The doors for this year’s SAW Festival open this weekend with a bounty of private views and special events. This, my final ‘Guide guide’ focuses on venues whose themes are close to my heart – trees, wild swimming and more trees!
ARTIST: Claudia Gunton
Exhibiting for the first time with Somerset Art Works, in the heart of Castle Cary, Claudia is showing paintings and drawings based on the life of the Beech Tree. With a vast array of symbolic meanings she visist and captures just a moment in the long life of the tree. Along with these works she will be exhibiting photographs taken in the local countryside.
ARTIST: Nancy Farmer
Normal service is interrupted: Nancy Farmer has gone swimming, and returned with sketches and scribbles both humorous and evocative, of a year spent jumping into cold water, through summer and winter. In anticipation of SAW’s theme of Momentum, she didn’t stop, even in February. Digital drawings created from memory and imagination, without the aid of a waterproof camera. This is the year of the mermaid…
ARTIST: Tim Craven, Fiona McIntyre, Fiona Hingston, Celia de Serra, Howard Phipps, Andrew Holmes, Gordon Field, Jo Minoprio, Christopher Richards, Pennie Elfick, Vanessa Clegg, Toni Davey, Leo Davey + Rose Davey. Curated by Andrew Davey
The artists have been invited to make new work dedicated to the tree, its physiognomy, its gestures, its beauty, its aura and its vulnerability – the tree as a natural, formal or symbolic phenomenon.
I hope these ‘Guide guides’ have helped you make your selection when deciding which exhibitions to visit – they may not have sent you directly to the venues mentioned but they may have prompted how you make your personal choices. Whichever artists you do visit have a wonderful time, I only hope you have wall space at home to hang those new purchases! Do share your favourite discoveries with fellow SAW visitors via our Facebook Page.
*Please check each venues entry via the links below or in the SAW brochure to discover a whole host of events, workshops and talks and do check their opening times to avoid any disappointment.
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Published on October 2, 2015 // Davina Jelley