Somerset Open Studios 18

Somerset Open Studios 2018

15 - 30 September

Open Daily 11am - 6pm


This year for Somerset Open Studios 2018 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. The studios will also be open so you can see where and how their work is created. 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 Alison Cosserat, Anna Newland Hooper, Claire Griffith, Diana Pilcher, Genevieve Murray, James Marsden, Judy Crosher, Tina Hill, Jane Kelly, John Nutt, Deborah Stevens

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

Member Artists

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Alison Cosserat - Studio 1A

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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Anna Newland Hooper - Studio 1C

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Claire Griffith - Studio 1G

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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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Diana Pilcher - Studio 1H

My recent work explores the two natural forces of water and the formation of rock. I am drawn to the way these very different materials form around each other and the powerful dimensions of both. I work with drawing, film, paint and ink. I am currently working with Japanese paper, watercolour paper and ink using collagraphic and woodblock printing methods.

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Genevieve Murray Studio 1A

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John Nutt

I have given up all abstract and conceptual experiments and returned to figurative painting. As technology is diluting our perceptions of art I have returned to depicting the empirical. I now often work to commission. I pursue paintings which explore an open psychological narrative that leaves questions for the viewer to explore and find their own explanations. For this reason I don't attempt explain my work, allowing it to speak for itself.

Guest Artists

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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, and in documentary film-making

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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 privet collections, both in the UK and abroad.

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Jane Kelly

Based in deepest Somerset, I am a prolific photographer , experimental film maker.  and self publisher. 

I have a long time love of making analogue images, of travelling , of seeing and recording.

The immediacy of the digital world contrasts with the craft of the darkroom complimenting each other, both capturing light and fleeting moments.which also translates to my experimental film making, I regularly self publish newspapers and books complete with spelling and punctuation that no one has ever come across before thus making the publications unique in their own way.  

I believe that being a photographer is a gift that we are given , that we slowly unwrap to discover the truth.

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Deborah Stevens

I am a Sculptor, Potter and Painter who lives in Wellington.

During the last 20 years I have organised and taken part in exhibitions with my paintings and sculptures, including Somerset Arts Weeks and the 10 Parishes Festival.

My artistic career began in ceramics where I concentrated on abstract/figurative sculpture. Then during my art and Design Foundation and HND in Fine Art I explored every media I could get my hands on, including inks, varnish and plaster, video installations and printing. I also continued my exploration with clay and figurative sculpture.

For more information please visit my website