Show of Art set to captivate Kennaway House visitors

Phil Creek - Sidmouth, storm receding

Phil Creek - Sidmouth, storm receding - Credit: Phil Creek

Art lovers from across the Sid Valley and beyond will be thrilled to learn that the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts (SWAC) will be hosting its free Show of Art at Kennaway House in Sidmouth from Monday, April 12.

David Norman - This week I Will Be Using Mainly Yellow

David Norman - This week I Will Be Using Mainly Yellow - Credit: David Norman

The academy, one of the largest and most successful arts organisations in the South West, will be bringing together some of the finest artists from across the region at its first event of the year, running to May 1. The show will be open daily (including weekends) from 10.30am to 4.30pm. 

Jan Phethean - The Midnight Moth

Jan Phethean - The Midnight Moth - Credit: Jan Phethean

Chris Mitchell, executive director of SWAC, said: “There is something for everyone to enjoy in this show, from traditional and contemporary paintings to sculptures, photographs, prints and ceramics.
“A visit to this free viewing is sure to lift your spirits, with art works by 54 renowned academy members, such as Colin Allbrook RSMA RI, June Arnold PS, Ray Balkwill, Alan Cotton, Isabel Coulton, Phil Creek, David Norman, Laurel Keeley, Andrew Thomas, Tony Williams RSMA and Paula Youens, available for visitors to purchase along with cards, books and unframed original prints. You can browse the online catalogue and make purchase enquiries at www.southwestacademy.org.uk”

Jane Hodgson - Close Your Eyes and I'll Still Be There

Jane Hodgson - Close Your Eyes and I'll Still Be There - Credit: Jane Hodgson

To coincide with the Show of Art, the academy is also celebrating the launch of a new book called Light in the West. Along with 400 illustrations, 70 artists provide a personal and unique view of the influences that the region’s landscape, people and places have had on their work.
Founding academy member Alan Cotton provides a fascinating introduction to the book while its author, Simon Butler, gives a short history of art in the region from the 18th century to the creation of the world-famous schools in Newlyn and St Ives.
The academy’s honorary patron, Baroness Floella Benjamin DBE, DL writes in her foreword to the book: “The role of the artist within society has never been more important; to create work that has meaning beyond the surface of the canvas, to educate and provide society with a vision of something that transcends the everyday.”

Zoe Hyde - The Blessing of the Sea

Zoe Hyde - The Blessing of the Sea - Credit: Zoe Hyde

For an online catalogue of the Show of Art and for more information about the work of the academy (charity no.1087350), including how to become a friend of the academy, or to make a donation, go to www.southwestacademy.org.uk

Andrew Thomas - Purbeck Form Three

Andrew Thomas - Purbeck Form Three - Credit: Andrew Thomas

Kennaway House, Coburg Rd, EX10 8NG is a covid-safe environment. Please wear a mask and follow the guidance for visitors displayed at the entrance. There is no need to book in advance but visitor numbers inside the house at any one time will be limited to keep everyone safe. Refreshments will be available from nearby cafés.

Carolyn King - Notre Dame de Paris

Carolyn King - Notre Dame de Paris - Credit: Carolyn King

Laurel Keeley - The Walk on Monday

Laurel Keeley - The Walk on Monday - Credit: Laurel Keeley

Alan Cotton - Cyprus - Summer at Paphos

Alan Cotton - Cyprus - Summer at Paphos - Credit: Alan Cotton

June Arnold - Street food in Kolkata

June Arnold - Street food in Kolkata - Credit: June Arnold

Ray Balkwill - A Flood of Winter Light, Exe Estuary

Ray Balkwill - A Flood of Winter Light, Exe Estuary - Credit: Ray Balkwill


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