Commission artist: Denman & Gould

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Denman & Gould (Eleanor Goulding and Russell Denman) for R&D commission as part of our development programme funded by Arts Council England Lottery Funding. They have been working with us since May and focus on the area around environmental sustainability by develop conversation with community and exploring:

• How the community sees our public / private public space – front gardens and public space?

• Reimagining Yeovil – What would our town look like if all the gardens were pollinator gardens?

In Summer 2021, working in partnership with LoveYeovil and Yeovil Library, Denman & Gould put together a pop-up event ‘Papercut Silhouettes’ with artist Richard Heaton, to invite public to contribute to the artwork which currently display at the library. They will be working with our Art Action Group to deliver a series of activities in the next 6 months.

Denman & Gould based in Yeovil. They specialise in public and community-based projects. They work across multiple disciplines, from the design and build of large-scale public art projects to film, sculpture, textiles and jewellery. We explore ideas of community and the connecting threads that knit people and places together, providing new perspectives on familiar surroundings, illuminating layers of meaning and stimulating feelings of recognition and belonging. They have recently appointed as artist for ‘Site 20’ project for Baylis Estates at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, exploring ways to creatively connect people with nature and enrich biodiversity within a key new SUDS green space within the busy surrounding urban environment.

More about Denman & Gould https://www.denmangould.com/

Commission artist: Thomas Goddard

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas Goddard for R&D commission as part of our development programme funded by Arts Council England Lottery Funding. Thomas has been working with us since May and will be working with YAY, our creative young people group for aged 13-17 in the 6 months to develop new initiative which lead by young people for young people in Yeovil.

Thomas Goddard is a contemporary visual artist from Cardiff, Wales. By collecting ideas, insights, humour and histories from communities, he supports people to understand and find new ways to see themselves and the world. Thomas received the inaugural Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education and has worked with the BBC, Wales Arts International, CADW, Take A Part and HLF. Thomas was recently selected for Survey – a major exhibition by Jerwood Space presenting works by 15 early-career UK artists in 2018/19, touring to Bluecoat, Liverpool; g39 Cardiff and Baltic Gateshead.

Tom is part of the artist team for the Turner Prize nominees Gentle Radical, and lead artist for Somerset Art Works’ commission – Taunton Youth Republic https://tauntonyouthrepublic.home.blog

Find our more about Thomas: thomas-goddard.com

Taunton Youth Republic activities. Image courtesy of Somerset Art Works


Artist R&D Commission – Celebration

Yeovil Art Space is commissioning an artist/collective to carry out a commission developed and co-delivered by the Yeovil Arts Action Group (YAAG).  The commission forms the 3rd part of a year-long R&D commissioning process led by Yeovil Art Space to develop a partnership commissioning group YAAG. Funded by Arts Council England Lottery Funding.

This 3rd commission is focussing on reaching out to areas and groups that do not normally engage and bringing them into the town to celebrate and connect together.

While this is an open brief, the YAAG are keen to:

  • Reach those in Yeovil Town who may not normally attend or link into cultural activities
  • Explore themes of celebration and togetherness centred around the upcoming Queen’s Platinum Jubilee or thoughts on how communities celebrate together
  • Interested in supporting identities and cultural heritage
  • Consider and support diverse and inclusive approaches to communal celebrations 

Our work covers a wider geographical area of yeovil, including the following Yeovil Town, Brimpton, Yeovil Without & West Coker Parish, and we are keen to engage with and increase our connectivity with groups/communities from the deprived neighbourhoods, including Westfield, Pen Mill North, Sherborne Road, Town Centre and Birchfield, which all within the 20% most deprived neighbourhoods in the UK. 

Our YAAG partners and YAS Team will support the artist by identifying and engaging with groups and organisations in these areas to ensure a broad reach. 

Timetable 

November 2021 – March 2022 

Budget
The overall artist fee is £3000 with a production budget of £1500.

If you are interested, please download the FULL BRIEF (In pdf format)

Deadline: 8 November 2021

If you would like to access this document in another format please contact us by emailing yeovilartspace@gmail.com

Art in a box Workshop with Jenny Graham (BOOK NOW)

Saturday 27 November, 10am – 4pm, £75 each

Join artist Jenny Graham to create a personalised artwork in a box, with items from your family history/memories, such as copies of old photographs, postcards and letters, text and images from old magazines; or something meaningful to you, i.e. found objects, dry flowers, stones and other natural materials. Bring them with you to fill the box and decorate the exterior.

