A Landscape of Objects

Image Credit: Vezzini & Chen. Image by Davina Jelley


Somerset Art Works is delighted to present 'A Landscape of Objects', a multi-site project consists of a series of site-specific commissions, residencies and curated shows, in a range of media, taking a different approach to the theme of ‘A Landscape of Objects’ setting the work within different cultivated landscapes of Somerset culminating in a vibrant programme work or activity for Art Weeks 2017.

The project takes place at Lytes Cary, Hestercombe, Forde Abbey and Kilver Court, consisting of a series of site-specific commissions, residencies, bursaries and curated shows, including new work from local to international artists in a range of media. 

Forde Abbey
Inspired by the landscape at Forde Abbey, a sculpture trail around the house and gardens incorporating work by artists, Anne Marie O’Sullivan and Tom McWalter, Eleanor Lakelin, Vezzini & Chen, Kaori Tatebayashi and Katie Spragg curated by Yvonna Demczynska of FLOW Gallery. The work by Kaori Tatebayashi and Katie Spragg will be on show in the house from 23 September. The garden works are on show now until the 29th October.

Hestercombe Garden
A new work by Jennie Savage commissioned by Curator Tim Martin. The 14th Seat will be a temporary building where the ‘prospect’ of future events will occur. The ‘Fourteenth Seat’ is a proposition by artist Jennie Savage that responds to Hestercombe’s thirteen known buildings or ‘seats’ in the restored C18th Landscape Garden.

Kilver Court Gardens
In the Air is a sound installation created by artist David Ward. The work located beneath the arches of the Charlton Road Viaduct where it passes through the garden. The recordings include speaking and singing voices and ambient, atmospheric sounds, as diverse as different weather conditions and engines, that relate to the cultural and industrial history of this remarkable site.

Lytes Cary (The National Trust)
Building on the introduction of high quality crafts via ‘Herbarium’ a New Contemporary Craft weekend showcase takes place 23- 24 September with Somerset makers and guests including FLOW Gallery. Featuring new temporary installations by Lucy Large and Jessica Palmer for Art Weeks.

en plein air - The Gallery, Castle Cary
Paintings made in the landscape in Somerset by four Russian artists during August 2017. ‘en plein air’ at The Gallery, Castle Cary SAW invited four of the most prominent painters in that tradition, members of the Artists Union of Saint Petersburg to Somerset to spend time painting with artists in the region. This is partly educational and partly a coming together of cultures.

'A Landscape of Objects' is a major artistic programme by Somerset Art Works to encourage research by artists into the spirit of the place, local identity and rural context in the making and presenting of contemporary arts and craft, investigating innovative and imaginative uses of these important cultivated landscapes.

Supported by Lottery Funding from Arts Council England.




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