Hurstone Studio Workshops provides a base for local artists to develop their work. Some of the old farm buildings have been converted into individual studio spaces.
The following artists are currently in residence:
Jane took a degree in Art History at the Courtauld Institute in London and lectures part time in Visual Culture and Art and Design. She is best known, however, for her large scale woodcuts of narrative and mythical imagery set in landscape. She exhibits widely in London and the South West.
Venues in the last three years include the Royal Academy, the Barbican and Mall Galleries in London, the Bridport Art Centre, Spike Island and the Hotbath Gallery in Bath. As well as working as a freelance artist, she takes on private and public commissions, and runs printmaking and carving workshops for children and adults.
Using the subject of clothing, mainly dresses, Jenni makes mixed media constructions, exploring the associations around memory, myth and magic. The initial idea may come from a certain feeling, or a thought, or from sensations evoked by playing with materials, combining them and letting associations develop until the essence of the piece crystallises. The pieces are constructed around body shapes and developed until they can be suspended or become self supporting. Many different media are used: netting, paper, human hair, wax, glass, discarded fabrics and natural materials as well as a variety of sheet metals. She sells the work at exhibitions, or from the studio at Hurstone, and will accept commissions. Prices range from £200-£1,000.
Renowned for his charred oak pieces, Michael has been diversifying into new mediums and media. As a public artist stainless steel and stone are new materials. More recently he has been working in sound and image, be that sound and video (Hestercombe "Genius Loci") or (Greenham Common. camera obscura and sound). Michael is lead artist at present in Cambridge and Exmouth and is regularly commissioned throughout the UK.
Michael has his own website at www.michaelfairfax.co.uk
Louise's mixed media construction boxes relate to events and travels throughout her life. She also makes assemblage brooches from recycled materials, mainly copper and tin, and individual book works from handmade paper with images and small objects included in the structure of the paper. She works to commission for private clients for commemorative pieces and for public art works relating to the site for which they are made. She has recently completed a piece for the "Somerset Now" project sited at the Willow and Wetlands centre at Stoke St Gregory. Other public art works are the Apple Box in Taunton, the Stathe Bridge installation and a series of work at Bridgwater Hospital. She also runs workshops related to her art practise, for community education, in schools and at Hurstone studios.
Landscape with figures, big skies, windy days, changing light, and her own particular way of seeing. Cornwall, Somerset, Italy and Spain. Oil, acrylic, watercolour, drawings and etchings for sale from the studio and in Somerset Arts Week at The Old School, Milverton. Classes in Painting and Printmaking during Summer 2007 at Hurstone Studios.
Email Louise directly at email@example.com or telephone 01984 629180.