We enjoyed Somerset Art Weeks this year. Here’s a rundown of our highlights. Our Jennifer’s work was on display at the Silk Mill, Dove Studios, Royal United Hospital and at Bruton Art Factory during the two weeks. We were really impressed by Kate Moore’s curation of the Silk Mill artists, the exhibition looked fantastic.
Rook Lane in Frome hosted two artists, Andrew Palmer and Kirsten Cooke. Andrew’s paintings were amazing blue dot paintings influenced by Aboriginal art. I thought they were very successful, mesmerising works. Kirsten Cooke’s photographs were engaging, exploring an interesting subject. Cooke’s photographs are still on display until 20 Nov – check them out! Palmer’s paintings will be on display until December, we recommend you visit both.
The Step in Stone exhibition at Black Swan Arts and Frome Museum was fantastic, with exciting works by Tess Farmer, Fiona Campbell, Bronwen Bradshaw and others. We visited Asham/ Westdown quarry, which was part of the Step in Stone project – the atmosphere here was amazing and the work really inspiring. The juxtaposition between the huge landscape of the quarry and the art was arresting, with the land at times totally dwarfing the artwork. I felt this was a really successful project and I wish I’d had time to look at the other two quarries.
From here we travelled to Pylle where Miriam Sheppard’s brilliant paintings were showing alongside many other amazing artists. The space was lovely and the exhibition curated really well.
Our next stop was Dove Studios in Butleigh where Jennifer has been working during the summer. She created a display to communicate the history of the Dove, as well as helping to picture edit their book An Amazing Space: A Celebration of the Dove. There were a number of amazing artists showing here and a real diversity of enjoyable work in beautiful surroundings.
We framed works by Edward Chell for Sensing the Landscape at Midney Gardens, curated by Field Gallery’s Karina Joseph. This was an exciting project for us, as we’re big Edward Chell fans.
We wanted to visit many more venues, but the weeks coincided with a busy patch for us so we had hardly any spare time. The SAW members show at RUH goes on until January, so do check that out if you’re in Bath.