Somerset Art Weeks 2019

Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2019

21 September - 6 October

Open Daily 10am - 5pm


This year for Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2019 The Old Brick Workshop's studio members and invited guest artists will be putting on a fantastic show of work in The Gallery and throughout the rest of the building. This exhibition will give you an opportunity to see a massive variety of work and styles all under one roof. The artists exhibiting this year are Genevieve Murray, Anna Newland Hooper, James Marsden, Diana Pilcher, John Nutt, Alison Cosserat, Helena Clulee, Tina Hill, Ruth Drew, Judy Crosher, Claire Western, Alexandra Lavizzari, Bernadette Jones, Margaret Micklewright.

Locally ground coffee, tea and cake will be available from our pop-up coffee bar.

Member Artists

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Alison Cosserat - Studio 1

My latest work is inspired by an ancient building that houses an art gallery in the French town of Auray in Southern Brittany. I have a fascination with the patination and texture that has built up over vast amounts of time forming an untold story of encounters along a journey. This is similar to the processes and effects created during my work as a gilder and restorer of antique gilt furniture. 

In my paintings I'm using the same traditional, organic materials and processes that I do in my gilding practice. Building up and knocking back, covering up and then revealing again.

Underlying all of this is a fixation with numbers and geometry that has appeared throughout much of my work. Trying to create some kind of order and rationale.

I hold a BA Hons degree in Visual Arts at Lancaster university.

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Genevieve Murray - Studio 1A

I am a Somerset based artist working from one of the studios here at the Old Brick Workshop. I specialise in portraiture, both commissions and my own work. I usually paint in oil and am particularly drawn to portraits that focus on light and shadow, strong colours and effective composition. Old masters such as Vermeer, Caravaggio and Manet are important influences in my work and I often replicate their traditional way of framing and lighting a portrait.

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‘Gosia’ is my most recent work and it reflects my love of Vermeer, in particular his ‘Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window’ and ‘Girl with a Red Hat’. I really enjoyed using the deep and traditional colours in this painting and capturing Gosia’s serenity and her absorption in her task as she plans the quilt that she is working on.

I also have on display a group of fluid oil studies that I painted using the alla prima method, meaning that they were usually painted in either a single session and/or whilst the paint was still wet to touch.

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Anna Newland Hooper - Studio 1C

My work is concerned with notions of memory and loss. Through the exploration of discarded archives, specifically photographic ones, I am reflecting on what effect the loss of analogue objects and the memories they could trigger would have on our individual and collective memory.

The objects I am concerned with in particular are photographic film slides, part of two visual culture archives of prominent educational institutions. These objects to me are embedded with latent memories and by cataloguing, rephotographing and presenting them in new ways I am attempting to preserve those memories and create new ones in the process.

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John Nutt - Studio 1F

All my work since 2005 has been figurative and based in the real world. I draw upon real locations in Somerset and Devon, building narratives intended to provoke serious contemplation and ask questions about unconscious values and beliefs. I believe art happens below our waking consciousness and the images are designed to quietly provoke fresh value judgements and questions. My recent work has been about how people are judged and perceived. I have been producing figurative work for many years much of it inspired by classicism particularly Poussin. I have exhibited widely over the years and had a long-standing association with John Brandler gallery in Brentwood.

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Diana Pilcher - Studio 1H

Paintings on Khadi paper and prints, using mokuhanga method (Japanese woodblock). I continue to explore my use of colour, texture and expressive mark.

In response to music and movement. I enjoy the combined subtleties of water based media and the softness of handmade paper.


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James Marsden - Studio 2A & B

My work is about detachment. The way society is becoming desensitised and disinterested in others. Global networking means the loss of face to face communication. I would describe my paintings as traditional and representational, they are an exploration of light and the subject confronts communication issues in our modern world. My more recent work uses the antiquated medium of Silverpoint whose permanence and painstaking process contradicts the modern subject matter of the digital age we now live in.

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Helena Clulee BA(Hons) AKA ‘Clu’ - Studio 2C

I am a professional mixed media and graphic design artist selling and exhibited in both the UK and Germany. I have also been published in Workbox - 'Be Creative' Magazine in June 2016.

As a self-taught artist, I am inspired by Mother Nature in the colours and textures of our natural environment. My happy go lucky disposition to life leaves me free and open minded to see all that it has to offer. I use paint, pencils, scrapbooking, mixed media, textiles, clay, discarded objects and natural materials to bring together unique pieces of work.

