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contemporary craft exhibitions and events

Riverside Mill, home of Devon Guild of Craftsmen, is the hub of contemporary crafts culture in South West England. Our galleries, shop and café in Bovey Tracey, Devon are free admission and we welcome visitors 7 days a week throughout the year. We are an educational charity and foster creative endeavour at all ages and levels. Our extensive outreach programme in schools and colleges encourages innovative ideas, development of skills and freedom of expression. Professional development support and access to opportunities fasttracks and guides new and emerging makers into sustainable rewarding practices and invigorates the creative economy of the region. Sign up for our news bulletins on the home page of our mobile-compatible website or join us and contribute to our lively community.

Join us We receive critical acclaim for our exhibitions, our innovative education programme reaches thousands of participants each year, and the artists we nurture enjoy successful careers. But we can’t do this alone. Each year we need to raise funds from trusts and foundations, companies and individuals in order to deliver our education programme and keep our exhibitions free to access. There are a number of ways you can help us, including ■ Sponsoring an exhibition ■ Supporting our education work through a regular donation ■ Joining as a Friend or Best Friend ■ Leaving a legacy ■ Becoming a corporate supporter ■ Volunteering To discuss sponsorship opportunities, regular giving or leaving a gift to the Devon Guild in your will, please contact Erica Steer (Executive Director) on

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Membership All working craftspeople based in the South West (Devon, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire) can apply to become a Member with the opportunity to sell work in our Craft Shop, submit work for exhibitions and gain access to marketing, networking and professional development. We also support emerging makers through our Associate Membership scheme.

Find out how to get involved as a volunteer, Friend or Member on or call 01626 832223

cover: Aine Venables (in Narrative Remains), above: Tracey Falvey workshop with refugees in Plymouth, Big Draw event in our Jubilee Gallery

The Devon Guild is a registered charity no. 296568

Narrative Remains

An exploration into the relationship between words and making

Saturday 18 January - Sunday 23 March Selected by Peter Florence, Director, Hay Festivals and Amanda Popham, renowned ceramicist and Member of the Devon Guild, this exhibition shows the work of regional, national and international artist-makers, working in disciplines of contemporary craft, who are directly influenced by words. Narrative Remains explores the relationships between stories, poems, prose or quotes and the chosen makers’ work. The exhibition shows the imagination engendered by words and stories through the creation of contemporary craft. Work on show includes installations, photography, print, collage, enamel, ceramics and textiles. In these works the narrative emerges in the spaces between the pieces as well as between the viewer and the work, opening up more possibilities for extending the storytelling. Exhibitors: Sonja Andrew, Sue Brown, Clare Goddard, Tina Hill, Effie Jessop, Iris Milward, Jitka Palmer, Donna Rumble-Smith, Trudie Timlin Brown, Alex Valentine and Aine Venables. WORKSHOP

Calligraphy with Celia Lister Saturday 8 March 10am - 4pm Phoenix Hall, Bovey Tracey An introduction to italic calligraphy, working from its traditional roots, covering the principles of good letterforms using an edged pen and introducing the tools and equipment used in lettering art. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience. £50 (£45) including basic materials. Advance booking essential.


Shadow puppet making with The Clockwork Moth Saturday 22 March 1- 4pm Free drop-in workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Alex Valentine

Beyond the Book An exhibition of artists who use books as their medium Saturday 5 April - Sunday 8 June The artists in this exhibition examine the book as a cultural and a symbolic object, and as a container of history, narrative and memory. What happens when artists consider the matter of books? The conventional book became a household object after the invention of printing, and has only recently been rivalled by the computer screen and electronic text. This exhibition sets out to explore the transition of books through a variety of formats, from photographs to sculptures, installations and jewellery. This exhibition will examine the broad spectrum of work currently being created by artists and designers who are using books to deconstruct and describe their qualities, both aesthetically and conceptually. All of the artists in the exhibition share an interest in memory, language and narrative. They use books as a way of filtering their ideas. The exhibition demonstrates how diverse the Book Art movement is in the UK by showcasing British-based talent, and illustrating the notions and narratives behind the making. Alongside the why, the exhibition will examine the process, material and nature of production.


