RAMM, Exeter Local Art show 2019

The competition itself is for local groups like TAS to compete for the opportunity to exhibit their members’ work in a prestigious venue in the centre of Exeter. The winning group will have their work hung professionally in a beautiful gallery where it will reach a wide audience. It is anticipated that the winning group will provide fifty pieces for the exhibition. All work must be wall mounted and must be offered for sale.

The theme of the exhibition is Migration which can be interpreted in any way by the artist. With the talented membership of TAS we hope to be able to put together an exciting entry that will capture the imagination of the judges and the voting public on Devon Live. Ten pieces of work will be selected for our entry to represent the range and diversity of our members’ work.

Important dates:

Closing date to submit work to TAS is 7 March 2019

Closing date to submit our entry to RAMM is 22 March 2019

The winning group will be announced on 9 May 2019

The exhibition is from 11 to 30 June 2019

You can still submit work for consideration if you don’t attend the workshop. Submission details to follow nearer the time.

Inspirational words came forward at the first workshop. There is a further co-operative workshop on Wednesday 20 February to share progress and bring sketches and paintings.  There will be no charge to members for this workshop. Any queries please contact Barbara Nolan.

Migration ideas discussed so far

Humans – Forced Migration – Incoming Culture – New cultural influences – Freedom – Voyage – Language – Mix – Refugees – Travel – People – Italian, Irish, Asians, Vikings – Acceptance / Welcome / Safety / Expectations – Language – Mix – Resettle – Family – Religion – War – Go – Leave – Roam – Animals – Ants – Whales – Salmon – Fish – Birds – Climate / Change – Land / Geology – Continental Drift / Tectonic plates – Weather – Pollution – Move – Pollination – Ice Movement – Dripping Paint – Transport – Relocate

Positive Connotations Seasonal movement – Weather – Animals – Wildebeest – Fish – Jellyfish – Birds – Swans – Monarch Butterflies – Dragonflies – Swans – Geese – People – Relocation – Money – Economics – Culture – Jobs – Family – Community – Holidays – ‘Land of the Three’ – Early migration / Africa / Stone Age Man – Nomads

Negative Connotations Illegal movement – Forced migration – Boats – Fences – Barbed wire – Barriers – Barriers – Walls – Wars – Politics – Religion – Political defection – Exodus – Food – Habitat destruction – Change


Tropical storms – Cold Snaps – Snow flurries – Storms – Heatwaves – Weather changes – Continental drift – Skin colour in humans – Schools of Fish – Whales – Greylag Goose – Salmon leaping upriver – Birds in Flight – Swallows / when to leave? – Animals transported to abbatoir – Landscape with barrier between lush and barren halves – Seed dispersal / dandelions

Planes – Trains – Boats – Wheels – Wagon Train – Suitcases and luggage labels – Leaving home – Windrush generation – Patagonia – Romany – Cultural dress – Imported products / pineapples / kiwi fruit – Japan population – Money – World map – Cave paintings – Rafts /Dinghies / Lifejackets / Illegal migrants – Abstract idea of movement – The future? / Space / Mars

Thank you to all the members that took part in the Summer Exhibition. Overall some very impressive work, which was reflected in the number of visitors (1,195) and total artwork sold making £3,900, which included 73 paintings, prints and 3 dimensional work, along with 209 cards. The visitors were very generous leaving £237 in donations. Yes! The exhibition was a great success.

Thank you to Joyce for facilitating the exhibition, Felicity our Treasurer who did a great job sorting out the finances and making sure everything balanced in the end, and artists were paid promptly. Thanks are also conveyed to Margaret and Di for sorting and paying out monies from the cards

Allenby Award. The picture that had the most votes was by Jane Farleigh. The trophy will be presented at the Christmas dinner.

Also thank you to all the people that helped with setting up, hanging, taking down, and opening / closing and to thank those members who exhibited their artwork for not removing it before 5:45pm on the last day. We had a last minute rush on sales up until 5pm.

Note: Affordable Art Fair date, set up Friday 30 Nov/ Friday 7 Dec

Mike Wall: Chairman

Teignmouth Art Society is 70 years old this year. Members celebrated the anniversary on Saturday 29 September 2018 at our 1940s themed social. Partners, friends and former members were made welcome.

The evening included a bar, catering was by Rockpool Catering (hot fork buffet) and there was entertainment. Retro dress was optional. 

AGM 2018

The AGM was held on Friday, April 20th 2018 at 7 pm

at Teign Heritage Centre, 29 French Street, Teignmouth, TQ14 8ST

It was followed by refreshments and an extraordinary quiz

Keith Stott Demonstration


Teignmouth Art Society were treated to a demonstration using pastels by Keith Stott, SWAC on Friday  23rd February at Teign Heritage Centre.

Painting a Dartmoor scene from his own photograph, he showed the technique for painting a dramatic stormy sky and distant clouds.

He also answered questions from an audience eager to know how to improve their own pastel work.

Keith, lately of Kingsbridge, is a member of the South West Academy and now lives in Shaftesbury in Dorset. He returns to Kingsbridge monthly to run weekend courses at Harbour House Gallery. His work can be seen on the website www.artsofoak.co.uk.

The photo shows artist Keith Stott explaining his method to the Society. Contact Keith here


Jane Leitch Demonstration


25 members of Teignmouth Art Society were entertained by Gidleigh artist Jane Leitch on Friday 9th February.

Jane demonstrated her way of painting a figure in oil paint and used a photo source of a farrier shoeing a horse that she had taken.

Jane is self taught, having started painting at the age of 50 after being encouraged by her mother to do so.

Having started on watercolour she soon moved on to pastel and oil painting, which she prefers.

She is in great demand for commissions of paintings of animals and family groups in both mediums.