Each participant will be provided with a 30x 30 cm hinged wooden box with removable shelves. Paint, brushes and glue will be provided, but please bring Stanley knife, scissors and ruler.

Coffee and tea will be provided. Please bring your snack, pack lunch or purchase from near by. Lunch is between 12.30 – 1.30pm.

[Covid Safety]
We commit to the safety of all our participants and staff working at Yeovil Art Space. Although wearing a face covering is not compulsory, we recommend all participants to keep a 1m distance between each other and use the hand sanitiser provided. Tutors will be wearing a mask if closer distance is required to provide instructions or help. We have risk assessments in place should you require them. Please bring a bottle of water or drink with you.

[Terms and Conditions]

  • Each workshop is for 16 and above, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • You can book as an individual or ‘Make it together’, an offer for a group of 2 family or friends to make one item together.
  • 50% off for those who have received universal credit or to full-time students, 2 places only for each workshop, first come first served.
  • Workshop takes place on the 1st floor, if you require wheelchair access or have difficulties to climb stairs, please let us know so we can make arrangements.

[Cancellation policy]

  • 50% refund 14 days before the workshop date. Transfer to other workshop is possible if you cancel 7 days before the workshop date.
  • Full refund if YAS cancels the workshop due to insufficient sign up.

Creative Workshops

Our workshop programme is growing with a successful series held throughout Somerset Open Studios and we are now planning what is to come in the next few months, building the options we can in the Yeovil community. 

CURRENT WORKSHOPS

Friday 29 October (BOOK NOW!)

Halloween Family Friendly Mosaic workshops
with Dawn HANDY

10.30-12.30: Create a Halloween themed mosaic sculpture using a variety of recycled and new materials. A selection of templates are available for you to choose from. Halloween is optional and other templates will be available.

1-3: Mosaic coaster workshop. Using a variety of different materials, you will have the opportunity to create two mosaic coasters. Perfect for your morning cuppa or to give as gifts.

Children under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. Suitable from 6 years old. All materials are provided. Due to the nature of the materials, please consider wearing a dust mask. £15 by person.

Discount available for universal credit/student. Please contact workshop@yeovilartspace.uk for details.

Workshop space is located on the 1st floor, it is not wheelchair accessible, if you need assistant, please contact us prior booking your place on workshop@yeovilartspace.uk



If you are an artist interested in running workshops please contact workshop@yeovilartspace.uk with your ideas and we can discuss further.

Creative Lab

Four hands drawing in process, June 2021

We are delighted to host this visual discussion between artists Clarissa Ready and Stéphanie Max. An exhibition for the artists to express their influences and processes, finding bridges across their practice and creating new collaborative artworks around the theme of nature. The artists will share a selection of personal artworks as well as pieces that “four hands have made together” and works in progress. It is an evolving ‘lab’ of experimentation. 

The exhibition will alter throughout the month reflecting the developing conversation between the artists and a workshop table will be set up, inviting visitors to create and contribute to the exhibition.  

Meet the artists: Friday & Saturday 8 & 9 October, 11-2.
Workshop for Yeovil Creatives event: 20 October 6-8pm
Artist Workshop: 15 October, 10.30am – 12noon Printmaking / 12.30pm – 2pm Development with stitch (booking essential)

Somerset Open Studios at YAS

Yeovil Art Space welcomes five members of the Yeovil Creatives to set up temporary studio space as part of the Somerset Art Works Open Studios event this September (18 Sept- 3 Oct 2021).  Grażyna Wikierska, Clarissa Ready, Stéphanie Max, Dawn Handy and Jess Egan (pictured) will be showcasing an exciting range of work in printmaking, drawing, painting, mosaic and sculpture. 

The five artists in the group explore subjects in their art inspired by the human experience which will resonate with many visitors with themes covering ecology, the landscape around us, emotions, and art as experimentation and play, as well as ‘art as ritual’ in the healing process.   In this new exhibition the group as a whole reflect on the wider natural world and our impact on it.

Somerset Open Studios is a huge countywide event each autumn, with artists opening up their studios and exhibition spaces to the public; giving behind the scenes talks and workshops and showing art for sale.

Creative workshops every saturday.

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