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 artweeks@somersetartworks.org.uk, using the format below.

Looking for space between Shepton Mallet and Wells or Bruton

Contact name: Brigit Lilley

Email: brigitlilley@mac.com

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

Email: Visitor@ferneanimalsanctuary.org

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

Email: joanna@joannamiln.co.uk

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)

Email: adrianintheuk3@yahoo.co.uk

Phone: 07787 281215

Venue: St. Mary’s Church Centre, Church Street, Bishops Lydeard, Taunton, TA4 3AT

Website: www.bishopslydeardbenefice.org/st-marys-church-centre/


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

Email: info@cross-croscombe.co.uk

Phone: 01749 343352

Venue: The Cross at Croscombe, Long Street, Croscombe, Somerset BA5 3QJ

Website: www.cross-croscombe.co.uk

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

Email: jan@janmartin.co.uk

Phone: 07905 273933

Venue: 6 Saxon Close, Watchet, TA23 0BN


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

Email: alice@rosen.org.uk

Phone: 07956313629

Instagram: instagram.com/alicerosen_illustration


A self taught watercolour artist working on detailed natural history paintings and scientific illustration. Just starting out, and currently working from home full time. I’ve just joined Somerset Art Works and I’d love to be involved in the open studios – looking for a suitable venue in the Glastonbury/Street- Crewkerne area.

Looking for space in South Somerset 

Contact: Liz Somerville

Email: lizsomerville@btinternet.com

Phone: 07971 871117

Instagram: instagram.com/lizsomervilleprints


Producing land and seascapes as framed hand-coloured prints, looking for a venue in South Somerset to share or solo. Must be dog friendly as Parson Jack Russell will be travelling with me! Happy to be there each day, currently based in Crewkerne.

Offering space in Somerton


Contact: Mandy McAllen

Email: I_dissagree@hotmail.com

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

Email: office@blackswan.org.uk

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

Email: melissafrancis@nvbarchitects.co.uk

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.

Offering space near Wellington
Contact: Mary Kembery
Phone: 01458 251640
Stable Arts at Nynehead Court are offering space for  pop up workshops and an exhibition.
The stables are on two levels, the ground floor has two original stalls, a small kitchen area. Toilet facilities and a workshop space.
The first floor is  approximately 36ft  x 12ft.
It may be that the first floor can be used as gallery 3D space for the participating artists running workshops on the ground floor. The Orangery would also be available for 2D on the walls.
The space could be used by 3-5 artists depending upon the discipline.