About the South Hams Arts Forum

The South Hams Arts Forum is an active collective of over 100 artists and crafts people from across the South Hams. It has grown steadily since its foundation in 2000. SHAF events include an annual Arts Trail during the second half of October which extends across the region, yearly participation as an association in CRAFT Festival at Bovey Tracey, and two major exhibitions: Creative Passions (in the summer) and Present Maker (before Christmas).

These events are now well-established and receive excellent reviews. They attract visitors from all parts of the country and from overseas. All artist-members of SHAF are encouraged to showcase their work in SHAF exhibitions. Members are also encouraged to attend out quarterly membership meetings to establish new collaborations and to keep informed.

Upcoming Events

July 2024

31jul9:00 am5:00 pmSHAF ONE DAY EVENT - Yealmpton Show

August 2024

31jul9:00 am5:00 pmSHAF ONE DAY EVENT - Yealmpton Show

11aug(aug 11)10:00 am18(aug 18)5:00 pmSHAF Creative Passions Exhibition at Thurlestone Parish Hall

September 2024

07sep10:00 am4:00 pmSHAF On Tour - Kingsbridge Show

October 2024

12oct(oct 12)10:00 am27(oct 27)5:00 pmARTS TRAIL 12th - 27th October 2024

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Yearly Exhibitions

3 yearly exhibitions take place in SHAF's calendar:

CRAFT Festival
in June, where SHAF sets up its own tent-gallery displaying 12 of its makers. For more information check out out exhibition page. 

Creative Passions
a Summer exhibition taking place in August at the Thurlestone Parish Hall, showcasing the latest works by a selection of SHAF artist members, both established and emerging. 

Present Maker a Christmas exhibition taking place in November offering the opportunity to purchase handmade gifts by local artists including jewellery, ceramics, woodcrafts, textiles, prints, paintings and Cards.

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The Arts Trail

The South Hams Arts Forum (SHAF) Arts Trail is an increasingly popular event that takes place during the last two weeks of October each year. It showcases an extensive range of high-quality work in a variety of media created by dozens of local artists. It provides visitors with an opportunity to talk to artists, learn how they work, discover latest trends and purchase unique pieces directly from the makers. It also affords visitors the unique experience of exploring dozens of different types of venue across the South Hams, from artists’ home studios, to galleries, halls, pubs and barns.
SHAF will hold an Arts Trail again in October. From Saturday 12th to Sunday 27th we hope to make this year our biggest yet!

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Become a Member

Join the South Hams Arts Forum now and be part of an artist-led organisation, run by members for members.

SHAF's aim is to promote art in the community by offering both established and emerging local artists opportunities to exhibit. As well as a chance to network and learn from with like-minded individuals. All members are encouraged to attend meetings, workshops, talks and social events organised by SHAF and to participate in events and exhibitions. Membership benefits also include the opportunity to create an Artist Profile on the SHAF website as well as a chance to publicise independent events, workshops, and exhibitions on the Members' Events page.

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Our membership

The South Hams Arts Forum is an active collective of over 100 artists and crafts people from across the South Hams. The membership is diverse in media and skill, accepting both experienced and emerging artists working in a variety of creative fields. These include painting, sculpture, jewellery, ceramics, metalwork, woodwork, mosaic, glass, textiles, printmaking, object design and illustration (digital and manual). See all current members via the link below.
Artists' Profiles