Creative pair in Beer

A CREATIVE former resident of Beer has joined forces with a fellow printmaker to stage an exhibition at the Bomb Shelter.

Emma Molony, 32, and Catherine Cartwright, 34, took residency as part of Devon Open Studios.

This is the second year Emma, whose parents, Rowland and Liz, still live in the village, has used the Fore Street venue for the event. Before that she exhibited at a friend’s house and Beer Scout Hut.

“I’m from Beer, so I have always come back,” she said. “Because I’m always moving around, I feel it’s my home.”

As outreach co-ordinator for Exeter’s Double Elephant print workshop she runs workshops, residencies and projects, and creates wallpaper and wall hangings.

Among the work on display at the shelter is an installation she created for an exhibition at Preston Manor, Brighton, earlier this year. It is a stop motion animation of household servants projected onto a screen printed dressing screen.

“I was interested in the repetitive, everyday nature of the work the servants would have done,” she said.

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Having studied foundation art at Plymouth and art history at Leeds Unviersity, she took an internship at Venice’s Guggenheim Museum for three years. She returned to Devon in 2005 to take up the Double Elephant role, where she met schools co-ordinator Catherine, and now lives in Dunchideock, near Exeter.

“I thought I’d be here a couple years, but have stayed,” she said.

Catherine, who moved to Exeter from Oxford, uses linocut, woodcut, drypoint and monotype drawing to explore subjects including women activists. She’s been printmaking on and off for 10 years.

The mother-of-two said: “I like the contrast - working in linocut is a very slow, controlled process compared to some of the other stuff I do.”

The exhibition runs until Sunday, September 19.