Review: Poltimore Festival 2017

Set in and around the historic Poltimore house, this student run festival was billed as Devon’s own ‘Glastonbury’, and whilst we may not have been kitted out in wellies and living in messy tents, the festival certainly did not fail to deliver in terms of music, art and culture. Early in the day we happily…

Follow that Rhino!

Since returning back to Exeter, or arriving for the first time as a new student, you’ve probably noticed a number of new residents sharing the streets of Exeter with you. These are not people, or even real life animals, but rather, life-size sculptures of rhinos, which have been decorated by local artists to raise awareness…

Artist Profile: Rosy Tydeman

You may know Rosy Tydeman as the lovely owner of The Glorious Art House. Chances are you’ve sat upstairs, sipping on your Artisan Chai, and admiring the colourful art work around you. Those beautiful felt clocks and people? They’re all the handiwork of Rosy herself, as La Vie En Rose Makery. Rosy was born in…

Artist Profile: Penny MacBeth

Penny MacBeth is a Cornwall-based artist and writer, whose interest in everything from history to feminism lends into her colourful creations. The name may ring a bell from last week – Penny is Lally MacBeth’s mother, and the two have exhibited together in the past at The Glorious Art House. Since I last wandered around…

Artist Profile: Lally MacBeth

Having lived in Ireland and London, artist Lally MacBeth currently resides in her colourful home in Cornwall. She studied Fashion History and Theory at Central Saint Martins, and now works as an artist and photographer. She is also a blogger and, more recently, has begun writing a cookbook. I had the pleasure of seeing her…

Artist Profile: Jessie Cave

‘You’ve wasted your twenties trying to be cool’ ‘What else was I meant to do? Make a difference?’ Ever since following Jessie Cave on Instagram (@jessiecave) I look forward to her daily illustrations of funny and awkward moments between her quirky characters. She often depicts the fears we all experience at some point in daily…

Art Review: Exeter Art Soc’s “Your Scape”

  The Art Society’s Your Scape exhibition is being held currently at the Exeter Phoenix; the paintings hang on The Walkway, next to the café. There were several striking pieces from amongst the collection. An array of styles and mediums confirmed the individuality of every artist. Where some chose classic waterscape, like Sarah Harrington’s “Monet’s Garden”,…

An Introduction to Anime

The phrase ‘Japanese culture’ will stir vastly different ideas depending on whom you choose to talk to. To some, the first thing that springs to mind is undoubtedly Shinto temples or giant Buddha statues while to others it might be the iconic tea ceremony. For an increasing number though the initial thought is of the…

Interview with an Artist: Beatrix Baker

Currently based in the Lake District, Beatrix is an artist and sculptor whose twisting wooden structures aim to explore the emotive power of the boat form. You can find more of her work here and at the Open West exhibition at the Wilson Gallery in Cheltenham. Photo credit: BeatrixBaker Boats are a recurring theme in…

Interview: Simon Edward Johns

Simon Edward Johns is a portrait photographer living in Exeter. His exhibition is at the Glorious Art House until May 16, where you can see the world of rock ‘n’ roll, beautifully captured in a unique perspective. What sparked your passion for photography? The magic of watching of a blank piece of paper turn into…

Art from Waste

From 27th April to 22nd May, the Enviro Hub, Devon Contract Waste, will be featuring exhibition From Cowboys to Astronauts. Featuring art pieces from city artists, the exhibition is based on the idea of scarcity – the idea that we are rapidly using up limited resources such as fossil fuels, some of which have taken billions of years to form…