Floating Garden: Vezzini & Chen Image by Davina Jelley

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 and further developments in 2018.

It aims to encourage research by artists into the spirit of place, local identity and rural context in their making.

A Landscape of Objects, taking place at  Lytes Cary, Hestercombe, Forde Abbey, Kilver Court and Halsway Manor, consisting of a series of site-specific commissions, residencies, bursaries and curated shows, including new work from local to international artists in a range of media.

This is a major artistic programme by Somerset Art Works  to encourage research by artists into the spirit of the place, local identity and rural context in the making and presenting of contemporary arts and craft, investigating innovative and imaginative uses of these important cultivated  landscapes.

Supported by Lottery Funding from Arts Council England.


A Landscape Of Objects at Forde Abbey

Inspired by the landscape at Forde Abbey, a sculpture trail around the house and gardens incorporating work by artists, Anne Marie O’Sullivan and Tom McWalter, Eleanor Lakelin, Vezzini & Chen, Kaori Tatebayashi and Katie Spragg curated by Yvonna Demczynska of FLOW Gallery. The work by Kaori Tatebayashi and Katie Spragg will be on show in the house from 23 September. The garden works are on show now until the 29th October Entry charges to Forde Abbey apply

A Landscape Of Objects at Hestercombe Gardens

A new work by Jennie Savage commissioned by Curator Tim Martin. 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.

A Landscape Of Objects at Kilver Court Gardens

In the Air is a sound installation created by artist David Ward. The work located beneath the arches of the Charlton Road Viaduct where it passes through the garden.

A Landscape Of Objects at Lytes Cary

Building on the introduction of high quality crafts via ‘Herbarium’ in 2016, this year saw a New Contemporary Craft weekend showcase take place in September with Somerset makers and guests including FLOW Gallery, Number Seven Dulverton and Chi Chi Moi. Two site specific installations were also created by artist Lucy Large and participants of Jessica Palmer's paper sculpting workshop for Art Weeks.

A Landscape Of Objects – En Plein Air

‘en plein air’ painting made in the landscape in Somerset by four Russian artists during August 2017. ‘en plein air’ at The Gallery, Castle Cary SAW invited four of the most prominent painters in that tradition, members of the Artists Union of Saint Petersburg to Somerset to spend time painting with artists in the region. This is partly educational and partly a coming together of cultures.

A Landscape of Objects at Halsway Manor

The final Somerset Art Works commission as part of 'A Landscape of Objects' funded by Arts Council England. Somerset visual artist Andrea Oke will take up a residency at the National Centre for Folk Art at Halsway Manor in West Somerset.