YAY (Young Artist Yeovil) Creative Club for ages 8-17

[What is it all about?]

YAY is a provision of Yeovil Art Space where we offer a creative, inclusive and safe space for youngsters to express themselves through contemporary art activities. We are providing an encouraging and nurturing environment for children and young people to develop their own artistic talent.

  • Supervised and facilitated by qualified practitioners and specialists on creative learning for children and young people. 
  • Guest artists to provide professional art workshops on different art skills, including printmaking, photography, illustration, drawing, painting and mixed media.
  • Tutorial on GCSE, B-Tech & A-level available on request.
  • Opportunity to take part in the final exhibition at YAS main gallery, supported by professionals (6 weeks in April & May)

[Dates & Times:]

Every fortnight within term time

Term 1: Sept 17 / Oct 8 / Nov 5 & 19 / Dec 3 & 17 (Christmas Party)

Term 2: Jan 7 & 21 / Feb 4 & 25 / Mar 11 & 25 / April 29 (Exhibition celebration)

Group 1: 10am – 12noon (Aged 8 – 12)
Group 2: 1-3pm (Aged 13 – 17)

[Terms & Conditions:]

  • Parent consent required
  • Attend both terms to be eligible to take part in the exhibition.

Fee: Donation £200 per term. 10 places only in each group. (please see the Additional Information about the fee and the programme)


To book the place, please fill in the google form via the booking button below or Contact: info@yeovilartspace.uk

Additional Information

[Payment plan, fee reduction & free places available]

We are charging as we are keen to make sure we can sustain our work to pay our professional tutors and cover our core running costs, especially with the increased price of electricity and materials. In addition, this will also help us to secure the commitment from participants and parents so our tutor can prepare their session according to the number and ability of individuals.  

However, we fully understand the impact of an increase in living costs on your side so, to make sure we are inclusive; payment plans, reductions and free places are available. So, if you are interested, please do contact us. Here are some suggestions if your child is keen but you may find that difficult to justify the fee: 

1. If you are receiving universal credit or do not have a regular income, we will be able to offer free places. You can make donations for materials when you can, but you don’t have to. Only 2 places are available for each group, so please contact us now.

2. If your combined household income is less than £25,000/year, we suggest paying £10-£20/session instead.

3. If you have a regular income of more than £25,000/year, but are not sure you can afford to pay the fee all at once. Please let us know, so we can arrange a payment plan for it. 

[What is the difference this year?]

Based on the feedback and observation of last year, we have made improvements to our programme. Some details are already on our website: 

1. Fix date of each session

Here is the date of each session to ensure you can plan ahead to fully participate in the programme. 
Term 1: Sept 17 / Oct 8 / Nov 5 & 19 / Dec 3 & 17 (Christmas Party) Term 2: Jan 7 & 21 / Feb 4 & 25 / Mar 11 & 25 / April 29 (Exhibition celebration)
Group 1: 10am – 12noon (Aged 8 – 12)
Group 2: 1-3pm (Aged 13 – 17)

2. Exhibition to showcase the work
We are including a showcase opportunity at the end of the programme. This is an opportunity to develop confidence and to produce professional work, especially for those who would like to pursue arts and creative subjects in the future. 

3. Individual development

This year, we focus especially on individual development. We have developed a programme that is complementary to the current curriculum in school, but more! We aim to support individuals to build confidence through creative learning in both formal and informal environments. The programme incorporates skill development sessions, ranging from printmaking to photography, embedding one to one sessions to ensure individuals develop their style and ideas.

4. Special needs

Our tutors are trained and experienced in supporting the learning needs of young people. We will be asking whether your child has special needs, so we can make sure that we can offer support when necessary. 

5. Attendance

I am sure you understand that we offer the best for the participants, it will require effort from us as well as from the young people  Therefore, we are keen to make sure participants attend at least 80% of the programme to fully benefit from it. However, we understand there are unforeseen circumstances, and we will be able to make a refund if needed. 


