Based in Moretonhampstead and one of Devon's most prominent Art Galleries, Green Hill is attracting the attention of some of the most respected South West Artists. Names such as Peter Randall-Page, Susan Derges, and Peter Stiles have become synonymous with Green Hill over the last five years having exhibited in the Gallery's large attractive contemporary space, and supported Green Hill’s developing programme.
Within this imaginatively converted former Primary School there is an Art Shop, and creative workspaces for hire, mixed use offices, a Youth Centre and Heritage Archive.
From Bronze Age settlements to this year’s carnival, you can explore Moretonhampstead’s rich heritage at Greenhill. Touch-screen presentations, visual materials and locally written books and pamphlets are on permanent display together with exhibitions in the gallery. If you would like help researching the history of local people and places, please look at the wealth of archive materials at Green Hill listed at www.moretonarchives.org.uk and some are also reproduced at www.moretonhampstead.org.uk. Use the contact tab on either website if you have any inquiries or would like to consult the archives in person. Please let us know also if you have any documents, photos or artefacts of local people and places that we could archive or make a copy for the archives.
Measuring just over 56 m² the exhibition space is contemporary, light and airy, offering a versatile backdrop for any installation. The adaptable hanging system is discrete and the lighting precise, allowing for subtlety and drama whether work is hung or freestanding.
The space is available for hire at certain times within the planned programme with curatorial assistance. PR and event previews can be organised. A new exhibition is held roughly every six weeks offering visitors a varied programme of contemporary visual art, explored through associated talks and presentations.
Green Hill reinforces its presence in the community by regularly drawing in local artists; an annual 'Local Open' showcases work from around Dartmoor. The aim is to stimulate curiosity through Art which captures the imagination and allows exposure to new mediums and genres.
We represent artists across a wide spectrum and pride ourselves on being committed to trends and the development of new talent as well as working with established artists with distinguished reputations such as:
Clive Bowen, Penny Simpson, Susan Derges, Peter Randall Page, Danny Holmes Adams, Nicholas White, Trevor Felcey, Sabine Nemet, Taja, Yuli Somme, Bethan Jones, Keith Smith, Miriam Boy, Angharad Barlow, Sally Hinchliffe, Keith Smith, Sue Deakin, Anita Reynolds, Isabel Merrick, Doug Fitch to name just a few!
We welcome new artists both in our gallery shop and in the exhibition space. Interested artists should contact Georgiana on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have five light and airy working studios at Green Hill - all are currently rented out BUT do contact us if you would like to be added to our waiting list.
The studios are on low-cost, easy in/easy out terms with stand alone workspace. We have a vibrant active artistic community here at Green Hill and are always looking for other artists/crafts people to join us. There are opportunities to show your work when you take on a studio and to have open studio sessions.
We also have office space for creative industries available to let at Green Hill too.
Why not join our new, mixed use community development based in Moretonhampstead with our active, resident arts and crafts community. Get in touch via our contact page to check room specifications, availability and prices.
Our small town is becoming known as a destination for high quality arts and crafts. We are a co-operative organisation which aims to support and promote Moretonhampstead’s makers through organising events such as the Open Craft Studios.
These happen twice a year, in March or April and at the beginning of December.
A visit to Green Hill Arts and a tour of the craft makers of Moretonhampstead, rounded off by lunch or tea and coffee in one of the towns excellent cafes and pubs makes for a fascinating and inspiring day out.
Some of the makers - such as Green Shoes, Penny Simpson Ceramics and Bellacouche Felt have regular opening hours and some are open by appointment only, so it’s best to check before your visit. Full list of Makers below:
Greg Abel - Blacksmith
Gates and balconies, fire sets, grates, door furniture, curtain poles and much more. I forge iron, to make outdoor and indoor items that are practical, artistic, fusing functionality with art. Using traditional forms, joinery methods or contemporary design and modern tooling I take inspiration from the natural world.
27 Cross Street TQ13 8NL
T: 01647 440331
Jill Fanshawe Kato - Pottery
I grew up in rural Devon, studied painting at Chelsea School of Art, London and trained as a potter in Japan. These three things are what have most influenced my work as a potter. In clay, form is my first challenge and imagery moves towards abstraction inspired by birds , plants and other natural motifs. My work evolves as I experiment with colours, additions to clay and different firing methods. As well as exhibiting my ceramics widely in the UK and internationally, I have had 45 exhibitions in Japan, which has kept alive my contact with the country that first inspired me to become a potter. Recently I have established a studio near Moretonhampstead in Devon and continue to make my ceramics in London too.
T: 020 8800 7101
Veronica Gould - Textile Artist
I paint on silk, wool and cotton using paper stencils, screens, dyes and pigments to make scarves, cushions, curtains and wall-hangings.
