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If you have any artistic adventures planned, forthcoming collaborations or exhibitions that you think would make a great feature and be of interest to our followers, do send information directly to Sarah [email protected]

Latest SAW Blog posts…

SAW Festival 2019: Out on the Road Again!

10 October 2019

The silver anniversary has come to an end, such a vibrant, inspiring two weeks for the artists involved and the visitors following the yellow trail of creative promise across the county.

Ben Rivers develops a film and performance entitled ‘After Us A Sunless Paradise’

3 September 2019

In 2011 the Guardian printed: “the work of Ben Rivers, who was born and raised in Somerset, has garnered increasing recognition in the past years.

B-Wing – Contemporary Art Installations in Shepton Mallet Prison

22 August 2019

Latest blog post by Fiona Campbell, SAW's East Mendip Area Rep, talking about her journey of putting B-Wing project at Shepton Mallet Prison with Co-curator Luminara Star.

Ask Somerset’s Plants: A journey of answering questions

6 August 2019

Artist Fiona MacDonald (Feral Practice) and Marcus Coates have been commissioned by Somerset Art Works to create a new work for the Art Weeks Festival this year.

Simon Olding meets Emilie Taylor

6 August 2019

Professor Simon Olding, Director, Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts met Emilie Taylor who is commissioned by SAW to produce new work at Somerset Rural Life Museum for Somerset Art Weeks Festival this year.

CRAFT Festival 2019

17 June 2019

Our blogger Davina Jelley reported on our presence at Bovey Tracey Craft Festival (7-9 June) that brought together six Somerset makers: Liz Clay, Rebecca Bruton, Lucy Large, Ria Burns, Jessica Palmer and Jan Ollis.

Behind the Scenes – The Making of Suki Chan’s New Work ‘Memory’

6 June 2019

Last week, London-based artist Suki Chan spent 5 days conducting interviews and filming for her new work Memory, which will be shown during Somerset Art Weeks Festival (21 September - 6 October).

Silver

27 May 2019

It’s 6pm, the exhibition is hung, the wine is ready, and a table buckles under the weight of the finest hors d'oeuvres.

Quiet Places for Unquiet Minds

27 March 2019

Throughout this spring the Minehead Mind Group have welcomed artist Megan Players to their regular Wednesday morning art session.

MUSE SEMINAR: Reflections

13 March 2019

On the 6th March, Somerset Art Works and the South West Heritage Trust hosted a seminar aimed at providing inspiration and advice for artists looking to develop projects with local museums.

FOCUS: Paul Newman

29 January 2019

January to date has been a month for walking and every enlightened creative knows full well how this gentle act of embracing nature can boost the endorphins, provide quiet time to process the everyday white noise and allow space for new ideas to surreptitiously take form.

Papering Over the Cracks: Lucy Large

16 December 2018

During the Christmas festivities thoughts in our house, gifts even, often look to the summer ahead in the form of festival tickets as there's nothing quite like visualising how you are going to relax and enjoy those long sunlit days during the darkest afternoons of the year.

All Change!

26 November 2018

November, and one of the regular dates in the SAW diary is of course the AGM, not the most exciting event I admit but one that needs to officially be held so that Somerset Art Works can continue to function as an organisation and support the vibrant events and exhibitions that it is known for.

‘Prospecting’ Symposium

8 November 2018

It's early November, Somerset Open Studios 2018 already feels like a distant memory and thoughts and plans for the Art Weeks Festival in 2019 are just tentative ideas for many of those considering taking part.

Liverpool Biennial 2018 – SAW team visit

25 October 2018

Recently Carol, Zoe, Beccy and Sarah from the Somerset Art Works team took the train up to Liverpool to visit the 10th edition of the

Open Studios Day Trip: 2018

30 September 2018

The weather for open Studios has been stunning, it often is, and on Thursday I relished driving some of my favourite roads in Somerset as I headed out to explore a selection of venues.

Also click below to visit blogs from our SAW Projects.

Echo Maker

Cranes and Communities Animation and Landscape project
Devised by artist and animator Sean Harris in collaboration with Somerset Art Works.

