An abundance of creativity, celebrating Somerset’s creative output

somerset art week

Somerset Art Weeks is an annual visual art event that takes place in autumn, with alternate annual focus on an Open Studios event and Festival event.

This year is ‘Festival’ year, showcasing the cream of artistic output from the county.

Organised by Somerset Art Works (SAW), the festival provides a dynamic platform for artists to exhibit their new work and to meet both public and peers.

More than 400 artists will be showcasing their work in over 100 unique and diverse venues across Somerset. The festival will feature exhibitions, projects and events, and will be a celebration both of the creative abilities of the artists and their eagerness to explore and extend the boundaries of the media with which they choose to work.

The range of crafts, skills and media* will be vast, from contemporary art installations, video and sculpture, to printmaking, photography, painting and ceramics. A list of participating venues can be found at

Somerset Art Works (SAW) is working in partnership with leading national organisations to develop a programme of ground-breaking new commissions and exhibitions taking place during the 16-day Somerset Art Weeks Festival.

Make the Most: Is the headline exhibition for Somerset Art Weeks Festival this year working with Craftspace in Birmingham and the National Trust. SAW will stage a high profile contemporary craft exhibition during which Somerset’s renowned Barrington Court will be dramatically transformed by five internationally-renowned artists and makers, utilising locally sourced supplies of paper, willow, leather, stone and wood. The project will also unveil and celebrate the hidden craft treasures of Somerset.

Abundance Garden Trail: A new curatorial programme for Somerset Art Week’s Festival 2013 working with the National Open Garden scheme to place contemporary arts in some of the most magnificent public and private gardens in Somerset. The Garden Trail comprises a series of new site-specific installation, an exhibition of limited edition pieces of art with a range of events. It aims to connect the wider public with the abundant creativity evident within the cultivation of gardens and art-making in the county.

The Company of Cranes: A major artistic response by acclaimed illustrator and metal-worker Melanie Tomlinson to the Great Crane Project re-introducing the common crane to the Somerset Levels after an absence of 400 years. Her finished works will be displayed at The Levels Basket Centre in Langport during the Somerset Art Weeks Festival. As part of this commission, Melanie will travel to Germany with the RSPB (May 2013) to collect crane eggs for hatching and rearing of Cranes in Somerset. Melanie will also be involved with the running workshops at both local and European Schools. Working in collaboration with Somerset Film, Melanie will showcase this project via blog, therefore widening the project’s online reach.