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The 13th
Appledore Visual Arts Festival

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“The Coastlines theme of this year’s Visual Arts Festival is an ideal match for the North Devon Coast AONB and we are thrilled it has been selected as a lead event to mark our 50th anniversary celebrations. The Festival has gained a well-deserved reputation and I hope that everyone - artists, residents and visitors to North Devon - will enjoy its excellent programme”.

Rose Day, Chair North Devon Coast AONB

Crowds on the quay  

The 2010 Appledore Arts Festival and North Devon’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve are natural partners. Both are “firsts” for England, and both are world class. The visual arts can play a crucial role in helping individuals and communities appreciate and sustain their environment, and I therefore warmly welcome our cooperation on this year’s theme of “Coast and Sea”.

Mike Moser, Chair, North Devon’s Biosphere Reserve Partnership


The theme for the 13th Appledore Arts Festival was ‘Coastlines’, our relationship with the sea has profoundly influenced our history, our identity and our character. There is no finer example of this relationship than North Devon’s beautiful and rugged coastline. Through an innovative programme of contemporary visual arts events the Festival celebrated this world class coastline.

Over 7,500 visitors enjoyed a varied and diverse programme which included three exciting new exhibitions:

  Katie Etheridge Signpost

Festival Exhibitions

Alison Murray’s – Above & Below The Waves an underwater knitted extravaganza
Ken Sprague Fund - Winners of their 2010 International Cartoon Competition
University College of Falmouth – Exhibition of work from some of their best Alumni


Drop-In Workshop  

Hundreds of adults and children took part in Drop-In and Booking Workshops. An extensive range of Events, Artists Talks and Artists Residencies also took place. Alongside all of this, winning films from our International Film Shorts Competition were also screened. The Festival also offered an Open Gardens and Artists Trail which gave visitors the opportunity to explore Appledore, a unique and historic village. The Festival ended with over a 1,000 people enjoying the Finale Performance on the Sunday afternoon.


Appledore is a beautiful estuary town with a maze of narrow streets and a fascinating maritime history. The village has eight Galleries, six pubs all of whom serve food, four restaurants and cafes, fantastic sunsets and the second highest tidal drop in the world!


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