Exhibition 2015 on the Theme of 'Journey'
The main exhibition was held at the Ashtorre Rock Café and Gallery by Saltash Waterside.
The 12 participating artists were all from the Tamar Valley and explored the theme of 'Journey' interpreting the subject in their own individual and sometimes unusual ways through painting, print, drawing, sound and sculpture.
This year we were pleased to be joined by a number of pupils from Saltash Primary Schools in a section devoted to their work - see more about this on our home page 'News Updates'.
While at the show, visitors had the opportunity to participate in replicating a well-known painting, the subject of which was linked to 'journey'. For those who partook it was a chance to observe, in minute detail, a small portion of the work and give one's own interpretation to it.
In so doing, participants joined with others in gradually constructing a large image that eventually revealed the complete work and its identity. This could perhaps have been the beginning of someone's own ‘journey' to a discovery of art!
See >> Art in Pieces... for how the image developed.
'River Deep' Exhibition 2014
& River Tamar Project
The 'River Deep' exhibition by Ashtorre Artists workshop coincided with the film festival 'It's All About the River' staged by the River Tamar Project. In choosing a theme we decided to link with the film festival by exploring different aspects of the Tamar and, by 'digging deep', we hopefully came up with some interesting new angles to interpret the essence of the river and activities in, on, and around it.
Richard Allman who co-founded Ashtorre Artists' Workshop exhibited a series of drawings from a river boat trip in the summer of 2014 through the Tamar Valley. The images were a selection from over 100 sketches he needed to produce his first animated film 'Tamarama' commisioned by The River Tamar Project for the film festival.
The journey begins with Plymouth Hoe and the modern industrial landscape of the Tamar bridges and naval dockyards, and then capturing the natural beauty of the upper tidal reaches of this historic waterway which marks the boundary between Devon and Cornwall.
“Images of the river - the shoreline, the boats, the bridges - are familiar, often pretty and idyllic,” says John Forster. “For this show we tried to reveal something that is fresh or unexpected."
'Reflect' Exhibition 2013
'REFLECT' was an exhibition of new work by Ashtorre Artists’ Workshop and ran from the last week in August to the first week in September at the Ashtorre Rock café and art gallery under the Brunel Bridge.
It was a visually arresting collection of artworks examining the notion of reflection. Reflect featured over 60 works, each one exploring the theme of reflection in its own unique way – from observational drawings of reflections in water, to altogether more abstract psychological reflections.
Reflect showcased work from both Richard and John, along with Bethan Crane, Lyn Douglass, David Gamblin, Jane Jones, Jack Jones, Jo Rowland, Chrissie Russell, Vivienne Screech, Marianne Sturtridge, Beryl Underwood, Claire Voss-Bark, Chris Waring and Rosalie Wyatt.
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