Wells artists join forces for Somerset Art Weeks 2012

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By abbie_wells | Friday, September 07, 2012, 12:32

A wide variety of Wells artists will be opening their homes and studios to the public this September.

They will be welcoming local people into their unique worlds by holding demonstrations, tours and talks to all who enter their homes and studios as part of the Open Studios event organised by Somerset Art Works.

The two week event will take place from 15 -30 September and will involve over 300 artists across Somerset – 15 of which are from the Wells area.

Simon Ledson and Jane Peck will be among those showcasing their work for the event. The gallery will be open daily during the Art Weeks at Thorneed Studio, Lower Godney, Wells.

Simon Ledson has recently finished his MA in Fine Art and has in the past won highly regarded awards for his work, including the People's Choice award at the Black Swan in Wells.

Simon said: "I think this whole event is really important because there really is not enough awareness of the art that is available in Wells.

"This event has really given a lot to the local artistic community; I know about six artists on my Street in Godney and we have all grouped together and decided to get involved. It's really brilliant.

Simon will also be presenting a surprise installation in the River Sheppey from September 15 onwards.

Zoe Li, Art Week Coordinator for Somerset Art Works, highly recommends Simon Ledson's work:

"The work of Simon Ledson is extremely prolific and very high quality. It is just so pleasing to view.

"The studio is really wonderful when you walk in, I really recommend people go and soak it all in. Simon Ledson has a very personal and inviting style to his art."

Other Wells artists displaying in the art week involved include Kate Noble and Susanna Lisle who will be showing off their contemporary

and dazzlingly colourful paintings at The Old School in Wells.

Orchard Vale Trust, a local organisation that provides residential homes for adults with learning disabilities, will also be involved. They will be holding workshops and showing off their works in progress.

Somerset Art Works have put together an activity packs to encourage schools and parents to get their children involved with the Art weeks.

The pack offers homework and activity sheets, a list of Art Weeks venues suitable for school visits, information on organised tour packages and testimonials from schools who have participated in the past.

To request a pack contact Beccy Swaine: beccy.swaine@somersetartworks.org.uk.

Zoe Li said: "The point of the Open Studio Event is to raise awareness about the fantastic but perhaps unknown art available all over Somerset.

"Many artists cannot afford advertising and some cannot even afford their own studios, so this is a chance for any artist in Somerset to present their work to the public whether it is by opening their homes or renting out a display area for a few weeks."

For a full list of art venues open to the public during the art weeks visit the Somerset Art Works website.

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