Get the lowdown on 5 amazing art exhibitions to see and buy gifts from in Frome and Bruton this Christmas.
Kobi & Teal
Collection Point is a group exhibition featuring twenty artists and designers working in a diverse mix of disciplines. This gallery may be small, but it packs a punch. This is a must-see show that showcases some of the best in contemporary art and design. Our client Jamie Gallagher is featured for a second year – we frame his amazing abstract paintings with a custom milled moulding developed specially for Jamie’s style. There’s plenty here in the gallery and the shop for all budgets, from the showstopper main present to little stocking fillers. Find Kobi&Teal at the top of Catherine Hill in Frome.
Black Swan Arts
Black Swan Arts is on a roll, the calibre of their exhibitions this year has been stellar, and the final one of the year does not disappoint. Extremely Textiles is the last show to be curated by Sandra Porter and features a collection of amazing textile artists. The exhibition is beautiful and refined, a real treat.
Over in the Round Tower is the very first Black Swan Guild exhibition, or technically it is the launch of the guild and it showcases some of the best makers working around Frome who have exhibited on a national and international level. This is the benchmark for the level and quality of work which can be expected by the new Black Swan Guild.
These makers will help select the new members for this exciting new venture by Black Swan Arts:
- Sonja Klingler, glass
- Sasha Wardell, porcelain
- Chris Pig, printmaker
- Hans Borgonjon, ceramics and sculpture
- Gladys Paulus, textiles
- Julia Manning, woodblock printing
- Carolyn Griffiths, textiles researcher and writer
- Tina Seviour, jewellery maker
Curated by Hans Borgonjon
Read more about the new guild and how to get involved: https://www.blackswanarts.org.uk/about-us/guild/
Levelling Traditions: Make
It’s worth venturing out of Frome to Bruton to see the 2nd exhibition at Hauser&Wirth’s latest venture: Make, a shop in Bruton high street that celebrates the best in contemporary craftsmanship. Levelling Traditions brings together nine artist-makers united by an intimate understanding of material. Each was invited to create original works to interpret themes of rural life and traditions, the land, the domestic and the intimate – a world in which materials, people, place and process have been so closely intertwined.
The exhibition attests to the extraordinary skill of the maker and modern craftsmanship and our rich cultural heritage. Many works have been created using materials from the makers’ local environment or sourced specifically from Somerset.
We helped wooden spoon carver Mark Reddy make a frame to display some of this his exquisite spoons.
Hauser & Wirth, Berlinde De Bruyckere
And of course if you’re visiting Bruton you can’t miss the main event: Hauser & Wirth itself – the current exhibition is the first solo show by Berlinde De Bruyckere and it ends on 1st Jan so if you haven’t seen it yet get a move on! https://www.hauserwirth.com/hauser-wirth-exhibitions/21476-berlinde-de-bruyckere-2
Bruton Art Factory
We haven’t had a chance to visit this show yet, but we hope we get there because it looks amazing. Everything Starts Somewhere by BEN EINE is open Tue-Fri 10-3pm & Sat 12-3 at Bruton Art Factory. It celebrates the colourful work of street artist Ben Eine. In contrast to Levelling Traditions‘ subdued earthy tones, Everything Starts Somewhere is a riot of energy and colour. https://brutonartfactory.co.uk/
Susanna Lisle, Hubnub Gallery
We’ve cut mounts for a selection of original works by Susanna Lisle that are showing at @hubnubgallery “Patterned Land” show. Many of the pieces are unframed – we’re offering a 10% discount to anyone who buys one and brings it to us to frame, so double the incentive to snap one of these beauties up during the exhibition. The mounted works aren’t always on display, so if you want to browse the full selection it’s best to contact the gallery via their instagram or website to arrange to see the full selection. The big paintings are on display throughout the exhibition period, no need to call ahead to see them. This gallery is worth visiting; it’s located in a beautiful converted church that still boasts it’s organ. The lower floor is occupied by the amazing Rye Bakery, with fresh baked goods, locally sourced food and great coffee. The gallery is on the first floor with great views across the bakery below. To read more about Suzanne Lisle check out our 2015 series we wrote on various artists for the advent period “2015 advent artists“. https://www.hubnubcentre.com/
There are lots of other amazing things happening around Frome – be sure to visit Why Gallery, Owl, Tana Covo, and the Catherine Street and Cheap Street late night Christmas shopping event this weekend, Sat 15th Dec. UPDATE: a load of stallholders will be sheltering in the Hubnub Gallery from the forecast rain – so that’s a great chance to see the Susanna Lisle exhibition plus bonus extras!