Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts

Find stunning arts and crafts throughout Devon

Nestled in the scenic southwest, Devon is a haven for artists and craft enthusiasts alike. Drawn to the open countryside, the stunning coastline and charming scenes of rural life, Devon has much to offer and inspire both artists and art lovers.

Handcrafted Wonders

Devon boasts a thriving community of skilled artisans, each crafting unique pieces that tell a story. From bespoke ceramics to handwoven textiles, discover the passion and precision that goes into every creation.

Devon is also home to The Contemporary Craft Festival, which takes place annually in Bovey Tracey, just a short drive from Exeter. Over 200 makers get together to offer visitors to the event a wide array of hand-crafted and exquisite goods from jewellery to furniture and soft furnishings to clothing.

Local Artisans, Global Flair

Explore the diverse styles and techniques that Devon artisans bring to the table. Whether it's contemporary designs or traditional craftsmanship, the art scene here reflects a perfect blend of local charm and global influence.

The Devon Open Studios event gives visitors the opportunity to see creative producers at work in their own studios across the region and to purchase artwork directly; it's a fantastic way to buy unique pieces for the home or as gifts. Exeter too, has its own Open Studios event with many exhibition spaces within walking distance of the city centre. 

Art Galleries and Centres Galore

Step into the vibrant world of Devon's art galleries, showcasing a kaleidoscope of paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media masterpieces. From the contemporary hubs of Exeter to the quaint galleries in Dartmoor villages, experience the diversity of Devon's art scene.

A home to many creative outlets, the Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre frequently curates and houses exhibitions as a prevalent multi-artform venue in the region. Exeter Phoenix offers a packed programme of music, art, film, and courses within their contemporary space.

Literary Wonders

Devon, a haven for literary enthusiasts, offers a myriad of activities to immerse yourself in the world of words. Visit the birthplace of Agatha Christie in Torquay or meander through Dartmoor, immortalized in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes tales. Attend literature festivals like the Exeter Literary Festival or the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, where authors breathe life into their narratives. Join book clubs in atmospheric cafes, discussing timeless classics or contemporary gems. Devon beckons bibliophiles to uncover literary legacies in its landscapes, fostering a deep connection between words and the captivating scenery that inspired them.

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