Blog Update: 13-05-2017




It feels like we had quite a quiet week last week and yet, the blog update is still late…

We’re sadly entering the last week of one of our current shows. Cosmography: Paintings and Drawing by Charles Somerton, will close this Saturday. This is a truly stunning show in which Charles presents his take on the universal cosmogram, an artistic icon which has appeared across cultures and religions for millennia. Charles incorporates styles and influences from a number of its traditional forms, in large scale pieces of incredible detail. Pieces are available to commission via the gallery and his works are also available as limited edition prints.


Charles Somerton exhibiting in the Artizan Main Gallery. Photographed work, UNV_4G_010

However, as the saying goes, “when one exhibition closes, another one opens” and next week we’ll be launching a short exhibition from artist David Cowell. “Influences” will show an exciting selection of David’s digital paintings which explore a variety of styles of traditional painting to bring together a body of work which he describes as “tradigital”. By focusing his artistic creativity on the digital medium David is attempting to maintain the human element in technological progress.


David Cowell, Autumn Tree

Going back a little bit, you may remember a month ago we went on a photography walk with students from Torquay Academy. This was part of Friends of Upton Park’s annual photography competition for the students and we were really pleased when they asked us to get involved with it. We decided on a couple of categories – ‘Macro’ and ‘Play of Light’ and the students were set the task of visiting the park for a photo shoot and then each creating a slide show if images that fitted with the themes that we had set.

On 5th May we visited Torquay Academy along with Chris Thomas (Chair of the Friends group) and Janice Anderson-Smith (one of their members) to carry out the task of judging. In the end and because the standard was so high we decided that we needed more time to look at all of the entries so we each went away and spent the following weekend doing just that until we were finally able to come up with the winners and some commendations.

You can take a look at the winners and some of the other entries by visiting the groups facebook page and we hope to have the winners work displayed at the gallery as part of our Summer Open exhibition in July. 

On Sunday we headed over to the home of local artist Kim Freeman for a garden party to wish well her partner Mike and friend Nick as they undertake a cycle ride from John ‘O Groats to Lands End in aid of two charities, one of which is Brixham Junior Sailing Club. The Bikes were couriered up to Scotland today so there really is no turning back now. You can find out more about the adventure, North South 2 Ride, and follow their progress, here.

You may remember a few months ago we went to hear a talk given by the Torbay Decorative Fine Arts Society who meet once a month at St Matthias Church. It was a fascinating talk on Buckfast Abbey and inspired us to revisit the Abbey the following month.  On 6th July they will be holding their annual garden party at the Palace Hotel on Babbacombe Road and promise an afternoon of ‘magical extravaganza and indulgent tea party’ tickets are £20 and can be purchased by contacting Elizabeth at or by telephone 01803 200703.

In other exciting news, the gallery was recently nominated for an award for Best Gallery! Organised by online lifestyle blog “Muddy Stiletto’s”, these regional awards will see us judged against galleries from across Devon, so we’d really appreciate your vote! You can do so here simply by logging in and entering “Artizan Gallery, Torquay” into the voting form. Thanks guys! Also make sure to vote in some of the other categories, we've put some suggestions of Torbay businesses to the left!

We’ll get all the begging out of the way in one batch and let you know about a fundraising event some of the gallery team are taking part in. At the end of July, Grace and Jacob will be heading off with team “Christmas in Paradise” to take part in Trailwalker 2017, a 100km walk from Southampton to Brighton to raise money for Oxfam! The event sees teams of four taking on the long-distance challenge as they try to cover the miles in under 36 hours. Trainings well underway and Jacob is hoping to beat his preview time of 20hours and 6minutes! We’d be very grateful for any sponsorship you feel you can offer for this great cause and we hope to also invite you a long to a special fundraising event in the next month at the gallery!


Sponsor the team here!

And that’s all for this week! Make sure to come and join us in the gallery to catch the end of our current exhibition and have a coffee with us!