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THG Open 2023 Winners: Sharon James #artistmother

25 May 2024 to 6 July 2024

Exhibition of new work by the winner of the THG Open 2023 - Sharon James.

James' work features large, strongly figurative paintings presenting vibrant scenes of domestic family life. They are intimate moments, inviting the viewer to become part of it like we are one of the family. Each painting is often an accurate reflection of a keenly observed moment. They focus on the bits of life that so easily get covered over offering an intensely personal vision with echoes of family, motherhood and heritage.

About Sharon James: Sharon holds a BA Hons in Fine Art Printmaking and an MA in Printmaking. After a successful career as a lecturer in Art and Design and then a gallery owner, she is now a full time artist. Her practice has evolved since the arrival of her three children. The mental transition from mum to artist being sometimes problematic. Her work focuses on painting and drawing using many mediums including digital tools.

Artist Interview: Sharon James, Behind the Artist

Alongside this exhibition, in the downstairs gallery is a display of work by winner of the Best Emerging Artist prize - Kyle Baker

© Sharon James, The Apocalypse of Emptiness

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THG Open 2023 Winners : Kyle Baker

25 May 2024 to 6 July 2024

Lower Gallery - exhibition of work by photographer Kyle Baker, winner of Best Emerging Artist prize in the THG Open 2023.

Kyle Baker is a self-taught photographer and film maker based in Sidmouth, East Devon. He set up his business with the help of the Prince's Trust in 2016. Kyle specialises in seascapes alongside landscapes and nightscapes. 

Kyle is always on or by the sea, surfing from a young age and as part of the crew of the Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat for the last seven years.

'Recently, I have been spending time trying to capture the aurora borealis activity in the south, but between the clouds, which is a challenge! I am looking forward to the Milky Way season and capturing sunsets from the sea. Throughout the summer, when my work really kicks off, I just enjoy being able to relax and spend time photographing images for myself.

I am very much an “in the moment” photographer. I try to capture moments which other people might not be able to see or enjoy, especially from the perspective of the sea.  Actually being in the sea as I take the photos adds a totally unique dimension to the artworks.

I love seeing and reading people’s reactions to my work, especially to well-known places pictured in ways they may not have seen before. These reactions influence my future work. The beautiful light in this area and how it is constantly changing always inspires me to photograph new landscapes.' 

© Kyle Baker, The Milky Way and Aurora Borealis over Jacob's Ladder, Sidmouth.

 

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Devon Artist Network

25 May 2024 to 6 July 2024

This year, Devon Artist Network (DAN) celebrates its 20th anniversary.

To kick off the celebrations, THG is working with DAN members to deliver a programme of workshops to schools as part of our Create Our Space (COS) youth project, encouraging young people to visit and be involved with galleries.

THG selected the artists through an open call to deliver these workshops and exhibit a selection of the artists’ work in our Upper Gallery.

Devon Artist Network promotes the visual arts for all creatives and makers in Devon. They support exhibitions, workshops, and pop-up markets, and promote the educational need for art throughout society.

Their annual highlight is Devon Open Studios (7 - 22 September 2024), when artists throw their doors open so visitors can visit their creative spaces and see artists and makers in action.

DAN is run by artists for artists. All members are encouraged to engage with this inspiring network of creatives. The board and committee are volunteers and give their time freely to help the arts flourish throughout Devon.