We are pleased to announce new Somerset Art Works commissions as part of ‘A Landscape Of Objects’ funded by Arts Council England.

Selected artists will make new work leading up to the Art Weeks Festival taking a different approach to the theme of

A Landscape of Objects’, setting the work within different man-made landscapes of Somerset.


Hestercombe –  A new work commissioned by Curator Tim Martin

The 14th seat is a new garden commission that follows on from the 13 known buildings in the C18th Landscape garden. The 14th Seat will be a temporary building where the ‘prospect’ of future events will occur. The ‘Fourteenth Seat’ is a proposition by artist Jennie Savage that responds to Hestercombe’s thirteen known buildings or ‘seats’ in the restored C18th Landscape Garden to create a bienniel commission at Hestercombe.

The first temporary building, set in Rook Wood will be designed in response to Jennie’s research into the history of the gaze with a particular focus on Bampfylde’s garden design at Hestercombe and the tension between control and surveillance of the figure in the landscape.

Artist Jennie Savage’s practice involves mapping, place making, architecture and technology. She has worked with archivists, gardeners and architecture students to create this contemporary social space.


Kilver Court –Sound installation by David Ward


The work takes the form of a sound installation located beneath the arches of the Charlton Road Viaduct where it passes through the garden. The gardens are a spatial experience, including the diagonal flows of falling water, the horizontality of the lake and parterre, and the dramatic verticals of the viaduct. The soundwork will also be designed as a spatial experience for visitors.

David works in a range of media including photography, film, light, sound, dance, performance and writing. His work has a strong collaborative dimension involving both creative dialogues and making collaborative works with others including artists (Bruce McLean, Edmund de Waal);

Published on June 27, 2017 // Paul Newman