Bruton Museum is delighted to be welcoming Dorcas Casey, a Bristol-based artist, to join its team over the summer. Working with local people, Dorcas will create contemporary works inspired by the wonderful objects in the museum collections and their stories. The artworks will go on public display at the museum during Somerset Art Weeks (23 September to 8 October.) Later in the year it will be displayed at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton (November 2017 to January 2018) with work created by seven other artists at museums across Somerset and Devon.
A first-class degree in sculpture from Winchester School of Art launched Dorcas’s career and she has sold her work at both Bristol and London Contemporary Art galleries. Although now based in studios in Bristol, Dorcas hails from Glastonbury and says she knows Bruton well, having already exhibited a Casespace there in 2015. She works with found materials, fabric, resin and plaster, commenting:
“I am obsessed with collecting and hoarding what I see as the physical equivalent of this ‘dream material’, the left-behind, the forgotten objects which end up stored in an attic, at the dump, or which resurface at the flea market.”
Bruton Museum is one of eight museums across Somerset and Devon taking part in the Muse: Makers in Museums project, which has been awarded more than £80,000 by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Led by the South West Heritage Trust ‘Muse: Makers in Museums’ is a partnership of Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Somerset Art Works and the Community Museums Development Officer for Devon. The project is supporting the museums to engage exciting contemporary artists from the local area, as well as from further afield.
The participating museums in Somerset are Axbridge and District Museum, Bruton Museum, Chard and District Museum, Wells and Mendip Museum, and in Devon they are Axminster Heritage, Teign Heritage, The Museum of Dartmoor Life, and Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum.