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.

 


Current Exhibition

 

New Blues 2019

A collection of new work by A Level Art students from The Blue School, on show at the Red Brick Gallery. Come and see the inspiring creations of these talented young artists.

Open daily, 19th January – 5th February

Mondays – Saturdays: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Sundays: 11.00am – 2.00pm

 

Silent Voices, Photography Exhibition

Youth and children are the ones who suffer the most in conflicts and under occupation. They are also the ones who will hold the future of Palestine and Israel in their hands, the ones we pray will grow up with peace and prosperity.

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.

The results can be seen in this travelling exhibition of  photographs which has hung in churches and cathedrals,  schools, colleges and universities, cafes and theatres, and in art and community centres throughout the country and we are proud to have here in the Events Space at the Red Brick Building.

 


Past Exhibitions 

 

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.

 

Vintage Revival

An Eclectic Exhibition of retro, Nostalgic and classic photography images by Deborah Richards.

 

Somerset Arts Weeks

Exhibiting artists included:

Terry Flaxton
Charlotte Humpston
Paul Branson
John Fleming

RBB Artisans included:
Wendy Robinson
Midgard Craft
Suzi Dale
John Mawby
Emma Sparks

 

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.