Monday, 23 April 2012

Flight of the Cranes -  
A contemporary art exhibition inspired by the work of The Great Crane Project 

John Candler - Stone relief, 2ft high
To celebrate the reintroduction of cranes to the Somerset Levels and Moors, Somerset Art Works (SAW) has developed an exhibition of artworks inspired by the life and the beauty of cranes and their habitat.

The exhibition takes place at WWT Slimbridge Wetlands Centre in Gloucestershire (19 July to 3 September 2012) and the Somerset Crafts Centre at Avalon Marshes, Shapwick Heath, Somerset  for Somerset Art Weeks (15 to 30 September 2012).

This exhibition features works by artists from the Somerset Crafts Centre at Avalon Marshes including: John Candler (Sculpture), Sue Heys (Glass), Mithra Richardson (Silk Painting), Erica Sharpe (Jewellery), Viv White (Textiles), Marle Burke (watercolour), Billy Rhodes  (Blacksmith), Susanne Branham (Jewellery) plus work from additional associate artists.

The exhibition also showcases an art installation comprising of hundreds of origami paper cranes, a collaborative work created by an emerging artist (yet to be appointed) working with Somerset school and community groups.

This exhibition is curated by Somerset Art Works and the emerging artist role is sponsored by Bruton School for Girls.

Somerset Crafts
Bruton School for Girls:

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Emerging Artist Sought by SAW

SAW is seeking an emerging artist to work with us to develop a paper crane project as part of our ongoing partnership project with The Great Crane Project.  The role involves leading workshops with school and community groups to create recycled paper origami cranes to form a paper crane installation. A £500 bursary is available to support you in developing this work.
For more info see under 'News' or email

31 March Othery Hobbies Day

A lovely day at Othery Village Hall, met lots of people and spread the word about the Othery Crane Trail project.  
Lead artist Kitty Hillier (and her brother Will) led paper crane making activities using recycled paper - old Somerset Art Weeks brochures and Evolver magazine featured!
Assistant artist Belinda Brownlee popped by.  Lyndsey from the RSPB and Damon Bridge from The Great Crane Project were there too, a wonderful showing of the Born to Fly film in the evening.
So much going in Othery - what a great village!

Zumba demo on stage!

All ages taking part from 3 year olds to those in their 70s

By the end of the day we had a big pile of paper cranes

Othery Village Crane Trail  

A community project in Othery with Somerset Art Works and The Great Crane Project

Would you like to find out more about the work of The Great Crane Project and take part in a creative community project?  
Hear the latest news about the re-introduction of cranes to the Somerset Levels and, as a community, create an eye-catching trail of life-size crane decoys for Othery Street Fair on Saturday 16 June.  The Great Crane Project Team will be on hand and professional artist Kitty Hillier will lead the creative workshops. 

Pick one date that suits you and please book :
Sunday 06 May, 2 – 4.30pm
Saturday 12 May, 3 – 5.30pm
Friday 18 May, 7 - 9pm
Accompanied children, families and adults of all ages warmly welcomed!  
No previous experience necessary.  Workshops at Othery Village Hall. 
FREE of charge but must be booked in advance.

Book your place:  SAW, The Town Hall, Bow St, Langport TA10 9PR 
tel:  01458 253800
Co-ordinated by Somerset Art Works in partnership with The Great Crane Project.  
Supported by Green Insurance Green Grants