YAS Newsletter (Sept 2021)

Autumn programme at Yeovil Art Space

First of all a huge thank you to everyone who has taken part in the creative community festival ‘Front Yard Fest’.  Colour and imagination across the town has put smiles on all our faces.  It is a constant source of wonder how when a creative idea is presented to us that our individual responses and ideas can take off in the most magnificent way.  You can still join the Facebook group and catch up on some of the brilliant front yards where people posted their pictures from the last few weeks. And if you go to our Facebook page Yeovil Art Space | Facebook you can see a video from BBC Radio Somerset about our event.

We want to say thank you to the Quedam Shopping centre for letting us take over with the Big Bunting project and to everyone who took part in the workshops throughout the festival to make it so fantastic.  Also a special thanks to coordinator Kara Bignell-Bird for all her hard work, ideas and energy and the talented artists who have been running our events throughout.  Front Yard Fest was presented by Yeovil Art Space and funded by Somerset Community Foundation 

Exhibitions & Events

Somerset Reacquainted until 11 September

You can still catch ‘Re-imagining Nature’ until 11 September.  The exhibition is part of the Somerset Reacquainted tour in partnership with Somerset Art Works with next stop at the Brewhouse Theatre and Art Centre in Taunton.  The exhibition has brought many visitors and wonderful and interesting conversations.  You can find out about Somerset Reacquainted projects and all the artists involved here Somerset Art Works » Somerset Reacquainted

Somerset Open Studios 18 September- 3 October & SuperSaturday 18 September

This month Yeovil Art Space welcomes five members of the Yeovil Creatives for a group show as part of the Somerset Art Works Open Studios event.  Grażyna Wikierska, Clarissa Ready, Stéphanie Max, Dawn Handy and Jess Egan will be exhibiting a diverse range of work in printmaking, drawing, painting, mosaic and sculpture.

The five individual artists share themes often developed from the human experience which will resonate with many visitors with some subjects covering ecology, landscape, emotion, art as experimentation and play, and art as ritual in the healing process; the group as a whole reflect on the wider natural world and our impact on it.  

The exhibition also opens on Super Saturday on the 18 September when Yeovil will be filled with party vibes from the Eat Festival and events all over the town centre,  including our own artist workshops with Open Studios ‘Mono and transfer printing’ and the popular ‘Papercut Silhouettes’ workshop with Denman & Gould and Richard Heaton at Vicarage Street Methodist Church Courtyard.

Yeovil Art Space will now be open Wednesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm and will have special meet the artist hours during the two Somerset Open Studios weeks – Wed & Thurs 11- 2, Fri 11-6, Sat 11-3, Sun 11-2.   More details HERE.

Yeovil Creatives and the Community Art School

Membership applications are now  open to join the Yeovil Creatives.  As a Yeovil Creative, you become part of a collective, offering peer support to artists and creatives in and around Yeovil.

Members are also eligible for the Yeovil Art Space Community Art School.  A fully funded community art school for artists who would like to contribute and commit to make Yeovil a creative place for the community and themselves. Apply now for Community Art School – Yeovil Art Space

If you are interested in joining for membership, which includes the opportunity to sell your work in our shop, please find out more and sign up here at Yeovil Creatives Membership.

Workshop events

We are so pleased to be able to run events again and invite artists to run workshops from Yeovil Art Space.  Connections through creativity are part of what we are all about. If you are an artist interested in running workshops please contact workshop@yeovilartspace.uk

We are also running a series of pop-up workshop with partners across the town. Check out our listing below for details and booking.

SAT, 18 September

‘Mono and transfer printing workshop’. with Stéphanie Max and Clarissa Ready. 
Printing techniques onto paper and fabric using natural forms. [Booking via Open Studios event.]

‘Papercut Silhouettes’ with Denman & Gould and Richard Heaton our Vicarage Street Methodist Church courtyard. Part of SuperSaturday and running in partnership with LoveYeovil. [Free, drop-in]

SAT, 25 September

‘Drawing in conversation’ with Jess Egan.  A drop-in session for group drawing, wellbeing and chat. [Free, drop-in]

An introduction to recycled mosaic art’ with Dawn Handy. Learn the basics of how to create a contemporary mosaic. [Booking via Open Studios event]

Saturday 2 October

‘Hugger! Textile Workshop’ with Grażyna Wikierska and Clarissa Ready Explore screen print, stitch and layering in this textiles workshop and be part of creating a human size soft sculpture in fabric! [Booking via Open Studios event.]

We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you in the gallery soon.

Yeovil Art Space Team

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