Glass artist Siddy Langley has been presented with the Heather Jansch Award.
Siddy is the second person to receive the annual award, which was set up by Devon Artist Network last year to recognise the contribution to Devon Open Studios by one artist or venue.
Over many years Siddy has taken part in Open Studios, and provided a particularly warm welcome to visitors, demonstrating her work and talking about her ideas. Siddy’s inspiration has always come from nature and travel, whether scuba diving in Sinai, dog walking in the woods or quietly sitting by her pond observing the dragonflies emerge.
“I am honoured to receive this award. I had great admiration for Heather Jansch’s work and was sad never to have met her.
“I love taking part in Devon Open Studios, and have done ever since it first started. I always enjoy welcoming people to my studio, particularly when they go away feeling they’ve learnt something. It’s an intimate setting here, where people can watch a demonstration close up and see how the work is made.”
The Award celebrates the contribution Heather Jansch made to Devon Open Studios as an enthusiastic participant from the early days. 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.
Each year the recipient of the award will receive a sculpture by Heather Jansch – a small bronze horse head modelled on her own horse, RaRa. The sculpture was donated by Heather’s family and will be kept for one year before passing on to the next awardee.