Yeovil Art Space is working with Somerset Diverse Communities, part of the Community Council for Somerset and the Interfaith and belief network, on a new special exhibition in the town centre gallery for Interfaith Week this November.
‘Natural Reflections’ will be open 12th – 19th November at the gallery and community hub situated in the Quedam centre, Yeovil. The exhibition will showcase artworks from several artists from across Somerset, sharing their different creative interpretations of faith, belief, and their connections to our natural world, giving insight into how various faith/belief traditions teach about caring for the earth and our environment.
Artists exhibiting include Lupe Velasquez, Halima St Clair, Nicholas G Durnan, Michael Loader and Carolyn Lefley, who will also be giving an artist’s talk in the week and Celia Brokenshire, who will be running a creative workshop in conjunction with the exhibition; there will also be involvement in the event from the Yeovil Indian Association and Friends. Visitors can expect to see a variety and quality of art works in painting, photography, sound installation and sculpture in the gallery, providing a rich variety of inspiration and thought provoking content for discussion.
Interfaith week is a national event opening up conversations and connecting people all around the country and has a strong presence in Somerset. Janine Evans, the Interfaith and Belief Coordinator at Somerset Diverse Communities speaks about the impact of the week and how important events like this are in our community.
“Strong communities are the backbone of any society. During the Pandemic, the world experienced that they are imperative in times of need.
Somerset, while predominantly a mainstream county, is punctuated by people from different ethnic backgrounds, faiths and beliefs, who mainly live separately from each other. It is our aim to change that. With the valuable support of the Somerset Council, Interfaith and Belief communities are invited to engage in safe and welcoming ways, extending a hand to all who call Somerset home.
This exhibition brings together artists from across Somerset of varied faith and beliefs to create strong threads that encourage us all to welcome those we do not know but want to understand, to weave a tapestry of our life experiences.
Somerset Diverse Communities and Yeovil Art Space invites the people of Somerset to open their hearts and come to know one another and, to embrace the peace it will bring to our growingly diverse home.”
Natural Reflections opens Saturday 12 November with a special viewing 5-7pm and can be viewed by the public on the gallery opening days during Interfaith Week, Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 10am-5pm. For more information find @yeovilartspace on Instagram and Facebook for updates.