Artist Hub

For artists of all levels

‘A place to create and make for artists, run by artists’

To book

contact Dartington Box Office

tel: 01803 847070 email: [email protected]

Open 12.30 – 7pm every day

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Sassy Saturdays with Sara Downham-Lotto

For all artists over 16 years

Saturdays 9th June & 7th July 2018  10am – 1pm with additional option to work alongside artists until 4pm

£30 + £10 per added hour Booking essential (price includes basic materials and refreshments. Bring your own favourite materials to share). 

Venue: Arts Lab

Colourful and lively whole-day immersive experience building creative confidence and challenging pictorial norms through drawing, painting and collage with Sara Downham-Lotto.

Sara is an abstract painter with over 30 years’ experience working in studios, exhibiting and teaching in schools and colleges around the UK and abroad. “My approach to arts facilitation mirrors how I make a painting – direct, accessible, honest and always energetically experimental. My specialism is colour and layering through collage and mixed media, where the role of process and experimental, individual making is as important as the finished artwork.”

Young Artists Day

For all artists over 16 years, guided by Mia-Violet Leech

Thursdays – June 7th, July 5th  11am – 5pm

£3 suggested donation

Venue: Arts Lab

Young artist-run day for and with other young creatives, based solely on hosting and promoting their work. An amazing platform for us to blossom, learn and show. These sessions are run by 20 year old art student Mia-Violet Leech.

“Totnes is overflowing with talented young artists who need a space to develop their ideas or showcase their work. This one day a month is aimed to bring the community together and appreciate the young talent. Not only is it giving a platform for individuals to share their work outside of the echochamber of mates but it will give us a sense of hope and self worth; it will be a chance, a purpose, a project different to what we are used to. I want to show young artists that you don’t have to make thing just for yourself, you can create things to help and benefit other people too.”


What they don’t tell you at art college with Stephen Park

For all artists over 16 years

Tues 22nd & Wed 23rd May; Sat 30th June & Sun 1st July   10am – 4pm

£50  (includes basic materials and refreshments. Bring your own favourite materials to share, plus lunch)

Venue: Arts Lab

A practical course run by Stephen Park to help you survive and flourish as an artist . About “action, creative flow, resilience and other animals, this is a compass of transformation”, drawing on Stephen’s breadth of experience as artist and tutor in colleges around the country.

For images and more details, go to Creativity Sweet Spot

Stephen was closely involved with the Dartmoor Arts Summer School since its inception in 2006, and throughout his career taught and delivered workshops at various places including The Royal College of Art. “Artist, idler, part-time contrarian, middle-aged bloke”, says Stephen. “I have spent a lot of time around creative people. Generally the artists who truly flourish are those who have gone through a process of profound change, within which they find ways to do the most they can, with what they have, in the time available. They make artwork with clarity of purpose that is assertive in its own qualities and which no one else could have made. They ‘become themselves’ through what they ‘do’. I have witnessed this transformation a number of times and I believe I have some insights which could be useful to any creative person at any level of ambition. I also really enjoy the company of other creatives, and look forward to meeting and talking with new artists at Arts Lab.”

In the studio

It’s in the Doodle with Claudia Schmid

For all artists over 16 years

Saturday 14th July   10am – 1pm with additional option to work alongside artists until 4pm

£30 + £10 per added hour Booking essential (price includes basic materials and refreshments. Bring your own favourite materials to share).

Venue: Arts Lab

Half day workshop with artist/illustrator Claudia Schmid, step-by-step doodling – examining – extracting – transforming. Anyone who enjoys doodling and/or is curious about how to create artwork starting from doodles is welcome – no previous skills needed. “Doodling” says Claudia, “is something many people who wouldn’t consider themselves as artists enjoy doing. Doodles are pieces of art in themselves or they can be a source from which one can extract ideas that are developed further.” Claudia has spent many years doing just that.

Claudia writes: ‘I am a Totnes based artist whose drawings and handmade strange creatures have found resonance locally and further afield. As well as exhibiting my work on a regular basis, I collaborate with writers on book projects (most recently Matt Harvey) and run art workshops alongside my exhibitions.

The workshops I run at Arts Lab provide a great opportunity to approach drawing in a loose and playful way. We will be looking for and developing those creatures and characters that inhabit us by bringing them to the surface. They will surprise us and we will surprise them by giving them a new life on paper, card, clay or whatever material we choose to work with.’

What’s been said

“I am finding my way as an emerging artist. Working mostly on my own, I’ve wanted to find a place to meet like-minded creatives, collaborate and make art. Discovering Arts Lab has allowed me to find these things and more.”   Charlotte (Fine Art graduate)

“I went to art school in the late 1960s, the experience of which influenced everything I’ve done since. Arts Lab is a reconfirmation of my belief that being creative alongside other creatives can change your life.” Michael (arts graduate & retired publisher)

“Sharing my knowledge of film-making, I hope to empower and enable others to experiment with the medium and to facilitate other artists to use film as part of their work.” James (commercial film-maker and videographer)

I studied Theatre with Choreographic Practices at Dartington College of Arts in 2009. Arts Lab has given me the opportunity to reconnect with much of what I love, collaborating with other artists and developing workshop opportunities utilising my skills.” Kirsty (arts graduate)

“Having trained in Theatre Design years ago but been unable to work in the creative industry for a long time now, Arts Lab has been a great find.” Ness  (arts graduate and events manager)

I’ve been working at Arts Lab since it started in 2016 and am now, in part thanks to the Lab, studying at Plymouth College of Art; it really helped me build my confidence and identity as an artist.”  Emily (22-year-old ‘emerging’ illustrator)

“I benefited from working with Arts Lab whilst doing my A levels and throughout my Art Foundation course. Recently accepted onto a degree course to study Commercial Film and Television, my hope is to maintain contact with the Lab to broaden my experience and opportunities for when I leave college.” Jake (BA Film and Television student)

“I always come away from the Lab buzzing with new ideas and with my creativity topped up for another week.” Ali (co-runs Storylines and specialist Tate St Ives learning team)

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