Somerset artists open their studios

MORE than 300 members of Somerset Art Works are taking part in this year’s Somerset Open Studios, running from 18th September to 3rd October.

With work in more 200 studios and spaces, it will be one of the largest Open Studios events to date. Visitors have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and meet the artists, find out what inspires them and get a sense of the working process.

It is also a great opportunity to explore Somerset – artists have their studios and workshops all over the county, many in unusual or remote locations.

For 2021, visitors will be able to experience and explore artists’ workspaces in new and different ways. A fold-out venue map and listings, available in cultural venues, will help visitors plan their journeys. There is also an Open Studios app, providing full venue details including art forms, accessibility information and opening times. It works offline and links to Google Maps to take you straight to the studio door. There will also be a map and venue listings, with artist images in the September/October edition of Evolver magazine.

Also new for 2021, venue details will be listed on the Visit Somerset website, enabling visitors from further afield to make the most of their stay in Somerset.

Each of the weekends will be family friendly with a range of activities suitable for families of all shapes and sizes. Special exhibitions include Community at Taunton Brewhouse, featuring work by artists taking part in the recent Somerset Reacquainted project, and Thread Bearing Witness, work by Alice Kettle at Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury.

New headline sponsors Acorn will be presenting two special virtual tours by artists Sally Muir and Angela Charles filmed at Acorn’s showhome properties at The Old Print Works in Frome and Cubis at Bruton.

Artists have made preparations to ensure that venues are Covid-safe including waiting areas and some venues may be open by appointment only. Please follow the latest guidance when entering artists’ studios, including wearing a mask if required, hand sanitising, social distancing and complying with Covid safety information at each venue.

Please also check venue details before making a special journey- or phone ahead. Many venues will be happy for you to make an appointment.

For more details, visit somersetartworks.org.uk

Pictured: 1000 Moons, ceramics by Jane Sheppard, print by Jackie Curtis, silver tree crystal by Paul Larner, painting by Miguel Ornia-Blanco and jeweller Julia Thompson.