2015 Artist Registration
****Deadline 31st July****
Registration for our annual Arts Trail held in November is now open - this year it is taking place over the weekend of the 7th & 8th November. The Trail area for 2015 covers the following villages: Timsbury, Camerton, Radford, Paulton, Farrington Gurney, Hallatrow, High Littleton, Clutton and Temple Cloud.
The 2014 Trail was a fantastic event showcasing the work of over 45 artists in 12 venues around our villages attracting over 500 visitors. We anticipate the 2015 event to build on the success of the past 2 years.
Registration can be made online this year or you can download a form to fill out and send to us. Payment options are outlined on the registration form.
Group members please note you will be emailed a registration form.
Meet the artist; Sophie Piddock
What is your background?
I've always been a 'crafty' person, having studied art at school, two colleges then on to a Fine Art degree at university in Liverpool.
Where are you based?
At present I am based at my kitchen table but am soon to move into a friends studio space in Chewton Mendip at the old cheese dairy.
When and how did you get started in your art/craft?
After having my daughter I decided to do a part time college course to give myself a bit of time to be me again. Radstock college was offering Silversmithing at Bath Spa's Newton St Loe campus. After 3 consecutive years of short courses (20 weeks) I ventured into craft fairs and events with some other people from the course. I now mainly work towards particular events and commissions.
What inspires you?
Everything. What I have seen/heard/talked about. I tend to work out of my head on non-commission pieces and see where something ends up. I just take an idea and see what happens. I think we are all inspired by everything as it surrounds us every day.
What are your aspirations as an Artist in the coming months/years?
My youngest son goes to primary school in September so my main aim is to get my studio space up and running so I can concentrate on creating work. I hope one day to have my silver pieces in shops and exhibitions. My ideal dream would be to set up a creative hub to run art workshops from and provide a space for people to use.
What is you most memorable peice of work and why?
A silver band. The first plain silver band I made in my first year at college. I had chosen to use square wire instead of D cut or round. It took a lot of sanding and polishing and ended up rather rectangular in wire shape but you can't see the join. I was so proud of myself.
What hints and tips would you give fellow Artists?
Always make sure wherever you are working is comfortable and you have everything you need within easy reach.
"Let's make a feature out of it" is something my A-level Ceramics teacher would say to us. If something goes wrong go with it. Nobody knows what your finished piece will look like, maybe not even you, so does it matter if it doesn't turn out exactly as you thought it should.
On Saturday 18th July we took part in the 'Party in the Park' event in Paulton. We ran a free art activity courtesy of a Paulton Parish Council grant as well as displaying information about our group and the November Arts Trail.
The CVAT group supported the Midsomer Arts Festival on Saturday 27th June. We had a stand at The Hollies, Midsomer Norton where visitors were able to meet some artists, view & buy our work and find out more about our group.
It was a lovely event to be part of with music, dance & art activities - we look forward to next year. Thanks to Martyn Plant of Norton Hill School for organising it all.
We look forward to you joining our events.
Dates for your diary
Cam Valley Arts Trail Group Meeting
Monday 10th August 2015
7.30pm at The Railway, Clutton
For other art events see the events page
Enjoyed the trail and would like to be a part of future events?
We'd still love you to get involved either as a supporter in which case do send us your contact details and we'll email you about all our events or for you to join our group as an artist member.
To become a member or if you have any queries do get in touch via our contact sheet. or download the membership application form.