Artists In Action Week 6th - 12th of June 2016

We are looking forward to our first ever Artists in Action Week. We have two renknowned international artists, and a local author, sharing their knowledge and skills over the week at various venues across South Somerset. There will be something for all so please come and join us.
Our fantastic arts week will culminate in a celebration event at Norton Village Hall. The art will be on display, a procession (with a difference) of willow sculptures will take place and we can celebrate in style with music, food and maybe even some dancing?

Robynn Smith Californian Artist

Robynn Smith is an internationally exhibiting painter/printmaker and a Studio Art Instructor at Monterey Peninsula College. She is the founder of Blue Mouse Studios in Aptos, California, and International Print Day in May. The source material for her work is based upon her travels and observations. She utilizes a wide variety of photographic, print and painting techniques in her mixed media paintings and prints.

Robyn Smith

Serena de la Hey Somerset Artist

Serena de la Hey is a modern innovator in the use of willow in sculptures and her work now encompasses a broad range of traditional and contemporary materials. Having worked all over the world on a range of projects, she is best known for the Willow Man, a 12 metre sculpture next to the M5 motorway, near Bridgwater in Somerset, UK.

Serena De La Hey

Ed Seigle


Ed is a recently published novelist and freelance writer, previously living in Brighton, and now residing in Montacute, Somerset. His first published novel “Invisibles” was well received and he is currently working on his second novel set in our own beautiful county of Somerset. The Scotsman: "The most surprising fact about this story of identity is that it is a debut novel. From the first chapter, the richness of Brighton-based author Ed Siegle's plot, as well as his instantly charming characters, pull you in and don't let go. Brimming with lush descriptions of the colour, tastes and sounds of Brazil, this is a satisfying and engaging story about the reality of one man's childhood memories. A fantastic read."

Ed Siegle

Gary Shapiro

Gary Shapiro, is a teacher and historian of American popular culture. His radio program, From the Bookshelf, has aired on KUSP FM in Santa Cruz, California, since 1999.

Gary Shapiro

Wednesday the 8th of June

Robynn and Serena will be working with the children of Norton sub Hamdon Primary School. The children will be exploring print making techniques and willow sculpture.

Thursday 9th of June

Ham Hill Education Centre. 10am to 4pm

Adult print making workshop. Be inspired by our beautiful iron age hill fort and country park to create your own pieces. To book your place ring us or contact

Cost: £30.00.

Saturday 11th of June

Ninesprings Country Park 10am to 12 midday


The artists will be working on their own pieces in the Country Park. Come and see how they work, ask questions and have a go. The rangers will be on hand to provide some art materials for you to have a go yourself.

Saturday 11th June from 5pm

Norton sub Hamdon Village Hall


Come and join our celebration event! Enjoy refreshments and view the art. Art will be on display from 5pm, Willow Procession with a difference at 6pm. Join us as we parade our woodland animal sculptures in our own unique way.

From the Book Shelf with Gary Shapiro

7.00 to 8pm - come and hear Ed Seigle in conversation with Gary Shapiro about his first novel. Find out about Ed’s exciting new tale set right here in our beautiful county of Somerset. Promises to be an entertaining and interesting evening event.

Cost: £3.50

I enjoyed stuff I thought I would hate.

Kieran, Aged 14, King Alfred’s Community School, Somerset


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