art display opens at Brean Down Fort near Burnham-On-Sea
Down Fort is among several National Trust countryside properties
currently in the spotlight as venues for artists to reveal their
inspiration and creative processes until Sunday 2nd October.
over 210 venues taking part, Somerset Open Studios is a countywide
opportunity to view over 300 artists and makers from a range of
disciplines in their working environment.
Brean Down fort, the second and final phase of a 'Sense of Place'
art project is underway.
'Sense of Place: Art on the Edge', the abandoned fort buildings
have been transformed into creative studios for two weeks; and visitors
can see artwork being created and have the chance to get involved,"
said a spokesperson.
"The project began last year and was a huge success, with hundreds
of visitors making their way to the fort, to explore the installations
throughout the buildings and witness the vibrant history and stories
surrounding Brean Down coming to life through the arts."
Artists Donna Vale and Joy Merron have once again been leading a
team of artists and working hard all year with the support of National
Trust Rangers to deliver an art experience which they hope will
be even more successful than before.
Furthermore, following the two weeks of open studios there will
be an exhibition of the artwork for an additional fortnight (every
Thursday to Sunday, between Monday 3 and Sunday 16 October).
a range of different themes, from the voices of Brean Downs
past to caring for the environment and plastic pollution, there
will be something to pique everyones interest. Visitors will
even have the chance to buy pieces of art and souvenirs of the project
from the National Trust shop at Brean Down.
Tess Hirst, the National Trusts Visitor Experience Manager
for North Somerset, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are so excited
to have the artists back at Brean Down for another year. They interpret
the fort, which many visitors may not even realise is there, in
a completely new and exciting way. Its so nice to see the
whole place brought to life once again and to be given the chance
to tell its story."
In addition, artist Alice Maddicott will be touring several National
Trust countryside places with her pop-up Travelling Open Studio
project. Members of the public are invited to come and create work
inspired by the landscape in a new location each day and she will
be finishing her tour at Brean Down, on Sunday 2nd October, between
11am and 4pm.
Open Studios runs from Saturday 17 September to Sunday 2 October
this year, with a further exhibition at Brean Down fort which will
run from Thursday 6 October Sunday 16 October. Throughout
Somerset Open Studios and the following exhibition the fort will
be open 11 4pm, every Thursday Sunday.