Thursday, 16 September 2021

What's On Bideford. Fun and frivolity in celebration of The Burton at Bideford's 70th birthday.

The Burton at Bideford welcome you to join in the fun and frivolity at the gallery in celebration of their 70th birthday. Scroll down for the art and food demos, workshops, exhibitions coming up and see what will still be running this October.


From the 2nd to the 31st October, a month long programme of food-related demos, workshops, fun and frivolity in celebration of The Burton at Bideford's 70th birthday. From cooking demonstrations from top chefs and wild food foraging to sea shanties, printing and collage workshops, storytelling and more. All in aid of The Burton at Bideford.

From the 6th October unil the 10th December "Best of James Ravilious Photography Exhibition" Recently acquired by The Burton at Bideford, 'An English Eye' is a collection of photographs by renowned local artist-photographer, James Ravilious. The collection provides an important record of life in North Devon between 1972 and 1997, and also represents the best of James Ravilious' work as a whole. 

Son of Eric Ravilious (war artist, engraver and designer) and Tirzah Woodward (artist and wood engraver), James Ravilious worked as an art teacher in London before moving down to Devon in 1972 where he took up photography professionally. Beaford Arts commissioned him to take images for a project called Beaford Archive, set up to capture the fast disappearing traditional landscapes and practices of rural life in Devon. 

During the lifetime of the project, James Ravilious took more than 80,000 black and white photographs. The English Eye is a retrospective exhibition of James Ravilious' work. Curated by the artist himself alongside the photographer and writer Peter Hamilton (1996-97), the series of photographs grew out of a monograph of James' work published by The Royal Photographic Society's Pictorial Group in 1989. It showcases James' natural ability to perfectly capture the inner narrative of his subjects, and chronicles both the people and the landscape of rural Devon from the 1970s to the late 1990s. Working primarily in black and white, his work was influenced by English landscape artists as well as photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Edwin Smith. He developed a distinctive technique using older, uncoated lenses on his Leica rangefinder camera. A compensatory development process gave his photographs a subtle and 'silvery' quality. Last year, The Burton secured this collection for the future with the help of the Bideford Bridge Trust and the Friends of the Burton. It now forms an integral part of the Burton at Bideford's Permanent Collection.


Saturdays until 2nd October - a stimulating series of talks and QA sessions with artists and craftspeople from North Devon. Curated by Jess Pearson, founder of The Maker Series. All talks take place between 12-1pm. Booking essential - places are limited. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite (incl. booking fee), or from the gallery shop. Concessionary rate tickets are only available from gallery shop. Contact: >Website Tel No: 01237 471455 Email:


Until 6th October Art Exhibition showcasing the work of contemporary artists addressing cultural, social and political issues through the medium of clay. Featuring 35 artists and 10 nationalities: all use ceramics as a powerful way of conveying important messages about contemporary issues. A significant exhibition in light of the BLM and #MeToo movements. You are invited to take a wander through their worlds.

The Burton at Bideford. Photo credit Brett Adams
The Burton at Bideford. Photo credit Brett Adams


The Burton at Bideford Art Gallery and Museum,
Kingsley Road, Bideford, Devon EX39 2QQ


Tel No: 01237 471455