Reconfiguring the Book with Maddy Pethick Saturday 31 May 10am - 4pm Phoenix Hall, Bovey Tracey Deconstruct and reconstruct old books into something new. Folding, sticking, stitching, ripping – construct concertinas, peepholes and tunnels to investigate how books can be re-imagined and altered. £50 (£45) including basic materials. Advance booking essential.

Su Blackwell

Exhibitors: Ellen Bell, Su Blackwell, Jonathan Boyd, Yvette Hawkins, Samantha Y Huang, Alexander Korzer-Robinson, Jeremy May and Ros Rixon Co-curator Su Blackwell is a leading UK based artist working predominantly with paper and books.

Materials Matter

A Devon Guild of Craftsmen Membership Exhibition Saturday 21 June - Sunday 7 September The annual Members’ exhibition is an important one for our Membership as it is an opportunity for them to produce their best new work. It is also unique in the Guild exhibition calendar as the work on display has been chosen by a group from within the Membership. This year’s exhibition will take the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of materials chosen and used by the Members of the Guild. The exhibition will inform visitors that materials do indeed matter to these makers. Through individual statements, information panels and by having examples of raw materials on display the exhibition will tell stories of why each maker has chosen a certain material. Perhaps it is because they live where a material grows, like willow, or is found naturally, like clay, or used as a by-product of an industry they are associated with such as wool from sheep or wood from tree surgery. By visiting this exhibition you will gain a unique insight into a selection of our leading craftspeople from the South West and find out why Materials Matter to them. Free craft demonstrations every Saturday from 21 June - 6 September (10am - 4pm) detail of work by 2013 President’s Prize winner Helen Edwards

Home Ground

Celebrating local distinctiveness and a sense of place

Saturday 20 September - Sunday 9 November Taking its direction from Common Ground, a charity that explores the relationship between nature and culture through the creative industries, this exhibition celebrates makers who are concerned with local distinctiveness and value their sense of place. Home Ground will showcase the work of contemporary art/craft practitioners who use locally distinct materials, or locally sourced recycled materials, to produce work which reflects and sustains their locality and its nature and culture. The exhibition encompasses a whole range of craft production from traditional and The Big Draw heritage skills to contemporary objects and Wednesday 29 and installations. The ecology of natural materials is Thursday 30 October 11am – 4pm a vital part of many of the exhibitors’ lives and Join the National Campaign for Drawing and drop in to the exhibition celebrates and seeks to endorse our family fun days with creative activities inspired by this home-grown making. Home Ground. Free, drop-in event. Children must be accompanied by an adult. See for more details nearer the event. John Hagger

Riverside Gallery The Riverside Gallery is dedicated to presenting a more in-depth investigation into the diverse work and interests of our Members, giving audiences the opportunity to explore and learn. Land Sea Sky

Jacqui Parkinson Life, Loss and Laundry Friday 24 January Sunday 16 March Less than a mile from the Devon Guild is Devon House, which housed a large laundry that served many grand houses in Victorian and Edwardian times. This exhibition, developed by Jacqui Parkinson, reflects the lives of the laundry workers, and how washing, patching and mending still resonate through all our lives as metaphors. Meet the Maker Saturday 1 February 2 - 4pm Jacqui Parkinson will be in the gallery to talk about her work and the exhibition. Free, drop-in event.

Friday 16 May Sunday 22 June A mixed media exhibition of South West makers whose work is closely connected with their environment. Exhibitors: Hilary Burns baskets Terry Gilding wood Laurel Keeley ceramics Debby Mason prints Sam Pickard textiles

Jacqui Parkinson, archive picture of Laundry at Devon House

An insight into makers’ relationships with, and in some cases preservation, recording and conservation

Hatswop Friday 21 March - Sunday 11 May Mary Sumner (printmaker) and Jenny Southam (ceramicist) have been working on a creative collaboration, each ‘swopping’ craft disciplines under the guidance of the other. The exhibition will aim to inform the viewer how they have gone through the process of creation and hopes to inspire others to step outside the particular constraints and traditions of their chosen mediums. Workshop: Forms of Nature with Jenny Southam and Mary Sumner Saturday 12 April 10am - 4pm Create your own work using paper cut-outs, collage, rubbings, wax resist and other techniques. Make a composition using natural forms and landscape as the starting point. Drop-in, free event – children must be accompanied by an adult.

