‘step in stone’ opened on Wednesday 8th July, and we’ve already had a wide range of visitors of all ages engaging with our work, including 2 school groups through Somerset Art Works’ inspirED programme and some guided walkers through our collaboration with Somerset Wildlife Trust. My half day workshop was with Yr 7 pupil premium students from Selwood School. In small groups they created wire pieces based on silver birch seeds. Suzie Gutteridge’s workshop the next day resulted in felted balls using locally sourced wool. Both sets of work will be exhibited as part of the Trail at Halecombe Quarry from Step 2 (15th Aug) onwards.
Our first week culminated on Saturday with us making Charlotte McKeown’s sculpture with her in just one day. This was her award for winning the ‘Under 20’s Sculpture Design Competition’. A bit like scrapheap challenge, our small, dedicated team worked hard to create the Kinetic Structure in a day. Despite having prepared materials and got some parts together in advance, it was still a little daunting. Our team included Charlotte, Lucja Korczak, who won the under 13 year-old design competition prize, Duncan Cameron (step in stone artist and Strode College tutor to Charlotte), Nick Weaver (step in stone Partner) and me. Perhaps the best thing about the day was how everyone worked together so well to make it happen and with such aplomb! A slight rush to finish before the arrival of press and guests for our official opening at 5pm, the sculpture was installed near the Centre entrance. Sarah Jackson from Mendip Hills AONB kindly did the honours to ‘open’ the event, and we all celebrated the start of an exciting few months ahead!
Do please come and visit Somerset Earth Science Centre (SESC) – open to public Weds 9am-4pm & special events. Artists exhibiting at SESC for Step 1 are: Duncan Elliott, Tessa Farmer, Christina White, Charlotte McKeown (young sculpture design competition winner) and me. Step 2 follows on 15th August.