Art Exhibition

Everyday from Saturday 22nd June to Saturday 29th June from 10 am to 4 pm.

Venue to be announced soon.

Frances Gynn

Frances Gynn RWA

Public Erasure – Dormouse at Newton Abbot Market Square

Saturday 22 June 

10am – 11am and 12 – 1pm

Saturday 29th June 

10am – 11am and 12 – 1pm

Frances’ work is informed by nature, particularly environmental issues. As pollution increases, her work reflects a growing concern for the human effect on the environment.

Frances’ Public Erasures draw attention to the increase in  endangered species due to climate change, habitat loss and plastic pollution. The endangered species featured in her Public Erasure at Act with the Arts Climate Festival will be the Hazel Dormouse. Frances will invite the audience to ‘erase’ a painting of multiple dormice.

The current projection for biodiversity is grim. When we lose biodiversity it becomes extremely difficult to fight climate change, prevent pandemics, grow healthy and sustainable crops. Humans need wild nature in order to survive. The best solution for fighting climate change and ending the extinction crisis is nature protection.

Nigel Moores

Nigel Moores lives and works in Devon, where the natural environment is an inspiration. The Moor and the river Dart are ever present in his sense of a perspective. That the seemingly constant is ever changing or emerging. Nigel’s commitment to materials is also central to his practise. Each media offers a unique subtlety that suits the subject and the artist.  He is currently working in collaboration with the poet Gordon Ellis ; with a couple of small books ( ‘Common ground’ and ‘Emergence’ ) and exhibitions planned later this year. 


“I am interested in the “accidental” and the planned and how one leads to the other. There is perhaps a dialogue between somewhat different views of the world, between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. A dialogue between the rational and the subconscious. I am drawn to what I don’t know and paint to discover……and be surprised. “


Quotes

“The act of painting might be solitary but the aim is always about communication.

I am interested in a visual language that is open and not tied down by definitions and a creative process that reflects the collective consciousness. The observer is as much part of this process as the artist. We gain when we give.

There is only one main issue facing the collective consciousness

and that is of course the Climate crisis. We must face this together.”


Beatrice Corsetti

Beatrice Corsetti is a self-taught origami and 3D paper folding artist, sourcing materials sustainably from the Scrapstore charity in Exeter. 

Deeply passionate about environmental conservation and creative expression, she holds a degree in Cultural Heritage with a focus on contemporary art from the University of Pisa, Italy. 

Beatrice’s inclusive approach invites individuals from all walks of life to engage with her art, igniting a collective dialogue on the importance of environmental stewardship. Beyond mere techniques her art is a celebration of diversity and harmony, mirroring the intricate balance found in nature itself. Each creation serves as a poignant reminder of our interconnectedness with the natural world, beckoning us to rediscover our place within it. 

Her latest venture, “Save the Planet,” reflects her commitment to environmental advocacy. Through meticulous craftsmanship, her works unveil a narrative of endangered species, urging viewers to confront the pressing realities of our planet’s fragile ecosystems.

Website 

https://www.creartslab.com

Tuong Nguyen

Tuong Nguyen is a Vietnamese artist and educator, passionate about using visual arts to promote dialogues, post-humanising creativity, well-being, and sustainable development. Her artworks are mostly abstract, reflecting her imagination, experiences of personal life, social and environmental issues. Some of these were exhibited in several museums and galleries in Vietnam and Japan. Recently, she was known for her playful collage portrait series, reflecting the theme “We are what we eat” in several art events for communities in Exeter, UK.


Tuong believes that humans and nature are interconnected and disregarding or losing sense and gratitude for this interrelationship leads to harmful environmental behaviours. Inspired by this idea, she contributes a collage work to this ACT exhibition, serving as a visual reminder of the kinship and interdependence between humans- non-humans, humans- nature. The work utilises natural and recycled and repurposed manmade materials, highlighting her efforts for sustainable and responsible art practice.

