Public Events

Events ranging from talks and workshops organised by project artists. Open to all. Please see individual events for booking details.

Prospectus Learning Events
September – November 2017

We are delighted to present a programme of talks, workshops and events initiated, developed and organised by the group of artists participating in Prospectus. Combining their knowledge and connections, the group invited artists and professionals from around the UK to create a dynamic programme that reflects their interests in current ideas and approaches in contemporary arts practices. These events present a wide selection of disciplines in different contexts relevant to the artists and audiences in Somerset.

Artist Talk: Florian Roithmayr

Date: SAT 30 September, 6 – 7.45pm
Location: The Refectory, The Old Church School, Butts Hill, Frome, BA11 1HR

Roithmayr works with sculpture to generate and trace materials transformations in the process of making. Born in Germany, lives and works in Reading and Wysing. Major solo exhibitions include ir re par sur, Bloomberg Space, London (2017) and with, and, or, without, Camden Arts Centre (2016). Roithmayr is currently developing exhibitions with HS Projects in London and a sculpture and research project co-commissioned by the Museum of Classical Archaeology, Kettle’s Yard, and Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridgeshire. Florian also offers artist workshop on the 1 October. Please see below for details.

FEE: £3 pre paid ticket through Eventbrite/ Free for SAW members & students & under 25’s.
BOOKING: prospectus.eventbrite.com

Working with a simple material, Florian will lead us through a process exploring and discussing trace, transformation and occurance. This is a special and rare opportunity to work with Florian, who is both an excellent artist and teacher.  Roithmayr works with sculpture to generate and trace material transformations in the processes of making. The ambition in his work is to register the consequences of one surface or material yielding another through capturing the unexpected gestures that occur in the gap between mould and cast. Artist talk on 30 September, please see details above.

For further information about Florian’s work: https://www.reading.ac.uk/art/about/staff/Florian_Roithmayr.aspx
And his most recent exhibition at Camden Arts Centre here: https://www.camdenartscentre.org/whats-on/view/roithmayr

COST: £15 full price, £10 for SAW members and £5 students & under 25’s (16+ only). Materials and drinks included. Please bring a packed lunch or use the plentiful cafes and shops nearby in Frome. Limited places, booking & expression of interest essential.
BOOKING:  Please call SAW office 01458253800 (Tue & Thur 9am – 3pm) or email prospectus@somersetartworks.org.uk
Please book by Friday 15 September, We will confirm your attendance at the workshop by September 16th.


Artist Talk: The Art School and the Culture Shed by Matthew Cornford

Date: THUR 12 October, 6 – 8pm
Location: ‘The Den’ at The Cosy Club, Hunts Court, Corporation St, Taunton TA1 4AJ

Professor Matthew Cornford is an artist, researcher and course leader for the BA(Hons) Fine Art Critical Practice course at Brighton University. In association with Professor John Beck, Cornford undertook a research project to find and document the sites of former British Art Schools. Their photographs and findings documented in the 2014 publication ‘The Art School and the Culture Shed’. Cornford will be sharing elements of his practice and research into former Art Schools at the location of Taunton’s original art school, the Victorian, Hunts Court.

FEE: £3 suggested donation / Free for SAW members & students
BOOKING: prospectus.eventbrite.com

Artist Workshop: Material Resonances by Louise K Wilson & Stephen Felmingham

Date: Sat 28 October, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Location: Clayhill Arts, Clayhill Farm, Charlynch Lane, Bridgwater TA5 2PH

A day of talks, conversations, walks and workshops, with two members of the LAND2 Research Network, whose common interest in the Cold War and the resonance of place is expressed through divergent practices.

Louise K Wilson engages with lost traces of institutional spaces, often collaborating with the scientific community to produce works that comprise; installation, live work, video as well as sound. She has exhibited widely in North America and Europe. (www.lkwilson.org)

Stephen Felmingham’s drawing practice engages with the place, perception and memory. His drawings bear witness to the cultural trauma of the late twentieth century through fieldwork among the ruins of Cold War installations. (www.axisweb.org/p/stephenfelmingham)

Sound workshop – Using the walk as a line of inquiry participants will use microphones and create sculptural devices to explore ‘sonic signatures’ and sound on the limits of perception.

