Artizan Summer Open: A Free Pop-Up Art Gallery Opens In Torquay Town
Artizan Gallery is hosting a Summer Open, but not where you might think. They're brought together over 100 artists and 200 works to an empty shop on Fleet Walk in Torquay. We headed down to see the pop-up show and speak to Jacob Brandon from Artizan to find out more.
Torquay centre just got a lot more interesting. Head to Fleet Walk and tucked amongst the food joints and clothing stores, you'll find a previously empty shop packed with art from emerging and established makers. We challenge you not to walk inside and stand in wonder at the colourful walls and interesting objects that surround you.
As the high street continues to decline, a creative use of empty shops seems like the perfect solution for a town centre pick-me-up. The Summer Open at Fleet Week give artists another platform to share their work and connects local people with visual arts in every day places. This is a welcoming, easy space to step into. No entry fee, no feeling out of place; this is a great way to give everyone a little beauty in their day... and if you fall head over heels, you can buy this affordable art to take home too.
Beyond what's on the walls at the Summer Open, you can also catch a vivid programme of live art demonstrations, collaborations with local art groups - like Squircle Arts - and live music. This mimics a successful programme at Artizan's usual venue on Lucius Street, where they host monthly live music, spoken word and poetry events with the likes of local favourites Becky Nuttall and Robert Garnham too.
Next time you're in Torquay town centre, pop into the Summer Open to browse and buy art from artists and makers across the South West. You can find the pop-up store next to Starbucks on Fleet Walk. It’s completely free to enter and ends on the 16th August 2018. Don’t miss out on Artizan’s other upcoming events; visit their website for more information.