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21 Group of Artists at Devon Open Studios

Arti­zan Col­lec­tive Gallery Wel­comes Esteemed 21 Group for Devon Open Studios

11/09/21 – 26/09/21
Opening Times
Sunday, 11:00 – 17:00
Mon–Tue, Closed
Wed–Sat, 11:00 – 17:00
A group of artists committed to high standards and individual creativity

Artizan Collective Gallery is excited to welcome the esteemed 21 Group of Artists to Torbay for Devon Open Studios, the first time the group will exhibit collectively for the event.

Formed in 1967, the 21 Group of Artists is now one of the longest established groups of exhibiting professional artists in the Southwest. In 1963 the painter Harry Pye organised the first of a series of Open exhibitions at Torre Abbey in Torquay. These annual exhibitions, entitled simply VISION, showed selected work by artists from all over South Devon. The more committed painters whose work was invariably selected included, amongst many others, Beryl Clark, Elsie Holliwell, Kenneth Fernee, Jane Prout, Joyce Earle, Colin and Rosemary Bigwood, Christine Raikes, and Vincent Wilson. In 1966 the Vision exhibition confined itself to invited artists only, many of whom were outstanding painters. That exhibition, presenting the work of a nexus of fine artists, prompted Harry Pye to think in terms of consolidating their connection within a regular exhibiting group. Thus, in 1967 the 21 Group of Artists was born.

More than fifty years on, the 21 Group is one of the longest established exhibiting groups in the Southwest. Its members are now drawn from a wide area stretching from beyond Exeter in the east, to Cornwall in the west, and northwards towards Okehampton
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