Inching to the final venue

THE final stop on the Inch by IN:CH itinerant collection of artworks in suitcases is at the Gauge Museum, on the West Somerset Railway, near Taunton, ending 3rd October.

The artists have already had many visitors to the roving exhibitions and interesting conversations around the works and ideas they explore. By hosting the works in unusual and communal spaces, the participants have engaged with people who might not normally head into a gallery to view art.

There have been informal workshops with Inch by IN:CH artists at each location. These have produced some exciting art pieces from those involved, from children to pensioners .

After successful visits to Frome Festival and East Somerset Railway at Cranmore, the artists held a pop up event at Backwell Playhouse, a small independent theatre.

At Erlestoke in Wiltshire, the cases were on display in the glorious woodland setting of Found Outdoors. Artists held a well-attended artist-in-conversation event, and paper casting workshop with Kelly O’Brien, using natural materials found on site. The cases looked stunning, and so different, in this (and every) setting.  The light in the woods was sublime.

The suitcases are now at their last destination at the Gauge Museum at Bishops Lydeard, as part of Somerset Open Studios. They are on show in the museum amongst the regular exhibits, which creates an interesting dynamic and shows them in yet another light.  Dedicated to travel, it is a fitting location and fabulous ‘terminus’ for the tour.

Inch by IN:CH has several events at the station, including drawing from cases, daily, when open; family drawing workshops on Saturday 2nd October, with Helen Anson and Anna Kot; and a family sculpture workshop on Sunday 3rd, exploring sculpture and drawing processes with recycled materials, with Shirley Sharp and Fiona Campbell.

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Pictured: Some of the cases on their journey and at the Gauge Museum.