The Shadowland project is an artist residency to create work which responds to the unique collections and rich heritage of Halsway Manor. An exhibition of the Shadowland project will be on show in a pop-up studio at Halsway Manor for four days as part of Somerset Art Weeks. On Sunday 30 September the studio opening will be specially tailored to be Family Friendly, all ages welcome!
Commissioned artist Andrea Oke combines traditional craft with modern technology to reimagine social history and create new dialogues. During the Shadowland project she has unlocked the unique collection held within Halsway’s library to uncover a rich history of folklore, combined with local folk history, using this to project Halsway into its own extraordinary landscape.
You can take a ‘behind the scenes’ peek at Andrea’s fascinating research by visiting her blog here.
A number of special events will be taking place including:
- Sat 29 Sept, 2-3pm: Meet the Artist
- Sun 30 Sept, 11am-1pm: Family Friendly Workshop
- Sun 30 Sept, 2-4pm: Family Friendly Workshop
Somerset Art Works (SAW) exists to promote the visual arts in Somerset by advocacy, promotion and development. It is Somerset’s only countywide agency dedicated to developing the visual arts and craft. SAW offers a range of activities and opportunities for people to engage with the visual arts and artists in Somerset. This includes brokering and project management services, education and community engagement programmes, and participation in our annual flagship events (Open Studios and Art Week Festivals). SAW is committed to developing skills, knowledge and creativity at all levels.
Halsway Manor is a Grade II* listed manor house situated at the foot of the Quantock Hills in West Somerset. It has a fascinating history dating back to the 15th Century, with a mention of the Halsway Estate included in the Domesday Book. Since 1965 Halsway Manor has operated as the National Centre for Folk Arts, a unique Charitable organisation providing opportunities for thousands of people to discover, learn about and enjoy traditional folk music, dance, song, folklore, crafts and more. It houses a nationally important collection of books, recordings and artefacts relating to English traditions. Halsway is committed to excellence and opportunity for all with a broad programme that covers amateur exploration, professional development, the creation of new work and stewardship of our heritage.
Short clip about Lotte Reiniger whose animation techniques have inspired these artworks: