A couple of weeks ago I did a radio interview with Martin Evans at BBC, Bristol. Zoe Li (SAW) and I went up for an interview to plug Somerset Art Works Open Studios Family Friendly weekend, which we did. Martin then suggested a separate interview about my work.. so here it is – live for 7 days..!
Taking down the yellow signs for Somerset Art Weeks often feels a bit like the end of a party. Quite exhausted, tinges of sadness but ultimately happy to have met and even befriended so many lovely, appreciative people from the South West and beyond. Looking back at stimulating conversations and comments left by visitors it’s great to know that they enjoyed themselves and were inspired. Starting and ending on a high note, overall I felt this one went with a swing.
I shared my venue this year with Nick Weaver, whose reclaimed wood pieces really enhanced the show. Thanks to his hard work helping to restore my garden to former glory and to an indian summer, the 52 outdoor sculptures glistened in their surroundings – described by one visitor as ‘reminiscent of arcadia’!
Good signage, SAW catalogues and successful PR (by all involved) seem to be the main ways to attract SAW visitors. A focus this year was to appeal to a younger, wider audience. Zoe Li (SAW Art Weeks manager) and I did a BBC radio interview in Bristol with Martin Evans to increase media coverage of the final Open Studios ‘family friendly’ weekend. As it turned out, the last weekend was, in my view, a brilliant finale. I manned at All Hallows School’s venue on Saturday, where some of my students’ work was on show. Tied in with an Open Day their venue attracted far more family visitors than usual. And on Sunday, as part of the Big Draw, I had 20 participants of all ages doing a taster wire workshop in my garden in addition to many other visitors – challenging but fun!
Making sales is always a bonus, and happily we made some of those too!