Tresco To Stage Pioneering Art Exhibition

Artist Anthony Garratt

Artist Anthony Garratt

Tresco will be the setting for a pioneering outdoor art exhibition this summer, the first of its kind in the UK.

Bristol-based artist Anthony Garratt will be capturing the island’s scenery on large canvasses at four different locations.

He’ll then display the finished works at the same spot they were painted.

Anthony has been a resident artist on Tresco for five years and his work takes inspiration from the environment and the weather.

He says although the island is small, it has a varied and fascinating landscape.

And by exhibiting the paintings in the place they were created, visitors will see their appearance change as the light and weather shifts around them.

Each landscape will take about a day to create, starting at the end of May. They’ll remain on display until September.

Tresco is home to one of the largest collections of 20th British art in the South West, comparable to that held at the Tate in St Ives.

Owner Robert Dorrien-Smith said art is deeply rooted in the island and doing an exhibition on this scale was a natural decision.

He’s says he’s sure Anthony’s paintings will become a talking point for both residents and guests.

You can find more information about the outdoor exhibition at

5 Responses to Tresco To Stage Pioneering Art Exhibition

  1. tillyv May 11, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I live in Bristol and holiday on Tresco every Summer .. look forward to seeing these. Not quite sure how they’ll be able to stand up to the wild weather that can hit!

  2. Mona May 9, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Lived on Bryer for a spell 10 years ago and just loved it. No wonder I admire this guys work so much. Such awesome scenery. x

  3. peter April 30, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Me too! where has this chap been hiding? pipers hole maybe?

  4. Bert April 29, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I live on Tresco, never seen him!

    • anton May 12, 2014 at 12:23 am

      Anthony first turned up on Tresco at the end of season 2009, having been persuaded to visit by the Gallery Tresco team, staying up at Boro Farm Chalets. His enthusiasm for the island was evident from the first time I met him. His work has been subject to much acclaim nationwide and his previous public works have proved very interesting. I for one, look forward to seeing the results of this new challenge!