Quotes

“ACT festival is a valuable opportunity for me to join other artists in sharing ideas and inspiration to tackle climate issues through arts for more people. Personally, I believe that the more we sense and are aware of nature’s value and its connection to us, the more responsibly and actively we will live and act for the environment. By participating in this exhibition, I hope that my work can effectively serve as a visual reminder of the kinship and interconnection between humans- non-humans, humans- nature, further fostering gratitude and more environmental actions in the future. All materials used for this work are reused, recycled and repurposed, highlighting my commitment to sustainable and responsible art practice”


Simon Temblett

 I have been possessed by a fascination for the natural world my whole life and have actively chosen to take my inspiration directly from the it rather than human artefact. Ultimately my medium has become the living things themselves. I am best known for my avant-garde approach to bonsai but have worked with weathered wood, fire and ceramic too. A portion of my income is derived from garden design where I specialize in planting. I view the diverse range of plants found in gardens as reservoirs of biological diversity which may well turn out to be far better suited to the future climate of Britain than many of its, currently, native species.

Art made with other beings exists in constant transformation, it is a collaboration, achieved through sensitivity and adjustment to the physical needs of your medium. One cannot simply own it, one must learn to care for it.


Quotes

Cutting carbon emissions to zero will not be enough to fix our world. We have used our power and technology as a monkey might use a machine gun. Nothing short of a change in human consciousness can alter the course upon which we are set.

It is the duty of science to expose the truth that makes the case for change, and the responsibility of history to reveal the errors of our past. It is the task of politics to negotiate the terms for transformation, but it is the work of art to change our minds.


Mike Puleston

Mike’s fascination with the marine world started when around the age of ten he visited the Marine Biological Association aquarium weekly on Plymouth Hoe and subsequently developed a lifelong fascination for fish.

Mike’s early ambition was to become a marine biologist, but his career path followed one of engineering and psychiatric nursing. However in later life Mike is considered part of the marine biology community and a busy marine naturalist, Mike is a volunteer at the MBA, written articles for them and has  given talks there.

Mike is an activist with Extinction Rebellion and Ocean Rebellion and is a co founder of the thriving “Shores of South Devon” Marine Life Interest Association. Mike continues to write articles for the local media and give talks on local intertidal marine life and Ocean activism.

The Act with the Arts Ocean event theme is Oceanic over extraction and the need for Ocean activism.




Sarah Lovett

Earth, the one and only secret garden of the Universe.
Our magical garden of delight.  This planet, alone in having life with consciousness, out of all the trillions of stars that have no life at all. Why then are we poisoning it ? Why then is our population booming out of control ? why are children working in mines or dying of malnutrition while Western people spend more on their pets than another person earns in a lifetime ?
 
I’m a multi disciplinary artist. Sometimes i work with stonecarving. Here is a traditional Green Man in Bath limestone, one side healthy and the other side of his face ruined by war, oil, greed.
  Our individual human spirits are becoming positively vital more than ever, in the face of AI ! 
Art is not a luxury item, or confined to talented individuals only,  it belongs to us all, and it is free.



Francesca Giuliano

I am an Italian-British interdisciplinary artist based in Devon, UK. I collect and reconfigure the fragments, detritus and recovered materials that pass through my hands into assemblages that conjure personas and worlds, as a form of storytelling and (auto)biography.  

My drawing practice consists of lines, geometries and colour/material clashes to effect redactions of well-known documents such as IKEA assembly instructions, maps and book texts.

I am currently engaged in zero waste projects that help me use up all the materials and tools in my studio before I have to buy anything new.

Website – https://francesca-giuliano.com/

Daniel Loveday

Daniel Loveday is a surreal artist living in East Devon whose main interest is environmental issues. He thinks of himself as a story teller using visual clues within a painting which are then employed in an entertaining yet thought provoking way. The goldfish bowl could symbolise a fragile environment, the chess board symbolising the battle between destructive human behaviour and nature, the jigsaw puzzle the collapse of the fabric of the ecosystem. See more on his website: www.danielloveday.co.uk/surrealfantasy

Nicole Wassall

Questioning what we take for granted Nicole Wassall is exhibiting ‘Pathway Spread – Spirit Animals’. 7 different etchings of animals facing climate extinction, laid out in a tarot ‘Pathway Spread’. Inspired by Native American medicine she looks to ‘spirit animals’ for guidance, whilst hinting – these animals will soon be ghosts. Current approaches to climate change aren’t working; the piece alludes to whether it’s time for alternative perspectives. 


