|THE ART ROOM Topsham - contemporary art gallery in Devon|
The gallery is open on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday, 11am to 5pm.
8A The Strand Topsham, EX3 OJB
Payments: can be made using cheques, cash or electronic transfer. Please note that we are unable to process card payments at this time.
refurbished premises are in a historic building on the quay in Topsham,
a sophisticated town alongside the River Exe which is noted for its
wonderful architecture, shops, antiques, pubs and restaurants. There
are also many tranquil places to sit along the picturesque river
frontage, a favorite for keen bird watchers. Topsham is fifteen minutes
from the M5 and the gallery is a short walk from the main car park and
in its third year The Art Room has moved to its third and final
venue. At last you can visit great exhibitions, gallery talks and
musical events without negotiating a mountain of stairs!
Above: The private viewing for the recent Robert Organ exhibition
Above: Topsham Slipway by Gary Mackley-Smith
|Architectural recognition for The Art Room
Topsham Society has selected Deborah Wood of the Art Room to receive
the 2011 ‘Enhancing Topsham Award’. The Society was established in the
60’s to promote the sympathetic development and preservation of the
historic and picturesque estuary town of Topsham.
|"Inspiring and original"
Graham Rich is an artist represented by the Fine Art Society who was a colleague and friend of Peter Thursby for over 17 years.
Mo Thursby: We knew it would look good, but WOW - it is SUPERB! Congratulations, we just do not know how you have done it!
Above: The opening of the new gallery premises at 8A The Strand, Topsham
Congratulations! Superb space, excellent hanging and good conversation.
Fantastic! Topsham has waited far too long for this, congratulations!
Lovely show, wonderful to see such an inspiring space
A lovely exhibition, well done we'll be coming again.
How wonderful to have a gallery like this in Topsham, and with such mind-blowingly wonderful artists, thank you.
A wonderful space and some stunning work, thank you!
It's great to have a real gallery in Topsham, excellent exhibition - Pat Fishwick
|A Voice from the Chorus|
In remarking the Second Anniversary of establishing itself in our Town, certain words of appreciation must transcend the personal and private and be offered as a warm tribute, in the public forum, to the vision and integrity of purpose with which M/s Deborah Wood has brought The Art Room into our lives. It has become a companionable friend within the community, giving us the opportunity to “see” the world anew and thereby allow us to reflect upon how and where the tradition of Painting now stands within our Western culture.
In these times of flux and
economic savageries, swathes of change are undercutting many of those
social pillars which have upheld the way we have perceived and
understood the world around us. Whilst things must change, even if not
to remain the same, perhaps we should consider how our current
perceptions of art and all things visual might also be changing? It
might well be unsettling to ask where now are our Exeter School of Art
& Design, our Falmouth School of Art (in its Golden Age), our Bath
Academy & Sydney Place of yesteryear – a few examples of those
vital springs and fountainheads of creativity which once flowered in
the best of liberal traditions, helping create the visual architecture
of the 20th Century in the sense of establishing the place of painting
in our daily lives.
These so often have been painters who, quietly and modestly, have stuck to their painting and their teaching of generations of students, decade on decade, letting their work and lives speak for themselves – without some of the hullaballoo and commercialised celebrity that can seem to cloak some more recent examples of the “artist in society” (not that such later work lacks integrity but rather that it seems to have emerged from a different stable in which the artist has become bigger than their work).
I consider that we have much to thank M/s Wood for, in bringing to The
Art Room and presenting with great skill the works, for example, of
Clifford Fishwick, Michael Garton, Robin Rae, Francis Hewlett, Valerie
Barden, Robert Organ, Benedict Rubbra, Zoe Cameron and Robert Jennison
– all highly significant figures within the tradition of which I speak
and regardless of any personal opinions or judgments in any particular
"The subjects ... reveal a quality of wisdom and quiet suggestion that is the mark of Robin Rae's humanity ...
"Robin Rae's paintings are good companions for a very long journey. They are not susceptible to the passion of a one-night stand. This is to the good! If we seek not the obvious, the superficial or the 'easy option' then these paintings are works to live with as they grow slowly into the psyche.
"Day by day they prompt development of one's outlook, one's emotions, the whole atmosphere and sensation of being alive. In their 'stories' they carry mysteries that do not threaten but by their very nature raise powerful questions which are presented for you to answer - not by glib answer but rather by reflection and unconscious insight. Words become inadequate and superfluous.
"The subjects appear simple, sometimes on the edge of the surreal, but reveal a quality of wisdom and quiet suggestion that is the mark of Robin Rae's humanity as well as of his curiosity about the world. These paintings do not flee one's mind or imagination but implant themselves within us, not as viruses but as inner signposts to which we are invited to respond as best we might. We have been given work to do!!
"Robin Rae is a good painter. In his innate modesty and the simplicity of his professional and personal life this might be, perhaps, the only recognition for which he has striven to achieve and to which he continues in current and future work so to aspire. Within his own long journey, I suggest that he has indeed now 'arrived', thereby gifting us the privilege to look upon his works and draw deep-rooted responses from our own individual 'view of things'.
Above: The recent Peter Thursby exhibitiion in the new gallery
Superb space, superb work, I hope this gallery is a great success.
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