Somerset Art Weeks
21 September – 6th October 2013
Welcome to Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2013. An art festival involving a total of 109 exhibitions, events and artist-led projects in Somerset with more than 400 artists participating.
Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2013, taking place 21st September to 6th October, is a county-wide visual arts festival which showcases artist led-projects and exhibitions, providing a platform for artists to collaborate and show new work.
The festival celebrates the visual arts talent in Somerset and will be different from Open Studios event in the alternative year. The Festival focuses on group exhibitions, projects and events and is a celebration of the creative abilities of artists and their eagerness to expand their horizons and think “outside the box”. We also encourage community groups, schools and non-profit making groups/organisations to take part. We welcome individuals and organisations who present a diverse range of media from pottery, painting and watercolour to new technology, installation and live arts.
It’s a phenomenal achievement that has required an enormous amount of effort by those participating and by the team running SAW in Langport, with support from our funders, Friends, sponsors and partners. On offer is a range of work from cutting edge contemporary arts to traditional crafts.
‘Make the Most’, an exhibition of new work from five internationally-renowned makers and curated by Craftspace, is at Barrington Court – itself a magnificent National Trust house. The works on display are made from locally sourced materials – willow, stone, paper, leather and wood – and transform the house and garden.
We have combined with The National Gardens Scheme to create an art trail called ‘Abundance’ which highlights Somerset’s wealth of established and emerging talented artists working in the county.
Other projects highlighted during the festival include ‘The Company of Cranes’, providing an artist’s view of the successful re-establishment of these magnificent birds to Somerset Levels. Artist Melanie Tomlinson is leading the project, working with schools and communities.
A bold new art project is happening in Bruton, opening next year in the Spring. Hauser and Wirth are building five new spaces for international contemporary art. Director Alice Workman will give a talk about the project at Bruton School for Girls on the 25th September. Part of this year’s programme, there will be art professionals and artists sharing new ideas and knowledge of contemporary arts that are relevant to Somerset.
The Somerset Art Weeks Guide is now available!
For more information about the Festival please go to