AONBs

Working with East Devon AONB and Blackdown Hills AONB

 In 2020/21 THG is delighted to be working in partnership with East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Blackdown Hills AONB. Access, enjoyment and understanding of the countryside are important aspects of AONB delivery and proven vital to mental and physical well-being.

 Our shared activity supports the Colchester Declaration 2019, a collective strategy for nature across AONBs which recognised that:

  • Natural Beauty has intrinsic value and means so much to people
  • Climate change is the biggest threat to humanity and one of the greatest threats to biodiversity. Designated landscapes offer some of the most powerful solutions to the challenges of climate change
  • The network of AONBs and National Parks, their teams, partnerships, authorities and stakeholders offer a unique solution to tackling environmental challenges

Our collaboration builds on existing work such as the National Association for AONBs ‘Art in the Landscape’. This programme is seeking to improve the understanding and relationship between the arts sector and AONBs in creating opportunities for emotional engagement in nature. 

The creative exploration of place through music, painting, poetry, and dance opens up the experience of landscape beyond the world of science and policy and helps us better understand our place in the world. With better understanding comes better stewardship; the basis of a more sustainable future.

In Conversation: Chris Woodruff, East Devon AONB and Tim Youngs, Blackdown Hills AONB discussing nature recovery, climate change and the important role art can play. 

Creative Cabin Events

  • The Big Butterfly Search drop in art activity

    31 July 2021

    Get creative to celebrate the Pearl Bordered and Small Pearl Bordered butterfly. As part of Heath Week, THG's Creative Cabin will be at Aylesbeare Common with East Devon AONB and Wild East Devon....

  • Completely Batty at the Donkey Sanctuary

    9 August 2021

    Our Creative Cabin will be visiting The Donkey Sanctuary on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 August with ‘Completely Batty’ fun activities for all the family! Drop in any time between 11am and 3pm.  The...

  • Completely Batty at the Donkey Sanctuary

    10 August 2021

    Our Creative Cabin will be visiting The Donkey Sanctuary on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 August with ‘Completely Batty’ fun activities for all the family! Drop in any time between 11am and 3pm.  The...

  • Topsham Charter Day - craft activities

    13 August 2021

    Try your hand at traditional copper riveting and on your own miniature wooden plank, you will capture fragments of the stories in pictures and in words. Join us to celebrate Topham Charter day with a...

  • Art Dayz - Sand Body Casting

    14 August 2021

    Join Exmouth artist Anna Fitzgerald and create casts of your hands and feet out of sand. We will be casting hands and feet imprinted in damp sand using plaster of paris. We will then take photos (...

  • Art in the Garden

    19 August 2021

      Join us in our Creative Cabin for family friendly art activities in the THG garden. Drop in anytime between 11am and 3.00pm. All ages and abilities welcome.    

  • Creative Sessions for Under 5's

    26 August 2021

    Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) invites under 5's and their parents/carers to a fun, creative session in the Creative Cabin. We will be outside in the THG garden with artist Laurel Coxon. The sessions...

  • Art in the Garden

    28 August 2021

    Join us in our Creative Cabin for family friendly art activities in the THG garden. Drop in anytime between 11am and 1.30pm. All ages and abilities welcome. This event coordinates with the opening of...

  • Creative Session for Under 5's

    30 September 2021

    Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) invites under 5's and their parents/carers to a fun, creative session in the Creative Cabin. We will be outside in the THG garden. The sessions are play-based and...