Somerset Art Weeks exhibition at Yeovil Art Space

As Venue 1 on the renowned Somerset Art Weeks (24 September – 9 October), we will feature new work from artist Grażyna Wikierska and sculptor Chris Dunseath RWA for this autumn’s Somerset Art Weeks, an event showcasing over 300 artistic talents across the region.

Chris Dunseath RWA and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors will be exhibiting a selection of drawing and sculptural works, including a collection of sculptures in bronze and plaster that began with the opportunity to explore Bronze Age artefacts and axes from the collection at The Museum of Somerset. He has developed a series of artworks that extend the sculptural form of the axes and other objects by implying movement, animation and the passage of time.  Chris Dunseath is an artist of regional and national acclaim, winner of Wells Art Contemporary in 2013 and Wilson Award in 2014. He works in a variety of materials including wood, stone, bronze and paper to explore diverse concepts. (http://chrisdunseath.com/)

Artist Grażyna Wikierska from Poland is known for working in a variety of forms from painting, sculpture and textile, to performance and installation. She believes Art is a spiritual path to go within, to transform energy, the artist says, “I am very interested in how energy creates patterns, shape, our reality, our personality.”  With support from a Project Development Bursary for Artists from Somerset Art Works, Grażyna will be exhibiting a new body of work that has resulted in experimentation with many mediums to tell stories about states of mind and explores the perception of Sanctuary, the theme of Art Weeks this year. (https://www.grazynawikierska.com/

This exhibition is scheduled to extend beyond the Art Weeks opening from September 17 until October 29. Events will be announced soon nearer time.

Summer School for 7-16

Start the summer holidays with four days of creativity for young artists!

Monday to Thursday, 25 – 28 July 2022, 10am – 3pm 

We are offering a series of fun and experimental art workshops for children at Yeovil Art Space. Begin the summer with creativity! We will have sessions for drawing, printing, painting, sculpture and mixed media inspired by local Yeovil Creative artists and from what will be the current exhibition in the gallery – a showcase of renowned Somerset artists. We will provide a fun, nurturing creative space for designing and making, with art materials included so our young artists can learn new skills and explore art.

At the end of the week, the art students will celebrate with an exhibition of their work to show their families and friends before bringing their artworks home. Those who attend on all four days will also receive an Arts Award Discover certificate.

* Snacks and drinks will be provided. 

* Child pack lunch is required. 

* Experienced workshop leaders.

* All staff DBS checked

FEE: £160 each for 4 days

Places are limited, please book by 20 July. To book, please go to the link below:

*Should you want to discuss a payment plan and fee reduction, please contact us at Yeovil Art Space hello@yeovilartspace.uk

A week at Yeovil Art Space

by Sophie Robertson

Sophie spent a week with us as part of the placement of her study at A-level Art & Design at Yeovil College. Here is her account of the week.

Tuesday 14th

Had a zoom call discussion with Natasha Rand at 9am and again at 1pm for approx an hour each.

I learnt about the origins of Yeovil Art Space, looked at the website and did some research about Yeovil creatives and the artist’s work.

We discussed the possibility of summer school for kids. How many placements, the dates it’s running and the ages of the customers.

We discussed possible topics and I mentioned I like portraiture and I brainstormed my ideas of what to include in a session about portraiture; questions I would ask, materials I would use, artists I would reference as examples, activities I would do with them and how I would engage them. 

We also discussed the possibility of an Arts discovery award if enough children attend. We also looked at The National Gallery and their ‘picture of the month’ which engages children to think about the art, the story behind it, the emotions conveyed etc. Currently, Claude-Joseph Vernet’s ‘A Shipwreck in Stormy seas’. They are accepting work in response to the piece until 31 Oct 2022.

Wednesday 15th

Worked with Jess Egan on marketing and communications.

I was shown the process of completing a social media post. I learnt about what draws the customer in, what is eye-catching and how to reach the desired audience with hashtags.

I was then shown press releases from the past. I looked at the main structure of the release and the things to include to inform the customer and hook them in. 

Then I worked on my own press release advertising my summer school/ workshop that I had discussed the previous day. Following the structure of previous press releases I drafted one up and aimed to use creative language to express what it is about and to cater to my target audience: parents.

