The New Sidmouth School of Art website features their work


16:48 November 11, 2021

A new website has been created to showcase the work that has resulted from the Sidmouth School of Art’s projects, including the Sidmouth Wallspace.

The public art on display on the billboard at Port Royal can also be seen at the Sidmouth School of Art (SSA). website, along with other school work.

The current poster artwork, Fragments of Sidmouth, is the first photo exhibition. Mike Hawkridge worked with artist / photographer Robert Darch, who has exhibited nationally and internationally, to create a collection of images that capture details of the city’s architectural features.

The Sidmouth Photographic Club was founded in 1937 and has more than 50 members with very different interests and experiences. The SSA project’s theme with Robert Darch, A Sense of Place, gave nine members the opportunity to explore their perception of a place they are familiar with.

Michael Ginsberg LRPS, the photo club’s liaison, said: “One of the many surprises and advantages was the different ideas and approaches of the photographers.

“In many ways it is not easy to come up with new and original ideas because Sidmouth is such a focal point for its scenic beauty and is often photographed, but the process inspired the whole group.”

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Robert Darch mentored the group in a number of online sessions, using his own diverse experiences and examples from other famous artists and photographers to convey some of the theories behind the project work, and to provide inspiration and direction.

He was supported by the directors of the SSA, including the artist David Shrigley OBE, and the participants benefited from a wealth of experience in the fields of fine arts and photography.

Mike Hawkridge ARPS AFIAP, the first member to put his artwork on the billboard after Robert Darch’s The Tree on the Hill, found the challenge very stimulating.

He said, “I’m passionate about architectural photography, but the project continued to challenge me to see Sidmouth through different eyes. I noticed a lot to be celebrated in the details of the buildings, and the creative process of applying that observation and producing works of art to fill the billboard was a stimulating experience and very rewarding. ”

Members’ work with SSA will continue and the learning outcomes will be shared with the wider membership of the club so that everyone can benefit from the project.

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