New artist in residence and exhibition at Hestercombe

Hestercombe Gallery near Taunton is delighted to welcome its next artist in residence Stephen Smith throughout September and an exhibition of work from West Somerset artist Lucy Large.

Stephen Smith is joining Hestercombe during this year’s Somerset Open Studios, from September 17-October 2 (venue 186). During this time, on a selection of dates, visitors can experience Stephen working at his temporary studio in Hestercombe’s Gallery.

Stephen’s work encompasses painting, drawing, print and installation and has exhibited work widely including at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (UK), Nam June Paik Centre (South Korea) and MU (Netherlands).

In his own words he describes his work as drawing on conspiracy theories, bit-rot, psycho-geography and post-traumatic landscapes. He uses a process of formal abstraction to deconstruct and reconstruct the form and language of the work. Through these themes, forms and motifs are built up and re-worked over time.

Simon will be working at Hestercombe on September 22,23,29 and 30th on his current work ‘Corium Series’.

“As part of my residency at Hestercombe Gallery I am currently working on a series of deconstructed, machine sewn and re-assembled canvas paintings that questions the canvas stretcher and what relevance it adds within the making process and presentation of construction. This work is informed by our interaction with and on landscape, the starting point for which was a trip I took with Unknown Fields Division (Architectural Association, London) to the exclusion zone of Chernobyl and the lost city of tomorrow Pripyat in 2011. This work will act as a dialogue between a sculptural installation and painting. I will be working during the summer in the studio at Hestercombe Gallery and welcome visitors to discuss and see this work in progress.” 

Stephen Smith will also be running a charcoal drawing workshop on Oct 13, 10am – 1pm. Tickets £18 from

Working in a different media, the work of Lucy Large can be seen within Hestercombe’s Stables Café. Working with wire and hand-cut paper, she predominantly presents her work in beautiful box frames. Lucy says by placing a sculpture or a scene within a box, a theatrical relationship is set up between the piece and the viewer which in turn invites speculation about the possible story being told, creating an illustrative quality to the work.

Lucy’s work is held in various private collections both nationally and overseas. She has exhibited as part of the London Affordable Art Fair and The Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey. She also exhibits with a range or galleries across the country.

This year she will be also be exhibiting from her home in West Somerset as part of Somerset Art Weeks Open Studios event.

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You can see more about our artist in residence Stephen Smith at and about Lucy Large at