We are proud to have launched our first Artist-in-Residence programme at Canonteign this year, and are delighted to be welcoming Plymouth College of Art graduate, Vanessa Allen, to the falls. Vanessa will be working on site throughout the summer, taking inspiration from our vistas and history to inspire her work. Please do say ‘hello’ if you see Vanessa around and about.

Vanessa’s practice has slowly been evolving around the local landscape and our emotional response to it. Exploring a sense of place through mark making and a variety of mediums and materials, she aims to weave together pieces which reflect this connection, especially in and around Dartmoor.

Becoming increasingly interested in exploiting surface materials (including making her own paper) as more than just a flat drawing surface, Vanessa has been exploring how folds, pleats and layers can be used to draw attention to the surface itself and thus become an integral part of the image and its personality. In allowing the surface to describe itself through a visual interplay of layers and textures, she has found herself inspired by contemporary Japanese textile artists and interested in the Japanese aesthetic that sometimes what is left out is more important that what is put in – leaving space for imagination and contemplation.

Got a head for heights? Parkinson's UK are running a charity abseil at the falls on Sunday 24th September. If you would like to find out more or take part, please follow this link: https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/content/canonteign-falls-abseil


Hoping to find all of the Moor Otters this summer? Canonteign is proud to have given 'Lady Lutra' a home.

Anyone who has been to The Cridford Inn in nearby Trusham recently will have seen wooden man Willy Catchum perched on the stream bank outside the pub.

Stop by and say 'hi' to Finding Faru.
Fresh from the Great Big Rhinos project, Finding Faru will be making himself comfortable in our new courtyard where we invite you to find the little rhino hidden among the beautiful, abstract African leaf decoration.