The Red Brick Building hosts regular art exhibitions by established and emerging artists from the local area and further afield. Our aim is to showcase the wealth of creative talent in Somerset and also to bring in high profile exhibitions from places like London and Bristol, making them accessible to the local community.
We currently run a rolling six week programme of art exhibitions, in a number of multi-functional gallery spaces within the building, including our award-winning restaurant – the Bocabar. Recent exhibitions have included the iconic 60’s sculptor Francis Morland, the British Wildife Photography Awards touring Exhibition, the Blue School A’Level Students, and Stanley Donwood – responsible for Radiohead’s cutting edge graphic design.
The Red Brick Arts Committee is an eclectic group of practising/professional artists and art-appreciators, whose skills include all kinds of fine art, painting illustration, design, fashion and landscape photography, video and audio-visual production.
We welcome approaches from local, national and international artists (including local schools and colleges) working across all media who would like to exhibit here.
Rowena J Draper: Tales of Ro
Influenced by her colourful and adventurous upbringing, Rowena J Draper has travelled the world as a mural artist; bringing her unique style and humour to Mexico, California, India, New Zealand and beyond.
Her sense of playful imagination comes through into her work to inspire many with her unique storybook style. She will take you on a journey into the subconscious, where bears ride penny farthings and ladies fly through the sky in tea cups.
Rowena now resides in the Somerset hills with her partner and two young children.
Rowena’s exhibition runs at the Red Brick Building from Thursday 1st August – Saturday 14th September.
Open daily, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Sophie Long: Their Voice
Sophie Long is a Bristol artist whose work explores the boundaries of expressive art. Growing up in an innovative family, she found it easy to express herself creatively.
Their Voice consists of a stunning collection of colourful and evocative paintings and sketches that speak for the wild and endangered creatures we share this planet with.
Sophie’s exhibition runs throughout Bocabar from Thursday 1st August – Sunday 8th September.
Open daily, during Bocabar‘s opening hours
Millie Gleeson: All We’ll Know
Since graduating in 2010, Millie Gleeson’s focus has been painting large-scale figurative works, dominated by a strong female form. Incorporating her fashion and film background, she develops imagined worlds through costume, site-specific instillation, make-up, props and photography.
She has experience working as a Scenic/Set Painter and Prop Maker at film institutions such as Pinewood Studios UK, and on films including Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
International solo shows include: Time Will Tell at Berlin’s Plateau Gallery (2016) and New Works at Bristol’s It’s All 2 Much Gallery (2013). In 2015 she completed an artist residency at Takt, Berlin, where she continued to work and exhibit until 2017, until relocating to her current studio in rural Somerset.
British Wildlife Photography 2018 Awards: Exhibition
A Celebration of British Wildlife
Celebrating both the work of amateur and professional photographers and the beauty and diversity of British wildlife. Winning images are chosen from thousands of entries in fifteen separate categories including a category for film and two junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.
Robin Gray: Organic Abstracts
Strikingly beautiful abstract paintings inspired by Robin Gray’s lifelong love of the natural world.
Robin Gray’s paintings display an unusual use of colour and a style of painting described by the London art world as Organic Abstract; aspects of the natural world displayed in unfamiliar ways.
Silent Voices, Photography Exhibition
Children in the West Bank village of Bil’in worked under the guidance of Liverpool photographer, Elaine Stapleton, to produce an eloquent and moving set of A2 sized photos depicting everyday life in a Palestinian village living under military occupation.
The exhibition was commissioned by Liverpool Friends of Bil’in, who work to end the human rights violations suffered by the people of Bil’in and who support the village by making links of friendship and solidarity.
New Blues 2019
A collection of new work by A Level Art students from The Blue School, on show at the Red Brick Gallery.
Somerset Printmakers present an Exhibition of Etchings, Linocuts, Collages, Woodcuts, Screenprints & Monoprints
Somerset Printmakers was formed in 1998 and are eighteen professional artists who live and work in Somerset. They each have their own studio and their aims are to promote their work together, to reach a wider audience and to show the best of printmaking from Somerset. These artists are:
- Gail Mason
- Bronwen Bradshaw
- Hilary Adair
- Cath Bloomfield
- Jacy Wall
- Rosalind Marchant
- Tony Martin
- Lucy Rodgers
- Jane Mowat
- Susan Gradwell
- Sue Lowe
- Vera Sheaf
- Terry Bugden
- Jenny Graham
- Angela Naunton Davies
- Julia Manning
- Judy Willoughby
- Pennie Elfick
During the past eight years, as a group, they have exhibited at Impact at Spike Island in Bristol, the Contemporary Print Show at the Barbican Centre London, the International Print Fairs in Bremen and Hamburg Germany, the Fresh Art Fair in London and numerous Galleries throughout the west country.
An Eclectic Exhibition of retro, Nostalgic and classic photography images by Deborah Richards.
Somerset Arts Weeks
Exhibiting artists included:
RBB Artisans included:
The British Life Photography Awards
An exhibition of fabulous photographic winners for the British Life Photography Awards.
Founded in 2014, BLPA recognises and showcases the work of established and emerging photographers, both professional and amateur of all ages, while also highlighting the relevance and importance of photography to raise awareness and inform.
The awards are a unique visual celebration of British life, in all its richness and diversity, creating an enduring visual record of the spirit and essence of our nation and its people at work, play and in the community. Whether an intimate portrait, a poignant moment, or sequence of innovative and illuminating images that tell an important story.
There are ten categories covering everything from street life, rural life, portraiture to Brits on holiday and a special award for the best documentary feature.
Documenting daily life has been a tradition for over a century, so just like the great documentary photographers of the past and present, we want to encourage photographers to elevate the commonplace and familiar into something compelling or fascinating through the craft, creativity and discipline of photography.
New Blue 2018
A collection of new work by A level Art students from The Blue School, Wells.
Bath Textile Artists: A Medley for all Seasons
This group of ten, who exhibit regularly across the Bath and Bristol area, specialise in a range of textile techniques including hand and machine stitching, batik, weaving and feltmaking. Anyone who is familiar with contemporary textiles will be impressed by the different styles and treatments, those who are unfamiliar will be amazed by the colour and textures produced by fabric and thread.