NDArt Trek Artist Chosen for Residency at Bucks Mills Cabin, 8th – 19th August 2016

North Devon artist Hester Berry has been selected by the National Trust to be their Artist in Residence at the Bucks Mills Cabin for two weeks in August.

During this two-week residency Hester will be creating work in response to the immediate vicinity of The Cabin using the local pigment, Bideford Black to render the light and geology of the tiny building overlooking the sea at Bucks Mills. The strong black paint a direct contrast to the light-filled white-washed interior of The Cabin, preserved just as it was left by artists Judith Ackland and Mary Stella Edwards over 40 years ago.

Having just returned to Devon, Hester explained, “I seek to rediscover the county from a new perspective as a more experienced artist, a mother and an environmentalist. My experiences leading me to strive towards a distilled and essential view of nature, using an economic application of paint/pigment in order to create a simple, intuitive and unmediated view of the world”.

Hester has painted the North Devon coast since infancy, but has lived elsewhere over the past decade (studying Fine Art in Aberystwyth and London, latterly teaching in the South East). She recently took part in a show at White Moose, Barnstaple, which looked at artistic responses to parenthood, a life event which has had a dramatic and positive effect on her work.

The work produced during The Cabin residency can be viewed in September’s North Devon Art Trek open studios event at the Hay Loft Studio, Dennington, nr. Swimbridge; a venue Hester is sharing with artist, Edward Crumpton. For more details of Hester’s NDArt Trek open studio, please see; http://ndarttrek.com/edward-crumpton-and-hester-berry-2016/

Open Days With Hester Berry at Bucks Mills Cabin
13th and 14th August 10am – 3pm

An opportunity to see Hester working in situ and chat with her about her processes and the emotions of working in such an historic place. Bring your your drawing materials to have a go yourself!