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A Christmas welcome from Sailmaker Contemporary Art Studios

A Christmas welcome from Sailmaker Contemporary Art Studios

Established local artists, Ian Carr and Jon Woolfenden have joined forces to open a new studio on Shadycombe Road opposite Coronation Road in Salcombe.

Formerly known as Sailmaker Studio, the refurbished and extended gallery and workspace will now be home to both artists under the name of Sailmaker Contemporary Art Studios.

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Artists: would you like to hold an exhibition in the art gallery at Harbour House?

Artists: would you like to hold an exhibition in the art gallery at Harbour House?

If you haven’t called in to see the new exhibition at Harbour House, be sure not to miss In a Landscape. Seven artists have spent the last twelve months exploring the experience of working within the landscape, resulting in a lively and varied exhibition of painting, printmaking, pewter and copper vessels, assemblage and some fascinating works produced in etched metals. The show runs until 19 June.

Continuing the landscape theme, David Hamling returns to the art gallery on 21 June, with The Works: a collection including richly textured mixed media panels alongside drawings and photography exploring his beloved Dartmoor and the south Devon coast.

And if the light, bright gallery space itself at Harbour House inspires you, don’t forget that it’s available for artists to hire – and as it happens the deadline for applications for 2017 exhibitions is 1 July 2016. You’ll find plenty of information here and if you have any queries or need any help with completing an application, just get in touch with the friendly team at Harbour House who will be happy to advise and guide.

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May at Harbour House

May at Harbour House

It’s been a busy year so far in the art gallery at Harbour House, and after a few days of maintenance we’ll be launching our next exhibition: Pathways is a lively mix of contemporary paintings by three Plymouth artists. Helen Billinghurst, Matt Thomas and Kevin Tole share a mutual interest in making paintings that refer to geology, geography and moving through space. The show opens on Tuesday 24 May, and there will be a ‘Meet the Artists’ session on Saturday 28th from 12 – 2.30pm.


Earlier this year 80 artists entered work for our ‘Trees’ open art exhibition, and people are already talking about what they’re working on for ‘Yellow’ in October. Take a look at our website and our Pinterest board if you want some inspiration! Don’t be put off if you’ve never felt brave enough to show your work but – you can always come and have a word with us if you’d like any advice about how to present your work.


But if, as an artist, a single theme feels a bit limiting, why not think about holding your own exhibition in our lovely ground floor art gallery?

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What's happening at Harbour House in March?

What's happening at Harbour House in March?

After the riot of colour that was Primary Colours, we hand over the art gallery to some more artists of tomorrow: the VI Form students of Kingsbridge Community College. SIX promises to be an intelligent and varied exhibition with a wide range of paintings, sculptures, mixed media work and photography produced for AS and A-Level. You’ll see plenty of evidence of the students’ dedication and motivation, as well as the influence of some of the artists they’ve studied in preparation for their hugely imaginative and creative self-directed work. Themes include pattern in nature, portraiture, conspiracies, war, and growth and decay. This show is only on from 1 – 5 March, so be sure not to miss it!


Then it’s time for the first of our open art exhibitions this year: we’ve been challenging local artists to respond to trees, and we’re excited to see what everyone comes up with on our handing-in morning: on Monday 7 March there will be a queue of artists at the gallery door, bringing paintings, printmaking, photography, sculpture and textiles…

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What's coming up in February at Harbour House?

What's coming up in February at Harbour House?

If you've been past Harbour House lately you might have noticed a lot of activity behind the gallery windows. John's been out in the van, collecting a fabulous array of art work from eleven local primary schools, and we've been busy with several sets of ladders in the gallery, making sure we find space for absolutely everything.
Primary Colours opens on Friday 5 February, and runs until Wednesday 24th (closed Sundays). Come on a crisp, bright day with the sun streaming into the gallery - or come on a gloomy, drizzly day and be thoroughly cheered up!
Of course, it's a popular exhibition with the proud artists and their families, but it's also very highly regarded in the community of artists locally. Picasso once said, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when he grows up." So it's no wonder that our annual primary schools art exhibition attracts the attention of so many local artists, who leave feeling a little more inspired to be playful and creative in their own drawing and painting.

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