Aylesbeare to Fire Beacon

Celebrating 25 years of the East Devon Way.

East Devon District Council's Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) has partnered with the East Devon AONB to help people of all ages engage with the landscape in new and creative ways to celebrate 25 years of the East Devon Way (EDW).

This summer THG and their partners are offering a programme of nature-based art opportunities and workshops along the EDW and at THG. These will culminate in an exhibition showcasing the work created throughout East Devon from 8 Sept – 27 Oct at THG and a celebratory community party on Sat 27 October.

The Art on the East Devon Way project will take place at locations along the 40 mile EDW footpath between Lyme Regis and Exmouth. It will include a range of free and subsidised workshops for families and adults, artist-led workshops at 9 schools, activities with community groups and three new commissions for local artists.

This project partners with organisations including the RSPB, Forestry Commission England, Clinton Devon Estates, EDDC, LED Walking for Health and festivals such as Heath Week, Sidmouth Walking Festival, Devon Open Studios, Dorset Art Weeks, The Big Draw and Museums At Night.

THG will be working with a range of artists and art forms (printmaking, creative writing, cyanotypes, pin-hole cameras, tactile painting and much more) and the exhibition will be an opportunity to find out more about the EDW through the nature-based activities running from May – October.

The project has been funded by Arts Council England, Defra, The Northbrook Community Trust, The Elmgrant Trust, Tesco Bags for Help, Devon County Council, EDDC, THG and East Devon AONB.

Chris Woodruff from East Devon AONB said,

The East Devon Way walking route was created in April 1993 by East Devon District Council, working in partnership with Devon County Council, local artists, photographers and landowners.  We’re incredibly proud that since then the 40-mile route has enabled visitors of all ages – and from all over the world – to get closer to nature and explore the beautiful landscape of the East Devon AONB.

Recently the East Devon AONB has improved the route interpretation and waymarking, created a new walking guide and set up a website www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk  for those planning their visit/walk.

To celebrate 25yrs of this wonderful route, we have teamed up with Thelma Hulbert Gallery to create a fantastic programme of arts-based activity along the route this Summer for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

For more details please visit www.thelmahulbert.com  or download the activity flier