Open Exhibition 2019

Open Exhibition 2019

Green Hill Arts invited artists working in any medium, to submit a maximum of 3 artworks for consideration by our selection panel of five professional artists. We take great pleasure in finding the best of the region’s otherwise hidden talent and showcasing their work. We were thrilled with the response.

Our reward is a professionally curated exhibition that shows to a wide audience and uses this distinctive purpose-built gallery to support the diversity of arts practice in our local area. Green Hill Arts Open Exhibition team is again, delighted to be working with Devon Life magazine on this South-West call to artists.

OUR JUDGES WERE - Tim Bolton (Vice Principle of Plymouth College of Art), Jenny Southam (Ceramicist) , Isabella Whitworth (Textile Artist), Sarah Hoskins (Painter) and Monique Jeffery Jones (Jeweller).

Creating the Bee Temple! An invitation to come and join the fun.

Creating the Bee Temple! An invitation to come and join the fun.

This is an arts based community installation focuses on the wonder and wisdom of the bee - part of tHrIVE : Our Community and Flora of the Moors  Exhibition

The installation comprises of a 3m x 2m woven willow skep (traditional beehive) structure covered in a ‘skirt’ inspired by the Dutch healing  or liberation ‘Feestrok’ -  a community stitched and decorated patchwork garment (also known as the magical skirts of re-construction).

The creative sessions all involve mark making on fabric (for the skirt) with plant, dye, print, stitch, paint, pen, wax etc … anything goes!

The categories (topics) that are being represented are:

The Pollinator Meadow. 

History and Humanity – bees and our relationship to them

Sound and Movement – we know that bees rely on sound and dance for communication with each other and with the plants.

Magic and Medicine – from the magical medicinal products of the hive  modern medicine to the plants and herbs available in out gardens.

Science and Alchemy – natures alchemists and builders of universal design.

How to get involved and what we need.

Come and join in one of these creative workshop days….. 

Hammer Plant Printing… natural printing technique on cloth with a hammer! Thurs 15th August 10.30- 3.30 , All ages, children must be supervised

Bees and the Sacred… creating images on cloth of representing out long standing relationship with the bee, ancient bee goddesses, Egyptian temple drawings, medieval monks, patron saints, beehives etc. Thurs 22nd Aug 10.30- 12.301.30 – 3.30

Sound and Movement… Bring your ideas for creative mark making inspired by the sounds and movements of the bees! Thur 29th August

Community stitching sessions… coming together to add your stitches to the Healing Skirt/Temple covering.  Stitching patches together, adding bees etc…no skill necessary, this is basic hand stitching. Thursday 5th September and Saturday 7th September

Make Bees for the Pollinator Meadow.  At home, school or part of a club? Stitch, draw, paint a bee onto fabric approx 10-15cms to add to our community pollinator meadow. Please make sure you have a name on it! We would love as many people and organistaions represented as possible.

These can be delivered to the Gallery.

Contribute your thoughts, words, art, images etc  A copy can be dropped at the Gallery or emailed to Angharad Barlow. The only criteria is that it can be photographed or scanned and printed onto fabric…(and relates to bees!) please include your name and which category above it comes under.

Contact Angharad Barlow ( or Green Hill Arts for more info about each workshop session . All sessions will take place at the Gallery.

tHrIVE: our community and the flora of the moors

tHrIVE: our community and the flora of the moors

This generous and inspired exhibition features newly commissioned works by Nicky Thompson, Amy Shelton and Angharad Barlow, three artists who have been working with the community of Moretonhampstead throughout 2018 and 2019 as part of Green Hills Arts Dartmoor Vision and Growing Dartmoor Project.


Nicky Thompson will show her new series of atmospheric Ambrotype images of local growers’ glass-houses. Using the Victorian Wet Collodion technique, where the images appear on glass plates, Nicky has documented the diverse and very personal glass buildings situated in gardens and allotments across the town.  Amy Shelton has created a bespoke light-box artwork Anthology: Moretonhampstead Herbarium, made from a unique collection of pressed flowers which were gathered across the seasons by the community of Moretonhampstead to be permanently installed in the local health centre. The artwork celebrates  the biodiverse flora growing in the towns hedgerows, gardens and allotments.  


Angharad Barlow will exhibit her visionary giant covered willow skep ‘The Bee Temple’ part of her work committed to educate and involve human communities in bee life, and to bring about better understanding of how in the greater scheme of things ‘they’ are more like ‘us’ than we care to imagine. The exhibition will also include a unique beeswax composite artwork created by pupils at Moretonhampstead Primary School, and a series of individual botanical artworks made by residents at Coppelia House in workshops led by Amy Shelton.


All the artworks in this exhibition reflect the rich culture that surrounds the growing of agricultural, wild and cultivated plants across the allotments, parks gardens and hedgerows our wonderful ancient town. Interdependencies between young and old, human and non-human is what our exhibition tHrIVE is all about.


Wet Collodian One Day Workshop

Wet Collodian One Day Workshop

We are offering a subsidised introductory wet plate collodion workshops in Moretonhampstead with Nicky. This Introduction to Wet Plate Collodion Workshop will take  the participants through the basic steps of making glass plates from start to finish. The materials, chemicals and equipment will all be explained and you will then spend the day making your own plates to take home. 

There are limited spaces, and they are designed for people that have already have some photography knowledge. The small group sizes will ensure all participants receive quality tuition and support. All the workshops are currently focusing on the making of ambrotypes, direct positives on glass.

Nicky Thompson is an artist who lives and works in Moretonhampstead. Her main practice is Wet Plate Collodion Photography (Ambrotypes). This Victorian process involves coating plates of glass (or tin ) with a chemical known as collodion, which is then sensitised to light by submerging the plate in a silver nitrate solution. Using a traditional large format bellows camera and while the plate is still wet, an exposure is made and a latent image formed. A developer is used to bring out the image and lastly the plate is bathed in a fixing solution to remove the unused silver particles. To make a single plate takes about 30 minutes.

Winter Art and Craft Show

Winter Art and Craft Show

Returning for Winter 2019, our Christmas Festival of Art and Craft is the perfect place to buy truly unique gifts.

A showcase of quality, locally made works including jewelry, textiles, ceramics, paintings, candles, cards, willow and leather!

Green Hill is using this winter season to show and sell work from many artists new to the gallery as well as from celebrated local makers