Now the largest event in Somerset for visual artists and makers, Somerset Open Studios draws Art Weeks back to its roots, focusing on artists in their working environment. Between 15- 30 September 2018, artists demonstrate how they make their work; their process, practice and inspiration. The event allows a rare opportunity to see inside artists’ studios, temporary working spaces and other locations to find out what goes on behind the scenes. Open Studios showcases established names as well as introducing new and emerging artists.
South Somerset hosts three of four of this year’s Creative Pathway bursary winners, a professional development programme which provides support to emerging artists, enabling them to develop their careers. Textile work is again represented at ACE Arts in Somerton by Lydia Needle, who will be mentoring bursary award winner Rebecca Bruton, while Hattie Moore and Luminara Star show the fruits of their work from the programme at solo venues in Weston Bampfylde and Bruton respectively. A variety of painting is represented in South Somerset- from the expressive, emotive and gestural by Angela Charles and ashar, to more figurative and descriptive work by Gerald John Moore and Max Oliver.
Open Studios visitors can find out first-hand about the creative process through demonstrations, workshops, talks and visits, to educate, inspire and delight. Art appreciators of all ages are welcome at Family Friendly venues and also at a Family Friendly finale weekend on 29th + 30th September, with special events and activities for all.
Artists’ Open Studios can be found in unexpected and unusual locations and the event is an ideal opportunity to explore the different and distinct regions of the county and make some surprising discoveries.
The 2018 Open Studios Guide will be out in early August and will feature nearly 300 artists in over 190 venues. Available in Tourist Information Points, Libraries, Museums, Galleries and other cultural centres as well as cafes, bookshops and other selected outlets. To receive a copy by post please email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can browse an online version at somersetartworks.org.uk.