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Paradise Found: New Visions of The Blackdown Hills

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, from 18 March to 3 June, Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm.

Between 1911 and 1925, The Blackdown Hills were the focus for the avant-garde painters of the Camden Town Group. Their bold paintings combined the the intimacy of the ancient landscape with the the progressive French artistic approach of Cezanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh.

'Paradise Found: New Visions of The Blackdown Hills' will revisit the same sites which the Camden Town Group painted around a century ago and, will not only feature some of their original work, but will also exhibit the work of 36 established, contemporary artists who have been invited to respond to the same sites though their own lenses and practices. Alongside the diverse works of artists old and new, there will be a number of talks and workshops:

  • 18 March, 4pm: Opening talk by Patrick Baty on his great grandmother - the artist, Stanisława De Karlowska

  • Date TBC: Curator’s Talk and Workshop with arborealist and expresssionist painter, Fiona McIntyre

  • 12 May, 5pm: Curator’s talk by Sandra Higgins - ‘A Brush with Nature’ - discussing how artists respond to their environment

  • 13 May: Landscape and datascape painter, Luke M. Walker will lead a performative walk from Blackdown Hills to Thelma Hulbert Gallery, discussing his practice of collecting and painting journey-data

  • 3 June, 3pm: Closing lecture by curator and artist, Tim Craven, on 'The History of the Camden Town Group'

The exhibition will also launch Thelma Hulbert Gallery's, Create Our Space (COS) programme, a dynamic and inclusive opportunity for young people, aged 7-25 to engage with arts, culture and climate.

If you would like any further information about the show or any of the events, please do not hesitate to get in touch at

We hope to see you there!


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