Image Credit: Sarah Ward

Contains Art, East Quay, Watchet, Somerset, TA23 0AQ


Saturday 23 September 2017 – Sunday 08 October 2017
Opening Hours: 11am-6pm daily


NEW WAVE: Private View
6pm-8pm Friday 22nd September


Andy Davey, Molly Rooke & guests: All Schools Should Be Art Schools
7:30pm Tuesday 3rd October, Methodist Church School Rooms, Watchet.
Booking recommended

Toni Davey has long held a fascination for Hokusai's woodcut, the Great Wave.

In her quest to achieve a greater understanding of the image she has made several pieces of work related to it. The New Wave exhibition, showing at Contains Art, Watchet, from 23rd September to 8th October 2017, brings together many of Davey’s former alumni of West Somerset Community College in their own version of the Great Wave.

During her time as a teacher at the West Somerset Community College, Davey focused intensively on the image with students, designing referential images for 'The Boxing Day Tsunami Appeal' and its underlying poetry became even more poignant. 

Many of these talented young professionals have now gone on to make their mark in the creative industries throughout the country and around the globe as fashion designers, architects, graphic designers, painters, sculptors, musicians, composers, filmmakers, writers, journalists, TV presenters, curators, photographers, lecturers and the list goes on. Their careers should give courage and ambition to the young people of this area today.

Linking Hokosai's iconic Great Wave with a new wave of art students currently making their mark in the creative fields, Toni Davey curates a reunion of alumni from West Somerset Community College for an exhibition of works in response to the classic Ukiyo-e woodcut.

Creative subjects in education, both nationally and locally, are under threat and future creatives are having this lifeline of expression removed. This exhibition will highlight their plight and hopefully give ambition and confidence to the young people inheriting their legacy.

Toni Davey works as a full time artist, having previously taught in London Colleges and more recently at The West Somerset Community College. The college, in Minehead, is the only state school within a very rural area with a catchment of some 400 sq miles (the highest in southern England).

In 1984 just four students were studying A-level Art, rising to 40 under Davey’s tuition. Davey’s introduction to the Arts for these young people saw their confidence grow. These students have gone on to great successes and the art department was a lifeline for these young people. It is sadly now being severed locally and nationally through the cuts for creative subjects in schools and colleges.

The New Wave exhibition at Contains Art address this issue. Between 30 and 40 ex-students submitted a piece of work responding to the brief. Alongside each work will be a short statement detailing what each student is doing now; their journey since leaving the school and their hopes for the future. By demonstrating their success, Davey hopes to enamour the young and highlight the dilemma they face if the arts are cut from their curriculum.  

New Wave is at Contains Art, East Quay, Watchet, Somerset, TA23 0AQ from 23/09/17 – 08/10/17. The exhibition is supported by SAW.

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