Recent installations of environmental artworks include ‘ORA’ space (Sydney March 2024) and ‘Unicorns Are Real’ (solo exhibition, Fiumano Clase, London October 2023), reviewed in ‘Royal Academy of Arts Magazine’, ‘Artlyst’ and ‘Arts and Collections’. In 2022 she discussed the shape of art activism as a panellist at London Art Fair and sourced materials for a solo exhibition (RWFA, New York) whilst developing work in Devon.


7 etchings 26x38cm, which are printed onto the reverse of an earlier artwork ‘Impending Doom’ 100% rag paper


nicolewassall.com  

@nicole_wassall 


Sally Fisher

Awaiting information from artist

Judy Harington

Judy is an environmental artist, passionate about connecting people to the natural world, and caring for what we have left of our precious eco-system. 

In 2022 she highlighted issues of plastic pollution through the funded project: ‘Waste of Our Time’ which culminated in workshops, a collaborative exhibition and performance. 

Find Judy’s plastic packaging bodies The Insatiables at The Maltings Taphouse, Newton Abbot. They remind us that we are all implicated in producing the mountains of plastic rubbish that end up in our rivers and seas. Plastic finds its way into our bodies through the water we drink, the food that we eat and the air that we breathe. 

Are we becoming plastic?

Help Judy make a huge drawing about plastic pollution Sat 22 and 29 June. Bring your ideas and plastic rubbish for projection. Details to be announced. 


https://judyharington.com/

https://vimeo.com/697336977

judyharingtonart@gmail.com


Kim Kratchley

Kim Kratchley produces collaborative ceramic art. And asserts that co-operation and not competition, is the default state of humankind. The way we relate to each other is inseparable from the way we interact with our world. We cannot hope to coexist symbiotically with the natural world when we are in constant competition with each other for money and resources. If we cannot find a better way to live with ourselves and with our world, the age of man, the Anthropocene era, is likely to be a very short one.

The piece Kim Kratchley has created for ‘ACT with the Arts’. is entitled ‘A Message to the Future’. It assumes that our civilization will not survive the coming environmental upheavals and offers some advice to a future vestige of humanity in the form of a few simple symbols fired in clay, the oldest and most resilient technology of man.


Mabel Cheung Harris

I aim to raise environmental awareness through my art.  My ‘Rainforest drop’, painted for my A-Levels in the 90’s, highlights deforestation. The second painting, ‘From little acorns grow,’ won the WWF x Attenborough Films 2021 art competition to ‘Just Imagine’ a positive future for our environment.

I feel that now, more than ever, everyone can and should take steps to reduce their impact on climate change. We have all the facts but are we willing to make the changes needed? I eat less meat and dairy, choose public transport and staycation holidays where possible. These are not grand changes, but if everyone did a little too, think how much we can all achieve together!  I’m an ACT Wildlife Warden, for IpplePlanet, helping to make our Parish greener.  We organise events such as birdsong walks, treeplanting and are developing a community orchard for wildlife and wellbeing.

MabelArt.com

Peter Grainger

An abstract painter working mainly in acrylics on raw canvas, with occasional ink, collage, linen, paper, ceramics and mixed media work. My painting style relates to modernism and abstract expressionism, with reference to the environment and landscape. The impacts of climate change and other manmade disasters on that landscape, on ecology and on social order are so evident they strongly influence the creative process and end result. The central theme is exploration of colour and composition, leaving the viewer to reflect and interpret as they wish.

