Art Weeks 2017 focuses on groups getting together to create vibrant exhibitions, projects and events or to gather together to display their work responding to the theme of Festival year- this year it is ‘Prospect’.
Somerset Art Works recognise that many artists do not have professional studios or a workspace suitable to open to the public. With this in mind, Somerset Art Works provide a Venue Matching Service between artists and potential venues including galleries, cafes, restaurants, shops, halls, organisations etc that offer space for artists to create group exhibitions.
If you are a venue providing space or an artist seeking space please send us an email with the following information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For artists: send us your name, contact email address, 50 words about yourself and your practice, website address, plus your geographic area. We will try to help you by posting your request on this page and sharing with our members and contacts.
For venues: send us your name, contact email address, venue address, 50 words about the space you are offering. We will list the information on this page, and send it out to artists who are looking for space as well as informing Area Representatives.
Offering space in: Bridgwater
Contact: Bridgwater YMCA/Katie Newell
Phone: 01278 726006
An open, two storey building with plenty of wall space, including some fantastic high sections and unusual areas, a stairway and two storey height walls. Also a large reception area which could accommodate 3D art.
YMCA would be very interested in hosting a group and are very keen to promote the theme of ‘Prospect’ as this ties in with the development ethos of the YMCA, supporting young people and the community to find their path in life and encouraging the development of personal futures.
The centre is open from 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm on Saturdays.
In terms of promoting the exhibition, YMCA will be in touch with local press etc, and have a community radio station which runs from the centre (Sedgemoor FM), with their own Social Media sites as well as a website:
Looking for space in: close to Stoke-sub-Hamdon
Contact: John Gammans
Phone: 07580 667343
I paint in mixed media, medium to large size impressionistic landscapes, big skies and dramatic coastlines. I could easily fill a 10 – 20 linear metres of wall space as a sole exhibitor but would also welcome the opportunity to display in a group. I would like a small gallery or unique venue with a good footfall close to Stoke Sub Hamdon.
Offering space in: Taunton
Contact: Kate Shakspeare
Phone: 01823 333422
There is a good range of wall space available to a maker/artist of 2D work in this well established gallery in the centre of Taunton. The venue is at Riverside Place, Taunton, TA1 1JJ and open currently Tuesday-Saturday 10am to 5pm, with a possibility of opening on Mondays for the festival.
Looking for space: Between Bruton, Castle Cary, Langport and Curry Rivel
Phone: 07725 040721
Two painters and a photographer looking for a Venue to share (preferably industrial space- barn, office, factory etc) somewhere in between Curry Rivel and Bruton.
Looking for space near: Martock
Contact: Bronwen Coe
Phone: 01935 823757
SAW member Bronwen Coe is looking to share with other artists in a venue preferably near Martock. Space needed for hanging work and maybe showing a video, more information on the website link below:
Looking for space near: Taunton
Contact: Anna Morris
An artist and teacher who has just moved from Oxford (was at Magdalen Road Studios) to Isle Abbotts near Taunton. Primarily a painter interested in light, land and surface but with a fascination for materials and the idea of the ‘objectness’ of painting. Wants to be part of a small group show, maybe with abstract artists/makers whose work explores similar themes.
Looking for a Space in the Wells, Bruton, Frome area
Contact: Belinda Brownlee
Phone: 01749 870455
We are 3 potters (Belinda Brownlee, Linda Bristow and Alison Potter) and one printmaker (Cath Bloomfield) looking for a venue somewhere between Wells and Frome. Unfortunately the venue we were hoping to show from in Bruton is no longer available (their business has grown in the last two years and they no longer have the space). We are open to any suggestions.
Offering opportunity to exhibit in Wellington area
Contact: Alison Cosset or Natalie Parsley
Brick in the Wall- Call for expression of interest
The Old Brick Workshop Studios and Gallery space in Wellington, Somerset are looking for artists to exhibit in a group exhibition in its gallery as part of Somerset Arts Weeks 23rd Sept – 8th Oct 2017. We are interested in curating a group exhibition of 6 – 10 artists that respond to the theme of Another Brick in the Wall and/or context of The Old Brickworks. We are keen to create an exhibition that explores and celebrates all things brick!
This is a call-out to potters, painters, conceptual artists, photographers, print-makers, mixed media, sculptors and pro-active artists of all ages.
Please see the Old Brick Workshop website for more details
Looking for space in the Wells area
Contact: Michael Brobson
Phone: 01749 572267
I paint mostly in acrylic what loosely described as landscape, I usually include people or animals to create atmosphere. I should like to take part in the SAW festival but as I work alone I am looking to join a group in the area of the City of Wells
Offering space near: Wedmore and Wells
Contact: Shaun Thorogood
Hide on the Hill is a small bed and breakfast near to Wedmore on the Wells road set in large grounds with great views of the Mendip Hills and the Levels. The outbuildings include 2 studios, a kitchen, large workshop, very large yurt, toilets and a big lawn for artists to display their work for SAW 2017. There is plenty of wall and desk space including the main house itself. It can be manned seven days each week There will be tea, coffee and cakes available for visitors. Plenty of parking as well.
Looking for space near: Taunton
Contact: Francesca Elliston
I am a painter mixed media/watercolour/ink and reed but mainly acrylic. I am a member of TAG and a weekly local group of painters. I am interested in textures. Want to be part of a small group show in the Taunton area.
Offering space in: Castle Cary
Contact: Alex Ballinger
Phone: 01963 350917
Bailey Hill Bookshop have space available in their room upstairs overlooking the Market House in the centre of town and will consider the idea of a show that reflects a literary theme although this is not essential.
Offering space between: Wells and Shepton Mallet
Phone: 01749 342306
The George Inn in Croscombe has space available in their skittle alley for a group of artists- please get in touch with John the landlord for more details.
Looking for space in: Street/Glastonbury area
Artist looking for space to display photography work and possible video(s)/soundscapes ideally in the Street/Glastonbury area either solo or as part of a group/collaboration.
Offering space in: Westonzoyland
Contact: Lu Lloyd
Phone: 01278 691090
Lu is an artist working in stained and fused glass offering space in a rustic barn setting attached to the artist’s home. Power and lighting available.
Looking for space in: Martock, Somerton, Yeovil area
Contact: Chris Kampf
Sculptor looking for outdoor space in particular or could work large barn/indoor area. Much of my work stakes directly into the ground which would make a garden perfect.
Looking for space near: Mark (Mendip and Sedgemoor)
Contact: James Cawte
Phone: 01278 641201/07776 101115
Mark-based photographer and emerging artist looking for a venue in Sedgemoor/Mendip area- will travel!
Offering space in: Oakhill
Contact: Julia Barrett
Phone: 01749 841617/07909 971374
Beautiful garden just off A37 with specimen trees, ornamental pond and stream, suitable for showing sculpture. Would suit 2-3 sculptors. Please contact Julia for more details.