Contemporary Mark-Makers and Moor Poets


Sunday 10th November to Saturday 16th November  ~ 10am – 4.45pm daily except Sunday 2 - 6pm


Responses is a dynamic Exhibition of poems and paintings in which some members of Contemporary Mark-Makers and Moor Poets collaborated, responding to each others’ work.

Artists and poets came together throughout the year in a series of workshops and experiences both in the studio and out in the landscape.

Explorations in the studio included responding to words, images and ideas to find poetic descriptors in language and paint for appearances, sounds, smells, effects, locations,impacts, moods and memories. Words as marks, and marks as words.

The poets also ventured out with the mark-makers on their summer adventures into the landscape which stimulated imaginations and invited reflection. We visited a wild-flower meadow at Buckland-in-the-Moor, the lunar landscape of Wotterwaste Quarry, the lively River Dart at Newbridge, a packed Teignmouth back beach in full summer mode, Combestone Tor and Saddle Tor in wind and weather, Dartington Ways with Words Festival with a glass of fizz, the secret gem of Bovey Heath and the moody and atmospheric ruins of Buckfast Church.

These venues soon triggered interactions between mark makers and poets that were lively and inspiring. Stretching the senses both visually and verbally prompted reactions from all directions. A poem inspired a painting which inspired another painting then perhaps another poem and so on. This was a multi-dimensional experience creating an intimate space of interplay across time and place.

If you wonder how that could possibly work then come along and see our “process wall” documenting the development of our ideas from germination to fruition and some detours along the way.

This is an exciting exhibition which will include live readings by the Poets during the exhibition week.


Linda Hill, Tati Dennehy, Dawn Shade, Jade Moon


Sunday 17th November to Saturday 23rd November  ~ 10am - 5pm daily


While using different media, the common thread binding these artists is

a heartfelt exploration of the feminine force and human connection to the natural world.

Using myths, dreams and their instinctual inquiring hearts these four artists allow us a glimpse into their inner worlds, with art that is magical, sacred, celebratory, joyous and deeply felt. 

 Linda Hill’s creative path follows the joyful art of printmaking and drawing, drawing on Jungian psychology, mythology, and alchemy, in her exploration of the Divine Feminine. Red Seed Oracle cards illustrated with her powerfully evocative prints are widely acclaimed and sold internationally.

Jade Moon makes totems, talismans and other magical items…she is inspired by nature, sacred sites, myths and fairytales, dreams and visions. She creates uniquely commissioned jewellery to support the soul on life’s journey.

Dawn Shade creates conscious art with a heart. With watercolours, drawings, prints and photography inspired by the natural world she creates products that bring uplifting vibes into hearts and homes, ethically sourced and environmentally friendly.

Tati Dennehy uses ceramics to create work that is humorous, uplifting, and tender. She enjoys making sculpture of varying scale, from mantelpiece keepsakes to larger works for gardens. Her work strives to convey the joy and confusion that is the human condition, the constant comfort found in our instinctual connection to nature. There is a fascination with the unconscious, our inner selves of emotions, dreams… interweaving the sacred and the hilarious. She teaches classes and workshops in ceramics from her studio near Ashburton.

21 Group of Artists


Monday 25th November to Saturday 30th November  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily

Private View Sunday 24th November 12pm - 2pm


An exhibition by the 21 Group of Artists and Secret Sale of Small original works.

The Button Collective


Monday 2nd December to Saturday 7th December  ~ 10am - 4.45pm open for late night shopping on Tuesday 3rd December


The eclectic exhibition of arts and crafts from the Button Collective with lots of present ideas.

Devon Weavers Workshop


Monday 9th December to Saturday 14th December  ~ 10am - 4.30pm daily open for late night shopping on Tuesday 10th December


This will be Devon Weavers Workshop’s ninth exhibition of members’ work at Birdwood House. The textiles on display will, as usual, encompass a wide range of design, colour and structure, including beautifully hand-woven rugs, cushions, bags, shawls, scarves and much more.


Devon Weavers Workshop is a not-for-profit organisation, is self-funding and run by its membership on a voluntary basis. Tutors come from around the world to teach at its premises near Ashprington, Totnes, resulting in an international reputation for excellence in both tuition and in the standard of textiles produced.


Workshops are held regularly for beginners, intermediate and advanced weavers, with modern equipment readily available thanks to two National Lottery Awards and an Ashley Family Foundation Award.


For further information about the Workshop and its past and future activities visit the website -


Claudia Schmid


Monday 16th December to Tuesday 24th December  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily open until 8pm for late night shopping on Tuesday 17th December


As in my previous shows at Birdwood House I will be exhibiting my absurd, psychological and metaphorical fine line drawings that might amuse or touch the viewer, perhaps reminding them of a world unhinged, filled with people and animals that are neither one nor the other or both.


This year I have also been experimenting with old illustrated books and prints, working with something that is given and transforming it.


My paintings reflect a more whimsical and dreamy side of my art. On some days working with colour and paint feels almost overwhelming but there are times where I love to be drawn in to this process of layering and looking, not really knowing where the process takes me.

When feeling strong emotions using ink on large sheets of paper is the most suitable medium for me.


The exhibition will be a mix of these different aspects of my work, an unfolding and displaying of a years worth of creative energy expressed in various mediums.


There will be cards, tea towels, books, calendars and various other treasures suitable for gifts for sale.

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