Exhibitions and Events
Frome, where I live, has a strong artistic community with artists in studios and outlets across the town. The Black Swan Arts Gallery has an ambitious programme of exhibitions throughout the year and local cafes such as La Strada, Dining Diva's, and The Garden Cafe showcase artist's work on a regular basis. The Merlin and Memorial Theatres in Frome run a busy programme of quality performances. Frome has its own community based festival that runs annually in July, putting the spotlight on the wealth and variety of talent in Frome as well attracting top performers across music, dance, theatre and art. Frome Festival includes an artists Open Studios event over both weekends of the festival.
There are a number of open studio events across the counties of Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset at different times, giving artists a chance to exhibit their work locally and visitors plenty of opportunity to see original artwork in their local area. In the bordering county of Wiltshire, the Cloth Road Arts Trail, covering predominantly west Wiltshire, runs its open studios event bi- annually in May (next 2014). Somerset Art Works organises Somerset Art Weeks Open Studios Event every September. The Wylye Valley Art Trail, covering south Wiltshire runs bi-annually in May (next 2013). Dorset Arts Week runs in May/June bi-annualy (next 2014).
Frome Open Studios 2014
5th-6th July and 12th/13th July 2014
11-5pm both weekends
An exhibition in my home as part of the open studios trail. Please contact me for more details and the trail map covering all venues will be available soon on the link below.
Trail map available soon at Frome Open Studios
Cloth Road Arts Week 2014
3rd to 11th May 2014
The Coach House, The Swan Hotel, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 1LN
An exhibition as part of the Cloth Road Arts Week showing my paintings and Sarah Truscott's hand-woven scarves, rugs and wall-hangings.
Trail map available at Cloth Road Artists website
Lane House Arts
5 Nelson Place East, Bath. BA1 5DA
Exhibition 'Ones to Watch part 1' until 30th September 2013
Lane House Arts first permanent gallery opened in May 2013 in Bath's Artisan Quarter at the top of Walcot Street. The gallery represents established and emerging artists and my work is part of the current exhibtion 'Ones to Watch part 1' running until the end of September 2013.
Opening hours: Wednesday to Friday 10:00am to 5:30pm
Saturday 10:30am to 6:00pm
or by appointment: +44 (0) 7767 498 403
at Black Swan Arts, Frome
The Plinth is a gallery space in Black Swan Arts in Frome hosting a rolling programme of art work. I am exhibiting during mid July to August.
You can find some of my work at Seed whose collection of individual works support emerging artists and makers.
Frome Festival 2013 - 5th to 14th July 2013
Open studios around the town, on both weekends of the festival, and is one of the Visual Arts Events. Both festival weekends 6/7th and 13th/14th July. Pick up your Open Studios guide in the Tourist Information, Cheese and Grain venue and cafes and other outlets around the town.
I am exhibiting in the event 'Through the Blue Door', another one of the Visual Arts Events in the festival, open on Sat 6th and Sun 7th July and Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12th, 13th and 14th July, 2pm to 6pm each day. Special music guests playing live on each Saturday. Homeade tea and cakes or Pimms and lemonade. Venue: Garden House, 30 Fromefield, Frome. BA11 2HE. Details on page 24 of the festival programme.
All events and listings in the Frome Festival full programme available to pick up throughout the town, or see the website:
Full festival runs Friday 5th July to Sunday 14th July 2013 - go to website for full details or to request a brochure
Bath School of Art and Design exhibition:
'The World Did Not End'
Free Range at Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London
The World Did Not End degree show
Bath School of Art and Design Degree Show 2013
Sion Hill and Dartmouth Avenue, Bath
Sion Hill Place, Bath BA1 5SF
My paintings will be on exhibition in this year's Bath School of Art and Design degree show held at Bath Spa Univeristy, Sion Hill. A fresh and lively show with a fantastic display of work over three floors and out into the grounds. You can see painting, print, sculpture, fashion and textiles, graphics, video, installation and new media.
painting by Samantha West
Bath School of Art and Design
Cloth Road Arts Trail May 2012
I exhibited new paintings, joining a group at the West Barn in Bradford-on-Avon, comprising of Brian Greaves, metalworker/sculptor, Anthony Rogers, wood sculptor, Sarah Truscott, handweaver, and JoAnne Huntley, lampworker. The next show will be May 2014 when I hope to be exhibiting at a new venue on the trail.
Please use the above link to visit the main Cloth Road Artists website to find out more about the event.
The Garden Cafe 2011
The Garden Cafe is in Stony Street just off the Market Place in the centre of the town. You can enjoy breakfast, coffee, organic wines, beers and ciders, a delicious menu, cakes and puddings, served all day. Go in the evenings for drinks in the garden, dining out, and special pizza nights.
Tel. 01373 454178
POP Gallery Catherine Hill Frome 2011
Paintings, drawings, sculpture, textiles video by six Frome artists on show for the month of May, utilising an empty shop space on Catherine Hil.
POP Opening Celebration Sunday 1st May 10am to 3pm during St. Catherine's Artisan Market - Catherine Hill Frome.
The exhibition continues throughout May opening on Monday's, Thursday's, Friday's and Saturday's, 11am to 4pm.
The Art Stable, Child Okeford, Dorset 'Secret Postcards' 2010
The Art Stable Secret Postcards weblink
The Art Stable is situated at Gold Hill Organic Farm in Child Okeford, Dorset. They specialise in Contemporary and Modern British paintings and prints. There are two exhibiting spaces, one for temporary exhibitions and the other permanently hanging work by gallery artists.
The 'Secret Postcard' exhibition raised funds for a volunteer trip to Sri Lanka to help at The Foundation of Goodness which was set up by Kushil Gunasekera in 1999.
Bath Artist's Studios ' New View ' exhibition 2010
Bath Artists' Studios Gallery, Comfortable Place, Upper Bristol ROad, Bath BA1 3AJ
Colour and Line, Bay Tree Gallery, Bradford-on-Avon 2009
The Bay Tree Gallery is located at 48 St. Margaret's Street, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 1DE. Tel. 01225 864918 Website: Bay Tree Gallery
Somerset Art Weeks 2008
Somerset Arts Works
Sarah, Sally and myself at our venue- SAW 2008
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