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30 Fore Street, Langtree, Torrington, Devon, EX38 8NG

tel : 01805 601432
email : peterstiles2013@icloud.com

Date of birth: 25 March 1959.
Higher education: The Slade School of Fine Art 1977 – 1980

 

Selected recent one man shows

2016 Walcot Chapel, Bath

2015 Walcot Chapel, Bath

2014 Greenhill Arts, Moretonhampstead

2014 Site Festival, Stroud

2014 Black Swan Arts,Frome

2014 Welcombe Hall, North Devon

2014 Plough Arts, Torrington, North Devon “One and Many”

2011 Plymouth Arts Centre

2011 Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery

2010 Station, Bristol

2010 Torquay Museum

2009 Museum of North Devon “Vivarium”

2009 Coldharbour, Uffcolme “Vivarium”

2009 Plough Arts Centre, Torrington

2008 Gloucestershire University “Fisherman’s Rock”

2007 Brewhouse, Taunton “liberte, fraternite, egalite”

2006 British Academy, London “Science and Romanticism”

2006 Exeter University

2005 Praxis, Bideford “Charms against the Powerful”

2005 Swimbridge (Artsculture)

2005 Beaford Arts

2005 Abbey Arts, London

2005 Station/Golden Guinea, Bristol

2002 Barnstaple + Torrington “Allegory of Love”

2000 Plymouth Arts Centre

1999 Bartley Drew Gallery, London

1998 Dartington Hall, Dartington

Selected  mixed shows include South West Academy Open, Exeter – Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England, Bristol – Jerwood Drawing Prize (touring)

Commissions include

2008 “Vivarium” for North Devon Museums
2006 Drawings for Radioplay, BAC, Edinburgh
2005 Bookwork for Bristol Art Library
2003 Set Design for “Water Babies”
2002 Paintings for “Allegory of Love”
1998 Banner for Appledore Shipbuilders Trade Union
1988 Exterior Banners for The Plough Arts Centre

Projects

2015 – 17  Formed the Art Writers Group with Jo Lanyon and Grace Davies. Put together a successful G4A and made partnerships with Arnolfini, Spike Island, Tate St Ives, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, CAST (Cornubian Arts and Science Trust), Plymouth Culture, Made in Plymouth, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth City Council, Hestercombe and Visual Art South West in order to put together a programme of events that  launched in December 2016. (www.artwritersgroup.co.uk)

2016 – Raised funds to put on a series of events with Wolf and Water arts company celebrating the life and work of the Rev Keble Martin in 2017.

2011 – Artist in residence at Plymouth Museum.

2009 – New Expressions (www.newexpressions.org) I initiated and devised the Vivarium project which focused on the work of George Eliot and Victorian Marine biology in North Devon. The project included a publication (available from North Devon Museums – ISBN-13 978-0-95503 16-6-3), a film night, talks, workshops and a touring exhibition which included paintings, the W.S. Hore collection of pressed seaweed, drawings by Philip Gosse and an aquarium of local marine life.

2007 – I initiated, devised and managed The Samuel Taylor Coleridge festival at the Brewhouse.  I raised £18k  from the Heritage Lottery. The festival included a music project based on the Aeolian Harp with students from Chilton Trinity Technical College and Lydiard St Lawrence primary with a live performance of original music  incorporating film and still imagery, a lecture and reading of Coleridge’s anti slavery sermon in the Unitarian Chapel where it was originally delivered, a geology project, a performance of Christabel by Adults with Learning difficulties, 3 exhibitions (including  solo show + catalogue), a series of guided walks, a film by Wolf and Water based on The Ancient Mariner and a collaborative project with the Arnolfini.

Employment

2016 – Co-managing Arts Writing Programme (www.artwritersgroup.co.uk)

2016 – Co-managing Keble Martin Project

2017 – Catalyst Officer and Gallery Co-ordinater (0.7) at The Plough Arts Centre

2013 – 
Formed the Art Writing Group  in 2015 with co-directors Jo Lanyon and Grace Davies.
Member of Visual Arts South West steering group. Assisted with writing a successful G4A and co-organised a residential writing course for artists and curators at the Arvon Foundation.
Board member (Vice Chair) of Wolf and Water Arts Company, an arts company that uses theatre and the arts creatively and therapeutically within the mental health, criminal justice, conflict resolution, social, youth and education services. Bought in to restructure the company.  Task accomplished and handover to new board completed.
Teaching at Dartmoor Arts Summer School.
Mentor for New Expressions – a scheme which places artists in museums (www.newexpressions.org)
2012
Temporary administrator/director for ALIAS (www.aliasarts.org) Evaluation of previous projects, submission of final report, successful new G4A written and new administrator appointed.
Consultant/temporary director for a new gallery – Greenhill Arts, Moretonhampstead. Assisted with writing a successful G4A and created templates for future activity including marketing and audience development.
Member of Visual Arts South West Steering Group
Mentor for New Expressions
2011
Associate artist, Plymouth Museum – funded by PVAC (Plymouth Visual Arts Consortium)
Project Manager for a series of PVAC shows at Plymouth Arts Centre during BAS 7 – 8 artists/8 organisations working in diverse settings.
Lecturing – Cardiff School of Art
Fundraiser for the healing arts team at the Maudsley Hospital, London
Successful G4A written for the artist Susan Derges
Artist’s representative on Turning Point South West group – co-organised TPSW conference at Brewhouse.
Completed 1 year part time BA at Plymouth College of Art using accreditation from previous experience and study

2010
Associate artist, Plymouth Museum .
Artist’s representative on Turning Point South West group – co-wrote a successful G4A

2003 – 2010
Visual Arts Officer, Arts Council South West (0.6)
Officer for individual artist’s development, workspace development, visual arts in Bristol and Gloucestershire and for organisations and schemes including: ALIAS (a regional scheme developing artist’s groups with an annual budget of £70k), South West Open Studios, Spike Island (including leading on the successful £2.25 million capital development project), Stroud Valley’s Artspace (including leading on the successful £1.35 million capital development project capital development), Gloucestershire Cathedral residency, Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust.

2000 – 2003
Visual Arts Officer, South West Arts (0.6)
Officer for visual arts development in Somerset and Gloucestershire, capital development of Spike Island, Stroud Valley’s Artspace, The Brewery, Gloucester Docks and visual arts awards.

1998 – present
Associate artist with Wolf and Water, an arts company that uses theatre and the arts creatively and therapeutically within the mental health, criminal justice, conflict resolution, social, youth and education services. Work includes residential projects with Treliske, Derriford and Wonford Hospital Child Oncology Departments, film and performance with adults with learning disabilities. For further details see (www.wolfandwater.org)

1997 – 2000
Writer for “Artists and Illustrators” magazine – articles included interviews with established artists (Euan Uglow, Gillian Ayres etc), historical essays (inc. William Blake), features on my own practice, reviews and technical advice.
(Other recent publications include articles for Devon Life and Western Morning News)

1994 – 2000
Visual Arts Officer. (0.6) The Beaford Centre: a rural arts centre which at the time incorporated the in Torrington. Duties included the day to day running of two galleries and initiating/managing and raising funds for community and education projects.

1992 – 1994
Small School Hartland teaching GCSE art and undertaking project work. (0.2)

1980 – 1994
Labouring – farming, gardening and building work in rural North Devon.