Jenny Southam, Jenny and Mary photo by Jem Southam, Mary Sumner

Advance booking essential for many events 01626 832223 of, their environment including the use of home-sourced materials (willow, wood) and work which documents nature in all its detail and variety.

Anita Reynolds

Anita Reynolds Outline South West Part 2

Sam Pickard

Demonstration: Laurel Keeley Saturday 17 May 10am - 1pm Laurel will demonstrate hand building with slabs and slip decoration and show how she coils a large pot. Free. Demonstration: Debby Mason Saturday 21 June 10am - 4pm Debby will show how she rocks up and burnishes a mezzotint plate. Free.

Devon Open Studios at Devon Guild Saturday 6 - Sunday 21 September Exhibition showcasing a selection of work by Devon Guild Members who are also taking part in Devon Open Studios event run by Devon Artist Network. Pick up a Devon Open Studios brochure and explore further.

Friday 26 September - Sunday 16 November Over the last three years Anita Reynolds has walked the 630 mile South West Coast Path that runs from Minehead to Poole. The Riverside Gallery showed the artwork produced from the first 280 miles in 2013; prints produced each day of the remaining 350 miles of the project will be exhibited this year. This half includes the home stretch of the South Devon coastline and concludes just beyond the Jurassic coast of Dorset. Also on display will be Anita’s sketchbooks, photographs, maps and educational material about the printmaking processes employed during the project. Workshop: Monoprint and drypoint printmaking with Anita Reynolds Saturday 18 October 10am - 4pm Phoenix Hall, Bovey Tracey Using Perspex sheets, simple tools, card and ink, prints will be made using a portable press. Both techniques will be practised individually and then followed by combination prints. £50 (£45) including basic materials. Advance booking essential.

Villages in Action touring programme Some of the Riverside Gallery exhibitions will be touring to rural venues in association with Villages In Action. Visit or for details.

Christmas Celebration Saturday 6 December 10am - 5pm

Saturday 22 November - Sunday 4 January 2015 With over 50 of the best contemporary designer-makers from across the UK, working in a variety of disciplines, with a range of prices to suit everyone, this is an excellent opportunity to buy a unique piece of craft this Christmas. Alongside the exhibition, our shop has everything you need to decorate your home and celebrate Christmas – a fabulous range of Christmas gift ideas and decorations, together with beautiful and distinctive cards and gift wrap. All our products are ethically sourced.

Emma Calvert

Join us for a day of Christmas festivities with carol singers, free mulled wine and food/drink tastings. Select from a huge range of Christmas decorations, cards and handmade gifts in our Craft Shop. WORKSHOP

Wire Bird Sculpture with Celia Smith Saturday 22 November 10am - 4pm Phoenix Hall, Bovey Tracey Starting with simple, flat wire drawings, learn joining and manipulating techniques. You will also learn how to strengthen your sculpture, about balance and stance, and different types of recycled wires as you progress to a 3D bird structure. £60 (£55) including basic materials. Advance booking essential.

Other Devon Guild Events Professional Development Courses Gillian Taylor, former Press Officer with Arts Council England South West, will be running a series of short professional development workshops at Devon Guild. Open to all. Advance booking essential. £50 for all 3 courses if booked at the same time.

Using social media to promote your work Wednesday 26 February 6 - 8.30pm £20 Learn to use Facebook, Twitter and other social media to promote your work. This short course will cover the basics of setting up Twitter and Facebook accounts and give a flavour of the wide range of social media available to help artists and makers promote their work.

How to get your story in the news Wednesday 12 March 6 - 8.30pm £20 Learn what makes a good news story, how to attract journalists and communicate your message effectively. During a practical exercise you will get help and advice on how to write an effective press release.

