Heather Jansch Award

New award to commemorate renowned sculptor Heather Jansch

A new Devon Open Studios award now commemorates Devon artist Heather Jansch who sadly died in July 2021.

Heather was a renowned sculptor who specialised in images of horses created in driftwood and bronze. Her life-size sculptures are held in collections around the world. 

The Award celebrates the contribution Heather made to Devon Open Studios – Heather was an enthusiastic participant from the early days, inviting visitors to see her studio and discuss her work.

The recipient of the Award receives a sculpture by Heather Jansch – a small bronze horse head modelled on her own horse, RaRa. The sculpture has been donated by Heather’s family and will be kept for one year before passing on to the next awardee.

The Award will be made annually to recognise the contribution to Devon Open Studios by one artist or venue, reflecting Heather’s part in making the event a success.

In its first year, the Award celebrates an outstanding contribution during the history of Devon Open Studios. Themes will vary from year to year to acknowledge the contribution of a variety of artists, including emerging and established, individual and groups, as well as a variety of artforms. A key criterion each year will be the warmth of welcome of the Open Studios venue and its popularity with visitors.

The first recipient of the Award, in September 2021, was artist and printmaker Jenny Pery who has taken part in Devon Open Studios since its inception.