Water - Meadow - Wood

Somerset Art Works (SAW) will deliver a three year artist residency programme following the themes of Water – Meadow – Wood for the V3 PROJECT – InVolve, Visit, Volunteer, a three year project aiming to provide greater engagement with people and new opportunities to interpret the natural, cultural and historical heritage of Yeovil Country Park.

Gather-ing

The large tithe barn within The Priory complex, a rare and unique group of medieval domestic and agricultural buildings, is the focus of this contemporary craft project.

Creative Pathways 2016

Adam Grose, Elizabeth Caires & Dale Perrett, Sarah Hitchens and Veronia Gayle have been selected to receive SAW's Creative Pathways Bursary in 2016 to create new body of work and to showcase them at the temporary workspaces during Somerset Open Studios event.

Momentum Open Call 2015

For Somerset Art Weeks 2015, artist Rebecca Moss, Alice Maddicott and Simon Lee Dicker were selected to create site-specific work in any media, taking a different approach to the theme of ‘Momentum’, setting the work within different environments and communities of Somerset.

Creative Pathways 2014: Levels and Moor

Andrea Oak, Lucy Pendrick, Joy Merron and Mayumi Kaneko were selected to receive SAW's Creative Pathways Bursary in 2014. They created new work in response to the theme of ‘The Levels and Moors’ and showcased during Somerset Open Studios Event.

Abundance Garden Trail

A curatorial programme for Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2013 (21st September to 6th October), featuring exhibitions, new commissions and events. It aims to connect the wider public with the creativity between the cultivation of gardens and art making in Somerset.

Latest news

Blog Archive

2019

Ben Rivers

B-Wing – Contemporary Art Installations in Shepton Mallet Prison

Somerset’s Plants: A journey of answering question

Simon Olding meets Emilie Taylor

CRAFT Festival 2019

Behind the Scenes: Suki Chan

Silver

Quiet Places for Unquiet Minds

MUSE SEMINAR: Reflections

FOCUS: Paul Newman

2018

Papering Over the Cracks: Lucy Large

All Change!

‘Prospecting’ Symposium

Liverpool Biennial – SAW Team Visit

Open Studios Day Trip: 2018

Shadows in the Landscape: Andrea Oke

Taunton Flower Show

Young ProspectUS: One Year On

Lyngford Labyrinth

MAKE more noise!

Artistic Aspirations

Interior World

1918 PROCESSIONS 2018

willow away

New Year New Wave

2017

Christmas Wishes

Hidden Muse

2017 Festival: the last day

2017 Festival: Lucy Large

2017 Festival: a celebration of craft and food

2017 Festival: Sound Beginnings

Young ProspectUs

water-meadow-WOOD

A Landscape of Objects

DUAL PERSPECTIVES

PROSPECTUS

SAW 2017: making plans & looking west

Back in Print

KUBLA KHAN: A Celebration

2016

ECHO MAKER: Sean Harris

IMAGINED WORLDS: Adam Grose

SENSE OF PLACE: art on the edge

OPEN STUDIOS 2016: the travelling open studio

OPEN STUDIOS 2016: Ann Le Bas

OPEN STUDIOS 2016: Georgina Towler

Studio Prep!

making it WORK

HERBARIUM

Wilderness: a ghost within us?

the imaginary art school

ART LOVER REQUIRED

ART IN A REGION OF FLUX

NEW YEAR: NEW DIMENSIONS

2015

IT’S CHRISTMAS!

TICKING BOXES

Guest Blog by George Greed

gone gather-ing

GUIDE guide 4

GUIDE guide 3

AMAZING SPACE: A Celebration of the Dove

GUIDE guide 2 

GUIDE guide

NATURE WITH ATTITUDE

Get Set For The Guerrilla Art Trail

MUSEUM MOMENTUM

THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER

COLOURFUL CELEBRATIONS

THE ARTFUL HARE

COPY CAT FLATTERY

THE SKILLS OF AN ARTIST

ARTISTS OUT IN THE COLD

CREATIVE REQUESTS

2014

IT’S CHRISTMAS!

NO COMMON CRANE: A Celebration of Cranes

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