- Stella Levy
I’m one of the founder members of North Devon Arts, formed in 1998, and have worked in The Arts in North Devon for many years, first as a practicing artist, tapestry designer and photographer, moving into community arts and organisation of art events such as Art Bazaar and Art Trek Open Studios.
Photography has included, ’A year in the Life of the Sheep Fair Field': a two-year project documenting South Molton's Sheep Fair Field. Working with writer, Mary Stephenson, together we produced a body of work; interviews, recordings, photos, prose etc. which now forms an important archive for the town.
Was co-owner of White Moose, a contemporary fine arts gallery in Barnstaple, 2013 - 2019, promoting local, national and international artists, mentoring artists and curating exhibitions, projects, talks, events and workshops.
I organised the annual Art Trek Open Studios for eighteen years, across North Devon, Torridge and W Exmoor. The event enabled local artists and makers to engage with and sell directly to the public, raising their profiles and helping them develop relationships with fellow artists. The recent Art Trek events were unfortunately cancelled due to Covid, but 2019 artists details are still available via: www.arttrek.co.uk
I am a trustee and publicity officer of Arts Destination South Molton, an arts charity formed to promote local artists and creatives, but also bring to national and international artists and performers etc. into the area to enhance appreciation of The Arts in our local community.
I’m also a director of Barnstaple Buildings Preservation Trust (BBPT), highlighting at risk, heritage buildings in the town. We aim to work in partnership with owners, developers and North Devon Council to try to save, conserve and potentially convert the town’s heritage buildings by suggesting suitable and sustainable uses. BBPT also have a voice in the council’s High Street Regeneration Project for Barnstaple.
I am passionate about both the historic built environment and the natural environment of our countryside and try, in a small way, to make a mark in recording, and hopefully, preserving a way of life fast being lost in North Devon.