Caught by the River


26th January 2024

From now until 13th April, MAKE Southwest in Bovey Tracey, Devon, hosts PULP: A Celebration of Paper as Art — an international exhibition about the diversity of paper as an artist’s medium, in partnership with the Paper Artist Collective and GF Smith.

Kate Kato

A material with a history extending as far back as 100BCE China, paper has a multitude of uses. Through varying scales from miniature to vast, two-dimensional and three-dimensional, and from intricately detailed, exquisitely cut pieces to broad sculptural forms, PULP aims to show the huge variety of applications and techniques in use across the international world of paper-making and paper art. The exhibition reveals the ubiquitous material that is paper in a vast array of unexpected guises, featuring a selection of original works commissioned for PULP, alongside works that have featured in international exhibitions.

Kate Kato

Ready-to-wear paper cloaks; polished paper ‘gemstones’; hyper realistic plant replicas; paper made from mushrooms; suits of armour folded from a single sheet of paper; stop-motion animations; and origamic architectural models are amongst work from 30 international artists on show. The exhibition celebrates both paper in its widest uses and the undeniable innovation and skill of the artists placing this universal medium at the heart of their work.

Monique Martin

Running alongside this ambitious exhibition is a full and varied programme of workshops, demonstrations, and masterclasses. Further details can be found here.

MAKE Southwest (Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9AF) is open Tuesday — Saturday, 10am—5pm.