On Friday 27 May at 7pm at Lynmouth Pavilion, there is a launch event for the exciting new Exmoor Arts Trail and all are welcome – to enjoy a drink, cake and to find out more about the trail.
Not to be confused with annual open studios events and exhibitions, Exmoor Arts Trail is a permanent fixture, intended, as organiser Debbie Brannan explains, “to encourage people to explore and engage in the arts, in all its forms, whilst getting out and about in and around Exmoor.”
Exmoor Arts was founded by Debbie in 2013. The members work in a huge range of media, including oil and acrylic painting, pointillism, digital, ink, textiles, glass, wood, jewellery and photography.
“I wanted to bring together professional artists, artisans and photographers living and working on and around Exmoor,” she says. “We have group exhibitions, and have taken part in ND Art Trek. I also work hard at finding opportunities for the members to exhibit and sell their work in venues across the area”.
Debbie’s latest initiative, together with artist and Exmoor Arts member Lisa Tulfer from Wiveliscombe, is the Exmoor Arts Trail. Designed to make it easy for people to find art, craft and photography on and around Exmoor, the Trail is an interactive online map and colour leaflet. The map shows places where people can see and buy art, craft and photography, not only in galleries and shops, but also, for example, at open studios or in cafés with art on their walls which is for sale. It also shows hotels and other ventures offering creative holidays and experiences.
The Exmoor Arts Trail map also shows many places of interest in the area, so that visitors can easily plan days out taking in several venues including opportunities to see art. Aimed at visitors but also helpful for local residents perhaps looking for something a little different, the Trail is designed to boost footfall and bring trade to local businesses and artists.
“It’s all about making Exmoor an attractive destination for the cultural tourist, and boosting the local economy,” says Debbie. “We have an amazing wealth of talented artists, artisans and photographers working here in the Exmoor area, and this is a way to make it easy for people to engage with their work.” With the area being such a major tourist destination, “we hope that the Exmoor Arts Trail will enrich the visitor experience in this wonderful part of the country,” says Lisa
Visit Exmoor is supporting the Exmoor Arts Trail, and plans for future expansion of the Trail include treasure hunts, special events and exhibitions, and projects to encourage children to connect with creativity.
IMAGE: Stag on the Moor by Sharon Plant in acrylic, gouache and watercolour.