North Somerset Arts Week preview

PUBLISHED: 15:00 27 April 2011

Terry and Pauline Bevan will open their studio in Trendlewood Way, Nailsea.

Terry and Pauline Bevan will open their studio in Trendlewood Way, Nailsea.


MORE than 300 artists, sculptors, designers and craft makers will exhibit their colourful and impressive creations during the 2011 North Somerset Arts Week.

From Friday until May 8, 117 venues including studios, private homes and public facilities will display the work of artists from across the district.

There is something special to suit all tastes and pockets with a range of contemporary, abstract, representational and traditional styles and materials on show.

Admission to all venues is free and the artists will be available to meet and talk to. Performance events including story-telling, drama, dance, classical music and jazz will also be included in the festival.

Anyone wanting to find a venue should look out for the pink flags pointing in the right direction.

A full brochure with venue addresses and opening times is available in many shops and libraries across North Somerset. Alternatively visit to the website

Here are some of the many events and exhibitions that will be held during the 2011 North Somerset Arts Week:

Backwell: Ten venues including…

● Backwell School will host a community art day from 10am-4pm on May 7, offering a series of free workshops, live entertainment and an art, craft and food market. A formal art exhibition will showcase work by staff and students as well as students of the school’s community courses.

● The White Loft Gallery in West Town Road will display work by Clare Challice, Claire Hall, Steve Joyce, Anthea Matthews, Kath Hambleton, Lorraine Jones, Sue Congdon and Andrew Slocombe. This includes glass, jewellery, paintings, sculpture and textiles.

Congresbury: Seven venues.

A total of 28 artists will take part in an art trail. A free prize draw with the chance to win an arty goodie bag will be held. Venues in Silver Street, Venus Street, Homefield, Station Road, Weetwood Road and Wrington Road will display a range of paintings, prints, drawings, glass art, jewellery, sculptures, textiles and ceramics.

Clevedon: Fourteen venues including…

● Caroline Cunningham will hold an exhibition at Panache in Hill Road and Becky Wills will display her work at Sunset House, 54 Dial Hill Road, from 10am-6pm everyday. The two friends create colourful designs in textiles, glass and jewellery.

● The Highcliffe Hotel in Wellington Terrace will hold an exhibition of art created locally from 9am-8pm everyday. Admission is free. There is no access for wheelchairs or buggies.

● Clevedon Craft Centre in Moor Lane is home to 10 crafts people producing paintings, jewellery, leather work, illustrations, furniture and accessories. The centre will be open from 10.30am-5pm everyday.

Easton-in-Gordano/Pill: Two venues.

Bristol Art and Design (ceramics, wood work, glass and metal work) at Markham Farm and Annie Morris (painter) at 3 Cross Lanes.

Flax BOURTON: One venue.

Flax Bourton Group of Artists (paintings, prints, pottery and woodwork) at 3 Post Office Lane.

Nailsea: Six venues.

An artists’ trail will include paintings, sculptures, jewellery, baskets, ceramics, lampworks and cakes. This includes Terry and Pauline Bevan and The Group Aloft, both off Trendlewood Way, The Art Platform in Station Road, Tracey Burgess in The Bramleys, The Moorland Trio in Clevedon Road and Liz Welsh in Four Acres Close.

Portishead: Eleven venues including…

● The Severn Sea Artists arts trail runs from April 30 to May 8. Applied artist Janet Haigh, painters Alfred Stockham, Stephen Jacobson, Dawn Sidoli and Hilary Kington, ceramicist Tean Kirby and painter and ceramicist Catherine Belohoubek will be based at venues in Beach Road West, Woodhill Road, Woodlands Road and Gardner Road.

● Portishead Painters hold an exhibition in the Methodist church in High Street from 10am-5pm on Friday and Saturday. There will be original framed and unframed paintings for sale and individually-produced cards.

Wraxall: One venue.

Alan Dedman (painter) at Birdcombe Court in Tower House Lane.

Wrington: Seven venues including…

Barley Wood Walled Garden Studios in Long Lane will be displaying work by artists and crafts people, who work with ceramics, photography, sculptures, paints, pottery, digital art and enamel. This will be open from 10am-5pm everyday.

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