Artizan Gallery with Becky Nuttall invite you to submit for their next exhibition

Artizan Gallery with Becky Nuttall invite you to submit for their next exhibition

Artizan Gallery

Artizan Gallery

Artizan Gallery and Brixham-based artist Becky Nuttall are collaborating for their upcoming exhibition, Our Place in the Seven Heavens.

Artizan Gallery are known for continuously representing and supporting the local arts scene. Their recent pop-up Summer and Winter Opens brightened Torquay’s high street. Now, back in their gallery on Lucius Street, Artizan and Royal Academy shortlisted artist, Becky Nuttall, are preparing for their upcoming exhibition entitled Our Place in the Seven Heavens. What’s it all about and how can you get involved? Read on…

Becky Nuttall

Becky Nuttall

“Medieval cosmologists saw the planets as the 'seven heavens'. Referencing the The Planets in Torre Abbey, the imagery of the moon above the Bay and our Geopark landscape, I want people to reflect on what makes our place, Torbay, unique to them in the Seven Heavens.

I visited Torre Abbey years ago and saw the Holman Hunt painting called The Children's Holiday. I have studied the Pre Raphaelites at certain times in my academic and art career and seen their work in London, Manchester and Liverpool without knowing that we have several works in Torbay including Burne-Jones' Pre Raphaelite cartoons for stained glass windows of The Planets. These are beautiful drawings of the solar system using romantic and symbolic imagery.

I wanted to bring together the artistic imagery of the solar system in the cartoons, the poetic imagery of Emily Dickinson's poem The Moon is Distant from the Sea and root those concepts in our local landscape; how the moon pulls the tides; how the tides form our Geopark coast and how the community feel about the unique landscape we live in. It's a broad concept open to any interpretation, rooted in an emotional response about home, environment and the universe. Everyone has a special place in the coastal landscape of Torbay, mine is Mansands Beach in Brixham.

I have curated three exhibitions since 2016 in Torbay. One of those was for Artizan Gallery last year. Artizan had a free month and asked if I had an idea for an exhibition. It seemed fitting to commemorate the 100 years since WW1 Armistice and women's suffrage. It was a collaboration of poets and artists called We are Making a New World from the war artist Paul Nash's painting of a WW1 battlefield. I found the exhibition profoundly moving and the standard of submissions was exceptional for Torbay. I asked Jacob and Julie if they would consider allowing me to curate a collaboration of poets and artists again in 2019. Local poet Robert Garnham will help select the submissions.” - Becky Nuttall, Artist & Poet.

Jacob Brandon & Julie Brandon

Jacob Brandon & Julie Brandon

It’s refreshing to see gallery and artist looking to promote local art in the way Artizan Gallery and Becky Nuttall are doing. We asked Jacob Brandon from Artizan to explain more about the submissions of the Community Response?

“Through the community response we wanted to offer the opportunity for anyone to engage with the core subject of the exhibition, our place in Torbay. Our Open Calls for art, in their simplest forms, are a conversation. In Becky’s exhibitions we’ve shown that this discussion doesn’t just have to happen in visual art; for “We Are Making a New World” we brought in poetry as a voice and now for this exhibition we wanted to open up the platforms for contribution even further.

Anyone can input to the exhibition by email, in person, over the phone, on our social media. They can do so with pictures, with sound, video, words, poems, stories… we’re really not putting any restrictions on this. All the commentary we receive will then be curated and provided to artists making submissions to inspire their work; it may be that comment from a Facebook post becomes a line in a poem, or the three words you’d use to describe Torbay become collaged into a triptych.

We’ll also be displaying some of the responses directly in the exhibition space, so this is a real opportunity to make a mark in a creative way.” - Jacob Brandon, Artizan Gallery

What a great opportunity, a simple comment or tweet about a positive experience in Torbay could see you being part of Our Place in the Seven Heavens exhibition! If you’re a artist with work, there is also a Creative Call too:

“We think the exhibition call is really exciting and we can’t wait to receive submissions. It’s an exhibition that is ultimately about our place, personally, geographically, universally, and we’re looking at that from a celebratory viewpoint. Whilst we’d encourage complete honesty in the community response, we hope that tone as we discuss Torbay will be a largely positive one and perhaps even a revelatory one. Already we’re finding out things about Torbay that we didn’t know!” - Jacob Brandon, Artizan Gallery


The exhibition is being hosted at the Artizan Gallery on Lucius Street, Torquay on 8-31 May. If you want be involved with Our Place in the Seven Heavens then best be sharp about it.

The Community Call is open now, and closes on 28 February. The Creative Call is open to applications from the 28th February to the 23rd April with confirmation of the successful artists announced on the 25th April 2019.

For more information about upcoming exhibitions and projects visit the Artizan Gallery website

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