Travelling Open Studios Project

Alice Quantocks

I am thrilled to announce that during Somerset Open Studios 2016 (17th September – 2nd October) I will be touring a new exciting project around Somerset, as a continuation of the Momentum programme of commissions that The Car Boot Museum was part of last year. The travelling open studio is a literal open studio – a pop up artists’ studio that will tour the county, where members of the public are invited to come and create work inspired by the landscape in a new location each day.

Somerset is a county rich in varied landscapes, towns, villages and artistic communities. Our studios may be a room, a barn, a shed, somewhere we work alone or share our space with others. But beyond the walls there is a larger studio space; a space open to the elements and these variations of place; a space of inspiration, stories and materials – the county itself. This project will seek to explore that.

It is a studio that is open in many interpretations of the word: open to the elements and the landscape, open in that all are welcome to come and participate, and open in terms of enabling a freedom to experiment with the medium of your creative work. Visitors are encouraged to gather materials on site and also to bring their own if they have a specific medium they wish to work with (I will have basic materials, but contributions most welcome!). Visitors can paint, make collages, land sculptures, film, creative writing – the key is to go with your inspiration in that location. I will be there creating my own work, but also to facilitate creative discussions and enable and collaborate with visitors to create their own work.

Each day the work will be documented via photography, film and a poetic narrative I will be working on and uploaded to this website, so that each day and location will have its own online gallery. I will also post photos on my Instagram (user name ghostsosilver). In this way we will be able to trace the momentum of the project as it evolves and changes each day. As part of this documentation there will also be a small pop up structure that I will set up at each location – this itself will become an evolving collaborative art work as people are welcome to add work to it – perhaps write or draw on it, or simply use it as a temporary gallery space to display work. By the end of the two weeks of the Open Studios period we will have both an online creative archive of work and a physical collaborative portrait of the creative community, people and places of Somerset.

I would encourage all people to come and explore. If you want to create work, fantastic, but you are also welcome to just come and have a look and a conversation – we are stopping in some fabulous locations and have some amazing organisations such as The Forestry Commission and The National Trust on board. I would also encourage you to combine a visit with checking out some of the fabulous open studios that may be near by as part of an art trail.

I am also really pleased that there will be four days of exciting, cross-disciplinary, site-specific school workshops.

The itinerary is as follows, but please note that extreme weather might cause some disruption and there may be some last minute exciting additions, so please check this website, the SAW social media, my twitter @ghostsosilver and the twitter hash tag #somersetopenstudios16.

Saturday 17th – Glastonbury Tor 10-2, Burrow Mump 3-6

Sunday 18th – Ramscombe picnic area – Great Wood – Quantocks – 10.30 – 6

Monday 19th – Longrun Meadow – Taunton – School day until 3, Public session after school until 7.

Tuesday 20th – Avalon Marshes Centre – 10 – 5

Thursday 22nd – School day – West Somerset

Friday 23rd – Minehead – outside The Old Hospital – 11 – 5

Saturday 24th – Dulverton Farmers Market – during opening hours

Monday 26th – Halsway Manor – School Day

Tuesday 27th – Somerset Earth Science Centre – School Day

Thursday 29th – Cleveland Pools – Bath – 2-7

Friday 30th – Somerton ACE arts in The Old Town Hall – 10-1, Castle Cary – The Old Market Place– 2-6

Saturday 1st – 10-1.30 Ebbor Gorge, 2.30-6 Blackmoor Reserve

Sunday 2nd – Brean Down Fort 11-4 or when people leave

So yes – please visit! And don’t forget to follow all the social media updates.