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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1st Yeovil Front Yard Fest

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.  You can still join the Facebook group and catch up on some of the brilliant front yards where people posted their pictures during the event. Visit the Facebook page Yeovil Art Space | Facebook for the video from BBC Radio Somerset.

Thank you to Kara Bignell-Bird for being Coordinator extraordinaire and to Somerset Community Foundation for their funding support, to Love Yeovil for their partnership in workshops, to all the wonderful artists and members of the Yeovil Creatives involved in designing, painting and putting together our posters, fliers and garden and to the Quedam Shopping Centre, Yeovil for letting us go bunting mad and all the rest. Thank you.

More about Front Yard Fest

Pop-up events this summer

We are presenting a series of pop-up events in the town centre in partnership with organisations in Yeovil, including LoveYeovil, Yeovil Library, Mind, Huddle and Octagon Theatre. 

4 August 10am – 12 noon, MIND at Trinity Foyer on Peter

Artist Natasha Rand will be working with MIND at Trinity Foyer on Peter Street on a print and mixed media workshop to help create the BIG Bunting in Quedam.

4 August 10am – 1pm, Quedam Shopping Centre

Artist Dawn Handy will be working in partnership with the Huddle for National Play Day at Quedam to offer drop in family workshop (Children must be accompanied) Drop-in

7 August  10am – 3pm, King George Street (next to Library)

Artists Denman and Gould will be working with artist Richard Heaton in connection with the mobile library services at King George Street to invite people to make papercut silhouettes and chat with Denman and Gould about their future work in Yeovil around bringing nature to the town.  This is the first of a series of free pop-up events put together by Love Yeovil for making Yeovil feel good.  For more info: https://yeovilartspace.uk/2021/08/01/pop-up-event-papercut-silhouettes/ Drop-in

14 August  10am – 3pm, Triangle in Middle Street (Bandstand)

Artists Natasha Rand and Tara Flaghan will be running a drop-in workshop in a pop up art space on Middle Street to create a “triangle” for the BIG Bunting project for Front Yard Fest, part of LoveYeovil pop-up events in Town. Drop-in

17 August & 24 August, Westlands

Artists Natasha Rand and Dawn Handy will be running workshops inspired by and linked to eco and sustainability as part of Front Yard Fest, part of the Westlands Summer School for 7 – 16. Booking Essential https://www.westlandsyeovil.co.uk/whats-on/young-peoples-activity/

28 August, Mudford Rec

Free origami workshop as part of the Together Yeovil event in Mudford Rec to celebrate cultural diversity in Yeovil and promote health and wellbeing in our community, working in partnership with Love Yeovil.

Apply now for 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.

We are inviting up to 10 artists living in and around Yeovil to take part in a six month programme with a commitment of one day a month at Yeovil Art Space.

The programme is a unique, collective learning opportunity, offering individual and group support,
bringing you the latest in contemporary art knowledge, helping you clarify your mission and identity,
as well as giving opportunities to create new work individually and collaborate with others.

A tailored programme including workshops, talks, mentoring, a graduate exhibition in Yeovil Art Space
and a paid opportunity to deliver a community workshop. This course will allow Associates to grow in
their practice, making new connections, exploring ideas and ultimately discovering a sustainable way to
thrive as a professional artist, in a regional and rural setting.

Subjects will include: finding your creative path, collective learning, collaborative practices, making
networks, socially engaged work, experimental approaches, critical practice, professional development,
curating and applying for funding.

Deadline to expression of interest 31 August 2021.
Click here for more information: Yeovil Community Art School

Saturday 7 August: Papercut Silhouettes

with Denman & Gould and Richard Heaton

SATURDAY 7 August, King George Street, Yeovil

Come join us on Saturday 7 August as we pop up next to the mobile library in King George Street in Yeovil. We will be exploring the subject of conservation, nature and environmental sustainability through hands-on art activity, conversation and collaboration; and be part of the Front Yard Fest Yeovil

Have a go at creating paper cut silhouette artworks of the natural world in our own front yard; trees, animals, flowers with artist Richard Heaton; Watch Richard create beautiful silhouette artworks and contribute to the Giant Street Scene Collage together; alongside a book collection specially put together by the library team, to help you to find your favourite species / character for your own paper cut, and to inspire you to explore the subject. 

Working in collaboration with Yeovil Library and led by art collective Denman & Gould, as part of Yeovil Art Space commission funded by Arts Council England which aims to put art and culture in the heart of the community in Yeovil.

