Totnes & Dartington Open Art Studios Exhibition 2019


Sunday 14th April to Saturday 20th April  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily

Except Sunday 2pm- 5pm, closes 4pm on Saturday


Totnes & Dartington Open Studios are holding their annual collective exhibition at Birdwood House.

We will be celebrating the wealth of diverse talent in and around this captivating town on the River Dart. Open Studios provides a platform for local artists to share their work with visitors, giving access to spaces not normally seen by the public.

The actual Open Art Studios event takes place 5 weeks later, from May 24th – 27th, where 32 artists welcome you into their studios.

10 of our members are taking sabbaticals this year, but they will still have the opportunity to show their work at Birdwood, along side the other 32 members.

Open Studios brochures will be available at our Birdwood Show, giving information on all the artists, locations, maps, opening times etc.

Out of the Ashes

Teign Artists


Sunday 21st April to Saturday 27th April  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily 4pm Saturday

(Private view, open to all 3 - 5pm Sunday 21st April)


Teign Artists have been a varied collaborative group for a whole decade and are marking the end of their collaboration with this their final exhibition together - “Out of The Ashes ...”


Teign Artists are known for working with an interesting and wide variety of creative media in fresh and exciting ways. “Out of the Ashes” will be a combination of eight artists’ work from the group; some showing retrospective, but mostly current and new work …with a glimpse of what may come next.


The eight Teign Artists exhibiting are: Rachael Bennett (landscape painting and drawing), Luci Coles (mixed media painting and sculpture ), Patricia Ferns (textiles and silk painting), Josie Gould (contemporary landscape painting and  textiles), Mei Lim (photography, painting and printmaking), Elizabeth Rashley (lino prints), Ray Vyse (Digital art and Anisotropic Art), and Ben Yates (mixed 3D media ).


"Out of the Ashes” will be marked by a symbolic burning of a 14' tall reclaimed wood sculpture by Ben Yates, held prior to the exhibition, the remnants of which will become the medium of some of the exhibited works.


Contact info: Josie Gould -

Mandala Creative - Mandala lighting


Monday 29th April to Saturday 4th May ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily with Preview Sunday 28th April ~ 12pm - 4pm


Benjamin has been a mixed media artist for 33 years, with Painting as his foundation. He works in rich colours, and textures, creating large oil on canvas, abstract landscapes.

Most of his recent works are energetic responses to Nature's building blocks in Phi; the spiral and complex patterns and waveforms that make up Nature on all scales.

Benjamin is currently working mostly in light as a Light Artist. His most popular piece being ‘Rainbow in the Dark’.

Painting has always been Benjamin's therapy, transforming negative into positive through visual expression.

This Is Benjamins second exhibition in painting for a long time after working abroad. He has returned to his roots living and working in South Devon.


Joe Rothon


Monday 6th May to Saturday 11th May 10.00am to 4.45am daily.

Private Viewing on Sunday 5th from 3pm to 6pm


An exhibition of recent oil paintings and other artwork by Joe Rothon in which interior and exterior worlds collide.

Re-discovering the joys and challenges of working with oil on canvas after a break of many years.”

Sea and Surface

Val Uglow


Sunday 12th May to Saturday 18th May  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily except Sunday 10.30am- 3pm


There are two subjects that constantly interest me.

One is the meeting of sea onto the land and rocky outcrops.

The other is the aged surfaces of old buildings with the contrasting shapes of their windows, niches and doorways. The layers paint, plaster, mosses and lichen build up over time to form a rich patina and tapestry.


I mostly make my own paints from our pigments with various binding materials to make my own oil and acrylic paint. Sometimes I incorporate additional materials such as iron, copper and bees wax to enhance and enrich my work.

The Long and Short of It

Sara Gilbert and Belinda Ireland


Sunday 19th May Opening View 3pm – 5pm

Monday 20th May – Saturday 25th May 10.00am – 4.45pm daily.


Sara Gilbert and Belinda Ireland present a thought provoking range of figurative artwork on the theme of humanity and the past.

Sara uses printmaking to explore the idea of personal ancestry and belonging.

As a way of connecting to the past, she has been researching her Lancastrian roots, particularly the cotton mills, and has found a common thread.  Her new work brings her interest of the past into the present using objects, memories, facts, and anecdotes. 

 Sara is a painter and printmaker who obtained a degree in fine art at Plymouth College of Art.  She exhibits her work locally and runs printmaking workshops in her studio.

 Belinda is interested in the vagaries of childhood and adolescence, in the communality of these themes and how they are repeated through history.  In her paintings she uses a range of imagery and techniques referencing the past and present to create a tableau of suggestion.

 Ireland trained at Central School of Art and Design, and has studied with Robert Lenkiewicz. She has recently completed the One Year Mentoring course at the Newlyn School of Art. Now based in Devon, she has run popular art classes locally and in Somerset whilst developing her practise as an artist.

Sara Gilbert


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 Belinda Ireland


- Instagram @belindairelandart



Su Scotting and Sam Harrison


Sunday 26th May to Saturday 1st June  ~ 10.30am - 4pm daily  (except Private View on Sunday 26th May 3pm - 6pm)


RAMM Prizewinning artists and members of HIVE ART collective, Su's work explores body, brain and emotions, an intronaut's view of the world coming out of the past few years of personal body work, zen meditation and trauma recovery.

Sam continues to observe the immediate world around her in meticulous detail, giving a home to the often overlooked. A graduate of Chelsea College of Art where she developed a passion for drawing, Sam's humour, skill and tenderness are evident in every line.


Hazel and Philip Strange


Sunday 2nd June to Saturday 8th June  ~ 10am - 5pm daily except 2pm – 4pm Sunday 2nd June and 10am - 4pm Saturday 8th June 


In 2017, I had a joint exhibition with my scientist husband Philip, entitled Bees in a Landscape, based on my obsession with land and seascapes of the South West, and Philip’s obsession with bees.  This was a great success, and was visited by a large number of people who, we hope, learned more about bees, as well as enjoying our photos and paintings.

After this exhibition, we began thinking about another collaboration, but with a slightly different emphasis. Philip and I spend quite a bit of time walking and looking at things around us.  This led to our new exhibition, entitled Observation, literally the things we observe and record. My observations mostly end in a painting or drawing, or occasionally a short form of words. Philip is frequently prompted to find out more about the things we see, including plants, insects and wildlife but also, more disturbingly, the increased amount of plastic regularly washed up on our beaches.

We hope you enjoy the beauty of the places we visited, but we would like also to provoke discussion and consideration of some of the challenges now facing our environment.

Hazel Strange


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