Sean Harris, Cranes and Communities, 2016. Photo by Davina Jelley

Prospect

Prospect is Somerset Art Works’ new programme between 2017 – 2018. Following the momentum of our creative programme 2015-17, 'Prospect' aims to provide continuing opportunities for artists and audiences throughout Somerset. There will be range of partnership projects, new commissions and opportunities in different locations and venues.

A Landscape Of Objects

This project consists of a series of site-specific commissions, residencies and curated shows, in a range of media, taking a different approach to the theme of ‘A Landscape of Objects’ setting the work within different cultivated landscapes of Somerset culminating in a vibrant programme work or activity for Art Weeks 2017. It aims to encourage research by artists into the spirit of place, local identity and rural context in their making.

Prospectus 2017

Prospectus is a pilot project exploring a new form of peripatetic art school for artists and audiences in the dispersed art community of Somerset.

Muse: Makers in Museums

Eight creative craft commissions for artists to make new work in response to the special collections to be found in the small local rural museums of Devon and Somerset.

All The People

A film programme featuring four short films by artists Ben Rivers, Luke Fowler, Sarah Miles and Adam Chodzko. Curated by Josephine Lanyon, the programme will tour to Roxy Cinema, Axbridge, Strode Theatre, Street and Cinema Obscura, Wiveliscombe during Somerset Art Weeks 28 September to 1 October 2017.

Young ProspectUs

A SAW project working with young people in Pupil Referral Units in Taunton, exploring the value of arts and education, with a focus on transition and developing informal access to training and skills.

Water – Meadow – Wood

Somerset Art Works is delivering a three year artist residency programme at Yeovil Country Park following the themes of Water – Meadow – Wood.

Blackthorn Gardens Pocket Park

Somerset Art Works successfully gained a Pocket Park grant to work with the communities of North Taunton and Taunton Deane Borough Council to improve and refresh an unloved play area known locally as ‘The Cage’.

Gather-ing

The large tithe barn at Stoke Sub Hamdon Priory, Somerset, is amongst a rare and unique group of medieval domestic and agricultural buildings. This was the focus of a contemporary craft project in 2015. The commissioned artworks will be touring and exhibited as part of Somerset Art Weeks 2017 at the Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury.

Cranes and Communities

Visual artist, animator and film-maker Sean Harris takes up the Cranes and Communities commission running through 2016 in partnership with The Great Crane Project. 'Echo-Maker' culminates in a series of outdoor events in November / December 2016.

Our Place

Somerset Art Works has been developing and delivering projects with the communities of North Taunton since 2014. Our creative programme encourages people to explore their neighbourhoods, identify opportunities to improve the local environment for play, attractiveness, ecological diversity and health and wellbeing.

Herbarium

A new commission at Lytes Cary Manor with highly acclaimed artists: Gary Breeze, Alison Crowther, Malcolm Martin collaborating with Gaynor Dowling and Annemarie O’Sullivan. Curated by Yvonna Demczynska from FLOW Gallery London to showcase contemporary craft: makers, skills, materials and thinking in the context of the site and subject ‘Herbarium’.