New and recent work by artists Paul Emmanuel, Fiona Hingston, Trish Morrissey, Susie Olczek, Alexandra Searle, Lucy Soni, Peter Stiles, Madinah Farhannah Thompson and Matt Stokes.
The past two years have led many of us to reconnect with our local natural environments. During this time contemporary artists have had exhibitions and commissions put on hold, which has led to uncertainty but often given time for reassessment and re-engagement. Here we presented nine artists, some of whom realised new works for Hestercombe that were initially postponed by the pandemic, others where their relationships with flora and fauna took on new meanings during this time. The show featured painting in its many forms, sculpture, film, performance and sound work.
One of the galleries was being used as a community space to show work by teachers and artists, reflecting on these similar experiences and concerns. The first show celebrated Spaeda’s 20th year, here bringing together art educators from across Somerset, working side-by-side on a continuous sketchbook journey in 2020.