Topsham Art Group
4 April 2019
Topsham Art Group is one of three groups competing in the Devon Live Local Art Show 2019. The winner will be chosen by readers of Devon Live and will exhibit in RAMM’s gallery 22 from 11 to 30 June. Topsham Art Group is competing with Exmouth Art Group and Teignmouth Art Society.
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Topsham Art Group in their own words
Topsham Art Group (TAG) has held exhibitions in the town for 52 years. There are around 150 members who meet once a month to enjoy a programme of lectures and demonstrations. In addition, there are critiques, workshops and 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 and the Estuary League of Friends) at its exhibitions and is a supporter of the volunteer-run Topsham Museum. The Group publishes the annual Topsham Calendar in alternate years. Again, this helps to raise funds for local charities as well as spreading views of the attractive local area around the world via its detachable postcards.
The portfolio submitted for this exhibition is aimed at winning public votes, but TAG would use the opportunity of a show at RAMM to demonstrate the members’ ability in various media, such as watercolour, oil, acrylic, print, gouache and mosaic, as well as using the theme of migration to highlight movement around the globe in all its forms. The natural world has some extraordinary examples of long-distance travel and humans travel for work and pleasure as well as being forced by violence to leave their homes and country. It is not easy to convey all this in a competently artistic fashion and TAG has found it a tough but exciting challenge.
We hope 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 do. We hope that our exhibition also helps to demonstrate the relevance and value of our highly-acclaimed City Museum to public life in Exeter.