Filming in the spooky woods of Score Valley

Artist duo Kathryn Campbell Dodd and Jacob Whittaker spent a weekend in Score Valley exploring the woods and overgrown graveyard. During their visit they spent time filming using night vision and highly sensitive sound equipment, just some of their methods for exploring paranormal activities.

jacob filmingTheir findings and resulting artwork will be on display in the Old Thatched Inn during Ilfra Expo, along with opportunities for the public to take part in some of their paranormal investigations!
Legend tells us that a ghost has been seen in the Old Thatched Inn – always in the same corner… have you seen it?
If so contact with your story!

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Rain won’t stop him

Sean Puleston started to construct and prepare his artwork entitled “Glorious”, a triptych of abstract paintings inspired by the surrounding area.

Unfortunately the weather was not on his side, but luckily the generous people living by Bicclescombe Park lent a hand carrying the large (and heavy) artwork in and out of their garages so that he could continue working.

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Alex Duncan casts at St Nicholas’ Chapel

What a beautiful morning in Ilfracombe today (when it wasn’t raining), the Ilfra Expo team were up early this morning making a special visit to St Nicholas’ Chapel before opening hours. Alex Duncan has been researching the Chapel, Ilfracombe and our amazing coastline developing new ideas specifically for this location. Today he has been making alginate casts of the old stone fonts inside the chapel.

The process Alex uses is ph neutral and wont cause any damage to the fonts – in fact it’s the same stuff they use to make casts of peoples mouths at the dentist!



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It feels like we live in a dreamland

Hannah Davies has been designing her artwork for a collaborative installation with Lianne Harrison for outside of Ilfracombe Museum. After visiting the town and spending time in the harbour for a weekend Hannah said “it’s so beautiful, I don’t know how anyone moves away!” Since visiting she has been creating a wonderfully dreamy depiction of Ilfracombe Harbour which we really want to share with you all.

Thank you to John Smale & Co who are the sponsors of this public artwork.

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Welsh Artist of the Year Iwan Bala writes for Ilfra Expo

Everyone at Ilfra Expo was extremely excited to hear the news that Iwan Bala was going to write the first essay for Ilfra Expo. The essay will included on the front page of our “Issue No. 1” newspaper purely dedicated to Ilfra Expo and the people that have made it happen. (no sneak peeks this time, you will have to wait!)

Artist and writer Iwan Bala has a multi-disciplinary approach to his practice, involving wall hung painting and drawing, assemblages and site-specific three dimensional work. He is a founder member of The Artists’ Project, a member of the Beca group and has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad and participated in several international site-specific art events. He has published numerous books, articles and essays on contemporary art in Wales, as well as presenting and researching television programmes, lecturing, and managing public art projects and organising and curating exhibitions. He is now senior Lecturer at the School of Creative Arts and Humanities, Trinity College, Carmarthen.

Publications include ‘Certain Welsh Artists’, (ed) Seren (1999) and ‘here+now’ Seren (2005), ‘Groundbreaking. The Artist in the Changing Landscape’ (ed) Seren (2005) and ‘Hon, Ynys y Galon’ Gomer (2007). His artworks are held in many public and private collections across Europe, he won the Gold Medal for Fine Art at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 1997 and recently Iwan Bala was awarded Welsh Artist of the Year 2013 award in Cardiff, Wales.

For more information and to see Iwan Bala’s artwork visit:

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Paranormal investigations in Score Valley

Artist duo Kathryn Campbell Dodd and Jacob Whittaker stayed in Score Valley Country House last weekend, hoping to capture some haunting footage while filming in the ancient Score Valley woodland and abandoned graveyard.

Together they are developing their project “Absent But Not Forgotten” which you can follow online here.

They survived the experience and have arrived safely back in Wales to start developing their artwork for Ilfra Expo, luckily they managed to get a good nights sleep even after all those night-time walks in the graveyard!

Thank you to Score Valley Country House who donated accommodation to Ilfra Expo for this project.


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Just in time for a “Big Lunch”

Ilfra Expo artist Richt finished his public artwork and the first artwork for Ilfra Expo in 2013. His unique design has grabbed the attention of local residents young and old, reinvigorating an unused space just in time for Ilfracombe’s Big Lunch on Fore Street.

Susan Peat, a local resident saw the artwork and decided to contact Ilfra Expo, “I have been delighted by the mural by Richt in Fore Street”. She has kindly volunteered her time as a tour guide for this years event.



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