Ask Somerset's Plants by Feral Practice & Marcus Coates, Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2019 commission. Photo by Shannon Watson

Somerset Art Works would like to invite you to join the OPENING WEEKEND of Somerset Art Weeks Festival on Saturday 21 September.  More than 100 venues will be opened to the public from the 21st September, join us for the following events from our new commissions and SAW supported artist-led projects for the Festival this year.
Somerset Art Weeks Festival:

11am – 1pm / Bridgwater Library TA6 3LF

Walk & Talk / Ask Somerset’s Plants : Feral Practice & Marcus Coates

A new sound work that brings the knowledge of plants to bare our everyday human problems and dilemmas. A series of podcasts ‘Cheddar’, ‘The Levels’ and ‘Quantock Hills’ will be released at on each Saturday during the Festival.
Join us on a ‘Walk & Talk’ with the artists. Ask your own questions to the plants. Numbers are limited, booking: 01458253800 / [email protected]

2-4pm / Somerset Film, Bridgwater TA6 3BL

Preview & in conversation / MEMORY : Suki Chan

Exploring memories and place, a new short film takes the viewers on a visual and aural journey from the axons and neurons found inside brains to the distinctive topography of Somerset, featuring compelling stories told by former RAF pilot Dave Linney and wartime historian Robbert Turner.
Join us at the preview and in conversation with the artist and guest Paula Orrell.
Free event, all welcome.

3- 6pm / The Abbott Fish House, Meare, nr Glastonbury BA6 9SP
Preview / A Long Hundred : Lotte Scott

For the last 6 years, Frome based artist Lotte Scott has explored the landscape and history of the Somerset peat moors. A Long Hundred is an installation in the Abbot’s Fish House, a medieval fishery building owned by English Heritage. It showcases new works made in collaboration with Natural England – large, peat pigment drawings, alongside 120 torrified wooden sculptures, each the size of a traditional peat turve. Supported by Somerset Art Works’ Artist Development Programme.


6-8pm / Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury BA6 8DB
Preview / Yield and Return: Emilie Taylor Responds to Donyatt Pottery

Responding to the historical collection of Donyatt Pottery (Slipware) at the museum, Emilie has been commissioned to create new work at the historic Tithe Barn which draws on the pre-Christian ritual symbolising the ‘end of the harvest’ in relation to contemporary issues around food production and distribution, wealth and poverty.
Join us at the preview of the new work, alongside the Donyatt slipware collection and animation ‘The Last Potters’ by Andrea Oke.
Free event. RSVP:  [email protected]

7-9pm / Cotley Tithe Barn, Cotley, Chard, TA20 3EP
Opening event / GROUNDED

An artists-led project features new work by Alice Crane, Liz Gregory, Tim Martin, Jenny Mellings and Michael Calver. Supported by our Artist Development Programme, Jenny Mellings created new paintings with local earth pigment and other media, based on encounters with natural phenomena, the unexplained and the fantastical in rural areas of Somerset. Liz Gregory presents an eight-meter long drawing based on a scrap of discarded black bale wrap which has been rescued, re-housed and re-hung.

Published on September 14, 2019 // Zoe Li