Somerset Art Works
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BEHIND THE SCENES
Behind the Scenes runs with the theme of Somerset Open Studios, looking at artist’ processes and practice, featuring a selection of artworks which surveys the breadth of work produced by Somerset Art Works members and the terrain in which Somerset artists now find themselves.
The work will have a sense of change or evolution reflecting the dynamic and profound processes which have affected artist’s practice at this time, accompanied by personal artist statements which provide a unique insight into their thoughts and ideas.
The gallery is open Monday – Friday, 10:00 – 16:00
Dates: Friday 8 September to Monday 30 October
MINEHEAD BAY FESTIVAL LIVE STREET ART PAINTING
Out Of The Box - Celebrating 10 Years Of Contains Art, East Quay, Watchet, Somerset
1st - 30th July 2023
Expansion, 2023 - Out Of The Box
Swimmers series featured in Exmoor magazine, summer issue 103:
In-Between, Open Studios, Studio 7, East Quay, Watchet, Somerset
6th - 14th May 2023
Bubble Woman, HATCH The Last Party In The World, East Quay
15th April 2023
The Emergence Of Bubble Woman
'It had happened before,
during the Covid Pandemic of 2020.
We were told to stay in our bubbles,
Broke The Rules.
But this time,
when they instructed us to socialise in bubbles,
We would not gather in bubbles.
we atomised ourselves.
-Zoe Snape, Bubble Woman, 2023
Photography: Rod Higginson
Two oil paintings from Zoe's Blue series are available for sale and exhibited in
The Titan Arcadia Gallery, Unit 5, The Quay, Coal Orchard, Taunton, TA1 1FB.
April - May 2023
Airhead, 2022, oil on canvas
Drifter, 2022, oil on canvas
'Sanctuary' Somerset Art Works, Ilminster Arts Centre, 35 East Street,TA19 0AN
1st - 26th November 2022
I'm delighted that my companion artwork that was included in this group exhibition has been sold, and is now in a private collection.
My bee is the Sphecodes Miniatus, a scarce bee, was last seen in 2018, so I visited the location of its last sighting in Wivenhoe Park, Essex and documented its habitat. It’s a mining cuckoo bee, so I became a cuckoo artist; using other artists’ works to create my own. John Constable depicted the location in the painting below, entitled, ‘Wivenhoe Park, Essex’ 1816, so I recreated his oil-painting in the same medium but with a contemporary style.
I contacted my host bee, Pippa Sibert, for off-cuts from her companion piece for Fifty Bees. She provided fabric that I collaged into the foreground to represent my bees’ favoured flowers and, just as Constable used a fence to direct the eye, the flowers direct the viewer’s towards the reflection of Wivenhoe House.
Cows became dog-walkers and students, a Canada goose replaced swans, and a water-fountain rather than a fishing boat. Mary Rebow, the daughter of the Estate’s owner riding a horse and cart is replaced by me holding a Missing Bee poster.
Reassuringly illustrating the interconnectedness of all things, are the exact same oak trees that are in Constable’s painting, notably larger. Can you see a cuckoo bird looking at the hole of a mining bee? Perhaps there is a little False Margained Blood Bee in it, emerging from its egg.
Are You Local?
When I moved into my studio in September 2021, the most common question that I was asked by visitors was, 'Are you local?'. This unexpected question led me to think about the characteristic of 'local', and at what point do we become associated with a location?
Turning the question back to the public, I asked on my studio window, 'Are YOU local?' and in order to better get to know my local community, I offered free portrait sittings for anyone who has ever lived or worked in Watchet.
Book your portrait sitting here
Only a couple of my publications of 2020 remain, and are available to purchase for £40. The book includes a signed limited edition print on 300gsm archival paper, and orders placed by 12th December 2022 will be delivered before Christmas for free in the UK.
At the beginning of 2020, I was looking for a subject to provoke daily creativity, and turned to the headlines of the BBC News App for inspiration. Every day for a year I committed to publishing on Instagram my creative response to the top headline that appeared when I opened the app. This book presents the art project as it unfolded, along with the unforgettable events that led to the tumultuous spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The publication chronicles the disaster as it happened, through daily photographs, videos, paintings, drawings, sketches and illustrations. Each image is accompanied by text that details the date and BBC headline, alongside hashtags that described the events of each day.
A foreword is written by Camilla Brown, curator, writer and educator on contemporary art, previously Senior Curator at The Photographer’s Gallery and Exhibitions Curator at Tate Liverpool.
Author: Zoe Snape
Hardback, 100 pages, full colour, 30x30cm.
Retail Price £40
First printing edition 2021
A full-colour hardback book
The copies sold include a signed limited edition print on 300gsm archival paper.
Pre-orders to be delivered before Christmas 2022 are available to order here