Kate Lynch Art Exhibition at the Somerset Rural Life Museum.
Somerset’s food and farming heritage is celebrated in a new exhibition by local artist Kate Lynch. The exhibition marks the re-opening of the Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury and runs from 3 June to 3 December.
The exhibition, called ‘FARM’, includes more than 40 paintings and drawings made on 19 farms, mostly in central Somerset. The pictures are the result of two years of visits to historic Somerset farms where Kate shadowed herdsmen, sheep and pig farmers, apple growers, cheese and cider makers, and growers of willow and wheat. Kate has recorded their family stories and the colourful history of the farms in a hardback book that is being published to accompany the exhibition.
Working in oils, pastels and willow charcoal, Kate creates atmospheric drawings and paintings of rural life and interviews her subjects. She said: “I am grateful to all the farming families who have shared their stories and let me sketch them at work in their fields, orchards, barns, cheese stores and willow beds. It’s been a great journey.”
‘FARM’ is the first temporary exhibition to be held at the museum following its £2.4 million refurbishment, led by the South West Heritage Trust.
Tom Mayberry, Chief Executive of the South West Heritage Trust, said: “In this new collection Kate captures the experience of a group of Somerset farmers, and their families, who have lived through times of unprecedented change.
“The artworks and the book provide an important record of how, within the span of living memory, Somerset farming has been transformed fundamentally. It is fitting that ‘FARM’ will be the first exhibition at the newly-opened museum.”
Somerset Rural Life Museum explores rural life from 1800s onwards and tells the rich story of Somerset’s rural and social history. The museum will be open 10.00 am – 5.00 pm Tuesday – Sunday until the end of October and Tuesday – Saturday from November to Easter, plus Bank Holiday Mondays. Normal admission charges apply to museum entry and include entry to the exhibition. For more information visit www.SRLM.org.uk
7.00 pm – 8.30 pm
Talk on Farm and other Documentary Projects by Kate Lynch
For booking call Somerset Rural Life Museum on 01458 831197.