Drawing workshop – Exploring peripheral vision and memory to alter focus and levels of attention participants will examine the often-irrational forms that exist just outside of our field of direct vision.

Note to participants: Please bring outdoor clothing and footwear and a hand sized object that has personal connection for drawing workshop. (Not to be shown before workshop.)

FEE: £20 / £15 for SAW members and students, to include materials, light lunch and refreshment. Limited places only, booking essential. BOOKING:  Please contact SAW office on 01458253800 (Tue & Thur 9am – 4pm) or email Prospectus@somersetartworks.org.uk

Public Lecture: Journeys of Lactic Abstraction by Melanie Jackson

Date: THUR 9 November, 6 – 7.30pm
Location: University Centre Somerset, Wellington Rd, Taunton, Somerset TA1 5AX

Working with a wide range of practice includes sculpture, moving image and the printed word, Melanie is currently investigating the relationships between nature and technology through a series of experiments with natural materials, and the technologies available to her. She will talk about the focus and interest in her upcoming solo exhibition and publication Deeper in the Pyramid in 2018. Melanie won the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2007 and exhibited widely in the UK.  She is a senior lecturer at Slade School of Fine Art and is represented by Matt’s Gallery, London.

FEE: £3 suggested donation / Free for SAW members & students
BOOKING: prospectus.eventbrite.com

Public Lecture: The Neurobiology of Beauty and Its Implications by Professor Semir Zeki

Date: THUR 23 November, 6 – 7.30pm
Location: University Centre Somerset, Wellington Rd, Taunton, Somerset TA1 5AX

Professor Semir Zeki from University College London is a leading British neurobiologist. He explores the definition of beauty from a scientific perspective, showing that there is a single fundamental characteristic to the experience of beauty, one which is independent of culture, education and ethnic background. His talk challenges a long-standing question in philosophies of aesthetics, namely, whether the aesthetic judgment can ever be quantified, and raises, on the other hand, important questions about the uses of beauty.

FEE: £3 suggested donation / Free for SAW members & students
BOOKING: prospectus.eventbrite.com

Artist Talk: Mary Evans

Date: THUR 7 December, 6 – 7.30pm
Location: University Centre Somerset, Wellington Rd, Taunton, Somerset TA1 5AX

Mary Evans is a Nigerian born London based artist and Associate Lecturer at Central St Martins London. Her practice is centered on making site-based installations using a variety of media (paper, rubber, paint, print and digital media) on a variety of surfaces (paper, walls, flooring, glass.) Her work often reveals the historical, architectural or social threads of its’ source. The intention is to look beyond the façade of ornament to see what lurks there.  In her work, Evans synthesises elements of her African background with the European culture of her most recent experience. This cross-cultural discourse is paralleled by a secondary discourse that links methods of image production, ’fine art’ and ‘craft’, decoration and ornament. Evans exhibited her work widely in the UK and overseas, including Farewell to Post-Colonialism, 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China, (2008), Still The Barbarians, EVA International, Limerick Ireland (2016), Frans Masereel & Contemporary Art: Images of Resistance, MuZee Ostend, Belgium (2017). Evans received Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA (2010) and The Arts & Literary Arts Residency, Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Italy (2014).

FEE: £3 suggested donation / Free for SAW members & students
BOOKING: prospectus.eventbrite.com

Artist Workshop: Material Resonances by Louise K Wilson & Stephen Felmingham


Date: Sat 28 October, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Location: Clayhill Arts, Clayhill Farm, Charlynch Lane, Bridgwater TA5 2PH

A day of talks, conversations, walks and workshops, with two members of the LAND2 Research Network, whose common interest in the Cold War and the resonance of place is expressed through divergent practices.

