Devon Guild of Craftsmen Summer Show

22 July – 10 September

Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9AF

Most exhibitions at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen are planned months, if not years in advance, but not the Guild’s summer exhibition. Although it is the Guild’s longest running exhibition, having started 62 years ago in 1955, it is the one exhibition that really is a mystery right up to the week before the opening. It was started by a group of local craftsmen who each summer exhibited their work across the region now having a permanent home its overall premise is still routed in its beginnings.  It is an exhibition for Members (working craftspeople) chosen by Members, with more than 250 local makers submitting work to a panel of fellow creatives.

Will Shakspeare

Will Shakspeare

With the selection process happening a week before the exhibition opening, the whole exhibition has a spontaneous up to the minute feel. This is also portrayed through the work chosen, all of which has to have been created within the last two years and not have been exhibited before.  This list of exhibitors will be revealed on 15th July to press and public.

Sam Pickard

Sam Pickard

This unique exhibition celebrates the cream of contemporary craft and no matter what work is selected the whole exhibition will, as in previous years, present an eclectic display of work from established and notable names, from previous exhibitor furniture maker David Savage to the newest members showcasing cutting edge design.

Mike Tingle etching

Mike Tingle etching

This year we have also delved a little deeper in to the lives of the Guild Members. If you have ever wondered what a typical day in the life of a printmaker, jewellery designer, sculpture, furniture designer or ceramist consists of we may have just the answer. Snapshots of Members’ daily routines and rituals will be displayed alongside their exhibits.

C Hall Myrtle - printing first screen

C Hall Myrtle - printing first screen

We also encourage everyone who comes to the exhibition to vote for his or her favourite maker in The People’s Choice Award of which the winner will be announced at the end of the show.  Although as yet we do not know who is exhibiting, what is guaranteed is that the final show will highlight an outstanding array of amazing craft from across the region.

 

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