AONBs

Working with East Devon AONB and Blackdown Hills AONB

 In 2020/21 THG is delighted to be working in partnership with East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Blackdown Hills AONB. Access, enjoyment and understanding of the countryside are important aspects of AONB delivery and proven vital to mental and physical well-being.

 Our shared activity supports the Colchester Declaration 2019, a collective strategy for nature across AONBs which recognised that:

  • Natural Beauty has intrinsic value and means so much to people
  • Climate change is the biggest threat to humanity and one of the greatest threats to biodiversity. Designated landscapes offer some of the most powerful solutions to the challenges of climate change
  • The network of AONBs and National Parks, their teams, partnerships, authorities and stakeholders offer a unique solution to tackling environmental challenges

Our collaboration builds on existing work such as the National Association for AONBs ‘Art in the Landscape’. This programme is seeking to improve the understanding and relationship between the arts sector and AONBs in creating opportunities for emotional engagement in nature. 

The creative exploration of place through music, painting, poetry, and dance opens up the experience of landscape beyond the world of science and policy and helps us better understand our place in the world. With better understanding comes better stewardship; the basis of a more sustainable future.

In Conversation: Chris Woodruff, East Devon AONB and Tim Youngs, Blackdown Hills AONB discussing nature recovery, climate change and the important role art can play. 

Creative Cabin Events

  • Creative Cabin art activities

    1 June 2021 to 31 August 2021

    Join us in our travelling Creative Cabin for art activities, talks and more this summer. Coming to a neighbourhood near you! Watch this space for events and times.

  • Art Dayz - The Lost Art of Seaweed Pressing (afternoon)

    12 June 2021

    Visit the Abode of Love on Exmouth's seafront for a family friendly art activity making seaweed pressings with Exmouth artist Anna Fitzgerald.  2 – 4.30pm (there is another session 11am – 1.30pm) £10...

  • Art Dayz - The Lost Art of Seaweed Pressing (morning)

    12 June 2021

    Visit the Abode of Love on Exmouth's seafront for a family friendly art activity making seaweed pressings with Exmouth artist Anna Fitzgerald. 11am – 1.30pm  £10* per bubble of up to 4 people....

  • Creative Session for Under 5's

    24 June 2021

    Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) invites under 5's and their parents/carers to a fun, creative session in the Creative Cabin at THG. We will be outside in the THG garden. The sessions are play-based and...

  • Mike Perry in conversation

    1 July 2021

    Join us for an insightful conversation with exhibiting artist, Mike Perry, and guest speaker Ben Borthwick. They will be reflecting on the themes in Perry's current exhibition: Mike Perry Land/Sea....

  • Art Dayz - The Lost Art of Seaweed Pressing (afternoon)

    3 July 2021

    Visit the Abode of Love on Exmouth's seafront for a family friendly art activity making seaweed pressings with artist Anna Fitzgerald. 2 - 4.30pm (there is another session 11 – 1.30pm) £10* per...

  • Art Dayz - The Lost Art of Seaweed Pressing (morning)

    3 July 2021

    Visit the Abode of Love on Exmouth's seafront for a family friendly art activity making seaweed pressings with Exmouth artist Anna Fitzgerald. 11am – 1.30pm OR (there is another session 2 – 4.30pm) £...

  • Climate Conversation - Sidmouth

    18 July 2021

    THG and Sidmouth Coastal Community Hub co-host the first in a series of Climate Conversations. Climate Conversations brings together local activists and project groups, with academics and artists...

  • Art Dayz - Creating a Labyrinth in the Sand

    24 July 2021

    Exmouth artist Anna Fitzgerald has invited sand artist Paul Burton and storyteller Jaz Brown for a family friendly art activity creating a labyrinth in the sand. Sand artist Paul Burton will give an...

  • Creative Sessions for Under 5's

    29 July 2021

    Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) invites under 5's and their parents/carers to a fun, creative session. We will be outside in the THG garden with artist Laurel Coxon. The sessions are play-based and...

  • Art Dayz - Sand Body Casting

    14 August 2021

    Visit the Abode of Love, Exmouth for a family friendly art activity with Exmouth artist Anna Fitzgerald. Cast your hands and feet by imprinting them in damp sand, using Plaster of Paris. Then create...

  • Creative Sessions for Under 5's

    26 August 2021

    Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) invites under 5's and their parents/carers to a fun, creative session in the Creative Cabin. We will be outside in the THG garden with artist Laurel Coxon. The sessions...