New Cockington exhibition showcases Geopark talents
A NEW exhibition created to celebrate the Bay's Geopark status has opened at the Kitchen Gallery, Cockington Court.
'Time and Place' features various work by local artists, including tenants from the Cockington Craft studios, that reflects how the geology of Torbay has shaped the place we live in today.
The exhibition, which is part of the Geopark Festival 2012, features work by Cockington tenants Mark Bell, Deborah Treliving and Deborah Trezise as well as local artist Anna Keleher.
Mark Bell moved to the South-west in 2007 and was instantly fascinated by the exposed cliffs and shoreline of Torbay and the ever changing light. He took his camera and sketchbook and went searching for hidey holes and rock pools.
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He said: "My love of fabrics, fluid lines and form is present in this richly textured work which builds up in layers. Caves are places that inspire stories and excite imaginations and sitting inside them I could literally see the cliffs, revealed, stripped back by the elements and I felt like I was peering through keyholes."
Gail Trezise lived in Brixham as a child and has always had a love and deep appreciation of the Bay's coastline and countryside. Gail studied a range of craft techniques including metalwork, 3-D model making, textiles and ceramics at South Devon College. Gail's stalagmites and pods ceramic sculptures are from her love of all things coastal, inspired by rock and cave formations and the barnacles that colonize them.
Deborah Treliving moved to Torquay in 1983 and has worked at her studio in Cockington Court since 2006. Her work on show at the Time and Space exhibition includes paintings where the pigment has been made using soil from Cockington Court.
She said: "In March this year I began sketching along the bridleways and footpaths around Cockington, capturing winter moving into spring. Here the red soil is exposed on the pathways, which are hundreds of years old."
Anna Keleher's playful and enigmatic texts and images depict people, places and things associated with National Parks and Geoparks including Torbay.
Executive Lead for Culture and Arts and Regional Board Member for the Arts Council, Cllr Dave Butt, said: "The Kitchen Gallery at Cockington Court provides the perfect setting for imaginative and exciting exhibitions and I can't think of a better place to host work that depicts our wonderful and celebrated geology.
"Each artist has brought something very different to the exhibition showing the importance of our Geopark status and the way in which our geology has helped to shape the place we live in today. I would encourage everyone to take a stroll through the beautiful grounds of Cockington and visit the exhibition and Craft Centre which is full of unique gift ideas by local artists and craft workers. So whether you are looking for jewellery, glass, wooden toys, soap and body products, textiles, furniture, metal and leather work, prints or paintings there is something for everyone."
The exhibition will be open every day in the Kitchen Gallery, Cockington Court until Sunday 15 July from 10am until 5pm and entry is free.