Welcombe Open Studios 25th-27th July 2014

Welcombe Open Studios returns for its 9th instalment on Friday 25th, Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th July. This is sure to be a stunning collection of exhibitions from the assortment of very talented artists who live and work in the beautiful village of Welcombe. The village, which lies on the Devon/Cornwall border on the stunning Atlantic coast between Bideford and Bude on the A39, is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is truly beautiful – worth a visit on any given day. With the added bonus of open studios & exhibitions inspired by the wonderful area, this visit will be eye opening, inspiring and incredibly worthwhile.

This years event has 8 artists showcasing their work – including photography, fine art, pottery, textiles, furniture, glass & lots more. The 3 day event gives you the chance to see where the artists create their work and to buy directly from them or commission work. For many of the artists this is the only event where they open their studios to the public. This year will also see the return of the National Trust ‘Art on the Beach’ day where families can join artist Tom Hyde and National Trust Rangers for some hands on craft activities on Welcombe Beach – (Friday 25th only).

As if the art was not enough to draw you in, you can also excite your taste buds at the wonderful Pop-Up Tea Room, which will appear as if by magic for the weekend once again. The cakes and myriad delightful treats are lovingly created by a dedicated team of local ladies who pride themselves on their baking prowess, and they do the whole thing for charity too. On top of all this, The Old Smithy Inn, with fantastic home made food, fine ales, ciders and a gorgeous beer garden, will be open all day, so why not spoil yourself.

All studios are within walking distance of each other but all have parking facilities – the studios will be signposted from the A39 and around the village. Detailed leaflets with a map will be available from the local shop as you drive into Welcombe, The Old Smithy Inn, the village hall and all studios.

When planning your visit please remember that most studios do not have credit card facilities, so can only accept payments by cash or cheques. The nearest cash machines are at Hartland and Kilkhampton.
For more info please call 01288 331 101.

Artists taking part this year, are as follows:

Welcombe Pottery
welcombe pottery, welcombe, near bideford, devon, ex39 6hg
t: 01288 331506 / 331134 e: welcombepotter@hotmail.co.uk
w: http://www.welcombepottery.co.uk


Welcombe Pottery – David Westcott produces a wide range of work, mostly domestic pottery, using earthenware, stoneware and porcelain clays. Jugs, bowls and mugs in a variety of glazes.
Alice Gare, inspired by the vivid colours of the sea, remakes aspects of our coastline in kiln-formed glass, fusing metals and organic objects into the glass.


well barn, well farm, welcombe, near bideford, devon, ex39 6hg
t: 01288 331505 e: info@pachadesign.co.uk w: http://www.pachadesign.co.uk


pachadesign are glenn rushbrooke & samantha robb – we are a design/make partnership specializing in contemporary furniture & objects from locally sourced reclaimed & natural resources. Our work evolves from a simplistic approach to design & the materials that we use {oak, slate & metal}, combining pared down aesthetics with the japanese view of wabi sabi, beauty in imperfection.



Paul Jenner Photography
well farm, welcombe, near bideford, devon, ex39 6hg
t: 01288 331101 e: info@pauljennerphotography.co.uk
w: http://www.pauljennerphotography.co.uk


Paul captures the beauty of the familiar using natural light and a passion for the wilderness and wildlife of Welcombe. Creating simple, uncluttered compositions and a sense of peace and stillness, he loves to capture vibrant colour and uses his artistic eye to wonderful effect. Paul will be exhibiting his work in a majestic 18ft tipi – a fantastic and dramatic space.


There will be 5 artists showcasing their work together at Welcombe Village Hall as well as Welcombe’s Pop-Up Tea Room, details of each below.

Hannah Wheeler
Welcombe Village Hall
t: 07817 629 388 e: hannahwheeler77@gmail.com
w: www.hannahwheelerart.co.uk


New for 2014, Hannah is a West Country artist. She grew up in Somerset and spent part of an unconventional childhood in Welcombe. Her current projects are a series of dramatic spring skies and an ongoing series of portraits. Both make use of a limited palette of only 5 colours. Hannah is inspired by the music of Einaudi, and the chaotic local weather patterns.



Rick Hall
Welcombe Village Hall
t: 01237 441698 e: rickhall66@yahoo.com w: http://www.rickhall.co.uk


Ricks work combines imagery derived from nature and science. He uses rich colour and complex optical techniques to create depth and movement. He also uses a device known as the Twin- elliptic Harmonograph, a simple pendulum which creates complex images which are worthy of a powerful computer.



John Moat
Welcombe Village Hall
t: 01288 331261 e: johnmoat43@gmail.com w: http://www.johnmoat.co.uk


John will be displaying books, novels, short stories, poetry collections, several limited editions, and Phoenix Press books. John will also be exhibiting beautiful paintings, poems, prints and etchings.



Jean Goodchild
Welcombe Village Hall
t: 01288 331241

Jean will be exhibiting a varied and colourful collection of pictures designed in textiles & embroidery silk, as well as paintings.



Kim Mudge
Welcombe Village Hall

Kims inspirations are the sea and natural environment, using oil on canvas she utilises colour and texture alongside glittering media. Kim is currently working on a new collection based on Welcombe since moving to the area, allowing the abstract colours to flow and develop as she works.



Welcombe’s Pop-Up Tea Room
Welcombe Village Hall
contact: Alison Migliorini-Stubbs t: 01288 331416 e: alison@way2go4.com
w: http://www.facebook.com/WelcombesPopUpTeaRoom


Welcombe’s Pop Up Tea Room is the vision of a group of girls who have a passion for baking! Come along to our first Pop-Up Tea Room event and enjoy delicious Homemade Cakes & Biscuits, fresh fruit bowl, Douwe Egberts Fresh Coffee, English Breakfast Tea, an array of Speciality & Herbal Teas, ROCKS Organic Squash and Milkshakes. Serving from 10.30am to 3.30pm.



Art on the Beach with Tom Hyde & National Trust
Welcombe Mouth Beach
contact: Justin Seedhouse t: 01237 441976
Friday 25th only {10am – 3pm}.


Hands on art for families day on the beach – come & join artist Tom Hyde and National Trust Rangers for some hands on crafty activities.



We hope to see you at this years Welcombe Open Studios 2014.