With such stunning scenery- rolling country hills, chocolate box cottages and dramatic coastline- it’s no wonder that South Devon has influenced many artists and craftspeople for decades. As a result we are spoilt for choice in the South Hams for interesting art galleries to wander around for a great days out in Devon.
For years artists have been painting boats traversing the waterways of Dartmouth as well as further down the river towards the scenic village of Dittisham and the Sharpham Estate. As a result you can spend a day out in Devon taking in a range of art on a boating theme with many galleries showcasing the best local artists have to offer. White Sails is a hugely popular gallery in Dartmouth where you will find a wide collection of art, exhibiting originals as well as limited edition works, from many local artists as well as nationally known names.
Also, Paul Barclay, a local artist whose style is instantly recognisable, has a gallery and shop at 1 Oxford Street. Famous for his contemporary artwork, Barclay has received commissions ranging from shop signs to Russian super-yachts since leaving work as Senior Dockworker at Dart Marina. Afterwards try the comfortable and relaxed Café Alf Resco on Lower Street- it’s great for good coffee and fantastic brunches to create a delightful day out in Devon.
Days out in Devon would not be complete without a trip strolling through the streets of Salcombe gazing into shop windows. Gallery 5 on Island Street sells individual and humorous gifts, original paintings and prints and handmade glassware and ceramics. Awash with the colours of the sea, you’ll be reminded of summer days out in Devon.
When having a day out in Devon, you should not miss a trip to Salcombe for breathtaking estuary views and lovely cafés and boutiques. Striking amongst the shops of Fore Street, The Drang Gallery stands out as a fine art emporium. The gallery celebrates contemporary, modern art, showcasing unusual and diverse pieces and collections from hugely creative and established artists such as Damien Hurst and Marc Quinn, but also aims to feature work from young, emerging artists.
Looking through local art galleries and the areas that inspire the work they contain can give you many relaxing and creative days out in Devon to enjoy, as well as provide you with the chance to take a little bit of the South Hams away with you.