All the latest Exmouth Festival art updates

PUBLISHED: 18:30 25 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:33 05 June 2017

'Under the Sea' is the title of Exmouth Ceramic Group's Festival exhibition.

'Under the Sea' is the title of Exmouth Ceramic Group's Festival exhibition.


As the Exmouth Festival (Friday, May 26-Saturday, June 3) gets into its stride, more details of festival art events have emerged.

There’s news from Exmouth Ceramic Group (ECG), which is holding its annual exhibition at 2-4 Meeting Street (behind the Glenorchy Church), 11am to 4pm, from Saturday, May 27, to Monday, May 29.

The theme for this year’s exhibition is: ‘Under the Sea’.

“We are lucky to live so close to the sea here in Exmouth,” said Jane Moffatt, ECG’s vice chair. “It was a unanimous decision by the members to make this year’s theme ‘Under the Sea’. It certainly has inspired us all and I feel this year’s exhibition might be one of our best.”

The exhibits on show will include work from members, adults, youth classes and from ECG’s community recovery classes. More than 100 people use the pottery each week, making the work on show diverse and unique.

Following the success of last year’s ‘Hands on Clay’, ECG will hold a ‘Fun day’ on Saturday, May 27. It includes an opportunity to throw a pot, make a tile and get creative. ‘Have a go’ workshops - three for children and one for adults - will take place on the Sunday and Monday.

To find out more or book a place on a workshop, go to Exmouth Ceramic Group on Facebook or look at the festival booklet.

A number of creative workshops have been added to this year’s Exmouth Art Trail, which runs for much of this year’s Exmouth Festival (Saturday, May 27 to Saturday, June 3, 10am-5pm).

“As well as walking the trail and viewing the art, why not book one of the daily creative workshops on offer at the four main hubs on the trail?” says Natasha Smart, one of the Trail’s organisers.

The four hubs are at: Sea Dog Art, 3 Gussiford Lane (07891 822350), the Blackmore Theatre, 10 Bicton Street (01395 276681), Holy Trinity Church, 6A Bicton Place (01395 263681) and Seaway Gallery, 13 Carlton Hill (07971 032927).

The workshops range from painting, mosaics and felt-making to dance, poetry and film.

You can pick up a leaflet locally at one of the venues or visit the Exmouth Art Trail on Facebook ( for more details.

In addition, as part of the Art Trail, four local artists will be displaying their works at the Bicton Inn in Bicton Street.

The artists comprise:

Claire Ozanne Richardson, who studied at the Heatherley School of Fine Art in Chelsea, and explores abstraction, mixed media and texture.

Mac McDonald, who gained a degree in illustration at Portsmouth and specialises in life drawing/nudes and marine paintings.

Tim Newman, who has been exhibiting his vibrant pictures throughout the UK since 1991.

Michael Buckland is one of Exmouth’s best known artists. He been drawing and painting for more than 50 years and was artist-in-residence with the Farringdon Society of Arts.

Meanwhile, over at Exmouth Ocean, Exmouth Art Group (EAG) is getting ready for its Creative Extravaganza.

Running from Saturday, May 27, to Saturday, June 3 (9am to 6pm), it’s the first time that EAG members have held their established festival exhibition at the seafront venue.

In addition, pupils of Beacon Primary School will be joining EAG with a colourful display of their own paintings. There will be a rota of artists-in-residence throughout the event and Sam Wood, from Creation Station, and Helen Plant, a textile artist, will be running art-related children’s workshops during the week.

Children, accompanied by an adult, are invited to drop in anytime from 11am-3pm.

Ocean’s Play Station will be open as usual and the coffee bar will be offering refreshments, including specials of Prosecco and pizza and afternoon tea.

“So you are invited to come and take in some of the best views in Exmouth – both inside and out!” says an art group organiser. “It includes an opportunity to view the impressive Jurassic Coast Mural, which the Art Group is working on under the guidance of Gillie Newcombe and Graham Bell.”

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