Blogging and website basics Wednesday 26 March 6 - 8.30pm £20 Learn how to create a basic website or blog to give yourself a valuable online presence to promote your work. You will learn some of the basics about setting up a website, writing for the web and making the most of images and video.

Plant Sale Saturday 17 May 10am - 4pm After last year’s success, come and join us for another plant sale at the Guild. Donations of plants/cuttings welcomed. Helpers needed to assist in running the event. Please contact us if you wish to donate or help with the event on the day.

arts wave devon Working with Devon County Council, experienced local arts and education organisations Daisi, Dance in Devon, Devon Guild of Craftsmen and Wolf & Water have collaborated to bring a range of accessible arts opportunities to local people. This 3 year project works with communities to design activities and programmes which engage, support and inspire their participation in Devon’s rich wealth of arts opportunities. Its mission is to enhance wellbeing through creating opportunities to explore, create and play. Watch out for the arts wave devon pop-up at events and discover the positive impact of a little spur-of-themoment creativity. Follow the project and events on and or contact

Simon Ripley pop-up printmaking workshop at Crediton. Photo Sarah Gray

The Terrace café Our licensed café, on the first floor of Riverside Mill, has a reputation for superb food and drink. We use locally sourced produce from the best suppliers in the area, plus Fair Trade tea and coffee. We are in a delightful setting alongside the River Bovey and have a rooftop terrace with views across the town for summer dining. We have good accessibility, with a lift to the first floor, flat access throughout and a ramp to the outside terrace. Families are welcome and we have a small play area. The Terrace café serves breakfasts and lunches prepared from scratch in our own kitchen, together with cream teas and afternoon teas with our own delicious home-made cakes and scones. Tempting vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are always available and we can cater for most other dietary requirements. The Terrace café is available for hire outside our normal opening hours for breakfast meetings or evening events and meals. We welcome enquiries for your business meetings, parties and other gatherings. We now have wifi at Riverside Mill so please ask for the password. Visit to see our new menus and promotions or call 01626 831959 for hire or other enquiries.

FESTIVAL craft · food · music

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Craft Shop Our Craft Shop supports our charity and our Members’ livelihoods. We sell a constantly changing display of our Members’ craftwork and you can buy tickets for most of our events over the counter or on the phone.

Members Showcase 25 January - 10 March Stuart Low 15 March - 5 May Genia Lorberg

10 May - 23 June Makers Xchange with Makers Guild Wales 28 June - 18 August Mike Tingle

Showcases and promotions include:

23 August - 13 October Michelle Greenwood-Brown

Focus on Devon Guild Members

18 October - 1 December Julia Manning


March Lea Phillips


April Julia Finzel


May Don White


Mosaics Prints

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July Debby Kirby


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October Jane Llewellyn-Jones Jewellery

December Will Shakspeare



February Anne Farag

November James Kendrew

Arts Council England’s interest free loans make it easy for you to buy or commission original, high quality works of art from Riverside Mill. Loans of between £100 and £2000 are available over a period of up to 10 months. Terms and conditions apply.

6 December - 19 January 2015 Malcolm Law Ceramics

10% discount on selected work in the Craft Shop

September Chris Taylor

Own Art


Gift vouchers available

January Hilary Burns

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Metalwork Glass


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The Contemporary


6- 810am-5pm JUNE2014 Daily Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey, Devon In association with the Devon Guild of Craftsmen

3 Days 200 of the UK’s finest designer makers workshops demonstrations children’s craft tent masterclasses fantastic food talk tipi live music free parking and children’s entertainment

Visit our New Festival Shop!