This is the first in a series of pop-up events put together by LoveYeovil working in collaboration with organisations across the town, supported by the government’s Welcome Back Fund, aiming to brighten the experience of the Yeovil high street user and to enhance people’s experience of their visit to the town. 

More info: https://www.loveyeovil.com/events

Re-imagining Nature

Somerset Reacquainted Tour Exhibition

4 August – 11 September

Lockdown by Pauline Rook. Photograph Ink jet print. 2021

When a crisis like Covid-19 strikes upon us, like nothing before, we turn our minds to the forces of nature around us. Artists find fascination in our natural world, landscape and history; reimagining the future, bringing new ideas and looking at our world in different ways. The exhibition brings together new works by more than 20 Artist Members of Somerset Art Works, featuring painting, photography, sculpture, video, sound and mixed-media work responding to the climate emergency, conservation and biodiversity.

Participating artists: (A – Z last name)

Tom Baskeyfield https://www.tombaskeyfield.co.uk
Bronwen Bradshaw https://bronwenbradshaw.wordpress.com
Fiona Campbell http://fionacampbellart.co.uk
Bronwen Coe https://www.bronwencoe.net
Sara Dudman http://saradudman.com
Jon England https://somersetartworks.org.uk/artists/jengland
Pennie Elfick https://pennieelfick.co.uk
John Gammans https://www.johngammans.co.uk
Jenny Graham https://www.jennygraham.co.uk
Janette Kerr https://www.janettekerr.co.uk
Carolyn Lefley http://www.carolynlefley.co.uk
Pauline Lerry https://paulinelerryartist.com
Stephanie Max https://stephanie-max.com
Jenny Mellings https://jennymellings.com
Paul Newman https://paulnewmanartist.com
Jessica Palmer http://jessicapalmerart.com
Molly Rooke https://www.molly-rooke.com
Lotte Scott http://lottescott.co.uk
Miriam Sheppard https://www.miriamsheppard.co.uk
Pauline Rook http://www.rookphoto.co.uk
Milly Rowland https://www.instagram.com/milly_salvin_
Jacy Wall https://jacywall.co.uk
Grażyna Wikierska https://www.grazynawikierska.com

Part of the Somerset Reacquainted Tour, a series of exhibitions and participatory events initiated by artist Sara Dudman and Somerset Art Works, working in collaboration with artists and venues across Somerset, exploring the diverse artistic practices of artists in the county, within and beyond the Covid-19 restrictions. Each of the exhibitions include writing, images and objects from the original Somerset Reacquainted, plus new work from individual artists and collaborations.

Somerset Reacquainted Tour is presented by Somerset Art Works, in partnership with ACEarts, Yeovil Art Space, Brewhouse Theatre & Art Centre, and Art for Life at Musgrove Park Hospital.

Website: somersetartworks.org.uk/somersetreacquainted/tour

About Somerset Reacquainted

Responding to the challenges artists were facing at the beginning of the lockdown in 2020, artist Sara Dudman and Zoe Li from Somerset Art Works called for artists to refresh their engagement with nature, locality and community, using ideas of reacquaintance as a starting point to discover and re-discover excitement and purpose in their artistic practice. 63 artist members took part in the project through a process of cascaded invitation, and were asked to create something to share on Instagram. The printed version of the original sharing, alongside a collection of objects and original artworks were first exhibited at Somerset Rural Life Museum between September 2020 – January 2021.

‘The title Somerset Reacquainted suggests an existing yet latent familiarity with Somerset, both as a place and as a community. The project encouraged artists to refresh their engagement with their own locality and to seek in it a catalyst for evaluating their role as artists and for testing the boundaries of their art. The archive of artworks which resulted can be considered as a time-capsule of emotions and responses from a remarkable moment in our history, a collaborative document about a rural county in isolation.’ Sara Dudman & Zoe Li

Somerset Reacquainted is part of the Artist Development Programme of Somerset Art Works, funded by Arts Council England.

Website: somersetartworks.org.uk/somersetreacquainted
Instagram: @somerset_art_works #somersetreacquainted

Shapes of Yeovil Exhibition

by You & Me Architecture

15 – 31 July 2021

Opening Time: WED, THUR, FRI 11 – 2, SAT 11-3

This public exhibition showcases the community consultation work undertaken between January and May 2021 for the Yeovil Refresh Artworks project and the initial artwork designs which have been produced as a result of these consultation workshop sessions.

