R&D Commission by artist collective from Yeovil Community Art School

We are very proud to announce the appointment of a collective of 8 artists from our Community Art School cohort to deliver our 3rd Research & Development Commission funded by Arts Council England Lottery Funding. The group of artists are Dawn Handy, Izzie Jobbins, Stéphanie Max, Miranda Pender, Rhiannon Cross, Jess Egan, Celia Brokenshire and Sarah Moore.

The decision came almost as a surprise from the discussions in the Yeovil Art Action group and we are delighted with this opportunity for the artists who are just two months into their Community Art School programme. The group of artists have created a close network already and have received two full days of fantastic teaching under guest tutors Rachel Dobbs and Fiona Winning, with more to come on a monthly basis well into 2022.  The programme is dedicated to building their expertise as artists and with a focus on working in the community through projects, workshops and assisting communication across groups in Yeovil. 

In the next 3 months, the 8 artists will be working with Yeovil Art Action Group (YAAG) and our Producers Natasha Rand and Carolyn Lefley to deliver a number of activities and events in response to the theme of Celebration as we approach the Jubilee events in June 2022.

More about the Yeovil Art Action Group
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THURS 16 December: Heart mosaic Workshop with Dawn Handy

5-7 pm / £25 each

You can choose to pair up with a pal to work on one large or two small hearts or create your very own. Sharing the love this Christmas with a fabulous and very popular mosaic heart workshop. Great to keep for your home or to give as a gift, choosing from a variety of heart templates. Create an incredible recycled mosaic heart, with a wondrous choice of materials and expert tuition.

All materials provided. All welcome.

Children aged 6 and above.

The tutor

Dawn Handy is a self-taught mosaic artist, with a formal background in drawing, printmaking and graphic art with a primary focus on linocuts, woodcuts, etchings and mixed media.

[Covid Safety]
We commit to the safety of all our participants and staff working at Yeovil Art Space. Wearing a face covering is now compulsor. We recommend all participants to keep a 1m distance between each other and use the hand sanitiser provided. 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.

Booking via the following methods:
– Come to our shop during opening time to book in person
– Text us on 07887379388 (we will call you back to take your booking)
– Email us at yeovilartspace@gmail.com
– Click the Yellow button below to book & paid online

CANCELLED

SAT 11 December: Christmas screen printing with Natasha Rand

10.30am – 12.30pm / £25 each

Natasha Rand, Creation Generation is a community artist and teacher. Her approach is to ensure all can access creativity and enjoy the process of making, no matter what their age or ability.

Come and join this basic printing workshop and go back home with your tote bag and prints on textiles!

Screen printing is a fantastic artistic technique which is especially useful for printing onto material and paper. This workshop will introduce you to some basic paper stencil cutting skills, with festive designs encouraged! Experimental ink mixing and layering of multiple colours will enable everyone to create their own Christmas wrapping and tote bags for that personal touch.

Suitable for age 8 plus.

[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.

THUR 16 December: Needle Felted Christmas Fairy with Steph Baker

10.30am – 12.30pm / £25 each

Make an elegant needle felted Christmas Fairy in this 2 hour workshop, suitable for beginners.

All tutoring, equipment and materials supplied.

Health & Safety – the felting needles are sharp and barbed, participants must be able to follow precise instructions.

[Covid Safety]
We commit to the safety of all our participants and staff working at Yeovil Art Space. Wearing a face covering is now compulsory. We recommend all participants to keep a 1m distance between each other and use the hand sanitiser provided. 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.

CANCELLED

SAT 11 December: Dream Catcher Workshop with Lupe Velazquez

2 – 4pm / £25 each

A workshop exploring and learning how to create a dream catcher, as well as introducing the meanings behind this beautiful and iconic artwork from the native American tribe, Huichol, from the North of Mexico.

We will have an introduction on the history of the dream catcher and how to make the structure with visual images and examples. Followed by some time to prepare materials and tools and you will be able to select your ideas and choose your coloured threads. You will then knit your own dream catcher, developing your skills as well as enjoying a relaxing therapy for the mind, connecting energy in these creative dream catchers.

Lupe Velazquez is an artist and designer, creating a variety of visual art and designs with an interest in organic shapes, colours and futuristic styles.

[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.

SAT 4 December: Linocut Christmas Wrapping with Stephanie Max

10.30am – 12.30pm / £25 each

Come and learn basic linocut techniques to create your very own Xmas wrapping paper, labels and cards to make your presents unique and memorable. A selection of papers and accessories will be available to play with.

The tutor
Stéphanie Max is a mixed media artist, paper and print lover. She dedicates her work to creating pictures on paper. https://stephanie-max.com/

Suitable for age 14 plus.

Health & Safety – the linocut tools are sharp, participants must be able to follow precise instructions.

[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.

SAT 20 November: A Very Mosaic Christmas with Dawn Handy

10:30am – 12:30pm / £25

Come along and enjoy learning how to create recycled mosaics, using found objects, glass tiles, mirrors, beads, vintage and contemporary crockery. You will have the option to choose from a variety of Christmas sculptures and decorations or to create a mosaic design, choosing from a template base of your choice.

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.

[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.

FRI 26 November: Christmas Wreath Making with Black Shed Flowers

5 – 8pm / £40 each

Yeovil Art Space is delighted to be partnering with award winning British flower grower Black Shed Flowers in Dorset to bring this creative workshop to you!

Come and join the Black Shed Team to make a willow based wreath, full of British grown foliages and dried ingredients.

Helen, owner of Black Shed Flowers, and Sue, an experienced Florist, will guide you through the process in this seasonal workshop. No experience necessary!

Enjoy your evening of making with mince pie and drinks.
Part of late night shopping event at Yeovil Art Space, free parking at Quedam Shopping Centre.

[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.

R&D Commission by 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/

R&D Commission by 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