Mark Davey Artist in residence copy

Canonteign is enchanting and full of surprises! After being welcomed as part of the extended family, my first meeting opened an insightful discussion about attracting the vibrant art community to enjoy and explore the biodiversity that Canonteign Falls has to offer.

From the jurassic atmosphere of the Victoria fern garden to the gentle walks around the sunny lakes and surrounding Woodlands, I discovered art all around me from willow sculptures to stunning glassware. The whole place vibrates with a majestic beauty that for a moment took my breath away.

Walking around the estate opened my eyes to the wonderful sights and serene feelings that fill the air, bringing with it feelings of a regenerative quality. 

There's a genuine love and consideration for the conservation of this alluring part of Devon from the owner and her family. I feel particularly inspired by the bee garden and unique and ancient varieties of apple trees which i cannot wait to start sketching. This picture is in my sketch book, Clampitt Falls one of the first waterfalls to spot in acrylic.


We are thrilled to introduce this year’s winner of the Artist in residence as Plymouth College of Art graduate Mark Davey.  Mark’s love of art started when he was in pre school but only truly became his focus more recently when his wife persuaded him to go to  Art College later in life. Having graduated with a (BA) Hons in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking he is now looking forward to spending the summer at the Canonteign Falls estate in the Teign Valley where he will take inspiration from the beautiful countryside and rich biodiversity of nature the Falls provides to complete a piece of work which will be unveiled at a gala evening on 27thSeptember. To register interest in this event and for a guest invitation please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

During the hours he is spending at Canonteign Falls over the summer he welcomes questions and conversation as you can watch his work evolve.  Follow him on our social media: Facebook @canonteignfalls  Twitter @canonteignfall and Instagram @Canonteign Falls 

The winner of our May half term dog selfie competition is the Elliot family of five  - congratulations! Thank you to every one who entered with their fantastic images of dogs at Canonteign Falls.


Canonteign Falls is a fantastic place for any photographer to snap that perfect shot. Weather you love to capture the landscape of nature or wildlife creating havoc you will find it all here at Canonteign Falls.

This year we have two competition age groups: under 15 yrs, 16 yrs and above.

To enter send your picture to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or share on social media with clear labelling  ‘photo competition’, winners will have their photo framed and displayed in our cafe and a Canonteign Falls gift bundle. The winner will be announced during the first week of September.