Surface Tension at Plough Arts
Cultural Landscapes at Studio KIND

SLOW PAINTING is a dual-sited exhibition hosted by The Plough Arts Centre and Studio KIND featuring works by Contemporary British Painting members and guests.

The exhibition includes a tribute to former Contemporary British Painting chair, Judith Tucker.

CBP artists: Susan Absolon, David Ainley, Iain Andrews, Amanda Ansell, Karl Bielik, Claudia Bose, Day Bowman, Marius von Brasch, Lesley Bunch, Robbie Bushe, Ruth Calland, Simon Carter, Jules Clarke, Graham Crowley, Gordon Dalton, Lisa Denyer, Sam Douglas, Natalie Dowse, Nathan Eastwood, Geraint Evans, Susan Gunn, Kirsty Harris, Roland Hicks, Marguerite Horner, Barbara Howey, Phil Illingworth, Bryan Lavelle, Andrew Litten, Paula MacArthur, David Manley, Enzo Marra, Gavin Maughfling, Ruth Murray, Stephen Palmer, Mandy Payne, Ruth Philo, Katie Pratt, Narbi Price, Freya Purdue, Katherine Russell, Harvey Taylor, Sally Taylor, Molly Thomson, Ehryn Torrell, Judith Tucker, Joanna Whittle, Sean Williams.

Guest Artists: Llyr Davies, James Dearlove, Stuart Edmundson, Petra Freeman, StevieRay Latham, Janet Sainsbury, Bill Stewart, Peter Stiles and Kieran Walsh.

In the 2019 book ‘Slow Painting’, Helen Westgeest considers the role of painting in a world fuelled by the digital, technological advancement, and information overload. Members of the renowned Contemporary British Painting group were invited to respond to the following text, and The Plough Arts Centre and Studio KIND have invited artists to contribute, exploring why painting is as important as ever.

The fleeting nature of digital mass media appears to have unlocked a desire for more physically stable and enduring pictures, like paintings. Slow Painting charts how, in a world where the constant quest for speed can leave us exhausted, the appeal of this ‘slower medium’ has only grown …’ – Helen Westgeest

Judith Tucker: Dark Marsh – Silvered Out, oil on linen, 2021

The exhibition is part of ‘North Devon Summer of Painting’ which is lead by Barnstaple Museum, hosts of the Turner in Barnstaple exhibition. The event is also support by ArtMakers.

The exhibition runs across both galleries 13 July – 17 August 2024 and will commemorate the life of the late Judith Tucker and her incredible contribution to Contemporary British Painting.

Studio Kind, Pannier Market, Butchers Row, Barnstaple EX31 1SY
Plough Arts Centre, 9-11 Fore Street, Great Torrington, Torrington EX38 8HQ

Private view: Friday 12 July, 6pm – 8pm at STUDIO KIND
Exhibition dates: 13 July – 17 August 2024 (both venues)
Special Opening Event: Saturday 13 July at Plough Arts Centre

Special Opening Event – Programme of events
The Plough Arts Centre will be hosting a special event on Saturday 13 July in the Gallery, where artists will give in-person introductions to their work. Many of the 50 artists will be travelling from all corners of the UK to join this special event, so it is a unique opportunity and not to be missed!

*Tickets are free, but capacity is limited so please book asap.

Programme of events: Saturday 13th July

  • 1pm – Opening talk and poetry reading by Harriet Tarlo, commemorating the life of Judith Tucker and her contribution to Contemporary British painting.
  • 1.30pm – SLOW PAINTING: Surface Tension – An introduction by the artists to works on display.
  • 2.15pm – Break – Refreshments will be available in the Foyer.
  • 2.45 pm – SLOW PAINTING: Cultural Landscapes -Introductions from artists exhibiting in the gallery at Studio KIND.
  • 4 pm – 5 pm – Feel free to ask questions and mingle in the gallery!

Tickets are free, but capacity is limited so please book here.