Founded in 1196, Torre Abbey is a historic house, Accredited museum, art gallery and the remains of the wealthiest abbey in the UK of the order of Premonstratensian Canons Regular. The listed buildings of national importance and the ruined remains of the medieval abbey, together with buried remains and associated landscape features comprise a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Following a major restoration programme, Torre Abbey is building audiences both across the local communities and for development of the Abbey as a cultural and creative hub for the region.
Supporting Torre Abbey’s onward development includes Forward Plan and Collections Management review, ongoing engagement in South West Museums Development Programme, and building new partnerships and project for Torre Abbey’s artists, communities and learning programmes.
Building on previous work ‘Art on the English Riviera’ and ‘Extended Cloister’, Torre Abbey is building its reputation as a hub for artistic engagement. From June 2014 to June 2015, Smooth Space artist Kate Paxman worked at Torre Abbey, supported by Arts Council England. Kate’s research-led practice explores the nature of site, archaeology and heritage and the changing landscape. Her work takes the form of moving image and sound installations. The residency included public programme of ‘Artists Conversations’ inviting talks from internationally-renowned artists, and a residency-linked creative programme with Double Elephant engaging young people and adults, supported by Awards for All. Kate’s final exhibitions ‘Mutability’ and ‘Beaten Earth’ took place over summer 2015. As a result of this residency, we are now hoping to develop a long-term Residency Programme, whereby Smooth Space as Creative Producer supports opportunities for new artists at Torre Abbey and other museums.