Somerset Art Weeks 2011, which runs from Saturday 17th September to Sunday, 2nd October, is the largest art event in Somerset with around 400 artists and makers showcasing their work to the public in over 100 venues county-wide. The initiative brings contemporary visual art to everyone with a variety of free group exhibitions and events for all ages including talks, art trails, workshops and mystery tours.
Artworks are presented in a diverse range of media from ceramics, watercolour, textiles and wood to stone, glass and metal as well as digital technology, photography, installations and live arts.
Amongst those taking part are nationally renowned artists Simon Hitchens, Lisa Robertson, Toni Davey, Sonja Klingler, Candace Bahouth, Ian Edwards and John Candler. Several important emerging artists will also be showcasing their work including Lucy Lean, Andrea Rowbotham, Jon England and Megan Calver.
Somerset Art Weeks 2011 provides an opportunity for artists and makers to promote their work beyond the ‘Open Studio’ format. Venues range from Hestercombe Gardens, near Taunton and historic heritage sites such as Muchelney Abbey and the Tithe Barn at Cotley to public locations throughout the county including village halls, hotels, cafés, and the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton.