Gallery picks up bronze at prestigious tourism awards

PUBLISHED: 17:30 11 December 2015

EDDC councillor John O’Leary with THG staff Emma Molony and Gemma Girvan celebrate their Bronze award. Photo by Nick Williams.

EDDC councillor John O’Leary with THG staff Emma Molony and Gemma Girvan celebrate their Bronze award. Photo by Nick Williams.

© Nick Williams Photography

THG was up against four other finalists from across the county to win the award for ‘Small Attraction of the Year’.

Staff and volunteers at Honiton’s Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) are celebrating after scooping a prestigious accolade at this year’s Devon Tourism Awards.

THG was up against four other finalists from across the county to win the award for ‘Small Attraction of the Year’.

Also vying for the prize were Plymouth Gin, Stuart Line Cruises and Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life. The Honiton gallery, based in Elmfield House, in Dowell Street, scooped bronze at the awards.

“We are thrilled,” said Angela Blackwell, THG’s manager and curator.

“It is fantastic that all the hard work put in by the staff and our wonderful team of volunteers has been recognized through this Bronze Award.

“2015 has been a spectacular year for THG, from the runaway success of our Matisse exhibition in January to celebrating our best week ever in October when more than 700 visitors came to Luke Jerram’s installation for Museums At Night.

“Although we are a small gallery, we like to punch above our weight.”

Victoria Hatfield, chairman of Visit Devon, said: “The quality of the visitor offering that Devon delivers increases year on year and this is testament to the dedication, commitment and investment from the businesses nominated in the Devon Tourism Awards this and previous years.

“The visitor economy in Devon is worth £2.3billion to the local economy which, in turn, supports 62,451 jobs in the county.

“This is 12 per cent of all employment in Devon and this is why we do what we do.”

Awards organiser Robin Barker, of Services for Tourism, added: “You are all very special - in an era of ever-dwindling public sector funding you are the industry leaders who can take Devon forward.

“More and more it will be businesspeople like you that must take the lead in putting Devon at the fore, ensuring it is at the forefront of what is one of the fastest growing and most competitive industries in the world.”

THG is currently holding its Present Makers exhibition, selling a range of contemporary crafts and items from across the South West.

For more information, and find out about upcoming events, call the gallery on 01404 45006.


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