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Da Vinci

Dr Stephen Bemrose is back presenting 6 weekly classes on Leonardo Da Vinci from the 28th September 2017 (finishing 2 Nov 17).  Prices and times to be confirmed.  Email for further details.

SidMouth StoryNights

SidMouth StoryNights for GrownUps

Storyteller Michael Dacre and Spanish Guitarist Steve Yates

tell The Haunted Inn and other tales from the Saragossa Manuscript

on Friday, 30th June.  

Doors open 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start, finishing at 10:00pm.

Tickets cost £8 in advance at Paragon Books (Sidmouth High Street) or on the door

Not suitable for under 14's

For more details contact Janet Dowling

on 07834 194215 or

Meet the .......

.............. Scriptwriter 

Andrew Davies

Thursday 13th July 2017


 Doors open 7pm for 7:30pm start


You may not know him but you will certainly know his TV work -

House of Cards, Pride and Prejudice, War & Peace -

are just a few of his scriptwriting successes.

Come and meet this fascinating writer 




Meet the.... Politician - Vince Cable - Friday 20th October 2017

Vince says he will stand again as a politician but be sure he will not want to miss the Christmas market with his first novel!



Tickets are £12 including a glass of wine

Watch this space for further Meet the... surprise guest!

Knitting & Crochet

We are pleased a annouce a series of Knitting and Crochet sessions by Tracy Chapman a teacher of Textile subjets with Adult Education for many years.  This limited number of workshops will run throughout the summer on Wednesdays and cost £35 per session. Each session will run from 9:30am to 1pm and includes all tuition and materials.

The sessions will run as follows:

Fair Isle Knitting - 28th June

Flowers in Crochet - 12th July

Intarsia Knitting - 26th July

Embroidery Stitches - 16th August


Tracy has written books, designed for theatre and television and also undertakes private commissions. 

If you are interested in joining any of the groups (kept small to ensure individual tuition)

please contact Tracy on 07717 793437 or email


Art at Kennaway Gallery


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ARTWORK by established local artists will be on display in Kennaway Gallery for 2017 from the end of January and between solo/group exhibitions.

Gallery patron, Alan Cotton, helped launch this venture in April 2014 and Professional artist Peter Goodhall, recently appointed as a trustee of Kennaway House, now oversees the galleries which display a range of styles and subjects.

“I welcome everyone to the 2017 season of exhibitions. The galleries will be full of diverse and interesting paintings, sculptures and prints by a range of accomplished, experienced and talented artists some of who are exhibiting their work for the first time in Sidmouth.”

The galleries in Kennaway House which is a Grade II listed Georgian/Regency mansion create a wonderful setting to showcase this artwork. Various dates Between exhibitions a group of artists affectionately known as the ‘In-Betweeners’ display a wide range of styles and subjects in the Gallery.

Entry to the exhibition is always FREE and the continuous display of work, which is for sale, is open during the week, between 10am and 4pm. Exhibitions are open during the weekends, subject to other events taking place in the House. 


Creative Coverage Devon Show


Creative coverage

August 13 to 19, 2017

 Featuring works by Joanna Commings ASWAc, Lynda Kettle RBSA, Lin Williams, Roger St. Barbe, Susan Thomson, Marjorie Collins DY Hide and Nicola Axe.  All available to purchase. 

For more information:

Tel: 01489 808621



Branscombe, Return of the Sun, acrylics, 88 x 58 cm, £425 by Joanna Commings


Future Exhibitors:

  4 Jul 17 - 19 Jul 17     Sidmouth Society of Artists - various artists

21 Jul 17 - 30 Jul 17     Newton Poppleford Art Society - various artists

12 Aug 17 - 19 Aug 17  Creative Coverage - various artists

12 Aug 17 - 20 Aug 17  Peter Goodhall & Bryan Dawkins - Joint Exhibition

21 Aug 17 - 25 Aug 17  Model Trains Display

25 Aug 17 - 31 Aug 17  Denise Thomas - Photography & Mixed Media

  1 Sep 17 - 11 Sep 17  Rob Crisp - Solo Exhibition

15 Sep 17 - 24 Sep 17  Artbeat, Zan Nye - Various artists

15 Sep 17 - 24 Sep 17  Zan Nye - various artists

25 Sep 17 -   2 Oct 17   Favell Beven-Arti - Solo Exhibition

25 Sep 17 -   2 Oct 17  George Hutchinson - Solo Exhibition

12 Oct 17 - 16 Oct 17   Local School Art Exhibition

20 Oct 17 - 27 Oct 17   Colin Bentley - Solo Exhibition

20 Nov 17 - 26 Nov 17  Sidmouth Photography Club - various


Previous Exhibitions


Jacqueline Steel

  Jacqueline Steel - Solo Exhibition

  16th Jun – 23rd Jun 2017


  Jacqueline is entirely self-taught. Her work is characterized by deft use of texture, colour and light. She focuses on the beauty of the subject itself and is fascinated by atmosphere.



JS Lady sitting cross legged  Jan Shayler - Solo Exhibition

   Fri 26 May 17 - Sun 4 Jun 17

    Jan was born in Sidmouth and gained her UK Fine Art qualification while living in France.  Jan is known as an experimental artisit both in media and subject.



Kazumi Waygood - Solo Exhibition

16th & 17th Jun 2017

An exhibition of Japanese floral art, Ikebana, and a rare opportunity to see authentic Ikenobo Ikebana. Ikenobo is the oldest Ikebana school in Japan dating back to the 15th century.  Presented by local Ikenobo Ikebana teacher, Kazumi, and her students.


Peter Coates - Solo Exhibition

Fri 21 Apr 17 – Mon 1 May 17
Peter has been painting
professionally for 14 years. He works
mainly in oil and acrylic, influenced
by his training in graphic design and
the vibrant colours of the
Mediterranean and Provence where
he often visits.


Sheila Tweed & Friends

Sun 7 May 17 – Sun 14 May 17

This group of women are members

of various local art societies and look

forward to sharing their art with

visitors to the Gallery.


Robert Crisp 

is exhibiting his latest work 

From Friday 2nd September until Sunday 11th September 2016

In the Amyatt Room and the Hatton-Wood Room

Open daily from 10am to 5pm

Free Entry



Twelve local artists will be displaying their most recent work

From Saturday 17th September until Sunday 26th September 2016

In the Amyatt and Hatton-Wood Rooms

Opening daily from 10:00am to 5:30pm


Peter Goodhall

is exhibiting his latest work 

From Thursday 29th September until Sunday 9th October 2016

In the Amyatt and Hatton-Wood Rooms


Opening daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm


Donna Lawley-Hopton

is exhibiting her latest work -

15th until 22nd April 2016

In the Amyatt Room 

 Donna Lawley Hopton is a contemporary figurative painter, part time conservator and restorer of decorative fine art ceramics.   She received a BA Hons in Fine Art from Birmingham School of Art in 1987 and has participated in group and solo shows in the UK and New Zealand where she lived for six years.   She currently live in Lympstone near Exmouth Devon. 


 Creative Coverage Open Exhibition 2016

Friday 29th April until Friday 6th May

Featuring over 100 works of fine art by more than 20 selected professional artists and craftspeople all available to purchase, including Jenny Shaw-Browne's Polruan Boatyard (on posters). 

Meet the artists from 11:00am, on Saturday 30th April

For more information: email:



Telephone (01395) 515551 for more details.