I then mind-mapped ideas for the name of the workshop that communicated the intent and was fun and creative so it appeared to children. I came up with ‘the faces we paint’ – something simple that explains what the class is about. Towards the end of the day, I was taught how to use the badge-making press and I designed and made a badge of my own which I really enjoyed.

Thursday 16th

Worked with Stephanie Max on the organisation and keeping of the shop.

I started by checking the art around the gallery and making sure they all had displayed prices if they were for sale. I wrote two tags with the price and then the initials of the artist and made sure they were easily seen next to the piece.

I then ran an errand- photocopying press releases for the display in YAS. I had to use money from the till which meant that with the change, I was taught how the money in and out was recorded. I also learnt how the card machine worked and how they record what percentages of the profit go to the gallery and what to the artist.

I was taught a bit more about the history of YAS and more about the shop, for example, it used to be a pop-up shop, which is different to managing a permanent one. Also about the changes in the shop display, the actual composition of the gallery, and how to display art so the environment caters to customers.

I was taught a bit about spreadsheets and how they are used to record orders and receipts and how YAS store their information on drive with collaborative folders.

Friday 17th

Spent the day with Zoe Li.

I started out the day by cleaning the windows and sweeping the cobwebs to make the shop look presentable and welcoming. I then sat at the computer and wrote more of the summer school plan. What materials do we need, and a checklist of things I need to find out (for example: what Yeovil creatives are free and what they think they could add to the workshop). I then moved around some paintings in the gallery and put up new ones and wrote the price tags. It was interesting to see the effect that the composition of the works on the wall had on the general look of the shop and how customer-friendly it was. For example, you have to put the prices big and clear next to the works because the majority of customers don’t like to single themselves out to ask or find out. I then helped rearrange some of the furniture so that the walk space into the gallery is more inviting and accessible. I assisted in a display of booklets called ‘Creativity for Wellbeing’ and ‘Together We Are Stronger’ so that they are some of the first things people see when they walk in. I then swept up at the end of the day to keep the shop clean and presentable!

Saturday 18th

Today was my last day. I spent the day with Zoe Li and her daughter Jojo who helped out with me. I spent time talking to customers and potential business partners and got to know what they do for work and how to incorporate that into Yeovil Art Space. I then worked on a window sign advertising our exhibition ‘Celebrations’ – on until July 14th. We made it bright and colourful to attract people in to have a look. I was able to use creative skills and knowledge on how to use colour and pattern to make it stand out to passers-by. I then worked on typing up my reflection and filled out my health and safety form required by my college, and my feedback form to go back to college about my time here.

Overall…

During my time at YAS, I was able to learn a lot about the skills and tasks involved in running a business and keeping on track with expenses, sales and upkeep of the shop. I also learned a lot about the history of YAS and how a business develops and grows. I also got to work and talk with many Yeovil-based artists and this was very beneficial for me as art is something I would like to take further in the future.

I feel like I was able to develop my listening, presenting, creativity and teamwork skills during my placement here and I can really see YAS developing further and spreading their artistic opportunities around Yeovil and possibly further. I would like to see more involvement in schools – a community like this is something that would have greatly inspired me as a child and I think it’s important for children to have access to creative exploration and a diverse variety of art styles and techniques.

‘Community’ New Art Exhibition

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.

[SAT 28 MAY, 2-4pm] Mosaic Mirror Workshop with Dawn Handy

£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.

Booking is essential. We have limited spaces so we are operating on a first come first served basis.

– Click BOOK NOW button below to book online.
– EMAIL us on info@yeovilartspace.uk
– TEXT us on 07887379388
– VISIT us at Yeovil Art Space during opening hours (Wed – Friday 10am to 4pm, Sat 10am – 5pm)

Part of a new Creative Workshops Programme (APRIL -JUNE 2022) in Yeovil Art Space and in our nearby edible garden between April and June. 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!
CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL PROGRAMME

[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.

[THUR 30 June, 6-8pm] Beginner Crochet Course (Session 3) with Steph Baker

THUR 28 April / 26 May / 30 June, 6-8pm.

