We are a venue for this year's Somerset Art Weeks (SAW) festival 2019 & have over a dozen artists exhibiting at The Old Stores Studio
along with demonstrations & workshops being held throughout the fortnight
Throughout the two week period we will be open every day 10am - 5pm.
Our OPEN PREVIEW NIGHT is from 6pm on Friday 20 September
Our preview is also a launch party to celebrate our first 6 months setting up & everyone is welcome. There will be preview drinks & BYO if staying late for the DJ.
Somerset Art Weeks are an annual countywide celebration of the variety & quality of contemporary visual art that can be found in Somerset. Since its inception in 1994, it has become an important event in Somerset’s calendar delighting art lovers from near & far.
Due to the increasing popularity & growth of the event, the decision was made by SAW members in 2007 to make Art Weeks an annual two week event with an alternating focus between an Open Studios Event & Festival Year. Both events continue to support the development of the Somerset artistic community as a fundamental part of the cultural life of the county by showcasing a broad-range of visual arts & craft.
* 1-4pm Saturday 05 October - Printmaking on Organic cotton Bags - all ages
Artists exhibiting here this year include:
Cath Bloomfield is a Collagraph Printmaker. Predominantly a mark maker, who is fascinated by rich texture. Many pieces are about setting up a dialogue between colour & surface, often with a stitched line thrown in.
Nick has been working with wood, designing and making bespoke furniture, since 2008. He moved to Frome in 2013 and set up his workshop near Mells.
Using found wood or offcuts to create useful and beautiful items is the aspect of his work that he finds most appealing and satisfying. It only takes imagination to see the potential in the wood, and a little bit of skill to make it happen.
Nick’s work has previously been exhibited at Black Swan Arts
Predominantly painting in oils on canvas, these work capture fleeting moments that will never be repeated again. Surpassing time & place, the work resonates the sense of awe that is felt whilst walking somewhere breathtakingly beautiful. Using a muted palette, a sense of peace and stillness is captured. Many of the land & seascapes have an extraction of the ‘detritus’ with focus on a spiritual serenity. The application of light and dark serves not only to bring depth and perspective, but also emphasises force and power in creation. Dawn has work published by International Graphics in Germany. She has worked in theatre and film, most noteably for the BBC and the National Theatre, and has had work featured on Channel 4 Television. Her work has also been shown in Sunday Times Style, Elle Decoration, House & Garden, Vogue, Homes & Gardens and English Home magazines.
Kate's work features elements of the landscape: trees, rocks, ruins and reflections in water. The emphasis is on colour, light and composition using layers of paint and glazing. She work in a variety of media including oils, acrylics, gouache, oil and dry pastels. Her paintings have been shown at the Royal West of England Academy, The Mall, Bath Society of Arts Open, and Southampton Art Gallery as well as Stourhead as one of their resident artists.
Mixed Media Painting
Passion, protection and preservation for the environment & being inspired by nature are the common denominators explored in Suzy's working practice.
Using up-cycled, or found objects – previously discarded products of our society are given a new life & meaning. Following a process of collecting, photographing and observing landscapes, carrying out research and making trial pieces, an idea begins to evolve and develop. Work includes clay, paper, felt & fabrics.
Felt & Ceramics
Jackie studied theatre design at Wimbledon School of Art & later the Slade & worked for 20 years as a freelance set & costume designer for companies such as the National theatre in London, English Touring theatre, Aarhus Theatre Denmark & Garsington opera.
More recently she has focused on creating visual artwork with a special focus on contemporary paper cuts inspired by the Polish tradition of Wycinanki. Recent commissions include Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Roth bar & Grill & Matt’s Kitchen Bruton. Alongside her work with paper she makes tiny scenes with miniature people and furniture.
Alison constructs light-hearted, colourful figures reflecting an appreciation of human form & characteristic, observing the nuance of interaction between people. The figures develop their characters as they are made following observations made in life. Work has a practical use as well, often becoming a vase or lidded pot. They are usually formed from two or three thrown pieces which are altered & shaped - similar to cutting & shaping fabric when making clothes.
Known as The Carpenter's Wife, Thea is an eagerly followed skill sharer & blogger. She produces original patterns & designs on a wide variety of products in fabrics, papers & ceramics using traditional techniques & digital prints. Thea also makes beautiful, whimsical, silver & gold jewellery all crafted by hand.
Silver Jewellery & Watercolour Painting
Selina Ogilvy is a multi-disciplinary artist, whose work focuses on art history, visual culture, theory & drawing. Selina spent ten years working as a painter for Yinka Shonibare & following a Masters in Fine Art, has worked at Hauser & Wirth leading talks & life drawing classes.
Multi-disciplinary Artist: Drawing
Unique hand knotted homewares & accessories: Macrame plant pot holders, wallhangings & much more from Bristol creative Jen Walsh.
We also have a knots & shots workshop, where you can learn to make your very own macrame plant pot holder (plant & pot included), 7-9pm on Friday 25 October 2019.
See our workshops page & get in touch to book.
Homeware & Accessories
KNOTS & SHOTS
Katy Catton is an illustrator & paper artist with a liking for old books, patterns & lots of colour. Self-confessed bibliophile, Katy Repurposes old books, imagery & text to create original artworks that become cards, prints & celebratory bunting.
Cards & Prints
LEO & BIB
Junk Yard Candles is run by Studio Events Co-ordinator Maria Cauchi. Maria's luxury aromatherapy eco friendly soya candles come in a range of vintage and found objects. Maria is also a trained silver smith and will also be exhibiting some pieces of precious & vintage upcycled jewellery.
Sarah Moore is a dedicated punch needle artist & enthusiast & shares her punch needle love & skills online & in workshops as an artist & instructor.
We are lucky enough to have her beautiful pieces here for sale during SAW & Sarah will also be running a Punch Needle Workshop here at the studio next March (10am - 1pm 07 March 2020). See our workshops page & get in touch to book.
Punch Needle Artist
Saskia's flower essences are made in the same way as the Bach Flower Remedies and are usually taken as drops under the tongue.
Flower essences work deeply and gently bringing positive and effective change to our lives. They act as catalysts, bringing awareness and shifting patterns enabling you to heal in a safe, natural and simple way.
Saskia will be bringing her distiller here to the studio 11- 3pm on Sunday 29 September ... and will be talking about her practice and the benefits of flower essences. Come & join us to find out more.
Nik is a participatory artist in various disciplines as well as a printmaker. She studied textiles and went on to do an MA in Muti-Disciplinary Printmaking and a fellowship in Design, Materials & Context at UWE. She will be exhibiting original prints at SAW as well as running a lino cutting & printing workshop 10-12 Saturuday 21 September.