The best Somerset arts events - not to be missed in 2013

PUBLISHED: 15:33 07 January 2013 | UPDATED: 22:35 20 February 2013

Kennet and Avon, Bob Rudd, Victoria Art Gallery

Kennet and Avon, Bob Rudd, Victoria Art Gallery

Somerset Life helps you plan your exhibitions diary with a look ahead to a selection of not to be missed art shows coming up in 2013

What you MUST SEE in 2013

Somerset Life helps you plan your exhibitions diary with a look ahead to a selection of not to be missed art shows coming up in 2013


Tacchi-Morris Centre, School Road, TA2 8PD
10 January 3 February
Fiona Brabyn: 21st Century Stories is a selection of narrative paintings at intended to provoke lively debate about the society we live in.

18 February 28 March
See a vibrant collection of work by Heathfield Community School students from. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. Free entry. 01823 414141;


11 January 15 March
Reigning Cats and Dogs at the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) includes both historical and contemporary art featuring the domestic pet. This international collection of paintings, printmaking, photography, sculpture, artists books, book illustration, postcards and ephemera playfully mixes humour with the serious.
0117 9735129;


Black Swan Arts Centre 2 Bridge Street, Frome BA11 1BB
12 January 16 FebruaryThe Black Swan presents a new series of exhibitions looking at the role of craft in contemporary art - SHIFT: What is the work of art?

23 February 9 MarchAn exhibition of shortlisted work in The Open Arts Competition for young people aged eight to 19 who live or go to school within a 20 mile radius of Frome. Youngsters have until 1 February to submit their work online for consideration.
01373 473980;


Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Coal Orchard, TA1 1JL
16 January 23 February
Young people from across the county have been asked to interpret the theme of what Somerset means to me on a six-inch square canvas. All the entries will be exhibited with prizes awarded for artists in age categories.

12 January 23 February
Painter Andrew Davey showcases his new work: Surface in the Gallery (12 January 23 February) 01823 283244;


Lloyd Gill Gallery
19 January 15 February
Reading Either Side of a Line features art work which demonstrates the capabilities and beauty found in the understanding of line, shape and form.


Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge Street, BA2 4AT
Until 20 January
The Society of Wood Engravers 75th annual exhibition features over 150 engravings, woodcuts and linocuts. Theocal, but well-known, artist Bob Rudds exhibition features scenes from across Great Britain.

26 January 7 April
The first museum show for 22 years of a major photographer, Roger Mayne, whose friendships with artists influenced his approach. New paintings by rising star Katie Sims, shortlisted for the Saatchi New Sensations Prize.

13 April 23 June
Henry Moore from the Arts Council Collection

4 July 31 August
Bath Society of Artists 108th Annual Exhibition Closed Mondays.
01225 477233;


The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, BA2 4DB
26 January 6 May

Nine exceptional full"length Jacobean portraits by William Larkin, painted around 1613"18, have been generously lent to the Holburne by English Heritage for Painted Pomp: Art and Fashion in the Age of Shakespeare. This exhibition will bring them together with rare survivals of Jacobean dress and live interpretation to explore art and fashion four hundred years ago.

25 May 29 September
Generously lent from the Royal Collection, Rembrandt and his Contemporaries displays some of the Queens greatest treasures. The exhibition includes many masterpiecessuch as Rembrandts famous image of an old woman. 01225 388569;


Bocobar Art, Paintworks, Bath Road, Arnos Vale, Bristol BS4 3EH

Until 27 January
A joint exhibition of paintings by father and daughter Peter Coe and Justine Eavis will be on display at 0117 972 8838


Hilton Fine Art, 5 Margarets Buildings Bath, BA1 2LP
2 23 February
Pastels by Rose Hilton

2 3 March
An exhibition of landscapes in egg tempera by Ruth Stage and landscapes and interiors by painter David Brayne. 01225 311311;


Museum of Somerset, Castle Green, TA1 4AA
23 March 6 JulyEarth, Air, Fire and Water - Somerset artists in their element

An exciting and original collection of work from 17 Somerset artists. From forged metal, stone, willow and paper sculpture to ceramics, paintings, prints and photographs the exhibition focuses on each artists relationship with the four elements. 01823 255088;


Launched this winter, Missorts is a permanent public artwork for Bristol. An urban sound work delivered directly to your smartphone as a mobile app, Missorts combines ten location-triggered stories by ten writers set to a soundtrack composed by Tony White. Produced by arts producers Situations, Missorts reflects the past and present of the Redcliffe area and its diversity of writing, objects and architecture. For downloading information visit


3 12 May
North Somerset Arts Weeks is a biennial open studios event showcasing local artists and making art accessible to a wide public audience. With over 100 venues taking part there will be something to suit every taste and pocket. To add a new twist, North Somerset Art Weeks will also include some mini venue tours with bookable transport provided. Brochures will be in shops and galleries from March.


21 September 6 October
Somerset Art Weeks 2013 provides an opportunity for artists and makers to promote their work beyond the open studio format. The event encourages SAW members to invite other artists from outside Somerset to create and showcase work, or show their own work in public places such as village halls, skittle alleys, shop windows and public sites. 01458 253800;

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