South Somerset District Council is committed to improving its town centres for residents, businesses and visitors through its Yeovil Refresh public realm regeneration scheme. In December 2020, SSDC appointed YOU&ME Architecture in collaboration with poet Beth Calverley to design a series of bespoke artwork pieces co-designed with Yeovil community groups, incorporating text and visual content. The artwork project will build on the public realm improvements around the Triangle, contributing to the creation of  a place for recreation, performance, art and culture.

YOU&ME Architecture is a multi-disciplinary artist and architecture studio who have delivered several public realm high street regeneration, place-making and public art projects. www.youandmearchitecture.com

Beth Calverley is a poet, creative coach and founder of The Poetry Machine. Beth co-creates poems with people, she collaborates with places of work, learning, care and play, helping people to express what matters to them most. www.thepoetrymachine.live

YOU&ME and Beth worked closely with Yeovil community members via a series of online zoom workshops. This project would not have been made possible without the community co-creators who participated in these creative sessions.

Exhibition is support by South Somerset District Council and Yeovil Art Space.

Bunting Making at Home

There are many ways to make bunting, so we have put together video, template and guides from our artists, so you can make one at home, and to contribute to our challenge to Bunting Bomb the Quedam as part of Front Yard Fest Yeovil.

Easy Bunting making by artist Rachel Akerman

Part of the Mini Guide which you can pick up from Yeovil Art Space, NineSpring Cafe and Coop around Yeovil. It also contains instructions on an easy to make dream catcher and bunting. Colour in the drawing and display in your window!

Bunting making template & resources for primary school by artist educator Natasha Rand

Print this out and decorate and cut out your own paper bunting and display in your window!

Video on making bunting by young artist /designer Harry Wadham

Watch this amazing video on making your own bunting with a sewing machine!

Join the bunting bombing in town!

Can you help us ‘bunting bomb’ the Quedam, Yeovil?

Be part of a town effort to create the longest bunting ever by creating your own bunting out of any suitable materials. Make a strip of bunting which we will join together. (Groups can incorporate their name/logo onto the bunting).

Join Bunting Making Workshop on 31 July & visit our Bunting Making How To for video guide, template and resources from our artists.

Bunting collection points (by 31 July)

Please make sure bunting is labelled in an envelope or bag. Please hand to staff directly at Co-ops.  

  • Yeovil Art Space, Unit 23, The Quedam (Next to the works), (Open Wed-Fri 11-2 Sat 11-3)
  • EPS Yeovil, Unit 29, The Quedam (Weds, Fri, Sat  11-5)
  • Co-op Mudford Road Yeovil
  • Co-op Stiby Road Yeovil
  • Co-op St. Michael’s Road Yeovil
  • Co-op Garage Sherborne Road
  • Ninesprings Cafe, Yeovil Country Park

Front Yard Fest Yeovil is presented by Yeovil Art Space, funded by Somerset Community Foundation. With thanks to The Quedam Shopping Centre.

Book now! Front Yard Fest Workshops

Wednesday 28 – Saturday 31 July
Yeovil Art Space, Quedam Shopping Centre (next to Works)

Four days of free workshops with our creative team, to help bring festival season to the town and your own front door! FREE, All welcome.
Materials provided although donations welcome/ bring your own materials.

Maximum of 6 individuals in each workshop. Please book to guarantee places.
Enquiries: workshop@yeovilartspace.uk

Wednesday 28
Crochet Bunting making
with Stephanie Baker
A perfect way to learn basic crochet skills or extend your ability to create unique bunting using recycled yarn.
6 places for each session. Please book to guarantee places. 11am – 12noon / 1-2pm

Thursday 29 July
Plastic Bottle Flowers
with Zoe Li
Make colourful flower decorations for your front yard using plastic bottles. Bring your own bottle, different colours, shapes 1-2 litres in size.
6 places for each session. Please book to guarantee places. 11am – 12noon / 1-2pm

Friday 30 July
Painted Plant Pot & Planting
with Lara Honnor
Come and learn more about our community edible garden in The Quedam, and join us to create a colourful and personalised plant pot with plants to take home. All materials provided but you are welcome to donate any plants to our community garden.
6 places for each session. Please book to guarantee places. 11am – 12noon / 1-2pm

Saturday 31 July
Fabric Bunting Making with Harry Wadham & Rhiannon Cross
Using scrap fabric and simple stitching – make bespoke bunting for yourself, family and friends. Contribute to the community ‘bunting bombing’ of the Quedam and/or make one to take home.
6 places for each session. Please book to guarantee places. 11am – 12.30pm / 1 – 2.30pm