Open Thursday-Sunday on Fore Street in Bovey Tracey (next to Flying Pig Café)

Visit us Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon, England TQ13 9AF 01626 832223 FREE ADMISSION Open 7 days a week 10am - 5.30pm (cafĂŠ closes at 5pm November - February) Riverside Mill is at the centre of Bovey Tracey. The building is easily accessible throughout with a level entrance at the side of the building, wide aisles throughout, an accessible toilet and a lift to our first floor cafĂŠ. See or call us on 01626 832223 for more access details. Public transport Hourly buses from Exeter and Newton Abbot stop outside. Traveline 0870 6082608 or The nearest train station is Newton Abbot (5 miles). National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950 or Cyclists and walkers Riverside Mill is right on the Dartmoor Way which has 95 miles of cycling and walking in Dartmoor National Park. We have cycle racks in our courtyard. By car Bovey Tracey is 15 miles south west of Exeter, only 2 miles off the A38 expressway to Plymouth. Take the A382 signed Bovey Tracey off the A38 and follow the brown tourist signs. There are two public car parks very close to the Riverside Mill (Le Molay-Littry Way car park has level access). There is one space for blue badge holders and a drop-off point in the adjacent Riverside Inn car park.

This brochure is available in large print, braille and audio formats. Exhibition support notes are available in large print in the Jubilee Gallery

2014 Diary

Jubilee Gallery Riverside Gallery EXHIBITION EXHIBITION

All events at Riverside Mill except where stated Friday 24 January - Sunday 16 March Saturday 1 February Wednesday 26 February Saturday 8 March Wednesday 12 March

2 - 4pm 6 - 8.30pm 10am - 4pm 6 - 8.30pm

Saturday 22 March

1- 4pm 6 - 8.30pm


MEET THE MAKER: Jacqui Parkinson Free drop-in event COURSE: Using social media to promote your work WORKSHOP: Calligraphy with Celia Lister Phoenix Hall, Bovey Tracey COURSE: How to get your story in the news Riverside Gallery


WORKSHOP: Shadow puppet making with The Clockwork Moth Free drop-in event COURSE: Blogging and website basics Jubilee Gallery EXHIBITION

Beyond the Book

Saturday 5 April - Sunday 8 June Saturday 12 April

Riverside Gallery


Friday 21 March - Sunday 11 May

Wednesday 26 March

Jubilee Gallery EXHIBITION

Narrative Remains Jacqui Parkinson Life, Loss and Laundry

Saturday 18 January - Sunday 23 March

10am - 4pm

WORKSHOP: Forms of Nature with Jenny Southam and Mary Sumner Free drop-in event Riverside Gallery

Land Sea Sky

Friday 16 May - Sunday 22 June


Saturday 17 May

10am - 4pm

Plant Sale

Saturday 17 May

10am - 1pm

DEMONSTRATION: Ceramics by Laurel Keeley

Saturday 31 May

10am - 4pm

WORKSHOP: Reconfiguring the Book with Maddy Pethick. Phoenix Hall, Bovey Tracey

Friday 6 - Sunday 8 June

10am - 5pm

The Contemporary Craft Festival Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey Jubilee Gallery EXHIBITION

Materials Matter

Saturday 21 June - Sunday 7 September Saturdays from 21 June to 6 September 10am - 4pm

Free Craft Demonstrations

Saturday 21 June

DEMONSTRATION: Printmaking by Debby Mason

10am - 4pm

Friday 5 & Saturday 6 September

Nourish Festival events at venues in Bovey Tracey

Saturday 6 - Sunday 21 September

Devon Open Studios at Devon Guild Home Ground Anita Reynolds Outline South West Part 2

Saturday 20 September - Sunday 9 November Friday 26 September - Sunday 16 November Saturday 18 October

10am - 4pm

Riverside Gallery


Riverside Gallery


WORKSHOP: Monoprint and drypoint printmaking with Anita Reynolds Phoenix Hall, Bovey Tracey

Wednesday 29 & Thursday 30 October 11am - 4pm

The Big Draw Free drop-in event

Saturday 22 November - Sunday 4 January 2015

MAKE 2014

Saturday 22 November

10am - 4pm

WORKSHOP: Wire Bird Sculpture with Celia Smith Phoenix Hall, Bovey Tracey

Saturday 6 December

10am - 5pm

Christmas Celebration

Jubilee Gallery EXHIBITION


BOOKING ESSENTIAL FOR MANY TALKS/WORKSHOPS/EVENTS Devon Guild of Craftsmen Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9AF 01626 832223 Open 7 days a week 10am – 5.30pm Free admission The Terrace café closes at 5pm between November and February

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