(Image is acrylic and ink on raw canvas 61 x 46 cm, untitled)

@grainger.peter.art

pandjgrainger@btinernet.com

07707 899083


Stuart Crewes

Stuart Crewes is a collage artist, working across media including: images, artefacts, sound, archives, ideas and people. He is fascinated by waste processes and collects an inordinate amount of material to incorporate into potential new work, often from the roadside. Stuart works with re-use and recycling as a fundamental aspect of his practice, being a strong advocate for copyleft and piracy along the way. Stuart is the Creative Director of Art Work Exeter, which has declared a Climate Emergency, he is also a Director of Exeter Scrapstore, which promotes the use of post-commercial and industrial waste for creativity and play.



Stella Tripp

Through my work I explore the nature of reality, the fragility of the world and our engagement with it: making things – and making things up – to discover truths and investigate possibilities.

For this exhibition I am showing work from my “Making A New World” series. The fragility of the pieces reflects the fragility of our environment; the care with which they are shaped and painted, reflects the care needed to preserve the wonderful world we are custodians of.

http://www.stellatripp.co.uk

instagram.com/stella.tripp

Jo Holt

Jo Holt is an installation artist and sculptor. 

A display of her art installation ‘Eye Of The Beholder’ is her contribution to the ACT exhibition. It is a light based piece that incorporates audience interaction. 

A few words about the artwork…

In the last decade over 200 biofluorescent species have been discovered, including the critically endangered Hawksbill turtle. Human beings are unable to see this biofluorescence with the naked eye, we can see this phenomenon only when using a yellow filter that removes the blue range of light in the ocean.  

Eye of the Beholder aims to question what we take for granted, considering perception, its effect on our lives and the way we live in the world. 

The piece speaks of the beauty of coral, the tragedy of coral bleaching and the absolutely mind blowing magnificence of biofluorescence.

To find out more about Jo Holt’s artworks click the link to visit her website…

https://www.joholt.com

Peppy Dadd

This installation is influenced by protest art used by the climate activist. Bold and hard-hitting, sometimes humorous, with junk props, cardboard and string. Peppy doesn’t call herself an artist in the usual sense but she will make banners or placards or images at the drop of a hat if it helps get a message across to engender a positive response.

Peppy chooses here to throw a light on the ugliness of excrement pollution in Teignbridge. The banality of toilets set side by side represents our daily human functions making us complicit in the human waste and health problems. Add to that profiteering water companies failing to invest and the climate elephant in the room causing weather extremes, the unfolding tragedy of the sewage crisis is upon us.

Ugly toilet humour it may be. But not as ugly as the real threat to water-borne life including people.


Dorron Britz

As a multi-disciplinary, exploratory artist, Dorron is driven by a strong belief that “work grows out of work”. 


Dorron is fascinated by the multiplicity and intricacies of relationships. He works with whatever medium or materials that may offer him the means to emote feelings triggered by everyday experiences.   


Starting with a simple word, object, random idea or observation, he goes through a process of researching his subject matter, inspecting, dissecting, reassembling and simplifying ideas, landing near or unexpectedly far from the original idea, striving a unique and thought provoking message with an appealing aesthetic wrapping.


There is a simple joy in exploring, discovering and recreating a positive reinterpretation of one’s worldly experiences. His work has served it’s purpose when it triggers a resonance. Good outcomes can grow out of bad situations – if one maintains a positive mind set.



Elisha Smith

Elisha is a multidisciplinary artist living in the South hams, work considers our relationship with the environment through the lens of human behaviour.

  A member of the collective, Changing the Tides, workshops have been held throughout Devon creating marine life with plastic waste, the growing display represents the community engagement & connection over shared environmental concerns. The shoal only has impact because the audience invests in and becomes part of the work.


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Theresa Henning

Theresa lives and paints in the South Hams. She is engaged in practical support for YEM- Yealm Estuary to Moor. A project aimed at creating/ restoring a wildlife corridor the length of the river Yealm. She is also a member of the citizen science project which, in partnership with Westcountry Rivers Trust, monitors local water quality.  


The themes of moorland, river and sea emerge intuitively during her process, which involves layering, frottage and collage using a variety of media. 


Her ‘Rock Pool’ series, currently on exhibition at Sherborne House, arose from a fascination with these micro worlds and a concern for their fragility in the face of climate change.

Website- theresahenning.art

Instagram theresa.henning