Artefacts from the Jurassic, Roman, Saxon and medieval times, and the beautiful Church of St Mary the Virgin are all part of our history. Agriculture, markets and mills brought prosperity; almshouses and great schools were founded. Then came toll-roads and railways. Artists and writers, notably Ernst Blensdorf and John Steinbeck worked here; and the changing exhibits witness Bruton’s continuing creativity.
• Monthly Casespace exhibitions of the work of local creative people.
• Changing exhibitions of local interest, such as Bruton residents’ involvement with World War I.
• Programme of winter talks on the second Thursday of the month, covering diverse subjects including architecture, gardens, falconry & hydrography!
• Summer visits to houses and gardens of interest such as Spargrove and Stavordale.
The Bruton Correspondence School is pleased to present I DIDN’T LICK IT, its first major exhibition of three hundred artworks made in collaboration with the new correspondence school between March 2020 – June 2021.
During the lockdown, they initiated a mail art exchange brief with local and international artists resulting in a richly personal and political survey of contemporary collage.
In this exhibition each art work is displayed as part of an ambitious installation of paintings, collage, photography and written correspondences. The collection will be across four sites in Bruton to enable a walking tour of the work – The Bruton Museum and The Old Pharmacy Wine Bar on the High St, The Dovecote Gallery and The Cellarhand. The exhibition continues the school’s investigations into connectivity, community and personal experience.
The collection showcases the innate ability of collage to construct a fresh and new visual exchange beyond the two dimensional into the structural world and craft of visual making. Whilst experimental, each collage is also didactic, layered with hidden messages, reoccurring motifs and shared concerns that speak as an abstract indicator of the surreal times we are living in.
This exhibition is being sponsored by Bruton Museum, The Dovecote Gallery and The Cellarhand.
Casespace is a museum case or two, sometimes a wall, where anything can be exhibited: it changes regularly. We have created displays of painting, sculpture, films, conceptual art, architectural plans and collections. Exhibitors must be Museum members. If you would like to exhibit and live locally please contact Jackie Brooks email@example.com.
Our visits are open to members only and have included trips to Spargrove, Stavordale Priory gardens and many other local sites of absorbing interest.
Please contact Tricia Rawlingson Plant on firstname.lastname@example.org
In winter we have a variety of talks on subjects as diverse as falconry, local history, hydrography, editing and metal detecting.
We are hoping to complete our model railway soon! This will have interactive buttons to send the 00 Gauge trains on their journey from Cole to Bruton. A table and chairs are set up in the gallery with pens, paper and fun things for small people to enjoy.
Our resources are available to the public by appointment: Parish records, information about the collection and specific areas of interest can be accessed. Contact Andrew Leach 01749 812 641 or Jackie Brooks 07973 745 815 for more information.