This autumn it’s all about another very special festival in Somerset. From 21 September to 6 October the annual and ever popular Somerset Arts Weeks Festival returns, transforming the county into a showcase of creativity and innovation. This year marks the Silver Anniversary of Somerset Art Weeks. Since its first event in 1994 it has grown to one that featuries 160 venues and artists, art groups, organisations and one-off exhibitions.
This is now the largest visual arts event in the county, investing in the arts community and enriching lives.
Over 16 days more than 400 artists will be showcasing their work in unique venues across Somerset. This year the festival is exhibition-based and focuses on celebrating artistic ability and individuality with a hugely diverse range of crafts, skills and media being incorporated into the event. The eclectic mix of artists ensures that the festival will be not only visually exciting but also stimulating for the visitor. Whatever your taste or view on art is, the diversity of art forms and artists guarantees that there is something for everyone; from contemporary art installations, video and sculpture, to print making, photography, painting and ceramics, Somerset Arts Week has it all.
Headlining the Festival
An exhibition entitled Make the Most will be staged at the magnificent Barrington Court (offered as a venue by the National Trust). Here five internationally acclaimed artists will indeed be making the most of some seemingly uninspiring resources; paper, wood, leather, stone and willow. Each work has been inspired by the history and features of Barrington Court, whilst challenging the artists to transform it using the locally-sourced products.
Not only will visitors be treated to a unique display of artistic innovation but they will also discover some of the treasures of Somerset’s craft industry. The works will acknowledge the contribution of the local raw material suppliers and local manufacturers to the local economy and ecology of the county. The contemporary sculptor Laura Ellen Bacon is one of the artists commissioned to create a special piece at Barrington Court. She specializes in turning raw materials into spaces in their own right. She has been collaborating with Musgrove Willows in Bridgwater to make large-scale willow works for Barrington Court’s old kitchen.
A Culmination of Sensational Artistic Talent
The festival is a visionary culmination of sensational artistic talent and a fantastic opportunity for these talented artists to project their work into the wider public sphere as well as amongst their peers. The broad range of venues being used in conjunction with the artists’ means that not only is the festival a celebration of art but also a dynamic way of highlighting the best of Somerset. Somerset Art Weeks encourages an atmosphere of adventure and artistic experimentation in Somerset, inspiring artists and encouraging audiences to experience art at first hand. All this makes for one exceptional festival.
Somerset Art Weeks Guide
The Somerset Art Weeks free guide provides a fully-illustrated introduction and commentary on all of the venues and artworks on display during the event. The catalogue is available within tourist information centres and libraries across Somerset and is available for our guests in the Beanacre Barn.
Visit the Art Weeks Festival !
Why not take a break, stay in the outstanding cottage that is the Beanacre Barn and treat yourself to a day or three to experience this superb art event in Somerset?