20 Fore Street, TQ13 8LL
T: 01647 440691
M: 07792 418169
We are a small team of shoemaking women based in an old chapel. Our philosophy has always been to make shoes that are long lasting, sustainable and that look and feel amazing. We don’t mass produce, we’re makers.
26A, Cross Street, TQ13 8NL
T: 01647 440735
Mike Jeffery - Woodwork
I work with a variety of woods to create items that are both practical and decorative.
Ponderosa, Station Road, TQ13 8NQ
T: 01647 440 755
Bekah Mardall - Jewellery
Bekah’s work is for sale at ‘Gather’ 1a The Square, TQ13 8NF
T: 07527 733267
Bundy Riley - Organic Skincare
I produce hand crafted, high quality herbal skin care products, following traditional methods. I apply the medicinal properties of wild plants and combine natural ingredients into products which are beneficial for the skin. I grow all the herbs naturally, with the wider environment in mind, to encourage pollinating insects and to ensure the quality of the active ingredients in the herbs themselves.
T: 01647 432976
Penny Simpson - Pottery
Pots for flowers, kitchen & table, planters, and tiles. I use a red earthenware clay, hand thrown on the wheel or built from slabs of clay, decorated with coloured slips and glazes, often using motifs from the natural world.
The Studio, 44a Court Street, TQ13 8LG
T: 01647 440708
M: 07969 468985
Yuli Somme (Bellacouche) - Felt
Heritage-style Scandinavian felt making workshop in a beautiful setting. Choose from a hand made collection of useful felted items; hotty covers, pillows, felting kits, tea cosies, insoles, tuffets, wall hangings and more. All made from 100% organic Shetland and primitive breed sheep’s wool.
Unitarian Chapel, Cross Street, TQ13 8NL
M: 07763 935 897
T: 01647 441405
Taja - Pottery
I came over to UK from my native country Japan 35years ago to study fine art. I was attracted by the beauty of pottery in Devon, so I changed my course to pottery. Since I had a grant from The Arts Council, I have been making porcelain tableware using my original blue glaze. Visitors are welcome
Cross Street Pottery, Cross Street, TQ13 8NL
T: 01647 440782
In 2018 our ACE and Lottery Funded project ‘Dartmoor Vision’ invigorated our Moretonhampstead community in a myriad of ways.
We wanted to extend our work outside the gallery walls to support artists to create new work inspired by our unique location and bring the whole community together to celebrate and link with each other.
New relationships and connections have been fired up and beautiful new work made through our many creative workshops and events. Artists and community working together.
‘Lively’, ‘profound’, ‘brilliant’
Activities intertwined and fed each other, gaining momentum through informal links and community groups that somehow fermented pockets of energy, playfulness, joy and meaning.
We want to tell our story of connecting our community and have photos, films, art works and stories to share - a mere glimpse below:
Over 60 volunteers have engaged with us to date, their support is invaluable - THANK YOU - THANK YOU
We ran Community seed swaps, created pop-up gardens and planters in the town, pressed locally grown flowers and weeds (!), ate, cooked and created works of art at the allotments.
“Fun” “Exciting” “Great getting hands dirty” “ Didn’t know I could grow!”
“Good to see where food comes from” “ The suspense!”
“Two people have stopped me in the street to say how much they enjoyed the feast – the atmosphere, the way the hall had been transformed, the food, entertainment…it felt really good…..a lovely evening”
“Saturday evening was a proper warm hug of a do. Up there with one of the loveliest times in Moreton I’ve had. So big up to you and the team!”
“Just to say what an amazing event the Feast was. It was lovely to be part of it and many congratulations to you and everyone involved in the arts, workshops, growing and cooking food. I love the way it touched the whole community from the school to older residents.”
“Big hugs all round. It was a wonderful event and so great to be part of it”
Over 200 pupils at the school chopped and prepped their own grown or locally sourced produce. Food producers came and discussed their livelihood linking with the school’s curriculum and embedding in to their learning.
Our artists worked at the local school and in the community - We ran clay figure making sessions, printmaking, cyanoptype, recycling, seed swaps, bee house building and encouraged children to created their own artworks inspired by the bees.
“It was an excellent workshop with an opportunity for the children to try a form of art that is not readily open to them. The teaching was very good and it was all hands-on fun. There was plenty of time and encouragement to try different styles and some lovely professional looking artwork to bring home. Next time it would be lovely to have a parent and child workshop as I was longing to have a go myself!”
