Spring 2021

Spring has well and truly sprung! With the fabulous weather bringing out the wealth of wildflowers in our gardens, hedgerows and woodlands, delighting all with their freshness and inspirational colours.

Plein Air painters have been noticed out on Exmoor and in our North Devon lanes, including local artists Luna North on Exmoor and Colin Allbrook. Over the lockdown period Colin has been painting a series of oil paintings, all based in the Taw Valley where he lives.

The team at Arts Destination South Molton has also been busy over the last year, holding a varied programme of Zoom events each month, the last event being a talk by the successful children’s writer, Claire Barker, who regaled her audience with stories and inspirations with great humour!

We are well into planning our flagship project, Deep Roots Festival, due to take place over three weekends this year, 11-13th June, 10-11th July and 25-26th September. The festival will be a combination of online and live events as we gradually enter into the lifting of Covid 19 restrictions.

One of the major community events within the festival is a film and poetry project, ‘Capturing South Molton in Words & Images’, sponsored by Home Instead, North Devon & Exmoor, being led by the Devon based poet, Rosie Jackson and filmmaker Gordon McKerrow. The local community are invited to submit their photos, words, drawings etc. on how they feel about living in, or around the market town of South Molton. These submissions will then be collated by Rosie and Gordon and formed into a poem and film to be shown publicly in South Molton Assembly Rooms later in the year. For details on how to join in please go here.

Deep Roots Festival offers events for all ages groups and tastes: classical, folk and popular music; poetry talks, readings and community projects; artist talks and demos; talks on the environmental; book readings; youth dance workshop etc. For information on events go to our Deep Roots Festival page or book tickets on our events page.

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