As a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen I am one of those who live and work at quite a distance from Bovey Tracey where the Guild is based. One of the great things about becoming a Trustee of the Guild is that I now visit more regularly, monthly almost, and so see more of the exhibitions that take place there.
At a recent visit I was lucky enough to see the Get Fresh exhibition in the Jubilee Gallery. This is a biennial exhibition which shows the work of emerging talent from the South West – new graduates and makers in their first five years of business. I was selected for this exhibition in 2007. Work on display this year (exhibition continues until 8 March) includes furniture, ceramics, glass, jewellery, lighting, paper, photography, sculpture and textiles. It is a selling exhibition, and whilst I was there for a few hours someone purchased two rugs by Angie Parker – seen hanging on the wall in the photograph below – it’s always great when this happens.
Other work included lighting by Tess Wakeling
and metalwork lighting by Chris Dunsby.
Other work included glass by Jenny Ayrton, furniture by Ambrose Vevers, wonderfully colourful ceramics by Melanie Kew, sculptural pieces by Beatrix Baker, glass by Sarah Brown, ceramics by Hamish Kemp Evans, textiles by Elizabeth Loveday, work by silversmith Frank Luckham, ceramics by Alex McCarthy, paper by Helen Muir and jewellery by Chloe O’Brien.
Alongside the Get Fresh exhibition now runs until 1 March another biennial exhibition called Spotlight in the Riverside Gallery. This is an opportunity for Associate members of the Guild to showcase work which shows the scale, innovation and vibrancy of the Associate Membership scheme. Again a number of disciplines were on show including work by printmaker and enameller Sue Brown
and printmaker Jess Davies.
Also currently on show adjacent to the shop is a Handcrafted Wedding Display until 2 March.