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Gallery in Devon gives talented designers and craft makers debut platform

Posted on 11 January 2017

An exhibition showing work by new and emerging designer-makers from across the south west opens at Devon Guild of Craftsmen on 14 January.

Get Fresh ’17 will showcase 15 makers, giving them an early audience for their work and a step up towards successful design careers.

local talent is alive and well

Hand formed ceramic sculpture, Horse in Box by Marieke Ringel. Image © Marieke Ringel. 

Phil de Burlet, Education Officer, Devon Guild, said: “There is so much creativity in the South West – the quality of the work in Get Fresh proves local talent is alive and well and art and design courses are flourishing. Our mission is to nurture and sustain craft making beyond graduation and if makers become Guild Members especially, we’ll help them individually grow their businesses.’’

Devon Guild of Craftsmen is part of our National Portfolio and their main aim is to promote innovative craft making through workshops and exhibitions.

Every two years Devon Guild gives its large, contemporary gallery over to the Get Fresh exhibition to showcase fresh, new work from ‘start up’ makers such as recent graduate students, those beginning a career change and people setting up small businesses and studios.

a great debut platform for exciting new work from across the region Phil Gibby

Previous Get Fresh exhibitors such as woodworker Ambrose Vevers and rug weaver Angie Parker have gone on to build highly successful careers, each having sold and exhibited extensively.

Exhibitors this year include those working in ceramics, 3D printing and scanning, glass blowing, screen printing, and jewellery making.

Oblique calligraphy pen by Tom Gyr. Image © Tom Gyr.

The inventive and experimental pieces on show span artwork created with digital technologies to those relying on traditional craft techniques. While Luke Axworthy applies cutting edge 3D printing to hand blown recycled glass, Tom Gyr’s vintage calligraphy pens and rulers are made on a 1950’s Myford engineering lathe.

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: “We’re committed to supporting artists at all stages of their careers so we’re thrilled that Devon Guild take time and pride in helping emerging artists at a significant point in their lives. Get Fresh is an important part of the craft calendar, a great debut platform for exciting new work from across the region.” 

The exhibition will give a real insight into makers at the early stages of their careers and be an important step for south west design talent and their journey towards successful careers.

Get Fresh ’17 will be showing at the gallery until 8 March 2017. Find out more here.