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Arts in South Molton

South Molton Arts Destination Project


The project so far

In September, the Town Council received a grant from the Arts Council to research ideas leading towards the establishment of South Molton as a national arts destination.

There are many examples of towns and cities, both here and abroad that have used the development of art based activities to drive up visitor numbers and generate economic growth. One of the models being looked at is the town of Chemainus in Canada. Here they commissioned artists to paint huge murals celebrating the town and its history. You can see these at http://www.chemainus.com/arts/murals/Chemainus-murals.htm. Murals on that scale may not be possible but a mural trail celebrating South Molton’s history may well be possible. This is only one of the ideas being researched.


The Town Council briefed Peter Newell to draw up an action plan, undertake the research and talk to as many stakeholders and interested parties as possible. Then to present a report to the council that proposes a five-year strategy. Within this report would be a menu of ideas for various art based activities, events and collaborations.


To help the public see what could be achieved a display will be put in the Town Hall on Saturday 17th December. Peter will be there with the display from 10-4pm. In January, the display will go to South Molton Parish Church and the George Hotel giving the public more opportunity to comment on the ideas. Other display destinations will be announced if they become available.


Peter Newell Profile

Brought up in Liverpool, Peter worked in a bank for twelve years obtaining an Associateship of the Institute of Bankers. On moving to North Devon in 1973, his passion for art eventually saw him going to art school, firstly in Barnstaple, then Exeter and finally to the Slade School in London. He returned to North Devon and with his family ran a commercial sculpture business for more than twenty years. In this business, he took on many commissions including those for Lego Land and Centre Parks. For the last ten years, he has devised, managed and taught on higher education programmes for Petroc in conjunction with Plymouth University. He is a practising artist with a studio in Bideford and currently has two works in the Burton Gallery Christmas exhibition. More of his work can be seen at www.peternewellpaintings.co.uk. With his partner, he runs Quay Drawing delivering art classes in several locations. He has helped organise many events both as part of his teaching commitments and as an artist. These include a collaboration with South Molton Community College producing a Big Draw event in South Molton’s Pannier Market and a series of murals at South Molton Primary School. In 2013 he obtained an MA in Art History from the Open University.


Peter Newell's Report so far


Peter Newell's Paintings courtesy of http://www.peternewellpaintings.com