“The bug workshop was a fantastic way of allowing all the children in the school to take on the same challenge. They formed the centre piece of our school art exhibition, to which the parents were invited, and proved a great way to involve parents in discussions with their children about artwork in school’ Anne Burns - Deputy Head teacher
OUR ARTISTS - Deborah Westmancoat (Contemporary Artist), Chris Chapman, Cedar Shaw (Photographers), Anita Reynolds (Print maker), Nicky Thompson (Wet collodian Photographer), Angharad Barlow (Jeweler and Environmentalist), Amy Shelton
Over 200 figures were made by the school children, the Youth Club, Art Raft, residents at Coppelia House and the wider community. They were fired an outdoor Bottle Kiln (built by Nic Collins, Sabine Nemet, helped by Spanish students and the Youth Club) at our Community Feast.
A Vigil in the church marked 100 years since the end of WW1. An installation was set up by members of the community, artists, the Youth Club and some History Society members who wrote the 36 slates representing the men from Moretonhampstead who died in WWI.
‘I just wanted to say what an emotional and moving experience the WW1 commemorative vigil was. It brought out a wonderful community spirit. To be able to read about all the young men from our town who fought and died for future generations was truly humble thought obviously went into the vigil and it will stay in our thoughts for many months to come. Thank you to all involved.’
‘I think the vigil is an amazing thing and a fitting tribute to those who lived and died to give us the life we enjoy today’
‘This is so Moreton’ ‘So proud’
‘Please covey congratulations and thanks for everyone at Green hill Arts who were involved with the WWI commemorations. What an amazing weekend! Visitors and locals alike were very impressed with the displays’ Resident.
Special thanks to Rowan Howse and Merlin Howse for helping create the time-lapse video above.
VOLUNTEERING AT GREEN HILL -
Whether you have a real passion for the Arts or simply enjoy being in a creative, inspiring and fun environment then volunteering at Green Hill could be just right for you.
We have a small and friendly team who keep our gallery alive - the main proportion of staff at Green Hill are voluntary, giving up their time to assist in the smooth running of the gallery, managing everything from welcoming visitors, serving customers, helping at events and talking to our visitors!
Volunteers benefit from:
Invitations to Private Views
Opportunities to be more involved in the gallery and at fund-raising events
Discounts on workshops and talks
Discounts on sales from the shop
Discounts in Central Cafe, The White Hart and The Horse!
Whatever help you can give you will feel a valued part of the team where ever your interests and skills lie - call in to the gallery to find out more or email email@example.com.
Full volunteer training is given and an option to shadow an existing team member is also offered.
Green Hill Arts is supporting Art Raft for Health, an arts-based project to help local older people who are living with dementia or social isolation.
Art Raft is facilitated by Melinda Schwakhofer and supported by Maya Holmes who brings her experience as a carer to this new role as a volunteer for this service.
The 90-minute sessions are held on Wednesday mornings at Moretonhampstead Health Centre from 10.30-12.00.
Each session is loosely structured to encourage individual expression. Each participant is given the space to socialise and explore their own creativity at their own pace, in their own way.
Sessions include gentle dance/exercise, cognitive stimulation, singing and music making, creative activity, and listening to music, poetry and stories.
Melinda 01647 440971 for more information.
We are thrilled to announce that ArtRaft has been chosen to benefit from the Co-op Local Community Fund.
At a time when funds for charitable organisations are becoming more difficult to access, we’re incredibly grateful for this opportunity to make a real difference in Moretonhampstead.
To help us raise vital funds, we’ll be relying on Co-op shoppers. Every time they buy Co-op own-brand products they get a 5% reward for themselves, and a further 1% goes to local causes like ours. Co-op members can decide which local group they would like to back by going online www.coop.co.uk/membership. We really hope that people will visit the website and choose to support us.
If you’re not a member and would like to support us, you can join at your local store or online at www.coop.co.uk.
Moretonhampstead at its best. A packed Parish Hall, performers giving it their all, and an audience warmed to the cockles. £750 was raised to support out much-loved Art Raft project.
Special thanks to our funders
D'Oyly Carte Grant
Percy Bilton Grant
WG Edwards Charitable Foundation
League of Friends Donation
Barchester's Charitable Foundation Donation
Film Club Donation to ArtRaft from Dartmoor Entertainers Showing
Turning of the Year Event 2018/19
Another way to support us is to become a Friend or Patron
Becoming a Friend will ensure our ongoing success. Your contributions will help support our developing programme of quality exhibitions and lively related events and workshops.
You can become part of an expanding community of enthusiasts helping us grow and be recognised for celebrating and developing the arts and heritage.
Annual subscriptions for an Individual Friend is £20.00, Joint Friends (at one address) is £35.00 and Student Friends £10.00.
Friends benefit from: