A selection of online information we hope you will find useful, interesting and inspiring, from our partners, local artists and other arts organisations.
Kaye Parmenter: Free watercolour workshops
Kaye is a British artist, living in Somerset, her distinctive style in watercolour are always very popular and can be viewed and purchased in our gallery shop.
Popular artist and tutor Kaye has some wonderful free workshops here on her website, if you are starting out with watercolour or looking for some handy hints and tips follow the link for a selection of informative tutorials.
Art Bank: Creative workshops
Our friends at the Art Bank work at improving social cohesion in Shepton Mallet and the surrounding villages by offering a hub for creative connection and collaboration. It houses the Art Bank Cafe and Rubbish Art Project, a not for profit organisation that takes waste materials from local businesses, charity shops and individuals and helps local artists and people transform them into thought-provoking art. Central to our aims is environmental messaging, a reconsideration of one-use plastics and other materials.
They are currently open online, see their website for inspiring workshops that turn trash into treasure.
Clayhill Arts: Resources
Clayhill Arts provides residential art courses and learning spaces for artists and creative professionals. Offering unique working spaces and accommodation in a retreat like setting in the heart of Somerset.
They offer courses which are designed to enhance your creative career and their website signposts great resources, including tool-kits and podcasts, follow this link to find creative activities for children and more!
Somerset Art Works: Somerset Art Weeks Open Studios 2020
This year’s Somerset Open Studios (September 19th– October 4th) will be a digital extravaganza. Through an interactive brochure, visitors will be able to curate their own tours of artists’ works, see into studios and hear how they develop their work through films. Audiences will be invited to get hands on and interact with artists through a programme of talks, workshops, demonstrations and artists films hosted on Somerset Art Work’s website.
The Absent Gallery: Virtual Exhibitions
The Absent Gallery is a direct response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Our aim is to provide professional and emerging Somerset based artists and galleries with a platform to showcase their artwork in a series of curated virtual 3D exhibitions. The Absent Gallery is a platform targeted to share and promote virtual exhibitions created independently, by artists and galleries. Offering a hub of virtual galleries to those that are in Lockdown or having to self isolate. The Absent Gallery is not designed to replace real world galleries, but to offer support during these difficult times.
KEEP GOING: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad, By Austin Kleon.
The world is crazy. Creative work is hard. And nothing is getting any easier! In his previous books – Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work!, New York Times bestsellers with over a million copies in print combined – Austin Kleon gave readers the key to unlock their creativity and then showed them how to share it. Now he completes his trilogy with his most inspiring work yet. Keep Going gives the reader life-changing, illustrated advice and encouragement on how to stay creative, focused, and true to yourself in the face of personal burnout or external distractions. Here is how to Build a Bliss Station – a place or fixed period where you can disconnect from the world. How to see that Every Day Is Groundhog Day – yesterday’s over, tomorrow may never come, so just do what you can do today. How to Forget the Noun, Do the Verb – stop worrying about being a “painter” and just paint. Keep working. Keep playing. Keep searching. Keep giving. Keep living. Keep Going. It’s exactly the message all of us need, at exactly the right time.
The Art Newspaper: How to visit a gallery during a pandemic podcast.
Plus, the artist Deborah Roberts on Benny Andrews’s No More Games in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Produced in association with Christie’s.
Hosted by Ben Luke and Margaret Carrigan. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Aimee Dawson. 12 June 2020.
Are you wondering what the ‘new normal’ looks like for galleries?
The Reith Lectures- Grayson Perry: Playing to the Gallery 2013
Grayson Perry discusses the painful yet rewarding process of becoming an artist.
In the last of his four Reith Lectures, recorded in front of an audience at Central St Martins School of Art in London, the artist Grayson Perry discusses his life in the art world; the journey from the unconscious child playing with paint, to the award-winning successful artist of today. He talks about being an outsider and how he struggles with keeping his integrity as an artist. Perry looks back and asks why men and women throughout history, despite all the various privations they suffered, have always made art. And he discusses the central purpose of creating art – to heal psychic wounds and to make meaning. Perry was awarded the Turner Prize in 2003 and is well known for his ceramic works, printmaking, drawing, sculpture and tapestry. He is also known as one of Britain’s most famous cross-dressers as alter ego Claire. The Reith Lectures are presented by Sue Lawley and produced by Jim Frank.
Talk Art: Phyllida Barlow CBE
Robert & Russell meet British sculptor Phyllida Barlow CBE at the Royal Academy of Arts for an hour-long private tour of her current solo exhibition ‘cul-de-sac’. World-renowned for using materials such as plaster, cardboard, scrim and cement, which turn the conventions of traditional sculpture on its head. We discuss her best-known works including the Tate Britain Commission 2014, and her installation for the 2017 Venice Biennale British Pavilion, where she represented the UK.
Listen in as we experience entirely new sculptures by the artist in the RA’s Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries. Towering above like seemingly precarious structures, these giant site-specific works both test and take inspiration from the gallery’s architecture. In the form of a “cul-de-sac”, with only one way in and out, it gives visitors the freedom to find their way between them.
Alongside her own work, Barlow had a long career as a fine art teacher, including Professor of Fine Art and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Slade until 2009, and Chelsea College of Art and Design before that. She was elected as a Royal Academician in 2011 and was also part of last year’s Selection Committee for the 250th Summer Exhibition. Barlow is represented by Hauser & Wirth.