Tree to Sea
26 October 2019
A multidisciplinary project created in partnership with East Devon AONB, which explored the East Devon coastline , involving contemporary art and artists.
The project revisited the work of local Victorian antiquarian Peter Orlando Hutchinson, who painted many well-known East Devon scenes. The artists worked with coastal communities, schools, Sidmouth Museum and boatbuilder/storyteller Gail McGarva.
Story Boat : this project took its inspiration from local Victorian antiquarian Peter Orlando Hutchinson and his diary sketches of fishing boats and beached whales in the 19th century. THG worked with Gail McGarva and her Story Boat to bring to life the heritage of East Devon coastal communities, including Beer, Branscombe and Sidmouth. Gail and her storyboat visited schools and communities along the Jurassic Coast delivering activities. Participants were be able to climb aboard and hear her story, handle the mysterious objects housed inside and write and create their own responses.
Devon In Sight and Sidmouth College partnership project with THG
THG partnered with Devon’s leading sight loss charity Devon In Sight to deliver a workshops with printmakers from Double Elephant Print Workshop and exhibiting artist Gail McGarva. The programme of six workshops were adapted to the needs of the visually-impaired participants. Further coordinating workshops with Sidmouth Community College students were led by exhibiting artist Jo Lathwood, Double Elephant Print Workshop printmakers and artist and boatbuilder Gail McGarva. The students from Sidmouth College were also due to have a sight awareness session and a final joint workshop with Devon Insight, which had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.Also the resulting exhibition of their joint portfolio of works was due to be exhibited in March for the Easter Holidays but also had to be postponed but is planned to take place in Spring 2021. More information
Well Trodden Wrong Ways (14 September - 26 October 2019) was the culmination of Tree to Sea. Photographer Paul Blakemore and artist Jo Lathwood investigated and documented the cultural, social and geological landscape of East Devon's Jurassic coast. The exhibition included drawings, sculpture, photography and film, it was an invitation to navigate this remarkable World Heritage Site, unearthing untold stories. From crumbling rock formations, endangered moths, unusual architecture, and unknown histories, the new commissions questionned how our choices impact upon us, others and our environment.
'Tree to Sea’ was funded by Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund.