ACEarts

2021

EVOLVER PRIZE 2020

6 January – 6 March

Click here to see the virtual exhibition

Artists, photographers and designers compete annually for their work to be published on the front cover of the next edition of Evolver, the Wessex arts and culture guide. This exhibition will feature the winning entry alongside 49 runners-up.

 


IN THE MAIN EXHIBITION GALLERY:

IN SEARCH OF NORTHERN SOUL

Leonard Green

18 May – 19 June

Energetic movement in the dances related to Northern Soul music provide the energy for these paintings. Powerful, dynamic compositions overlaid with gestural drawing.

 


IN THE SECOND SPACE:

CONSTELLATIONS

Emma Housley

18 May – 19 June

Vivid abstract works layered with colour and drama, describing how we experience powerful memories and sensations. These paintings, always strive for balance, reflect a desire to make sense of how we relate to the physical world and each other.

 

 


IN THE MAIN EXHIBITION GALLERY:

 

SOMERSET REAQUAINTED TOURING

‘MATERIALITY’

26 June – 31 July

Grazyna Wikierska, Katherine Perrins, Bobbie Killip, Leo Davey, Nina Gronw-Lewis, Sian Martin, Andy Davey, Jan Ollis, Gill Bliss, Joy Merron, Lydia Needle, Sebastian Chance, Maggie Powell & Kelly O’Brien.

2020 was a time when to look at our material world with new eyes.

Everyday objects are no longer taken for granted. How did this happen? How did they become inspirations for artists and acquire new meanings?  This exhibition explores these questions through the new work of 14 artists and an unique collaborative handbound book with 50 participating artists.

All artists are members of Somerset Art Works (SAW)

 

 


IN THE SECOND SPACE:

ENDANGERED

Sky Siouki

26 June – 31 July

A new collection of abstract paintings overlaid with intricate illustrations of various endangered species. These paintings become their own imagined, ethereal landscapes, full of rich, earthy hues and a multitude of textures inviting you to look deeper and contemplate the threat of extinction the animals in the artworks are facing.

 


IN THE MAIN EXHIBITION GALLERY:

PUTTING ON A SHOW

Community Art Exhibition

7 August – 4 September

An exciting and vibrant exhibition of works made during intergenerational community workshops led by artist Edwina Bridgeman. Expect narrative based work and a whole host of imaginative pieces made by the pupils at King Ina School.

There will be opportunities for you to get involved with our community days and workshop programme.

click here for info and booking

 

       

 

 


IN THE SECOND SPACE:

PAPER ALCHEMY

Ness Robinson & Liz Bath

7 August – 4 September

Paper Alchemy is a collection of recent works by artists Ness Robinson and Liz Bath.

Ness and Liz make collage pieces and intaglio and relief prints. They also run paper and print workshops in Somerset and London.

click here for Collage workshop info and booking


IN THE MAIN EXHIBITION GALLERY:

THRIVING & DECLINING ON THE SOMERSET LEVELS

Angela Knapp

11 September – 23 October

In my lifetime many of the birds that were once common in the UK are now under threat.  Without the reserves on the Somerset Levels the situation would be far worse.

This exhibition of Stitched work celebrates some of the successes and aims to increase awareness of the plight of others.

 

 


IN THE SECOND SPACE:

THE SHAPE OF TREES

Joanna Briar

18 September – 2 October

Landscape ink drawings, paper sculptures and printmaking focusing on Somerset trees and plants.  Original drawings alongside lino, wood cut and Mokulito (wood lithography) prints.  Handmade cards, postcards and books will also be for sale.

 


IN THE SECOND SPACE:

UNKNOWING AND BECOMING

Yazmin Boyle

9 – 23 October

Unknowing and becoming, a solo exhibition by researcher, maker and everything in-between, Yazmin Boyle. Boyle’s practice relies on a collaborative approach, interrogating materials and processes, which positively challenges participants to see and create mindfully with no preconceptions. They use creative workshops, participatory opportunities and collaborative interventions to explore the participants’ responses to materials, giving rise to an unknowing and the becoming of identity. Within this exhibition, Yazmin invites the audience to activate their installations, Flux of Play, 2021 and Identity can be … fuzzy? 2021; permitting the space to dictate the spectator’s movements.

 


IN THE SECOND SPACE:

REPETITION, RECONSTRUCTION & RHYTHM

Amy Bonsor

30 October – 13 November

A collection of tactile pieces exploring repetition, transition and changing surfaces. Constructed with paper and stitch and inspired by the macro and microscopic, tiny unnoticed moments of beauty from stone walls to lichen and moss.