It’s all go at new Bovey arts centre

Thursday 19th May 2022 7:00 pm
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Teignbridge’s newest centre of the arts, the Bovey Paradiso, is gearing up for its busiest few weeks yet.

The centre’s exhibition space The Gallery, at the top of Fore Street in Bovey Tracey, is staging its latest show from today, and this time the spotlight’s falling on Gallery manager and projects co-ordinator Jon Arnold.

Renowned photographer, Jon is displaying 14 of his works. They show scenes from New York and London he has been taking since 2013, and have previously been shown in Brooklyn.

Jon has a long career in photography. He photographed for the British Museum before opening his own commercial and advertising studio and has lectured extensively in the subject.

The exhibition, titled The City And Beyond, runs until May 28.

Jon’s works, which only recently appeared at an exhibition in Yorkshire, are on display in the front part of the gallery, while the rest of the space is from today taken up by works of art generously donated for a charity auction.

The works, by 15 celebrated artists, will be auctioned on Friday, May 27 at 7pm in The Gallery, and can be viewed until then during opening hours. Blind bids will be accepted during the exhibition or lots can be bid for on the night.

A spokesman for the Paradiso said: ‘We are really excited to see the artworks that have been kindly donated by top local artists.

‘These are some incredible works of art and they will be starting with a low reserve price. Here is a chance for you to grab a lovely piece of art for a bargain price and also help three local charities: Bovey Community Fridge, a free food bank to help address food poverty in Bovey Tracey; the Heathfield Revival Youth Club – which provides facilities for the young people of the area; and the Bovey Tracey Paradiso itself.’

Following the auction, on Monday, May 30 a new exhibition to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and series of workshops will begin, finishing at the end of the week.

The Young Artists’ Exhibition, curated by Jane Loder, will showcase work by artists from local schools including Lustleigh, Bovey Tracey and Stover, in a professional setting from 1pm-4pm and Saturday, June 4 from 10am-5pm.

The four workshops comprise a beginners painting class, pom-pom crowns, improve your photography skills, and street art – paste up.

The week concludes with a ticket-only evening at 7pm on Saturday, June 4 with renowned singer-songwriter Paul Field. Award winning local man Paul has built up a strong following for his compositions including his Dartmoor Suite, inspired by the landscape in and around Bovey Tracey.

The Paradiso’s normal opening hours are Thursday and Friday 11am-4pm, and Saturday 11am-5pm. For more details about all these events and to book tickets where needed visit paradiso.org.uk.

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