The Craft Unit (www.thecraftunit.co.uk) will turn the wonderful 15th century Bishop’s Barn in Wells into an exhibition, shop and workshop space, from Thursday 10th to Monday 14th May 2018 as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Into the BARN’ initiative.
The Craft Unit showcases a unique range of craft and decorative arts, made by people working in supported environments, including people with learning disabilities and mental health conditions. As part of the ‘Into the BARN’ initiative, Mendip based the Craft Unit is working with local organisations Orchard Vale Trust, Artbox Frome, Openstorytellers and Banwell Pottery each of whom support people with learning disabilities to explore their creativity and develop their arts practice.
The art exhibition will show an exciting body of work from each organisation and will be open alongside the Craft Unit’s shop within the barn. In addition to the exhibition and shop, artist in residence Robin Meader who also has a learning disability, will be showing his artworks of the local area and the barn itself.
Alongside the shop and exhibition, there are a variety of events planned that the public are invited to come and take part in during the five days. All donations raised through these special events will go towards the development of the Bishop’s Barn and the invaluable work to bring this ancient building back into the heart of the community.
Thursday 10th May, 1pm – 3pm: meet artist in residence Robin Meader, and contribute to an exhibition of drawings to go on display in the barn
Saturday 12th May, 10.30am – 12.30pm: join in an art workshop hosted by Artbox Frome, try your hand at printmaking and screen print a tote bag to take home
Monday 14th May, 1.30pm – 2.30pm: enjoy a spoken word storytelling performance by Openstorytellers in the barn
The shop and exhibition will be open throughout Thurs / Fri / Sat 10am – 6pm and Sun / Mon 10am – 4pm.