Guest Artists

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Ruth Drew

Living in the Somerset countryside, my work is often influenced by the daily walks taken with my dogs, Bella and Boris. The main subject for my current work being close-up studies of flora and fauna, found along the many well- trodden routes around my locality. Working from detailed photographic studies, I interpret them into paintings using mainly acrylics, which provide a vibrancy with the use of eye-popping colours. The paintings are built up in layers, creating a depth to draw in the observer. The subject often determines how I paint and is always a direct result of an emotional response.

Having a graphic design background of over 30 years, I often see things in a structured way and use colours and shapes to create the wow factor.

Recent commissions of mine have included animal portraiture.

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Judy Crosher

After a career teaching and writing on ancient history, I took a first class degree in fine art at Somerset College in 2014. My work then and since has been influenced by the intensely humanist and inclusive philosophy of Joseph Beuys, and the Colombian artist Doris Salcedo, who, like Beuys, uses everyday objects as allegories and sites of reflection.

I currently work in porcelain, interested in the tension between its fragility and strength.

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Tina Hill

In my work I am interested in exploring elemental transformations and the passage of time. More than just reflecting the natural cycles of birth and death, construction and destruction, I am interested in – ‘new life from old’; how artefacts can be discarded as worthless by one society only to be sort after and conserved by another. In this my work draws from both archaeology and geology. As well as museum artefacts and display.

Printmaking as a process allows me to incorporate parts of one print into another, producing new images and concepts from fragments of old. As parts, fragmentation, and stratification are key elements in my work I try to express these ideas through the use of texture, colour and multiple layers or surfaces. My use of texture and colour also echoes the processes of decay and dissolution, the imprints and stains of time.

I gained an M.A. (distinction) in Multidisciplinary Printmaking at U.W.E. in 2009 and I am currently an Artist Network Member of the Royal West of England Academy. My prints have been selected for exhibitions and are in private collections, both in the UK and abroad.

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Alexandra Lavizzari

I am a Swiss writer and artist living and working in beautiful Somerset. 

My subject matter is nature, mostly landscapes and the sea in Cornwall, and sometimes animals and still lives. Always curious to try new ways of expression I work in different mediums - soft pastels, acrylics and oil or a combination of them adding various types of inks. Recently I have started to apply the concept of nature more literally in my art by integrating natural ingredients into my paintings. During my walks in the West Country I collect whatever catches my eye and keep them for future use: bird feathers, wings of butterflies, seaweed and flower petals, pebbles, they all find a place in my artwork either because of their striking beauty, shape or texture. In this sense I invite the outside world directly onto my canvas and hope, by mixing art and nature, to establish a connection between viewer and the natural world.  

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Margaret Micklewright

My work is simply a response to weather conditions and landscape around me.  I prefer to work outside in the landscape I choose to paint, allowing interference or adaption from weather conditions at that time.  I am influenced by the Cornish coastline, especially around St Just, The Somerset Levels, Coast and Moors near my home and the Quantock Hills.  A recent trip to Orkney has inspired me even further, allowing me to translate my observations into more expressive work.   I use acrylic and handwriting ink and also oil paint usually with a wet surface to start and often throughout the making of the piece. 

I graduated from Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen (BA Hons Fine Art) and have since painted on a part-time basis,  now full-time,  but exhibiting regularly in Somerset.

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Bernadette Jones

An original training in theatrical costume design was followed by an initial career as a secondary school teacher. The last 10 years has been spent teaching adult classes and workshops whilst developing as an artist in Sculptural Textiles. 

The theatrical elements are evident in my figurative sculptures that develop from a narrative and usually involve symbolic natural elements. I use wire, textiles, paper clay and acrylic media and employ construction techniques that avoid the need for firing, carving or casting thus allowing for a relatively fast and responsive sculptural process. 

Exhibitions have included West Berkshire Open Studios, Insight at New Greenham Arts Centre, Whitchurch Silk Mill Hampshire, Go Create at CICCIC Taunton and Somerset Art Weeks Open Studios ’18.

As a qualified teacher I offer workshops in Creative Textiles, Dressmaking and Textile Sculpture at my home studio in Bradford-On-Tone.

E: • T: 07986 298808 •

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Claire Western

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I am a well-established artist showing and selling my work widely throughout the South West. I have combined painting and teaching over many years. The distinctive nature of my work lies in an enthusiasm for experimentation and exploration of the expressive possibilities of combining unusual mixed-media materials and methods. As a keen walker and sailor, I am best known for my land and seascapes but have recently been working on a series of large, powerful abstract pieces.

I also run a range of courses in painting, drawing, printmaking and a wide variety of mixed-media work here at The Old Brick Workshop.