Barnstaple Pannier Market chosen to host photography competition

‘Egg and cheese stalls, Barnstaple Pannier Market, December 1979.’ Photograph by James Ravilious © Beaford Arts digitally scanned from a Beaford Archive negative.

Posted on: 9 August 2016

Barnstaple Pannier Market has been chosen as a location in a local photography project.

Beaford Arts is looking for keen photographers to champion its New Perspective project, collating a series of images taken by local people, inspired by the images of James Ravilious.

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Beaford Arts, 25 images will be selected to be displayed in the ‘New Perspectives’ exhibition at Petroc’s Goodwin Gallery this autumn. Submitted images should be in response to one, or more, of the 25 selected images displayed on the Beaford Arts website, which were taken by James Ravilious for the Beaford Archive.

One of the images is set in Barnstaple Pannier Market and can be viewed online or on display on the history barrow inside the market. The image depicts an egg and cheese stall in the market in 1979. You can try and recreate this image, or use it as inspiration to capture the essence of the market as it is now.

Executive Member responsible for leisure and culture, Councillor Dick Jones, said: “This sounds like a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Beaford Arts. The exhibition will offer a glimpse into North Devon life through the eyes of its local community. It will be really interesting to see what has changed and what remains when comparing the new images to those of James Ravilious. Pop down to the Pannier Market to get involved or find out more on the Beaford Arts website.”

Claire Ayres, Communities Manager from Beaford Arts, said: “We’d love everyone from the young to the older generation across our broad rural community network of north Devon to be captivated and truly inspired by the work of James Ravilious, and to help us express and celebrate the unique place in which we all live.”

Submitted images can be in black and white or colour and must have been taken in 2016 – the 50th anniversary year. Photos should be high resolution and can be:

  • uploaded through the website using a PC, smart phone or tablet
  • emailed to
  • darkroom prints can be posted to Beaford Arts, Crown YealmHouse, Pathfields Business Park, South Molton, Devon, EX36 3LH

Full details of how to enter are available at on the Beaford Arts website or on the history barrow in Barnstaple Pannier Market. Entries must be submitted by 10am on Monday 5 September.

Please share your images across social media using #BA50 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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