Pathways in the Landscape

14th October 2017

Hestercombe Gallery’s  exhibition ‘The Dynamics of Drifting’ by Tim Knowles explored passages through land and water where human and natural designs converge. To compliment this show the artist will led a workshop to create a digital drawing for Hestercombe. This was followed by a seminar with Tim Knowles and Dr Laurent Châtel, Professor in Visual Studies at the University of Lille, France

Regions of Light Seminar

7th June 2017

This seminar explored the themes behind the ‘Regions of Light’ exhibition at the Hestercombe Gallery. Artists Paul Desborough, Rebecca Chesney and Jem Southam will present recent developments in their own artistic practices.

Garden Leave Workshop and Seminar

27th  – 29th March 2017

Dr Laurent Châtel presents a lecture on ‘The C18th English Garden’ followed by short presentations by contemporary artists Helen Sear, Jesse Alexander and Liz Nicol on approaches to working with landscape.

Senior lecturer at the Sorbonne, Paris and a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, Dr Laurent Châtel continues his fieldwork on British gardens in view of a monograph on eighteenth-century garden history.

Jesse Alexander, photographer and writer, will discuss ‘The Nymph and the Shepherd’, a year-long residency with Bank Street Arts in Sheffield exploring amorous romance within Romantic landscape traditions.

Photographer Liz Nicol explores the common interest found collaborating with a conservationist on ‘Field Studies of the Venetian Lagoon’ – the environs of the Venetian Lagoon and in particular the salt marshes.

Artist Helen Sear, who represented Wales at the 2015 Venice Biennale, will focus on her recent commission for the Glynn Vivian in Swansea as part of the exhibition ‘The Moon and a Smile’.

Art Writing Now: Art Writers Group Seminar

7th December 2016

This event explored the possibilities for art writing today. Authors, curators and editors presented new ways of writing, thinking and publishing on the visual arts. The discussion focused on how texts can be produced, programmed and disseminated to create a knowledgeable enjoyment of contemporary art.

Speakers: Tom Jeffreys, Editor, The Learned Pig, Lizzie Lloyd, Writer published by Art Monthly, Greg Neale, Editor, Resurgence Magazine, Phil Owen, Curator, Tertulia and Arnolfini, Mary Paterson, Writer published by The Guardian, Patrick Langley,  Writer published by The White Review.

The AWP is organised by The Art Writers Group and will take place in 2017 in Bristol, Cornwall and Plymouth. The project is funded by Arts Council England and run in partnership with Plymouth Culture, Made in Plymouth, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth City Council, Arnolfini, Spike Island, St Ives Tate, Newlyn Art Gallery, CAST, Hestercombe and Visual Arts South West.

Clare Woods in conversation with Simon Wallis OBE

15th September 2016, 2.30 – 4pm

To coincide with her exhibition ‘Clean Heart: A Landscape Retrospective’ at Hestercombe Gallery, internationally-acclaimed artist Clare Woods held an ‘in conversation with’ event with Simon Wallis OBE, Director of The Hepworth Wakefield.  This inspiring discussion included a tour of the gallery by Clare with personal commentary and insight.

Seminar: ‘Landscape Painters Anonymous’, Simon Bayliss and Laurent Châtel, chair Tim Martin

11th November 2015, 5-7.30pm

In the subsequent talk Bayliss reveals his conflicting feelings about becoming a landscape painter. He discusses the limitations and freedoms of a romantic or picturesque approach to landscape, in relation to both tourist art in the South West and the landscape gardens at Hestercombe. Châtel will follow with a talk ‘In and Out of Landscape – Eighteenth-Century Virtual Reality Experiences’ which describes how tricky the notion of the ‘picturesque’ was in the eighteenth century. This is not with a pedantic academic intent at linguistic clarification, but with a view to transferring us back to eighteenth century visual and mental habits, showing how men and women at the time used and perceived the picturesque.

Seminar: Double Take: Photography and the Garden

30th September, 2015

Featured artists Sarah Jones, Helen Sear and Mark Edwards together with curator Kate Best.

Talk: Chris Ingram ‘My Personal Passion’

9th June 2015, 4pm – 5pm

Chris Ingram talked about his collection, chaired by curator Tim Martin.

Seminar: Second Site: The Context of Art

12th February 2015, 1-4.30pm

The seminar explored the context in which artists make work and how they engage with audiences. Speakers included acclaimed British artist Alex Chinneck, known for his large scale ambitious installations, together with ‘Second Site’ exhibiting artists Jo Lathwood, Simon Hitchens, Megan Calver and Patrick Lowry.

Seminar: Liquid Line: Drawing as a mechanism for exploration.

6th November 2014

As drawing continues to grow as a primary process in art production, this seminar explores how artists use drawing techniques as a mechanism for artistic exploration.

Panel: artists Tania Kovats and Tim Knowles plus Kate Macfarlane, co-director, Drawing Room, London. Chair Tim Martin.

Critical Mass: Making the Visual Visible (art outside of urban contexts)

Thursday 10 July 2014 1-5pm

The South West hosts a high number of artists who live and work in rural areas, where participation and engagement in arts and cultural activities are significantly higher than for urban centres.

In recent years the region has lost some key rurally based organisations, and as a brand new venue; Hestercombe Gallery opens its doors for the first time to a pilot programme of contemporary art, we take a look at issues surrounding the presentation of art outside of the urban context. Why present contemporary art in rural areas? How can we ensure that rural arts practice in the SW is relevant, critical and appropriately funded? What do artists and audiences gain from making or presenting contemporary art in rural settings?

With contributions from:

  • Tom Freshwater, Contemporary Arts Programme Manager, National Trust

  • Mark Segal, Director – The Artists Agency and former director of ArtSway

  • Alistair Gentry, Artist

  • Alexa De Ferranti – Artist and Director of Lower Hewood Farm, Dorset

Presented by Visual Arts South West and Hestercombe Gallery

Hear the discussion here
Read the review here