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contemporary paper work will be on display at Barrington Court. Photograph by Seb King


This year’s Somerset Art Weeks will present a range of exciting site-specific commissions in some of the county’s most beautiful properties, gardens and studios, says LINDSEY HARRAD


year will be more exhibition-based, with a variety of events taking place across Somerset. As part of Somerset Art Weeks


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2013, running from 21 September until 6 October, the magnificent National Trust property Barrington Court will be transformed by five internationally-renowned makers. The Make the Most exhibition will feature dynamic new works, many specially commissioned for the event, which all acknowledge the contribution of local raw material


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ollowing the success of last year’s Somerset Art Weeks’ Open Studios event, the focus this


suppliers and manufacturers to the local economy.


Make the Most Among the featured makers will be Laura Ellen Bacon, whose large-


Knitted flowers in a teacup by Thornreed Studios artist Jan Ollis


scale willow work, a collaboration with Musgrove Willows in Bridgwater, will be exhibited on Barrington Court’s old kitchen. Laura says: “The sculptures that I make have a closeness with a host structure or the fabric of a building; their oozing energy spills from gutters, their ‘muscular’ forms nuzzle up to the glass and their gripping weave locks onto the strength of the walls. While the scale and impact varies from striking to subtle (sometimes only visible upon a quizzical double take), I relish the opportunity to let a building ‘feed’ the form, as if some part of the building is exhaling into


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