If you are an artist looking for a venue or a venue wishing to host artists for Somerset Open Studios 2018, please send your details to firstname.lastname@example.org, using the format below.
Looking for space between Shepton Mallet and Wells or Bruton
Contact name: Brigit Lilley
Phone: 01749 342951
Address: Carey House, Draycott Road, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5HP
A printmaker working mainly on landscape inspired abstracts, usually collagraphs or monoprints.
Offering space in Chard area
Contact name: Jackie Cambridge
Phone: 01460 65214 ext 2046
Address: Ferne Animal Sanctuary, Wambrook, Chard, Somerset TA20 3DH
Ferne Animal Sanctuary have a bright open exhibiting space with plenty of natural daylight. They are open to requests to use the indoor space for exhibiting works of art of all kinds. The only restriction is that the artwork cannot be made from items of animals origin e.g. fur.
Outside has plenty of grassy areas and even an island where larger works can be exhibited.
Ferne Animal Sanctuary are happy to loan the space free of charge, subject to availability. They would expect an artist to donate 10% of their profit to the sanctuary although are happy to consider a flat fee alternative. They would be willing to help with promotion (with 10,000+ followers on Facebook) and would expect exhibitors to pay for tea/coffee and biscuits at £3.95 per person.
Offering space in Shepton Mallet area
Contact name: Joanna Miln
Phone: 07787 281215
Address: Pylle Village Hall BA4 6SZ
Currently we are 2 artists working in acrylics and pastels and are looking for a third person working in 3D media. We will set up our studios in the village hall and plan to be there every day painting and will also run pre-booked pastel workshops on selected days. We will be serving real coffee, homemade cakes, and savoury snacks. These have always been an attraction to our venue in the past (public’s favourite venue in 2013). The hall is a newly decorated Victorian school with high ceilings and a light and airy feel with plenty of space to accommodate us all. For further information and costs please contact Joanna Miln.
Offering space in Taunton area
Contact: Adrian Smith (Chair of Church Centre Committee)
Phone: 07787 281215
Venue: St. Mary’s Church Centre, Church Street, Bishops Lydeard, Taunton, TA4 3AT
The Church Centre is a welcoming and practical venue in the heart of Bishops Lydeard. The main hall is on the ground floor. A versatile space of 8.7m x 9.3m plus an en-suite kitchen. The upstairs hall measures 8.7m x 6.3m and has facilities for making hot drinks. A stair lift is in place. These areas can be hired separately or together. Inspection welcomed. Hire charges are negotiable.
Offering space between Shepton Mallet and Wells
Contact: Terri Chichester
Phone: 01749 343352
Venue: The Cross at Croscombe, Long Street, Croscombe, Somerset BA5 3QJ
The Cross would be the perfect venue for external and internal sculptures with 2 walled garden areas, 3 public areas and as a licensed premises can provide refreshments whenever required.
Offering space in Watchet
Contact: Jan Martin
Phone: 07905 273933
I live and work in a large house on the coast road to Blue Anchor overlooking the sea. Most of the ground floor and some upstairs rooms (my studio is on the 3rd floor) will be exhibiting space – to include: entrance/hallway; 2 rooms on ground floor; 2 bedrooms; studio space. Parking for 3/4 cars. I’d like to have one or two other artists to share with me.
Looking for space between Glastonbury and Crewkerne
Contact: Alice Rosen
Looking for space in South Somerset
Contact: Liz Somerville
Phone: 07971 871117
Offering space in Somerton
Contact: Mandy McAllen
Telephone: 01458 270093
Venue: Springfield Farm, Sutton Road, Somerton TA11 6HD
Artist new to the area painting in watercolour and acrylics, planning to exhibit in 17c house hallway and barn studio, has space outside in the garden to share with 3D artist/sculptor. Quite large and completely enclosed secure area.
Offering space in Frome
Contact: Emma Warren
Phone: 01373 473980
Black Swan Arts are offering the Round Tower, a grade II listed wool drying store to artists wanting to set up a temporary working space for Somerset Open Studios. The Tower has run a successful programme of exhibitions for the past four years, along with other exhibitions in the Long Gallery and artisan studios across the building. For more details please contact Emma Warren, Centre Manager.
Offering space in Frome
Contact: Melissa Francis
Phone: 01373 468040
Rook Lane Chapel Attached can offer space for a group Open Studio. The main gallery is the Chapel, following on from is an extension comprising the link space and a Café area space. There is also a lovely landscaped garden if there are any sculptors etc. Viewings welcome.
There is a J-Rail hanging system, artists can view the hanging system before confirming.
Usually Rook Lane charge £400 per week to hire the space, but for Art Weeks they are happy to offer the space free of charge. They just need to cover costs so any weekend day that is open they will charge £25 to cover caretaking costs. Opening times / days can be flexible and discussed. Unable to open on the first weekend and any Sunday’s due to bookings already in the diary. During the week the latest closing time is 5.30 Mon – Thurs & 4.30 on Fridays. This can be extended as long as there are no evening events but need to charge £10 per hour over these times to cover caretaking costs.
Preview evenings are welcome but will be charged at £150 plus vat (to include bar and staff. ) If the artist would like to offer complimentary drinks for the guests there will be an extra charge.
Sales commission will be applicable at 25% plus vat.
Please note that Rook Lane hold a number of different evening events including concerts / lectures, so the work will remain hung during. This is great for extra exposure for the Artists however they must ensure they have their own Artists insurance. They must appoint a designated steward during all opening hours, or steward themselves.
Free marketing via website / facebook / twitter / Frome’s The List / Seasonal brochure / Display board on the main road in town / mailing list mail out.