Somerset Art Weeks and much, much more

Art, Ceramics, Exhibition, public Art

I am way behind on documenting my artistic pursuits and exhibition visits. Just to remind myself more than anything, here’s what I’ve been up to since my last post (was it really only two weeks ago?):

Launch of Red Brick Building Festival of Arts SAW Venue 78 25th Sept; performing at Bristol Poetry Festival, 29th Sept; re-enrolling at Uni for the third year of my ceramics course (BA Creative Arts, Bath Spa Uni); attend Private View of new exhibition at Glastonbury Abbey 30th Sept, six artists responding to the Abbey ruins and local wildlife, including lovely ceramics by the equally lovely Casey Jon; day trip to Cardiff 2nd Oct to see Fragile, a dedicated ceramics exhibition at the National Museum; same day, attend Private Views at two venues in Glastonbury for start of SAW exhibitions – Glastonbury Galleries Venue 76 for Thalia Brown’s sensitive nature photography plus others, and Blue Cedar Venue 74; day trip to Brean Down 3rd Oct for the opening of Sense of Place Venue 95 by my friends Donna Vale and Joy Merron; afternoon visit to Amazing Space at Dove Studios Venue 81 Oct 4th where several of my artist friends have work displayed, including Bron Bradshaw and Di Milstein; setting up a display of my own work (ceramics, prints and poetry) at Glastonbury Library Oct 5th; attend Fountain Poets in Wells same evening; send in application for a Uni week-long site-specific art intensive with Richard Long and other national figures Oct 6th; get back into ceramics studio at last and start playing Oct 7th; first session of the course with both tutors and whole group, give presentation of my work, influences and talk about directions for the coming year Oct 8th; attend Private View of The Extra Mile at A2 Gallery in Wells Venue 88 Oct 9th, meeting Viv from Uni there; SAW visits with friend Oct 10th to West Pennard and Pilton – Venue 70 to see Elizabeth Raeburn and Rodney Lawrence’s ceramics (bought one of his small pots made from clay dug up in their neighbour’s garden), Venue 67 Back at the Barn by the Heptad group of textile artists, in the Tithe Barn at Pilton – fab building and amazing work – Venue 66 Pilton Collective, and on to Pylle for Venue 64 Movement in Nature; and today (phew) another trip out with friends to Wincanton via Castle Cary, taking in Claudia Gunton’s Beech Tree depictions at the Market House Venue 50, Max and Rosie Oliver’s work at Silver Ash studio, Venue 48, and ending at Stasis Venue 45 where Arete Arts had been clearing their attics and coming up with the most astonishing and creative responses.

To add to the fun, I’d also applied and been interviewed for a new job last week, completed a First Aid Training four hour update and had a 6-monthly case review meeting. The art this weekend was by way of relaxing from the busy week… Well, this year’s SAW theme *is* Momentum.

I can’t possibly include images from everything I’ve been to. Here are one or two highlights just to whet your appetite. And recommendations? Dove Studios, Pilton Tithe Barn and Arete Arts. Fragile at Cardiff having ended now – I only just caught it.

'Fragile' exhibition at Cardiff - Adam Buick, Massive Intertidal Jar 2015 (detail)

‘Fragile’ exhibition at Cardiff – Adam Buick, Massive Intertidal Jar 2015 (detail)

'Fragile' exhibition at Cardiff - Claire Curneen, Touched 2015

‘Fragile’ exhibition at Cardiff – Claire Curneen, Touched 2015

'Fragile' exhibition at Cardiff - Phoebe Cummings, Scenes for a Future History of Ornament, 2015 (detail)

‘Fragile’ exhibition at Cardiff – Phoebe Cummings, Scenes for a Future History of Ornament, 2015 (detail)

Brean Down 'Sense of Place' Launch - found objects

Brean Down ‘Sense of Place’ Launch – found objects

Brean Down 'Sense of Place' Launch - artist Jon England with one of his saline solution on rusty shutters images

Brean Down ‘Sense of Place’ Launch – artist Jon England with one of his saline solution on rusty shutters images

Brean Down 'Sense of Place' Launch - artists Donna Vale, Joy Merron, Jon England

Brean Down ‘Sense of Place’ Launch – artists Donna Vale, Joy Merron, Jon England

Dove Studios, sculpture garden

Dove Studios, sculpture garden

Dove Studios, sound sculptures by Michael Fairfax

Dove Studios, sound sculptures by Michael Fairfax

Dove Studios, the outdoor book sculpture by ABCD group

Dove Studios, the outdoor book sculpture by ABCD group

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