A Common Thread

An exchange project with artist Jill Davies

Using postal exchanges of work, we have begun a visual dialogue which began in October 2021. At a time when creativity was challenged due to personal and global events, this playful approach has been both therapeutic and inspiring. We agreed to work on a 15cm square format using mixed media. Responses are worked on top of the original received and photographed at each stage. Emotional and creative responses to this process have been recorded and have become integral to the exchange. It has also prompted development of separate bodies of personal work.

​The common threads which have emerged are about the challenge of working creatively in isolation and our experiences of loss, as well as the role our rural environments have played in supporting wellbeing.

#MySpaceMySanctuary

We have recently received a small bursary from Somerset Art Works and have exciting plans to exhibit together whilst delivering public engagement activities to involve our local and wider communities. The first phase of the project has now been launched on Instagram with an open call to get outside and make a postcard based on your connection to your local landscape.

Pop-up Workshop

On Tuesday 26th April, we held our first free pop-up workshop at Albatross Print Studio at the East Quay development in Watchet. Visitors were invited to make a landscape-inspired postcard using recycled Tetra pak cartons and water-based inks to be included in our exhibition for Somerset Art Works Festival 2022. It was a fantastic creative-day with great community engagement. If you would like to find out about future events and workshops, please join our mailing list by clicking on the link below.

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My Space, My Sanctuary

#MySpaceMySanctuary

Exploring the link between outside spaces and well-being through creative activity

Joanna Briar - Biography

I am a printmaker working principally with wood and lino inspired by the beautiful countryside surrounding my home in Glastonbury. I create small editions of my prints on Somerset paper or linen and hand printed cards. I also make paper lanterns - some of which are illuminated - featuring printmaking and ink drawings of the Somerset landscape and trees.

In 2021, I had two major exhibitions, “A Sense of Place” at Somerset Rural Life Museum and “The Shape of Trees” at ACE Arts in Somerton - both featuring printmaking, ink drawings and paper sculptures.

I am a member of Somerset Art Works and the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen. My latest commission was to create twelve linocut illustrations and a front cover design for “The Wind in the Willows” CD written and recorded by folk duo GreenMatthews.

Events and exhibitions

2022

“Sanctuary” - SAW showcase exhibition at Bath Royal United Hospital - “With me on my travels” (11 Aug- 30 0ctober)

“Print a Festival Poster” - summer workshop at Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury (10 and 19 August)

SAW Family Workshops - Halcon (28 July) and Lyngford Park (2 August) in Taunton - using stencils to make a leafy postcard

“Evolver Prize 2022 Exhibition” - Ace Arts, Somerton - “View from the Orchard” (2-30 July)

“The New Normal” - Bridgwater Arts Centre (30 May - 1 July) - twelve exchange postcards with Jill Davies

“ACE Arts Open” - Ace Arts, Somerton - “Resting by the river’s edge” (21 May - 25 June)

“Pop-up Workshop” - Albatross Print Studio, East Quay, Watchet - making landscape-inspired postcards for the #MySpaceMySanctuary project using recycled Tetra pak cartons (26 April)

“Family Friendly Printmaking Workshop” - Museum of Somerset, Taunton - exploring abstract shapes and printmaking using recycled Tetrapak cartons (27 February)

2021

“The Wind in the Willows” - GreenMatthews commission – CD cover and linocut illustrations for libretto

“Spirit of the Levels” – Art for Life at Musgrove Park Hospital - invited artists celebrating the Somerset Levels (May-July)

“In Pursuit of Spring” - SAW/Black Swan Arts, Frome – 50 works by Somerset artists responding to Edward Thomas’ journey by bicycle in 1913 from London to the Somerset coast (April–June)

“A Sense of Place” – solo exhibition at SRLM in Glastonbury (19 May - 4 July) and printmaking workshops:

An Introduction to Linocut – adult course at SRLM (May and October)

Family Friendly Workshops – drop in printmaking sessions at SRLM (June and July)

“Somerset Reacquainted 2” – collaborative book project at ACE Arts in Somerton (June/July)

“The Shape of Trees” - Somerset Art Works Open Studios at ACE Arts, Somerton (September/October)

“Gifted” – Christmas Artisan Market at ACE Arts, Somerton (November/December)

2020

Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival (February)

“About Trees” - Heritage Courtyard Studio and Gallery, Wells - an exhibition of West Country artists (March-July)

“Somerset Reacquainted” – Somerset Art Works – a collaboration with 63 artists exploring isolation during the global pandemic culminating in an exhibition at Somerset Rural Life Museum (September-November)

“Riddle 57” – collaborative animation project for Double Elephant Print Workshop and Exeter Cathedral

“Art is too important not to share” – commissioned lino cut for ACE Arts, Somerton with funding from Arts Council England (June/July)

Somerset Art Works Open Studios with Angela Morley at Pilton Cider (September/October)

2019

“Behind the Scenes at Crispin Hall” - Somerset Art Works Festival – Crispin Hall, Street (September/October)

2018

Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival (February)

“Fifty Bees 2” at Richard Jefferies Museum, Swindon with Lydia Needle and other invited artists

“Somer Inspirations” at Wells and Mendip Museum (July/August)

Guest artist at One Craft Gallery in Shepton Mallet (August to October)

2017

Somerset Art Works Festival with Michael Brobson and Caroline Walsh-Waring at The George in Croscombe (September/October)

2016

“Metafour” at Clevedon Pier - Somerset Fringe Festival

“1000 Postcards” at Black Swan Arts, Frome

“Secret Swans Art Trail” at Black Swan Arts, Frome

2015

“Time and Place” - SAW Members Show at Royal United Hospital, Bath

“Metafour” at Somerset Hall, Portishead - Somerset Fringe Festival

Solo exhibition at Seavington Store and Café

Solo exhibition at Ninesprings Health Centre, Yeovil

2014

Somerset Art Works Open Studios with Angela Naunton-Davies in Lopen

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