White Moose, Devon’s most talked about new art space, is extending the opening hours of its Barnstaple gallery to 8pm every last Thursday of the month for a free ‘Local Art Social’ with drinks, nibbles and a chance to see its latest exhibition after hours.
White Moose’s idea behind the free ‘Local Art Social’ is to give members of the local community a chance to come and see its exhibitions after work, to use the calm and relaxing atmosphere of an art gallery as a place to meet up with friends, or simply to get away from it all and see some great art at night.
White Moose is also inviting local businesses to come forward, who could enhance the experience of gallery visitors during the monthly ‘Local Art Social’ by introducing free tasters of services and products on the night.
Tucked away in the historic pottery district of Barnstaple, the former Moose Hall – with a history dating back to the 1700s when it was the Trinity Boys School – truly entered a new era in March 2013 when it reopened as innovative new art space White Moose. One year on, the gallery has already launched the national careers of three hitherto unknown Devon artists.
In Autumn 2013, Devon artist Edward Crumpton’s first solo show at White Moose led to exhibition opportunities across the country and a place in the national touring exhibition of The Society of Wood Engravers. Young local photographer Annalie Gabey was given the opportunity to exhibit work alongside ten influential international contemporary artists in the high profile White Moose exhibition Masquerade in Summer 2013.
This month’s free ‘Local Art Social’ takes place on Thursday 29th May and introduces another debut solo exhibition (Fri 23rd May – Sat 28th Jun) by Devon based artist Hayley Piper who works in painting, metal, film and 3-D installation.
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