THG to reopen on 20 May

Published on: 
14 April 2021

For the first time, Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) will present an exhibition across two towns - Honiton and Exmouth.

The arts can raise questions, find different perspectives and create new opportunities to help us understand and adapt to our changing planet.

Climate Conversations has been developed against the context of the East Devon District Council (EDDC) commitment to Devon’s Climate Change Emergency declaration and University of Exeter’s declaration of an environment and climate emergency.

The programme opens with flagship exhibition Mike Perry Land/Sea by photographic artist Mike Perry across two sites: THG, Honiton and Ocean, Exmouth.

The exhibition will launch at THG on 20 May and at Ocean on Ocean Day, 8 June 2021. The Ocean location will also become EDDC’s Climate Hub for the summer. The Creative Cabin (THG’s touring creative space) is taking Climate Conversations on tour.

Mike Perry Land/Sea brings together two recent bodies of work: Wet Deserts and Môr Plastig.

Wet Deserts challenges the romantic mythology of Britain’s national parks as areas of wilderness and natural beauty, suggesting that large areas of our parks are degraded and threaten our fight against species extinction and climate change. Môr Plastig (Welsh for ‘plastic sea’), is a forensic photographic study of plastic objects that have washed up on our seashores. Using a high resolution camera to capture intriguing surface detail, Perry classifies the objects into groupings - bottles, shoes, grids etc poetically alluding to what we might be are leaving behind for future generations.

Mike Perry’s work engages with significant and pressing environmental issues, in particular the tension between human activity and interventions in the natural environment, and the fragility of the planet’s ecosystems (be that marine or land). 

r Plastig work was included in The Black and White Room at The Royal Academy of Arts, curated by artist Cornelia Parker. Perry has also exhibited at the Venice Biennale and in 2015, received a Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales. 

Mike Perry/Land Sea

20 May – 14 August 2021, Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG): Dowell St, Honiton EX14 1LX

Open Thursday – Saturday, 10 – 5

8 June – 1 August 2021, Ocean: Queen’s Drive, Exmouth EX8 2AY

Open Monday – Sunday, 10 – 5

Curated by Mike Perry and Thelma Hulbert Gallery, adapted from Ffotogallery/Touring exhibition Land/ Sea originated by David Drake, Director of Ffotogallery and Ben Borthwick. Delivered in partnership with LED. Supported by Arts Council England and East Devon District Council Climate Emergency Fund.


  • Ocean Day 8 June – Climate Conversations launched from THG and Ocean with the Creative Cabin
  • Artist talk 1 July – Join Mike Perry to discuss the most pressing issues facing the planet
  • Curator’s tour 7 August – Exhibition tour with THG Curator Ruth Gooding


Art Dayz – Abode of Love/Creative Cabin Visit the Abode of Love, Exmouth for a family friendly art activity with Exmouth artist Anna Fitzgerald: Saturday 12 June, Saturday 3 July, Saturday 24 July, Saturday 14 August

Early Years Creative Sessions at THG A monthly session for under 5’s taking place in the THG garden over the summer.

THG Out & About with Wild East Devon, East Devon AONB and Blackdown Hills AONB. Interact with the Creative Cabin in the THG garden or find it in various locations across East Devon.