My new exhibition Sea Caves, Shipwrecks and the Rocky Shore is now up and open for viewing at the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe, North Devon. I’m very please with it and it is receiving a lot of interest.
“….your exhibition looks fantastic! Absolutely love it! A massive well done to you. The work is excellent, the framing is great and you have presented it in a really wonderfully creative way…”
Sandy Campbell exhibitions organiser for North Devon Theatres Trust.
Opening times 10am – 3pm everyday. Exhibition closes on Sunday 7th April.
I’ve been working towards my exhibition, Sea Caves, Shipwrecks and the Rocky Shore, at the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe from 25th February until 13th April. Ilfracombe is full of stories of smugglers, pirates and wreckers with place names like Brandy Cove and Samson?s Bay, named it is said after an infamous smuggler. Hidden beaches only accessible through tunnels, cut through the cliffs by Welsh miners in the Victorian era. One of these tunnels itself was a mighty cave which William De Tracey took refuge in 1170 after the murder of Thomas A Becket. October 9th 1796 is another key date in Ilfracombe?s maritime past, the day the London was wrecked at Rapparee Cove, adjacent to the harbour. Its cargo?was prisoners of war, from the West Indies,?passengers and a quantity of gold and silver and Ivory.
Right now is a great time to have an exhibition in the town because of its association with Damien Hirst. His artwork is made in a factory on the edge of Ilfracombe and a caf?, 11 the Quay, is decorated with his original artwork also a couple of months ago a huge statue of his, Verity, was installed on the harbour side. So Ilfracombe is becoming an Art Mecca? I hope so, and that my exhibition at the Theatre will add to its attraction.
Two of the pieces in this show are brand new and have never been seen. They are from the rocky shore below Hillsborough, where the London was wrecked. Many other images have never been seen before in North Devon. My next major exhibition in September is on the sandy coast of North Carolina, where this work will tour the Maritime Museums for a year.
On Thursday 5th July, somewhere on the North Devon Coast, 10am – 5pm I’m offering a new workshop ‘Sea Caves, Shipwrecks and the Rocky Shore‘. I’ll be introducing the handful of participants to my own photography. They’ll get the opportunity to experience the secret coast, hidden at the far ends of a sandy beach, full of caves and shipwrecks. And learn how to make the best of their own camera under demanding landscape and lighting.
5th of July is a spring tide, an extreme high and low; low tide being approximately 2pm. This will give us the chance to really explore parts of the rocky shore that is usually under 25 feet of water! – all for only ?50 !!
Here’s a list of the other photographic workshops I’m offering this summer:
Introduction to digital photography 10am – 5pm (unless stated otherwise)- ?50
A practical days workshop learning to gain control over your camera, shutter speeds, aperture, ISO, flash etc, setting it up for optimum quality under any given lighting, and making better pictures through composition. Numbers limited to a hand-full. I also offer it on a 1:1 basis for ? a day for ?75
Course Description pdf
Thursday 31st May in South Molton
Thursday 7th June in Appledore (during the Arts Festival)
Saturday 9th June in Appledore (during the Arts Festival)
Thursday 28th June in Barnstaple (11am – 6pm)
Thursday 19th July in Exeter (11am – 5pm) + tour of exhibition
Friday 27th July in Exeter (11am – 6pm)
Saturday 28th July in Bideford
Saturday 18th August in Bideford
Half Day Intro to digital photography – ?25
A ‘sit around the table’ workshop to get to know your camera better. You’ll learn about shutter speeds, aperture, ISO, flash and setting your camera up for optimum quality.
Wednesday 13th June in Bideford 1.30pm – 4.00pm
Tuesday 10th July in Barnstaple 3.00pm – 5.30pm
Photographing your own Artwork 11am – 6pm – ?50
I have a wealth of knowledge and experience of photographing 2D artwork, jewellery and ceramics and I’m willing to pass this on to artists eager to improve their own image making camera skills. Although this workshop is for a small group (max 5) I also offer it on a 1:1 basis for ? a day for ?75, or I can deliver the workshop in your own home or studio anywhere in Devon for ?100
Course Description pdf
Saturday 23rd June in Bideford
Monday 2nd July in Bideford
Introduction to Photoshop 11am ? 6pm – ?50
Opening an image file and adjusting levels, contrast, brightness and colour balance. Rotating, resizing and cropping an image. Placing an image or images into a new file. Using layers and history. Participants will need to be computer literate i.e. use a computer on regular basis and understand the basic controls. Small group (max 4). I also offer it on a 1:1 basis for ?150, or I can deliver the workshop in your own home or studio anywhere in Devon for ?175
Sunday 24th June in Bideford
Intermediate Photoshop 11am ? 6pm – ?50
Using tools, masks and filters to manipulate your image. Tools used in this session are: marquee, move, lasso, magic wand, eraser, paint bucket, eyedropper, hand and zoom. Making a contact sheet and using batch production. Adding type to your image. Participants will need to be computer literate i.e. use a computer on regular basis and understand the basic controls. Small group (max 4). I also offer it on a 1:1 basis for ?150, or I can deliver the workshop in your own home or studio anywhere in Devon for ?175
TBA July/August in Bideford – enquiries welcome