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Last chance to check out Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2013
1:00pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in What's On
GRAND Designs’ Kevin McCloud crowned it a ‘glorious festival of cultural exploration’. Now just a few days remain to sample Somerset Art Weeks’ county-wide celebration of artistic activity in abundance.
More than 100 impromptu venues – open houses, studios, schools, colleges, shops, established small gallery spaces – have hosted about 400 artists’ work.
SAW helps bridge the gap between the art world and ‘the market’, the not-forprofit festival generating about £¼m in private sales for the artists taking part each year.
On News turf, five internationally acclaimed artists have given Barrington Court, near Ilminster, a shake-up.
The collaboration between Craftspace and the National Trust has seen contemporary craftsmanship give the Tudor manor a facelift – and the work leans heavily on locally-sourced materials.
Sculptress Laura Ellen Bacon has used Musgrove Willow in a large-scale willow work that fills out the Court’s Old Kitchen.
Two Rivers Paper Company in Watchet has collaborated with Maeve Clancy to produce cut paper installations, inspired by the estate, which grace the court’s grand hall.
Bacon and Clancy, stone artist Thomas Appleton, Laura Youngson Coll (leather) and woodworker Gary Allson, along with their Make the Most material suppliers, will give a full rundown about the project on Friday at noon. Tickets are £5.
Cotley Tithe Barn, near Chard, hosts Skills Unearthed: Art of the Blackdowns, inspired by the heritage and landscape of the Blackdown Hills.
The ten artists’ work is a rich patchwork of photography, music, contemporary dance and film, textiles, painting, ceramics, drawing and sculpture.
Other Somerset Art Weeks’ events in the News area until it concludes on Sunday: Corvids at the Jackdaw Studio, Carpenter Cottage, Wambrook; Ian Edwards’ sculpture studio, Unit 5, Willoughby Place, Chard; Art at the Summer House, Glen Almond, Horton; and Dowlish Wake Pottery and Gallery.
Visit somersetartworks.org.uk for full information