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

 

A4/Letter + What If?

 

A4/Letter

A4 is a familiar paper size in the UK at 210mm x 297mm (8.3in x 11.7in). In the US the standard letter paper is 8.5in x 11in (215.9mm x 279.4mm). Like many points of comparison between the UK and the US it is similar, but different. In our respective countries we perceive of this size and shape as standard.

Definitions such as ‘large’ or ‘small’ are relative, but when discussing paper are often assumed to be in relation to an A4/Letter standard. Similarly, a square or circular piece of paper, or one that is excessively long in relation to its width, is seen as ‘unusual’. Yet seen together, A4 and Letter paper show their idiosyncrasies, revealing that ‘standard’ is an arbitrary construct.

 

Members of the public were invited to produce a piece of work using a ‘standard’ piece of paper (A4 if living in the UK and Letter if living in the US). Suggestions included drawings, paintings, prints and collages, as well as three dimensional or time-based (e.g. a film or sound work).

Participants were encouraged to challenge or highlight the impact, or ‘invisibility’, of a standard size, shape and medium. Or explore the nature of difference and relations between nations (particularly pertinent right now in both the US and UK). Or, to simply acknowledge the dimensions through the composition of the work.

 

Exhibited together, these works from the US and UK help to draw attention to the arbitrariness of the ‘standard’. It also implies how different perceptions from different parts of the world are constructed in part from the familiar things around us.

 

 

What If?

What If? is an exhibition of tests, experiements and resolved pieces by Fine Art students from University Centre Somerset.

 

 

Both A4/Letter and What If? run at the Red Brick Building from Wednesday 4th December 2019 – Sunday 2nd February 2020.

Open daily, 10am – 5pm

 

A4/Letter is a collaborative exhibition between University Centre Somerset (Taunton) and the University of Utah (Salt Lake City). The exhibition will move on to Salt Lake City after it finishes in Glastonbury.

 


Past Exhibitions 

 

Sarah Wilkinson: Maajabu

Sarah is an emerging textile designer, whose work has an innovative and distinctive style and approach to both painting and design. Sarah studied Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors at Bath Spa University. With a passion for colour and print, she specialises in large scale, hand painted wall and floor art with an ability to adapt her skills between painting and textiles utilising her bold designs in a variety of textile processes.

 

The British Life Photography Awards 2019 Exhibition

With ten separate categories, BLPA celebrates British life and culture through original, illuminating, thought provoking, humorous and poignant imagery; showcasing the work of established and emerging photographers.

Documenting daily life has been a tradition for over a century. These awards encourage photographers to elevate the commonplace and familiar into something compelling or fascinating through the craft, creativity and discipline of photography. Whether it’s a personal vision, an intimate portrait, a visual pun or a sequence of innovative images telling a story.

 

Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2019

Two weeks of special art, photography and film exhibitions. The artisans studio will also be open for you to meet our artists in resident. The displays available will change throughout the exhibition. Please call before you travel to us if there is something specific that you want to see.

Featured artists: Paul Branson, John Fleming, Robin Gray, Hiroshima Peace Flame/Tim Knock, Julie Lovelock, Francis Morland, Reality Studios Inc., Deborah Richards and Emma Sparks.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.