2015 Local Art Show Entry No 6: Topsham Art Group
23 March 2015
Seven groups are competing in the 2015 Express & Echo Local Art Show and they need your votes. Voting coupons from the newspaper must reach Express & Echo before noon on Tuesday 31 March. The winner will be announced on Thursday 2 April and the exhibition will run from Saturday 25 April to Sunday 10 May.
Entry No 6: Topsham Art Group in their own words
Topsham Art Group (TAG) has held exhibitions in the town for 48 years. There are 150 members who meet once a month to enjoy a programme of lectures and demonstrations. In addition, there are critiques, workshops and group visits to exhibitions and galleries in the South West. Guests are welcome and frequently attend our events.
A Summer Exhibition of the members’ work is held over two weeks in August. This exhibition and the monthly meetings are held at the Topsham Primary School, thanks to a good relationship with both the school staff and Devon County Council’s Education Department. The Group is also supported by local businesses and professional groups who sponsor the exhibition catalogue and help to advertise our public shows. The summer exhibition usually attracts in excess of 1000 visitors many of whom come from outside the local area and about 20 to 30 percent of works are sold.
The Group raises money for charities (recently Hospicecare, Help for Heroes and the Estuary League of Friends) at its exhibitions and is a supporter of the volunteer-run Topsham Museum. The Group published the annual Topsham Calendar in 2010 and 2013 and is preparing for another in 2016. Again, this will help to raise funds for the Topsham Museum as well as spreading views of the attractive local area around the world via its detachable postcards.
The portfolio submitted for this exhibition covers a wide range of styles and subjects, and TAG would use the opportunity of a show at RAMM to demonstrate the members’ ability in all media, including watercolour, oil, acrylic, print, gouache and mosaic, as well as in subject matter, including land- and seascape, portrait, abstract, still-life and idiosyncratic painting. These would be in both traditional and contemporary styles to show how art is evolving. We would also want to show a display of sketchbooks which are the best way of seeing how an artist’s mind works.
The aim would be to encourage more local people to take up art as a relaxing and rewarding pastime and to inspire young people to see art as something for them to take an interest in. Not everyone can get to the big shows in London, so showing the work of our experienced and talented local group could inject some enthusiasm and sparkle into the imaginations of young Exeter minds, which may not normally be exposed to art. It would also demonstrate the relevance and versatility of our newly refurbished City museum to the public tax-payer. The Group welcomes this opportunity to enter a competition to hold an exhibition at the Art Fund Award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum.
Seven local art groups are competing:
• Art Haven
• Devon Art Society
• Exeter Art Society
• Farringdon Society of Arts
• Green to Grey
• Topsham Art Group
• United Through Art