Artist inspired by Ottery Tar Barrels and lockdown exhibits in Topsham throughout September

An exhibition of art inspired by experiences of lockdown is running in Topsham throughout the month of September.

Self-taught artist Jayne Farleigh’s current work can be seen as part of the annual Devon Open Studios event, and runs until September 30, in The Café, Fore Street, in Topsham.

She said her latest exhibition focusses on her experience during the coronavirus lockdown, and also features some paintings from Ottery St Mary’s Tar Barrels, inspired by Jayne’s visit to watch the event last year.

Her Topsham exhibition work also extends to being inspired by plastic glowing toys on sale at carnivals, and at Ottery’s Tar Barrels.


Jayne’s latest work is inspired by the Ottery Tar Barrels event and carnival atmosphere.
Shown here is Jayne’s painting, entitled Time Machine.

Jayne Farleigh said: “Shadows, backlit silhouettes and bright lighting are what attract me as an artist to a scene.

“Last year I decided to visit the Ottery St Mary tar barrels event as I thought this could make an interesting subject for my work.

“Having a young family means I have to combine work and fun and this seemed the perfect opportunity.

“I was aware that each year the insurance for the event was rising and I had a really strong feeling that I might not get another chance to see it.

“I made an extra effort to get to there and this turned out to be very fortuitous given the current circumstances with the pandemic happening this year.”

She added: “It was this event that I felt not only inspired to paint the people carrying the tar barrels, but also to focus on the atmosphere created by the various lighting of such a fantastic night-time event.”


Artist Jayne Farleigh.


Artist Jayne Farleigh is exhibiting in Topsham throughout the whole of September.


Jayne’s painting entitled Plastic Glow.

Jayne, born in Watford in 1978, was in 2019 selected by The Society of Women Artists to show at The Mall Galleries in London.

Jayne Farleigh’s exhibition runs until September 30, in The Café, Fore Street, in Topsham, Monday-Saturday 9.30-4.30pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.

To see more of Jayne’s work, visit her website here.

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