10 Ways to find local artists work you enjoy

As a community, it is important to support local artists because, without local support, the art they make would stop and the impact it could have made would disappear. If you support a local artist, you are in turn supporting all of our respective creative freedoms.

Once artists are able to express themselves creatively and freely, beautiful art is made that can be admired by the community and beyond. These art pieces not only reflect the artists’ ideas, but also their hidden messages behind each work of art.

Sources to find local artists

  • Search Google for (insert your towns name) local artists
  • Instagram will list artists nearby if you type in your local town
  • Search Facebook. Artists will often promote themselves by creating a Facebook fan page. Here’s mine. https://www.facebook.com/wavepainting/?ref=settings
  • Google my business lists local artists
  • Yell lists local artists
  • Local artist list some local artist in your area http://www.localartist.org.uk
  • My Art Brief where you can commission an artist to paint a work for you with the dimensions and colours of your choice https://www.myartbrief.com/
  • Visit local galleries. They usually promote local artists
  • Look in your local paper. They will often feature local artists showing work in a nearby venue
  • In Devon, where I am based, you have the devonartistnetwork an organisation specializing in local devon artists with an open studio event every September https://www.devonartistnetwork.co.uk/

Multimedia Art Show

Multimedia Art Show at TAAG in Teignmouth 9th March - 15th March 2019 open daily 10am - 5pm
Multimedia Art Show including seascape painter Catherine Kennedy BA Hons, landscape painters Paddy Tuohy and Paul Littlejohns, animal painter Jenni Watters, ceramicist Gail Trezise, illustrator Rory Kennedy BA Hons and Emma Pritchard BA Hons, printmaker Danni Thurely BA Hons, painter and printmaker Becky Elia BA Hons and Marcus Nodwell BA Hons and animator Ross Kennedy.

“Multimedia Art Show” featuring 2018 graduates alongside well established artist at TAAG, Teignmouth, Devon. The young and not so young showcase their latest work. Starts 9th until 15th March 2019. Open 10am – 5pm Daily. Preview Evening Saturday 9th 6.30pm – 9pm.

A diverse exhibition of seascape, landscape and figurative paintings, prints, ceramics, digital art and video by Devon based artists and recent graduates of the Plymouth College of Arts. This eclectic mix artists makes for an unusual and varied exhibition.

Teignmouth based TAAG prides itself on showing a wide range of local artist and this exhibition is no exception. Exhibiting new work from this year’s illustration and printmaking graduates of the Plymouth College of Arts, animation from Bristol University student as well as a more established Fine Art graduate from the University of Plymouth and landscape, seascape and figurative painters from Teignbridge and East Devon. All welcome. Free entry. Lots to see and original artwork available to buy.

Torbay Art Show Preview Night

oil paintings at Torbay Art Show

I am very pleased to be taking part in the Torbay Art Show, a brand new major art show, with work by over 70 local and national artists being brought to Torbay by Torquay Boys’ Grammar School. The preview night was packed and a great success.

The show is being held this weekend 13th – 14th October 2018 in the school’s Cavanna Centenary Hall. The space is has contemporary feel to it that enhances the work on show. Included in the exhibition are paintings, prints, sculpture, jewellery and glass pieces as well as a wide arrange of crafts. The torso sculptures of Susan Eckles were beautiful and the animal paintings of Katherine Lightfoot impactful.

This is a great opportunity for the school to display and sell artists’ work from across the South West and beyond and to also showcase the talents of the pupils and Art Department within the school and raise funds for the refurbishment of the new 6th form centre.

The Other Art Fair 2018

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The other art fair presented by Saatchi Art showcases 100 talented independent and emerging artists hand picked by a committee of art world experts. Moving from the Arnolfini, Bristol to its new home at the Passenger Shed at Temple Meads train station. Highlights of the show include abstract landscapes by Venice based artist Stacey Gibboni, Metamorphica prints by London based artist Paul Kingsley Squire, Lawrie Hutcheon optical illusion work and Elaine Kazimierczuk vivid landscapes.

I asked some of the artists how they had found this years show. Some were taking part for the first time others had returned year on year. All the artists I spoke to found the organisers helpful and quick to answer their emails. Some of the artists had had help hanging their work on the Thursdays but I did speak to one who hadn’t had any help. Overall it seems a good show for artists to take part in, however sales were slow for some and they resigned themselves to it being a marketing exercise rather than one to generate income. There was free packing for any sales generated and also the ‘Own Art’ credit facility was available for artists to offer to prospective buyers.