Art & Culture
Art and Culture is very important to the Geopark, these Associate Partners allow us to express the Geopark in ways that are meaningful to a wide range of people.
The Artizan Gallery is a small independent fine art gallery in the English Riviera dedicated to championing the work of local artists in the South West.
The inviting gallery space offers a professional, affordable venue for both experienced and emerging artists, as well as providing a venue for events, groups and workshops. With a community-centric ethos, their aim is to make the arts accessible to all audiences and celebrate the rich and diverse culture of our coastal region.
Hosting a year-round calendar of contemporary, traditional and themed exhibitions, collectors can purchase from the gallery in the knowledge that they are offering their patronage to a sustainable local arts scene.
Jacob Bradon said;
Address: 7 Lucius Street, Torquay, TQ2 5UW
Contact number: 01803 428626
Doorstep Arts is a non-profit arts education organisation based in Torbay, funded within Arts Council England's national portfolio of organisations. They run 14 drama groups across Torbay at key community sites – youth clubs, church halls, schools and theatres.
Erin Walcon said;
‘Doorstep Arts are proud to be an English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark associate member. We believe that children and young people growing up here can and should be proud to call this place their home, and that a deep understanding of our unique geological and natural heritage is a key part of this pride of place. We are excited by the potentials of using arts & culture to educate, animate, inform and open up dialogue about these subjects’.
Address: 4 Palace Avenue, Paignton, TQ3 3HA
Telephone: 01803 558811
Take your seat and enjoy the show! The Palace Theatre is open all year with an exciting and varied programme of live music, drama, comedy, variety and celebrity appearances. We're in Paignton town centre just 10 minutes walk from the Paignton GeoPlay Park and a short drive from Torquay, Brixham and all of the Geopark sites. This small and friendly South Devon theatre and arts venue has a 380-seat auditorium, cafe-bar and STAGE LEFT arts and events space. Managed by Jazz Hands, a Community Interest Company, the Palace works closely with Bijou Theatre Productions, Doorstep Arts, Paignton Pantomime Productions and a wide range of touring companies and performers to offer a full and exciting year round programme of live performances.
Maureen McAllister said;
'Here at the Palace we are really proud to be an English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Associate Partner. We see ourselves as the cultural hub of a community that has the opportunity to play a really important part of life in the Geopark; sharing pride in this beautiful area and its geological heritage. It's the very frabric of everything that surrounds this lovely community theatre'.
Telephone: 01803 665800
AGATHA CHRISTIE FESTIVAL LIMITED
We use the extraordinary power and reach of Torquay-born Agatha Christie’s global reputation to promote engagement and participation in literature and the arts, help the recovery and growth of Torbay’s local economy and wider efforts to increase tourism and support work to understand and promote the area’s literary and geological heritage. To achieve our aims, we stage an annual festival for local people and Christie’s legion fans across Britain and around the world to celebrate Christie’s life and legacy. The Festival includes high-profile speakers and performances of her plays and poetry as well as other related arts and literary activities and a Festival Fringe, encompassing a whole variety of engaging experiences for all ages.
We also use Festival receipts and funding provided by trusts and foundations, to create and deliver a series of arts participation and performance community projects, including work with Torbay schools and support for young people outside school, older people and people in recovery.
We are a registered charity supported by Arts Council England National Lottery, Torbay Council and the English Riviera BID Company.