Made it back, eventually! Today was a day for the intrepid explorers! From narrow dingley dales, off road tracks and steep (and I mean steep!) hills to serene gardens, spectacular views, and cider mills, this Art Weeks visits had it all! Where were we today? Yes exactly, a good question. The answer, apart from 'all over the place' would be more accurately be known as South Somerset particularly around the Chard area with a couple extra Taunton Deane venues thrown in on the way back home. All I can say is that today certainly proved that artists definitely like 'out-of-the-way' locations, the higher or lower geographically the better in most cases which might be wonderful for making work, but not necessarily so great when you actually want people to visit you! Anyway, here we are, enjoy!
VENUE 183 – FIELD FOR SOMERSET, BARRINGTON COURT (image below)
VENUE 189 – THE MANGLE HOUSE, ANGELA NAUNTON-DAVIES, JACKIE CUNDALL (image below)
|Painting, prints, drawing and print making at this venue. Beautiful location. Ha, and yes I am aware that these posts are becoming more like a lonely planet travel guide. Not intentionally mind you!|
VENUE 188 – LOPEN FARMHOUSE, PAULINE ROOK, STEVE PAYTER, ANNA HOWIE (image below)
|Great photography at this location on the same street as venue 189, so you should definitely visit both.|
VENUE 174 – UNRAVELLED, NINA GRONW-LEWIS, BRYONY TIDBALL, LEAH HISLOP (image below)
|Close-up of Leah Hislop's installation at the FANTASTIC location that is the Tithe Barn, Cotley, Nr Chard. More contemporary and ambitious work here from Somerset College graduates. Very innovative and inspiring stuff! Image from|
VENUE 175 – IAN EDWARDS STUDIOS (image below)
|My families favourite venue of the day. Brilliant sculptures and studio space here.|
VENUE 177 – DOWLISH WAKE POTTERY & GALLERY (image below)
|Three artists at one venue, Chris Brewchorne, Nicky Clarke, David Metcalff - ceramics, jewelery, pottery, metalwork, stone carving and more here! Plus its next to Perrys Cider Mills, so its two good things in one!|
VENUE 132 – NOONSBURROW STUDIO, JONE DELAHAYE, NIGEL ALWAY (not pictured)
Woah nelly! This is really off the beaten track (very well signposted and easy to find) but up a massive lane. Worth it for the amazing views once you get to the top and interesting work in the forms of painting, prints and sculpture.
VENUE 131 – SIMONSBURROW HOUSE, LIZ GREGORY, RICHARD CARMAN, ALICE CARMAN (not pictured)
It may only just be across the border in Devon, but Simonsburrow House in Hemyock has a lively and vibrant array of work to see. In the same location as my favourite 'Sheds' exhibition from last years Art Weeks and brought to you again by the Bhaam! Artists, this was a pleasure to re-visit.
Join us here again, tomorrow for more trails, tips and things that the SAW guide book doesn't tell you!