More of her work can be seen at her website www.janeleitch.co.uk.

The Art Society hold fortnightly demonstrations by different artists throughout the winter at Teign Heritage Centre 

The photo shows Jane at her easel.


On Wednesday afternoon members of Teignmouth Art society met at TAAG in Teignmouth for their fortnightly workshop. The session was led by Rob Parish an accomplished Pastel artist, Rob brought a variety of types of pastel to show and explained their differences in makeup and how you can have very hard to incredibly soft pastels for different types of mark making, he also brought a selection of papers which you can work on from relatively smooth to coarse.

Members were then given a black and white copy of a picture to have a go at themselves, after a few struggles getting used to the medium, a cup of tea and biscuits and more tips from Rob the end results were very good.

The Art Society next event is on Friday 10th November 7pm when there will be a demonstration by Dartmoor Artist Nick Collier at the Teign Heritage Center Teignmouth. Members and non-members are welcome.

Members of Teignmouth Art Society have been looking at two different ways to create a portrait at the last two Friday evening Demonstrations held at the Teign Heritage Centre in Teignmouth.

June James artist, life and portrait tutor from Exeter was the first demonstrator, she started by getting members to look at the dimensions of the face, using a pencil as a means of measurement to compare the spaces within the face. This was followed by a having a go at drawing the center lip line and the shadow created by the lower lip, and as if that wasn’t difficult enough it was followed up by drawing the ear of the person sat next to you! After a well-deserved coffee break, models Harry and Jenny sat for members to have a go at a full portrait, for some members who had never attempted this it was daunting but by the end of the evening many superb drawings emerged showing good likenesses.

The second demonstrator was Elizabeth Hadley well known sculpture from Brixham. Elizabeth started the evening with a slideshow of how a Bronze Statue was built from a picture by Brixham artist Arthur Briscoethe the statue took eighteen months to build and each stage was photographed. The statue is 10% larger than life and started out as a matchstick model which was gradually built up with 400 bags of clay, coated with a latex rubber and resin before being cut up and transported to the foundry to be cast in bronze. The pieces were then meticulously welded back together. The sculpture can be seen on the waterfront in Brixham celebrating the heritage and valour of the fishermen of Brixham.

During the second half of the evening Elizabeth showed members how she starts a portrait from a live model; from a piece of wood angled on a plinth she added small handfuls of clay and gradually built up the shape of the head, moving all around the model to ensure each aspect was created correctly, very soon a likeness appeared. The whole evening was fascinating and very informative from a very talented artist.
The next Friday demo is on the 20th October and Watercolourist David Norman will be demonstrating followed by an all day workshop on Saturday 21st for more details please visit the Society website www.teignmouthartsociety.com

Pastel Artist Lynda kettle from Sidmouth entertained members of Teignmouth Art Society when they met at the Teign Heritage Centre on Friday for their first demonstration of the autumn term.
Lynda introduced herself telling how she attended an Art School from the age of 16 and after attaining a degree in theatre design, she worked for a long time as a Production Designer for the BBC and was responsible for many major BBC television productions, including Angels, Tony Harte, Howards Way and Two Point Four Children to mention a few which most of the members could remember well. Since retiring from that very fast paced life Lynda has come to Devon to pursue the life of a Professional Artist.
During the demonstration Lynda gave hints and tips in working with pastel, passing out samples of different papers, with hints on how to use them to the best advantage, also ideas on how to preserve the chalky finish and the way to frame your finished pastel painting using a triple mount.
In the picture Lynda demonstrated she drew in the trees with white pastel and then proceeded to work down the picture from the sky using short strokes and very little blending just creating the effect of a spring day and water by layering the pastel.
The next demonstration will be a part practical evening with June James looking at portraits with the chance to work from live models. Friday 22nd September 7pm at the Teign Heritage Center.

Teignmouth Art Society

The Teignmouth Art Society Summer Exhibition is well under way, with a huge array of pictures, ceramics and cards.
The Society held a preview and presentation evening for members and guests. The judge was well known local artist Laura Wall, she gave a brief history of her artistic career beginning with winning a scholarship to Aberystwyth University in Fine Art, followed by her success with the series “Love at the Seaside” and “Goose” children books. Laura assured the artists she had worked through many of the different disciplines required to produce the types of work the members were showing. During the presentation Laura told each Artist what had appealed to her in the pictures she chose.
Martin Dutton the Society President, South West Academician chose his favourite picture and gave critique and encouragement to many of the Artists.
Paul Burgess, Mayor of Teignmouth accompanied by his wife Nicky had great difficulty choosing their favourite picture, but made a great choice in the end.
These are the winning Artists and categories.
Lewis Cook Award – Best Overall Entry Elaine Best, Commended, Richard Juniper
Margaret Howell Award – Flowers Sue Evans, Commended, Felicity Hughes
Margaret Webb Award – Most Innovative Jirka Ptacek Commended, Kerry Broomhead- Brown
Marjorie Mathews Award – Portrait or Figure Angie Joy Jenner, Commended: Keith Bowcock
Dawn &John Fricker Award – Landscape Paul Jeffries, Commended, Jeanne Girling
Albert Smith Award – Marine Painting Andy Tapper, Commended, Jan white
Jennifer Jenkins Award – 3d Sculpture Carol Courtier, Commended, Jon Watson
David and Jill Harrison Award for Abstract Work Elaine Best, Commended, Shan Roberts
Alan Cotton Award – President’s Choice Paul Jeffries
Jean Beatty Award Guest of Honour’s Choice Kerry Broomhead-Brown
The winning artwork is all labelled, come and see if you agree with the Judges and cast your vote for the best in show award.
The Exhibition at the Victoria Hall in Shaldon is free to enter and open every day 10am until 5pm on 22nd August.