Louise K Wilson engages with lost traces of institutional spaces, often collaborating with the scientific community to produce works that comprise; installation, live work, video as well as sound. She has exhibited widely in North America and Europe. (www.lkwilson.org)

Stephen Felmingham’s drawing practice engages with place, perception and memory. His drawings bear witness to the cultural trauma of the late twentieth century through fieldwork among the ruins of Cold War installations. (www.axisweb.org/p/stephenfelmingham)

Sound workshop – Using the walk as a line of inquiry participants will use microphones and create sculptural devices to explore ‘sonic signatures’ and sound on the limits of perception.

Drawing workshop – Exploring peripheral vision and memory to alter focus and levels of attention participants will examine the often-irrational forms that exist just outside of our field of direct vision.

Note to participants: Please bring outdoor clothing and footwear and a hand sized object that has personal connection for drawing workshop. (Not to be shown before workshop.)

FEE: £20 / £15 for SAW members and students, to include materials, light lunch and refreshment.

Limited places only, booking essential.  To book, please contact SAW office on 01458253800 (Tue & Thur 9am – 4pm) or email Prospectus@somersetartworks.org.uk

 

Artist Workshop with Florian Roithmayr

Date: Sunday 1st October : 10am – 5pm
Location: The Refectory, 
The Old Church School, Butts Hill, Frome BA11 1HR

Cost: £15 full price, £10 for SAW members and £5 students & under 25’s (16+ only).
Materials and drinks included. 

Please bring a packed lunch or use the plentiful cafes and shops nearby in Frome.
Limited places, booking & expression of interest essential.

Working with a simple material, Florian will lead us through a process exploring and discussing trace, transformation and occurance. This is a special and rare opportunity to work with Florian, who is both an excellent artist and teacher.  Roithmayr works with sculpture to generate and trace material transformations in the processes of making. The ambition in his work is to register the consequences of one surface or material yielding another through capturing the unexpected gestures that occur in the gap between mould and cast.

For further information about Florian’s work: https://www.reading.ac.uk/art/about/staff/Florian_Roithmayr.aspx
And his most recent exhibition at Camden Arts Centre here: https://www.camdenartscentre.org/whats-on/view/roithmayr

To book, please call SAW office 01458253800 (Tue & Thur 9am – 3pm) or email prospectus@somersetartworks.org.uk
We will confirm your attendance at the workshop by September 16th.

Public Lecture: The Neurobiology of Beauty and Its Implications by Professor Semir Zeki

Date: THUR 23 November
Time: 5.30-7.30pm
Location: University Centre Somerset, Wellington Rd, Taunton, Somerset TA1 5AX

In his book Art (1914), The English art critic, Clive Bell, asked: what is common to all that arouses the aesthetic emotion?  Neither he nor his successors provided an answer, but the question was inspiring enough to be studied neurobiologically. The answer (strictly in neurobiological terms) is that the experience of beauty, regardless of its source (i.e. whether visual, musical, moral or mathematical) correlates with activity in the same part of the emotional brain, the medial orbito-frontal cortex (mOFC) and that the intensity of activity there is proportional to the declared intensity of the experience of beauty. This answers positively, on the one hand, a long-standing question in philosophies of aesthetics, namely whether aesthetic judgment can every be quantified, and raises, on the other hand, important questions about the uses of beauty.

Professor Semir Zeki from University College London is a leading British neurobiologist. He explores the definition of beauty from a scientific perspective, showing that there is a single fundamental characteristic to the experience of beauty, one which is independent of culture, education and ethnic background. In his book Inner Vision: An Exploration of Art and the Brain, Zeki researched into what goes on inside the brain while a person is looking at artwork.

£3 suggested donation / Free for SAW members & students. Booking recommended
Event details and online booking: prospectus.eventbrite.com
For further information: 01458253800 / prospectus@somersetartworks.org.uk

Art Club in Frome

Sue Palmer is starting an Art Club in Frome.

First session – Tuesday 9th May, and then every second Tuesday of the month at Edventure Frome.