My tutor Kate suggested I attend The Big Draw in Wells today (part of ‘the world’s biggest drawing festival’ every October) as I’d admitted that I’m really resistant to drawing. Fortunately it coincided with the Wells Art Contemporary exhibition at the Museum so I hit two birds with one stone. It’s also the last weekend of Somerset Art Weeks (SAW) and we took the opportunity to call in Venues 83, 85 and 87 to make a day of it.
Venue 87 is the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen’s new gallery in Wells, having moved from Somerton where I’ve visited previously. The main displays were still being set up but we admired much work, joked with the assistant about tissue paper on a plinth (wrapping for some lovely textile work), and picked up a flyer for the Opening on Oct 31st.
Onto the Museum, next to the Cathedral, to find The Big Draw. Their theme was to construct a giant pot from fragments of drawings, using both Museum displays (on brown paper with black biro) and the Contemporary Art exhibition (coloured pencils on white paper) for inspiration. All drawings produced were then pinned onto a framework to represent a giant pot.
As any ages or abilities could participate, I didn’t feel too bad about my pathetic attempts, and thoroughly enjoyed examining the archaeology display in the Balch room, eventually deciding to cheat and draw a Beaker pot copied from another drawing. Upstairs, I enjoyed the whole exhibition (I recognised a few works from the Degree Show at BSU) before hastily scribbling some colours to represent an abstract painting just inside the door.
Fortunately I’d pinned them to the pot framework and taken some photos of my favourite work before going into the ‘student display’, where artists from local secondary schools displayed their own work which had been judged by the same panel of artists as the main competition. The quality was outstanding, and as usual I struggled with how on earth I’m doing a Degree course with people who’d studied and produced work of this sort of standard before reaching Uni.
Anyway – the photos. Here are my tentative drawings, the ‘pot’ we were constructing, and some of my favourites from the Wells Art Contemporary (you may notice a preference for ceramic and 3D work…) On the way home we called at Venue 85, Frameus in Wells, and Venue 83 in Godney to visit Kate Noble, who’s exhibiting with Kim de Vries (I know them both). We had a lively discussion with Kate about the exhibition we’d just seen…
Links to Wells and the Big Draw here: http://www.thebigdraw.org/the-big-draw http://www.wellsartcontemporary.co.uk/
My poor tentative attempts for The Big Draw. Never how I intend them to look.
The ‘Pot’ constructed from drawing ‘fragments’ at Wells Museum, The Big Draw 2015
Asia Fuse, ‘Rat Wall’, plaster, at Wells Art Contemporary
Gillian Wisden ‘Ball and Chain’, seaweed, metal, at Wells Art Contemporary
Morag MacInnes ‘Twin Towers’, clay, at Wells Art Contemporary
Lauren Ilsley ‘Empyrean Alignment No 1’, earthenware, at Wells Art Contemporary
Anthony Lloyd ‘Festoon’, porcelain at Wells Art Contemporary
Jacqueline Anderson ‘Conversation Piece’, womens tights filled with flour, etc (a moving piece…) at Wells Art Contemporary
Oshia taking up Kate Noble’s offer of some home-grown grapes