Ann Farley is Ignite artist in residence

WEST Somerset artist Ann Farley has been appointed Summer 2022 Artist in Residence at The Engine Room, Bridgwater, part of the Ignite Somerset programme of work passing on digitals skills to artists.

The project is supported by Arts Council England and delivered by Somerset Film, based at Bridgwater.

Ann Farley will be using the residency to develop her animation skills and will create new environmental themed work about climate change.

The Man Who Mends Things will be exhibited during Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2022 at The Engine Room, a community media centre managed by  Somerset Film. The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday 24th September and will be free to visit on weekdays between 10am and 4pm until Friday 7th October.

Ann is best known for her paintings and drawings. She also makes abstract and figurative sculpture, gardens, jewellery, mosaics and tapestries. With her recently acquired tinsmithing skills she also made the local Roadwater village shop sign.

She has lived and worked in Somerset all her life, and sees herself first and foremost as a recorder of life, a storyteller, a farmer and a gardener: “I have personal experience of the impact of climate change on the natural environment here in Somerset. I have long wanted to make work on this theme but never been able to find the right medium. I believe that animation will be very powerful in this context as it is incredibly accessible and appeals across the age ranges.”

Somerset Film supported Ann to start her exploration of animation through a 1-2-1 support session. The organisation, which declared a climate emergency in 2019 and is committed to using its programme to raise awareness of the issue, is delighted to be able to continue to support her through the role of Artist in Resident.