Contemporary Passions 2017

South Hams Arts Forum


Tuesday 6 - Sunday 18 June 2017
10 am - 5 pm (closing at 4 pm on the last day)

Meet the Artists: Tuesday 6 June, 6 - 8 pm

Admission free


Stephen Thomas

Nick Cotter

Michele Meyer

Sue Farrow-Jones

Sally Tapsell-Hall

Val Uglow

Teresa Barlow

Jane Mahood

Gilly Cotter

Elaine Sibley


Ten members of the South Hams Arts Forum present the annual Contemporary Passions exhibition. For over ten years the artists’ collective has staged a major summer show of new works in a wide range of mediums and styles, a snapshot of the artists’ current work, interests and creative passions.

Sue Farrow-Jones focuses on birds and animals, strong visual themes unifying her new collection which includes screenprinted cotton/hemp scarves, and lampshades made from her linoprints in addition to screenprints on fabric and paper, relief prints and watercolours.

Michele Meyer’s bold and earthy ceramic sculptures are born from her love of all living creatures and a deeply felt optimism in life.
Val Uglow’s mixed media works explore an interest in ageing surfaces, peeling paint and the effects of lichen and moss on ancient stone walls, while pure paint is her medium of choice when responding to our local coastline.

Elaine Sibley’s jewellery is inspired by geometric shapes, objects and forms seen in everyday life.

Gilly Cotter’s inspiration comes from the natural world, particularly birds in their natural environment. She works with handbuilt ceramics, often raku fired, and in printmaking, oils and pastels. Negative space and texture are notable interests in her work.

Jane Mahood is a self-taught mosaicist whose delightful, functional pieces make use of recycled tiles and ceramics, some of which are rescued from the mud of the Kingsbridge estuary.

Nick Cotter describes his photography as ‘digisurrealism’, portraying dream-like scenes through the layering of unexpected elements.

Sally Tapsell-Hall’s layered paintings, collage and textile works reflect a fascination with the layers of time, events, images, history and experience that are encapsulated within a particular place or location. Ideas and images are partially revealed and concealed as she explores the threshold between figurative and abstract imagery.

Stephen Thomas’ watercolour, acrylic and oil paintings explore the visual delights of the South West in all seasons and all weathers.
Teresa Barlow explores fairground imagery through brightly coloured screenprints and ceramic pictures and figures.