£25 per person per session, adults only
We encourage you to book the 3 sessions for £75

The beginners’ crochet course will run over three 2 hour sessions. All equipment and materials will be provided, together with detailed handouts for each session, including several patterns.  Extension activities and handouts will be proposed for participants with some knowledge of the basics to build skills further.

Session 1: Thursday 28 April – Holding hook and yarn, slip knot, and basic stitches to include chain stitch, double crochet, half treble, and treble.  Extension activity – combining basic stitches to form a pattern.

Session 2: Thursday 26 May  – Crocheting in rounds and spirals, tension. Patterns include traditional and solid granny squares and a        coaster.  Extension activity – pattern and diagram reading with additional patterns for a flower granny square and lace coaster.

Session 3: Thursday 30 June – Increasing and decreasing with patterns for triangular bunting and a mini jumper.  Extension activity –   rabbit bunting and edging patterns.

Practise between sessions will be expected to ensure progression between sessions.  Phone and email support will also be available between sessions. 

After your booking, please give to the tutor an indication of level of knowledge and experience to allow for personalisation if necessary. Steph at craftingbysteph@gmail.com

Booking essential. We have limited spaces so we are operating on a first come first served basis.

– Click BOOK NOW button below to book online.
– EMAIL us on info@yeovilartspace.uk
– TEXT us on 07887379388
– VISIT us at Yeovil Art Space during opening hours (Wed – Friday 10am to 4pm, Sat 10am – 5pm)

Part of a new Creative Workshops Programme (APRIL -JUNE 2022) in Yeovil Art Space and in our nearby edible garden between April and June. 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!
CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL PROGRAMME

[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.

[SUN 19 June, 1-3pm] Growing Together! Family friendly creative gardening workshop with Lara from Skool Beanz

£25 each workshop, 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.

About Lara and Skool Beanz

Lara had a diploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture at Coventry University. Since 2019, she runs Skool Beanz, a gardening club for primary school children, teaching them all about growing food and flowers and how to garden to help nature. Lara contributed her skills in the creation of our community garden.

Booking essential. We have limited spaces so we are operating on a first come first served basis.

– Click BOOK NOW button below to book online.
– EMAIL us on info@yeovilartspace.uk
– TEXT us on 07887379388
– VISIT us at Yeovil Art Space during opening hours (Wed – Friday 10am to 4pm, Sat 10am – 5pm)

Part of a new Creative Workshops Programme (APRIL -JUNE 2022) in Yeovil Art Space and in our nearby edible garden between April and June. 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!
CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL PROGRAMME

[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.

[SAT 21 May, 1-3pm] Growing Together! Family friendly creative gardening workshop with Lara from Skool Beanz

Part of Creative Workshops Programme (APRIL -JUNE 2022)

£25 each workshop, 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.

About Lara and Skool Beanz

Lara had a diploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture at Coventry University. Since 2019, she runs Skool Beanz, a gardening club for primary school children, teaching them all about growing food and flowers and how to garden to help nature. Lara contributed her skills in the creation of our community garden.

Booking essential. We have limited spaces so we are operating on a first come first served basis.

– Click BOOK NOW button below to book online.
– EMAIL us on info@yeovilartspace.uk
– TEXT us on 07887379388
– VISIT us at Yeovil Art Space during opening hours (Wed – Friday 10am to 4pm, Sat 10am – 5pm)

Part of a new Creative Workshops Programme (APRIL -JUNE 2022) in Yeovil Art Space and in our nearby edible garden between April and June. 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!
CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL PROGRAMME

[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.

[FRI 10 June, 10am-1pm] Self-care Art Journaling with Ali Mauger

Pay What You Can Pricing Policy, 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 is essential. We have limited spaces so we are operating on a first come first served basis.

– Click BOOK NOW button below to book online.
– EMAIL us on info@yeovilartspace.uk
– TEXT us on 07887379388
– VISIT us at Yeovil Art Space during opening hours (Wed – Friday 10am to 4pm, Sat 10am – 5pm)

Part of a new Creative Workshops Programme (APRIL -JUNE 2022) in Yeovil Art Space and in our nearby edible garden between April and June. 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!
CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL PROGRAMME

[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.