Exhibition and activities at Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton to celebrate 20th anniversary of South West Academy

Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton will kick off 2020 with an exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts (SWAc).

It will feature a diverse range of media including paintings, sculpture, prints and photography from January 11 to February 8.

The Dowell Street will also be hosting an exciting programme of workshops and events.

To accompany the exhibition, THG will introduce inspiring art activities, from a new three-week acrylics course to a comic book workshop for younger artists.

Exhibiting for the first time will be new members including Sue Luxton, Judith Jones and Claire Barnett.

The exhibition will also showcase the work of SWAc’s well-established artists such as Ray Balkwill, Alan Cotton, Phil Creek, Jo Dixon, June Arnold and Wendy McBride.

Claire is a Dorset-based artist noted for her expressive, abstract paintings and her deeply personal interpretations of land, sea and the natural world.

Claire has exhibited widely, most notably at The Royal Academy and The Royal West of England Academy.

Claire said of her style: “My brushwork is expressive. The paint is applied liberally and then lashed and scored in gestural marks to evoke a raw beauty.”

The Little Changing Hut by Judith Jones.

The Little Changing Hut by Judith Jones.

Another new member, introduced this year, is photographer Judith.

She will be exhibiting one of her ‘twilight’ series of photographs titled ‘The Little Changing Hut’.

Judith said: “My twilight images examine the dialectic between the outside and inside and with the conflicts of private and public spaces. The images explore concepts of exclusion and isolation, fear and uncertainty.

“The ‘blue hour’ of twilight takes us through the transition between day and night with an uncanny sense of unease.”

SWAc chair of trustees Robert Mountjoy said: “The South West Academy is delighted to return to the Thelma Hulbert Gallery for its Winter Exhibition in this our 20th year.

“The bright yet intimate gallery is perfect for the presentation of our work and the Academicians will be supporting the exhibition with a series of talks and workshops.”

The South West Academy Winter Exhibition runs from January 11 to February 8 and will be open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am from 5pm.

Accompanying events and workshops include:

  • Three-week Experimental and Expressive Acyclics course with SWAc artist Phil Creek. January 24, 31 and February 7. Cost is £60 (£55 for THG friends) including materials.
  • Wet on Wet Watercolour Workshop with SWAc artist Vin Jelly. January 28 from 11am to 3pm, £20 (£18 THG Friends).
  • Early Years Workshop. Drop in for a fun creative session for babies and toddlers. 30 January 30 from 1.30pm to 3pm. Free.
  • Comic Book Workshops with SWAc artist Jed Falby. February 1 from 10.30 am to 12.30pm or 1.30pm to 3.30p. £10 (£8 THG Friends). Ages 11-plus.

Visit www.thelmahulbert.com for more details.

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