June brought a stream of thrilling news. After months of what seemed like never-ending funding applications and a long waiting game to hear our results, B-Wing received several grants in succession. This will enable us to pay artists and engage the wider community in a series of special events including free workshops, talks and exhibition tours. We are so grateful to Arts Council England and The National Lottery for awarding B-Wing a project grant. We have also received match-funding from Somerset Community Foundation, Shepton Town Council and Cranmore Parish Council - huge thanks to them and to all our supporters (see here for a full list). It has been worth all the meetings and late nights at the computer. Now onto the next stages of curating and making.
All the B-Wing artists met together at Shepton Mallet prison recently to celebrate. Ideas are sparking between us and new collaborations brewing. I’ll be collaborating with Lou Baker and Scott Sandford on part of the installation.
B-Wing is fundraising! Would you help us achieve our funding target for the exciting arts event to be held in Shepton Mallet prison?
B-Wing is a multi-disciplinary arts project involving 6 artists and 2 writers making site-responsive artworks in the unique spaces of B-Wing, Shepton Mallet Prison for an exhibition and special events during Somerset Art Weeks Festival ’19 (21 Sept-6 Oct). Artworks across visual arts, performance & poetry will transform B-Wing, reflecting its history, & confronting political & environmental issues.
The project targets a wide range of art & non-art audiences. We will engage the local community including young people through workshops, participation in a collaborative piece, talks, readings and special events.
A warm sunny day in March with bright blue skies … where better to spend it than exploring a decommissioned prison? The imposing boundary walls topped with razor wire are just the beginning; as we stepped through the gateway, we stepped into another world. It was our first artists’ visit to B Wing!
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Some of the B- Wing artists. From left to right - Lucy Large, Scott Sandford, Luminara Star, Fiona Campbell, Lou Baker. The photo was taken by Geoff Dunlop