News Archive Jul 2013 - Jul 2015

Collections 2015

Artists are reminded that they must collect any unsold work between the 1st and 4th of Jun.  Similarly Buyers must collect their purchases at the same time.  Most important...Where items were ordered buyers must telephone beforehand to ensure that their items have been delivered to Delamore and are ready for collection.

Delamore Arts 2015 is now open to visitors...

The exhibition is open every day in May, 1030 to 1630. Fantastic art and sculpture in an amazing garden and house.  This year also features a woodland musical art trail, and an animal themed exhibition in the new gallery at Delamore Park a short walk across the valley.  Admission at £7.50 includes a superb catalogue and keepsake of the exhibition.

Deliveries for Delamore Arts 2015

Deliveries are now well under way with artists working hard to install and site their work in the gardens and everyone here wondering how we will hang all the beautiful paintings we have so far received.  Our eagerly anticipated printed Catalogues will be arriving shortly and we hope to get the online catalogue online by the middle of next week.

Mount Wood Snowdrops

The owners of Delamore are pleased to announce that the Mount Wood with its fabulous display of snowdrops will be open to the public during the weekends of 14/15 and 21- 22 February 2015. The wood is located close to the office complex at Delamore Park, Cornwood, PL21 9QP with plenty of free parking.  Visitors are welcomed from 10 am until dusk.  Please keep dogs on a lead.   A circular path around the mount (approximately 20 minutes) offers relatively easy access  to see the full extent of snow drop coverage as well as a fantastic view of the House across the Valley from the 'Major's Seat'

Drawn to the Valley - Open Studios

Don't forget Drawn to the Valley's open studios.  Lots of great work to see and lovely artists to meet.  Finishes on Sunday 31 August.  See for more info.

Michael Morgan RI  SWAc

A Tribute by Professor Alan Cotton Hon. D.Litt (Exeter), FRSA, SWAc

I first met Michael at an exhibition of his paintings at the Gordon Hepworth Gallery in Newton St Cyres. We talked much about his work and met shortly afterwards for a meal – the first of many.  Gradually we became friends and this friendship developed when we came together as founding members of the South West Academy. As one might imagine, in setting up such an organisation, with far-reaching ambitions, there was much to do.  Apart from his work as an artist, Michael had so many talents.  When formulating the rules, and applying for Charity Status for our Academy, his knowledge of organisations and procedures was awesome.  Yes, he was a pedant and his attention to detail was extreme, but alongside this, his impish sense of humour illuminated all our conversations. This humour surfaced on many occasions.  At a crowded Private View, when looking at the work of a well established artist, he would say mischievously, “Rather a good painting that. Had you thought of taking it up professionally?” This was said with such a twinkle in his eye that I’m sure no one was ever offended. I know I wasn’t when he said it to me ..... many times.


Michael had a distinguished career as a painter, after a very successful life in education, culminating as Principal of the Froebel Institute at Roehampton and as a founding Trustee of the American University in London.  As an artist, Michael was largely self taught, but writes that he was inspired by the artist John Blockley and the art historian, Ernst Gombrich. He developed a very individual approach to watercolour painting and was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, which meant a great deal to him. Talking about his paintings Michael said, “I like to think that the images I paint tell their own story for the viewer to unravel. Like Gustav Klimt, I believe that anyone who wants to find out about me – as an artist, which is all that is of interest, should look attentively at my paintings.”


In the late 1990’s Michael met Mike and Rosemary Lambert, who were just about to open a new gallery, The Marine House at Beer.  They exhibited his paintings and formed a close working relationship with him and a firm friendship with Michael and his wife Jill. He had a long series of successful exhibitions there, establishing a large following of purchasers and friends. The gallery continues to sell his paintings, prints, and books about his life and work. The most recent, all published by Halsgrove, were “The Paintings of Michael Morgan RI” (2004),  “80 @ 80 - The Paintings of Michael Morgan” (2008) and “The Road Less Travelled” (2012).


Mike and Rosemary write,

"Hearing of his death ends 17 years of close friendship which developed between Michael, his wife Jill, and us. There are many good times to reflect on: his bemusement on first meeting in 1997 and being invited to exhibit at the shortly to be opened Marine House at Beer gallery in out of the way Beer; convivial lunches in a little Japanese restaurant in Dorset; enlisting his expert guidance in selecting the John Blockley prize at the RI; enjoying sharing his pride in his wonderful garden; his frequent visits to the gallery so pleasurable for all the staff; the exciting process of selecting and evaluating new paintings for his solo shows; his introduction of new artists to the gallery. These are just a few of the host of pleasurable events and time spent with Michael and Jill which will always remain in our memory."


I can echo what Mike and Rosemary Lambert say about his generosity towards other artists, including myself. He rejoiced as I do in the success of others and gave unstintingly of his time and energy to arts organisations. He was President of the Honiton Art Society, Patron of the Doddiscombsleigh Art Show and a stalwart of our Academy. Throughout our friendship together, we have enjoyed so many happy times, infused with humour and purpose.  I will always have a huge affection for him, value the time we spent together and I, with his many friends and colleagues, will miss him greatly.


7 Nov 2013

Delamore Arts are supporting local landscape and seascape artist Alan Kingwell in a solo exhibition to be held in the Royal Western Yacht Club in Plymouth 28 - 30 November 2013.  Allan is a well liked artist based in Cornwall, who as well as painting teaches his techniques to small groups and regularly publishes lessons on YouTube.  Following his recovery from prostate cancer Alan is pleased to be supporting the Chestnut Appeal and will auction one of his paintings valued at £650 for the charity.  Sealed bids in excess of £450 are invited either during the exhibition or by email to  Alan will be in residence throughout the exhibition demonstrating his work.  Hope to see you there.


1 Sept 2013

Interested artists are encouraged to apply for next years exhibition.  The application process is moderately painless and costs nothing other than a little bit of time.  Artists are asked to submit up to 5 images of their work along with the title of each piece, approximate size, media and sale room price.  These can be either emailed, or sent by snail mail, electronic images are preferred. It is appreciated that some pieces may not be ready or otherwise may be sold before the exhibition, so images submitted should be representative of your work (as much as possible). Our emphasis is very much on fresh art, i.e new and unique pieces that have not been seen before. 

Artists are selected by committee in October and subsequently invited to attend.  There is small entry fee and commission is charged on successful sales.  For all enquiries please contact David on 01752 837663 or email


drawn to the valley

Will Carr sets to work on his installation "Interactions"


Paul Vanstone sculpture for Delamore 2013: Olive Torso (marble)

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