The World Class Artists of St Ives come to Torre Abbey

(Last Updated On: September 5, 2018)

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Torre Abbey Museum is welcoming The Artists of St Ives this autumn. On loan from the Arts Council Collection and featuring world renowned artists such as Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Barbara Hepworth, Paul Feiler and Terry Frost, The Artists of St Ives Exhibition will be on display from Saturday 8 September to Sunday 25 November.

The St Ives Society of Artists were a group of artists whose remarkable output was inspired by living and working in the Cornish town of St Ives following the First World War. The artists were at the forefront of a movement which expressed ideas through painting and sculpture and established a focus for modern and abstract British art from the 1940s to the 1960s.

Cllr Nicole Amil, Executive Lead for Tourism, Culture and Harbours, tells us: ‘This is a must see exhibition. St Ives has been a melting pot of inspiration for artists for over 100 years. The draw of the breath-taking scenery, and the rich colours that reflect off the crystal clear seas, makes St Ives the perfect place for artists to express their creative talents. Once again, another wonderful coup for Torre Abbey Museum.’

To coincide with the exhibition, Devon Open Studios is showcasing the talent and creative lives of artists living in Devon from Friday 14 September to Sunday 30 September. The Spanish Barn will be hosting a free exhibition featuring a spectacular display of works by Torbay artists. Organised in partnership with Brixham Arts Society, Devon Arts Society, Paignton Arts & Crafts Society and the Torbay Guild of Artists, the exhibition includes a working studio with guest artists demonstrating their crafts each day.

Visitors to the exhibition will also have the opportunity meet artists face-to-face and join workshops and create their own artwork. Every week artwork from two people will be selected to receive a yearly annual pass for Torre Abbey Museum.

For more information on the exhibitions and other events visit

Bob Jope

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!