‘Community’ New Art Exhibition at Yeovil Art Space

Yeovil Community Art School Graduation Exhibition.  6 April – 14 May

April at Yeovil Art Space sees a brand new exhibition, an exciting and dynamic showcase of works and documentations sharing an insight into the first Yeovil Community Art School programme completed between October last year to Spring 2022.

The artist cohort was formed of 9 Yeovil Creatives members at different stages in their careers.  The group includes Miranda Pender, Dawn Handy, Celia Brokenshire, Natasha Rand, Izzie Robbins, Sarah Moore, Rhiannon Cross, Jess Egan and Stéphanie Max.

The first cohort of the Community Art School.

Funded by Arts Council England, the school has been visited each month by a varied programme of guest tutors who shared new techniques and ideas such as working with plaster, experimental film, alternative photographic processes and mixed media as well as concepts of self care for the artist, writing statements and curatorial study.   Led by Community Art School producer Carolyn Lefley and Project Director Zoe Li, the programme offered a chance to learn, experiment and collaborate, giving a new environment for the artists to grow in their practice, make new connections and ultimately discover sustainable ways to thrive as professional and community engaged artists.

The graduate exhibition showcases all of the workshops experimented with over the last six months and each associate has been invited to make and exhibit work in response to their experience in the Art School.  The group has been working in a range of media including: sound installation, analogue 16mm film, painting, sculpture and bookmaking.  Reflective written pieces by the artists will be displayed alongside the work.

Each individual has gained so much from the School’s shared experience and not only are we thrilled to see the exhibition bring all of this together but we are excited to see what the future holds for each artist.”

The group have also formed a collective to respond to a live Arts Council England Commission sited in Yeovil, a project creating community centred events in different areas of Yeovil, to build connections and have conversations through creativity.  These events will tie in with a further exhibition at Yeovil Art Space around the Jubilee in June on the theme of ‘Celebration’.

Archive table.
‘Community’ exhibition – Yeovil Art Space.

SPRING WORKSHOPS PROGRAMME [APRIL – JUNE]

A new line up of creative workshops in Yeovil Art Space and in our nearby edible garden. Ranging from photography, mosaic, silver sculpture, crochet, art journaling, creative gardening and collage, perfect opportunity to learn something new and enjoy being creative with us!

Booking is essential. We have limited spaces so we are operating on a first come first served basis. Please also check terms of conditions of each workshop below.

New! Pay What You Can*

We are an art charity and we would like to make our work available to everyone!  Celebrating our 2nd Birthday, we are launching a Pay What You Can Pricing Policy for some of the workshops, thanks to generous support from our funders!

*Some are not applicable due to the cost of the materials. Make sure you check ‘Pay What You Can’ next to the price.

Silver Clay Jewellery Workshop with Natasha Rand

Friday 13 May, 10am-1pm

£45 per person, adult only

Basic beginners silver clay workshop. Inspired by natural form, learn how to roll & cut precious metal clay, add textures, layer to create a pendant or brooch. Price includes 7g of silver art clay which when fired, results in 99.9% fine silver pieces which can be sent for hallmark. The session will cover planning your design, making a prototype, working with silver clay, firing, finishing, and polishing.


World Collage Day
Individual & collective collages on paper with Stéphanie Max

Saturday 14 May, 1-4 pm

£25 or *Pay What You Can
Age 14 and over

Join us to celebrate the World Collage Day! 
Explore a variety of mark making and prints with the group through a diverse range of materials and joyful exercises.  Tear, scratch, wrinkle, cut and more to create your base to work with individually.  Invitation to take part in a big collective collage as well.  A unique experience to book!


Alternative Photography with Carolyn Lefley

SAT 21 May, 10am – 3pm

£25 or *Pay What You Can
Age 19 and over

Bringing participants further into alternative photographic processes. Learn how to create cyanotypes on paper and fabric with digital negatives and lumen prints on silver based darkroom paper.

Funded by Somerset Skills & Learning


Growing Together!
Family friendly creative gardening workshops with Lara from Skool Beanz

SAT 23 April / SAT 21 May / SUN 19 June, 1-3pm

£25, for 1 adult OR a family with 1 adult and 1 child under 16 of age.

Join Lara for creative gardening sessions outside in the Yeovil Art Space edible garden, near the Quedam escalators.

Saturday 23 April – Upcycling old furniture and containers into planters combined with sowing windowsill cut and come salad. 

Saturday 21 May –  Grow a Pizza Garden, planting basil, tomatoes, peppers, onions, oregano and parsley in a trough to take home and decorate a wooden spoon for a label.

Sunday 19 June –  Pot & tin can vase decorating and planting combined with cut flower arranging.


Printmaking open workshop session with Stéphanie Max

Friday 27 May, 10-1pm

£15 or *Pay What You Can
Age 14 and over

An open workshop session as part of our birthday celebrations! Bring your projects to work on. Contact stephanie@yeovilartspace.uk for details and booking.


Freedom Crochet project with Steph Baker

Saturday 28 May, 10-1pm

£15 or *Pay What You Can
Age 16 and over

Freeform crochet is working without a pattern, in the traditional sense, and is popular in Eastern Europe.  Motifs, also known as scrumbles, are constructed with decorative stitches forming textured, random shapes that are then crocheted or sewn together. Whether you are a beginner or a skilled crocheter, learn to throw away what you know and just let your creativity flow! Form part of the wall hanging display. Donation only for the Alzheimer’s Society.


Mosaic Mirror Workshop with Dawn Handy

Saturday 28 MAY, 2-4pm

£25 per person, adult only

Create a one-of-a-kind, small mosaic mirror, hand-shaping tesserae from a plethora of exciting recycled materials. Learn how to design and create a mosaic mirror, and how to grout and seal your work, with expert tuition.


Self-care Art Journaling with Ali Mauger

Friday 10 June, 10am-1pm

£25 or *Pay What You Can
Adult only

Art journaling is a form of creative self care. Your art journal can be filled with anything from painting and doodling to collage and photos and using any media.  Existing skills can be used but equally, absolutely no experience is necessary.  Journaling time is time to de-stress….space to be yourself, let go and have fun. All material provided.


BOOKING

– Click BOOK NOW button to book online of each workshop above.
– EMAIL us on info@yeovilartspace.uk
– TEXT us on 07360861358 or call us during our opening hours.
– VISIT us at Yeovil Art Space during opening hours (Wed – Friday 10am to 4pm, Sat 10am – 5pm)

[Terms and Conditions]

  • Please check age limit for each workshop.
  • ‘Make it together’ for some workshops, an offer for a group of 2 family or friends to make one item together.
  • Most of the workshop takes place on the 1st floor. If you require wheelchair access or have difficulties climbing stairs, please let us know so we can make arrangements.

[Cancellation policy]

  • 100% refund for cancellation before 30 days prior to the event.
  • 50% refund for cancellation before 14 days prior to the event.
  • Non-refundable for cancellation within 7 days prior to the event.
  • Transfer to another workshop is possible if you cancel 7 days before the workshop date.
  • Full refund if YAS cancels the workshop due to insufficient sign up.
  • Cancellation Policy does not apply to workshop with Pay What You Wish Pricing Policy.