pm


Art House is a community arts space in South Brent. It hosts classes in a range of creative subjects including ceramics.

This exhibition is of work by 14 potters who all come and use the facilities at Art House. Some of the makers have many years experience under their potters aprons, while others have discovered clay more recently.  What they all have in common is that they take creative risks and make for pleasure and personal discovery rather than for functionality, fame or fortune. 

Some works will be for sale and commissions can be taken.

For the duration of the exhibition we will have a makers demonstration so if you have questions about clay then bring them with you.


Contemporary Markmakers


Sunday 26th May to Saturday 1st June  ~ 10am - 5pm every day


In sight: visible, near at hand, close to being achieved or realised.

Insight: the ability to gain a clear, deep, and sometimes sudden, understanding of someone or something, perhaps a complicated problem or situation.

For the past eighteen months Contemporary Markmakers have been enquiring into the ‘The Art Spirit’ by Robert Henri (1923) who suggests to ‘find out what is really important to you. Then sing your song. You will have something to sing about and your whole heart will be in the singing.’

The topics we have explored include qualities of being, affect, forces of nature, universality, Buddha-nature, memory and time. We have responded to meditation, poetry, music, spoken word, place, memories and dreams. And we have used insight practices; drawing analogs and transcriptions with process led practices to explore what artist John Skinner calls ‘the silent languages of paint’ while including such as drawing, print and textiles.

Now we are delighted to offer our ‘InSight’ exhibition. Our long research into what we mean, feel and express with our marks by this gem of a word has been intriguing. We have ventured out and enquired within, exploring how what we have ‘tripped over’ resonates with who we are and what is of interest to us now. As Jung said, about art:

            “The creative process, so far as we are able to follow it at all,

            consists in the unconscious activation of an archetypal* image,

            and in elaborating and shaping this image into the finished work.

            By giving it shape, the artist translates it into the language of the

            present, and so makes it possible for us to find our way back

            to the deepest springs of life.”

            (CG Jung,130)

You may also like to consider the exhibition as one artwork in itself for as artist and academic John Danvers (2016) suggests ‘The whole seems to have a coherence which is not apparent in it’s many parts’ and furthermore that ‘Each of us presents a distinctive world view in so far as we are located at different points within the wider field. Yet we offer shared perspectives in so far as our fields of being conjoin, interflow and eddy around each other as currents do in a stream or river’. That of course includes you the viewer as we welcome you to join us in gaining InSight.

Instagram: #contemporarymarkmakers


Contact: Josie Gould;


*Archetype: symbols representing aspects of the psyche that derive from the accumulated experience of humankind, collective, shared ancestral memories.

Rick Williams

Paintings, photomontages, prints and books


Sunday 2nd June to Saturday 8th June  ~ Sunday 4 - 6pm then 10am - 4.30pm daily


This solo show is an exciting opportunity for me to show new and recent work in various mediums.

I have been exploring new ways of working, while continuing to paint - playing with words and images in photomontages and also in book with pictures. There are some prints from the first book, The Cat's Tale and the new book, Once upon a river is also featured.  There are drawings and paintings from life and the imagination as well as various prints. Creativity is a serious business but it is also playful and the things I have been exploring lately comprise both seriousness and left - field humour.

25 Years in Print

Peter Ursem


Sunday 9th June to Saturday 15th June  ~ 10am - 4.30pm daily


Artist and writer Peter Ursem comes to the Birdwood House Gallery in Totnes with a wide variety of paintings, drawings and original prints

As an artist Peter is known for his multi-coloured lino prints, but he also works in charcoal and oil paints. The landscape is a main theme, but there are also works incorporating poetry and figurative images.

Peter writes as Petrus Ursem. He recently published ‘The Bigger Picture’, a heartwarming collection of ‘forty friendly fables’ full of wit, reflection and enchantment to tickle the imagination. Earlier he published a trilogy for young adults, also characterised by his vivid experience of landscape, with Dartmoor the backdrop for a thrilling adventure story. (‘The Fortune of the Seventh Stone’, ‘The Truth Teller’, and ‘Black as Ink’)

Peter grew up in the Netherlands where he graduated in Literature from the University in Utrecht and in drawing, painting and printmaking from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague. He now has his studio in the Tamar Valley. In 1995 he was awarded a ‘Debut’ award from The Hague Arts Centre ‘Stroom’, and in the UK a series of Arts Council awards, including ‘Reflections, Woodcuts of the River Stour’ (2001) and ‘Intimate Space, Artist Face’ (2006). In 2010 he had a major solo show in Dorset County Museum (‘Dorset Footprint’) and in 2017 at Plymouth College of Arts (‘As the River Flows’).


Meet the Artist

During this exhibition, every morning at 11am, Peter will read one of his fables from ‘The Bigger Picture’, and be available to chat about his work and his approaches to art and writing.


For more information you can also visit Peter’s websites: (art) (writing)

To contact Peter:

email: or phone: 07786 558624

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