- Stella Levy
As one of the founder members of North Devon Arts in 1998, I have worked in The Arts in North Devon for many years, first as a practicing artist, tapestry designer and photographer, then moving into Arts Events organisation.
'A year in the Life of the Sheep Fair Field': a project documenting South Molton's Sheep Fair Field. Working with writer, Mary Stephenson, a body of work was produced which now forms an important archive for the town.
Previously co-owner of White Moose, a contemporary fine arts gallery in Barnstaple: promoted local, national and international artists, mentored artists, curated exhibitions, projects, talks, events and workshops.
I organise Art Trek Open Studios across North Devon, Torridge and W Exmoor. Working with local artists and makers, the annual event enables rurally isolated artists to engage with and sell directly to the public, raising their profiles and helping them develop relationships with fellow artists. This year's 2020 event was cancelled due to Covid, but details of previous artists in the event are still available via: www.arttrek.co.uk
I am a trustee of of Arts Destination South Molton, an arts charity formed to promote local artists and creatives and bring quality artists and performers into the area for the benefit of the local community. A variety of events have been organised in the town, but since first lockdown, we have put in place a programme of free, live, Zoom events. Flagship project is Deep Roots Festival, June 10th - 13th, 2021.
Also, I am a director of Barnstaple Buildings Preservation Trust, highlighting at risk heritage buildings in the town. Working in partnership with with owners, developers and N Devon Council to try to save, conserve and convert these interesting old buildings into suitable and sustainable uses.