‘Gather-ing' - Artist’s residency and commissions

"The old barn, Stoke sub Hamdon Priory - geograph.org.uk - 1380654" by Ken Grainger. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons 

"The old barn, Stoke sub Hamdon Priory - geograph.org.uk - 1380654" by Ken Grainger. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons 

Contemporary craft residency and commissions for The Priory, in Stoke Sub Hamdon, Somerset.

Craftspace are seeking proposals for a Lead Artist’s residency and commission plus three further associate artists’ commissions to take place between June and September 2015. 

The aim is to create new work that responds to the ‘spirit of place’, local identity and the rural context, researching and referencing the heritage of the site and its changing uses. 

Artists are also invited to focus on: 

  • The generic social and physical aspects of a ‘barn’
  • Why such large tithe barns were developed and consideration of their role at the heart of medieval life.
  • How and why this building type survives to this day and a re-imagining of the role it might have today.

Commissions can also have the effect of enabling visitors to experience the barn in a different way.

The project will showcase contemporary craft: makers, skills, materials and thinking in the context of Somerset Art Weeks which will take place from the 3rd to 18th October 2015. It will meet the aspiration of Somerset Art Works to ‘inspire and challenge’ audiences and ‘raise the quality of craft made and seen in Somerset’ by engaging craft practitioners with a track record of excellence and ability to make creative, imaginative and innovative responses to the site and brief.

For the National Trust in Somerset this project links to their ambition and aspirations to:

  • Increase public access and extend use of The Priory at Stoke Sub Hamdon site.
  • Engage the local resident population and establish a sense of ownership within the community.
  • Facilitate and develop better engagement of their core visitor segments.
  • Provide opportunities to work with the surrounding community.

Click here for more information and to download the brief; deadline is 5th May.