"Being an Associate Partner of the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark is an exciting opportunity for us to remind our audience that our culture lives and breathes around us in everything we do. The Global Geopark designation recognises the contribution that is made by the landscape, people and heritage of Torbay to our culture and our lives, and these are values that we are proud to share."
Jacob Brandon, Artizan Gallery, English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Associate Partner
Geopark Ambassador Artists
About the Geopark
UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development.
A UNESCO Global Geopark uses its geological heritage, in connection With all other aspects of the area’s natural and cultural heritage, to enhance awareness and understanding of key issues facing society, such as using our Earth’s resources sustainably, mitigating the effects of climate change and reducing the impact of natural disasters.
In September 2007 the English Riviera received international recognition for its rich geological, historical and cultural heritage, it became one of just 57 areas around the world to endorsed by UNESCO and welcomed into both the European and Global Geopark Networks. Since then the Global Geopark Network has grown and as of April 2018 there are now 140 UNESCO Global Geoparks.
Situated within the stunning, rolling hills of South Devon, Torbay's geology has created the beautiful coastline of today, which fundamentally links the rich diversity of landscape with wildlife, people and culture.
Artizan Gallery is an Associate Partner of the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark and in this role champions the significant value this status affords out local community. To support this, we recognise and showcase the work of artists living both inside and outside of our Geopark, who have been inspired by its unique sites and geography through the Geopark Ambassador Artist programme.
The Ambassador Artist’s are a wonderful representation of Torbay’s creative community and help to tie the heritage and culture recognised by the Geopark designation directly back to the geological significance of our coastal region. The opportunity for these artists to gain recognition for their work through this UNESCO badge whilst also acting as advocates and educating audiences on our Geopark home, is a great example of how ERGO and its partners work to celebrate this exciting status.
Discover work from our Geopark Ambassador Artists below and find out about their relationship with this extraordinary landscape.