Hooray, The Beach Hut is back from its holidays and so are we! September was certainly a good month for a breather, with a packed calendar of events in Torbay, and we took advantage of the time off to soak it all up.
The International Agatha Christie Festival was spectacular. Focused at Torre Abbey this year, the festival brought an extensive programme of literary events to the table for residents and visitors to enjoy, incorporating everything from spontaneous, Christie inspired orchestras, to open air cinemas. We had the pleasure of contributing an exhibition of contemporary art at Torre Abbey alongside its regular exhibitions, curated from local and national works.
Devon Open Studios also featured, with some wonderful Torbay artists inviting us into the sanctuaries where they produce and create. We particularly enjoyed visiting Brixham based Becky Nuttall, exploring her “Art of the School” and “Family Tree” series’ as a whole for the first time.
Finally, the much-anticipated Tale art festival arrived in September. The Artizan team went twice to this event, fully exploring its mysteries over a two-day period, and left reminded that we live in a truly inspirational place. You can read more about our experiences of The Tale on our website.
With Summer coming to a close you would be forgiven for thinking it’s time to hunker down at home and prepare for Winter because there won’t be anything going on now Summer’s over. You would however, be wrong and we’ve got a handful of reasons why!
Firstly, Torquay Museum will be hosting explorer and author Jacki Hill-Murphy who has travelled to some of the most inhospitable locations to trace the journeys of the daring, and often unrecognised, women who came before her (28th October, 2pm, £5). Then, there’s comedy at the Palace Theatre Paignton with Lip Service Theatre’s “Mr Darcy Loses the Plot” a play in which Mr Darcy is unceremoniously left to determine his own fate (28th October, 7:30pm, £14). Back in Torquay, the library hosts a curation by artist and poet Becky Nuttall; an exhibition of local authors early works placed against their current poems to “illustrate how language, communication and identity are shaped in the past and realised in the present” (throughout October, free). Finally, the gallery will be busy as usual with a double helping of music this month, with performers Circe’s Diner, Sadie Horler, G I N S and T. S. Idiot (October 5th, 7:30PM, £5) and then later in the month Si Barron (October 30th, 7:30PM, £5)! We’ll also have poetry (23rd October, 7:45PM, £6), and a wonderful exhibition from American photographer Mark Wallis for the whole month!