As part of Torbay’s celebration of visual arts this Summer, Artizan Gallery is excited to be bringing over 100 artists to Torquay’s high street for their fourth annual Summer Open Exhibition.
From July 12th-August 16th, Unit 5 Fleet Walk will play host to a wealth of local artistic talent from across Torbay and South Devon, as well as welcoming national and international submissions to celebrate Torbay as a destination for visual arts.
This annual exhibition has become the highlight of the Artizan calendar, having started completely by accident in 2015 following a last-minute cancellation at the gallery. Inspired by the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, which this year celebrates its 250th anniversary with more than 1,300 works, the decision was taken to curate Artizan’s first ever open exhibition; The Artizan End of Summer Open Exhibition.
Despite the impromptu call, the response from artists was phenomenal and the exhibition was inundated with submissions. This has continued to be the case year on year, and the exhibition has grown from a short two week show to curation of over 100 artists at the height of the season.
As well as demonstrating Artizan’s continued commitment to supporting visual arts in Torbay, the exhibition marks the start of new collaboration and increased cooperation which will deliver more projects of this scale in the next 24 months.
In conjunction with Torquay’s Christmas Carnival on the 18th November, Fleet Walk has organized a day of activity and entertainment from 11am.
Craft activities run by Children’s Week Torbay from 11am and Face painting by Faces glitz and Glam. Father Christmas will be arriving around 11.30am to make his way to the Grotto, and we will continue with the entertainment from 2pm with The Breeze and the Pauline Quirks Academy School Choir, Harbour and a fantastic Robbie Williams Tribute singer ,Lee Randall.
Why not have your photo with Deadpool, Spiderman, The Judge’s from 2000AD, Storm Troopers and many more family favourites. Movie cars, Barricade from Transformers, Back to the Future Deloreon and Trotters Independent.
From 4.30pm the Christmas Carnival will make its way through Torquay to Fleet Street, stopping for the Fleet Walk Christmas Lights to be switched on at around 5.15pm, the Carnival will continue on its journey around the harbour to its finishing point of the Princess Theatre.
Please be aware from 1pm Fleet Street will be closed to buses and traffic until the close of the carnival around 7pm.
(All timings, acts and characters are subject to change and charges may apply)
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