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Seed are excited to share the results of our latest community project. We teamed up with four local artists and Buses of Somerset to create an opportunity for you to get creative on the bus! Artists Fiona Campbell, Karl Bevis, Jem Dick and Sharon Jacksties worked on three projects which produced artworks co-created with Buses of Somerset passengers and staff and other members of the community. The finished works are being displayed on buses across Sedgemoor. 

You can see view all the participant submissions for each project in our online galleries by following the links below:

All the Colours online gallery

Spreading the Word online gallery

Joy of Tiny Things online gallery – coming soon

Cove Cards
Art First: The background

Meet the Artists

Karl Bevis

Karl is an artist-educator with over 20 years’ experience.  He started in youth-work, including supporting a Youth Forum, and over the years he has arranged music-theatre courses across the UK, lead writing workshops in different community settings and been responsible for a creative learning programme for a concert venue.  Before leaving London in 2009, he ran the education programme for a theatre company in Peckham.  Each summer (apart from 2020, of course!) Karl manages venues at the Edinburgh Fringe supporting upcoming theatre companies.  Karl looks forward to creating work with people around Sedgemoor, helping them to find their own voice in some new creative writing.

Find out more about Karl’s project here

 Fiona Campbell

Fiona Campbell (MFA MRSS) is based in Somerset.  She creates environmental sculptural installations, teaches and curates community art projects in unexpected places.  At the root of her practice is the notion of interconnectedness, with environmental concerns about human exploitation of nature. 

Fiona won the Red Line Art Works Award 2020 and Royal Society of Sculptors Gilbert Bayes Award 2019.  She co-curated B-Wing, Shepton Mallet Prison, 2019, a site-responsive project with artists/writers and community events.  Her project step in stone 2015 involved multidisciplinary artscapes in Mendip quarries with international artists, linking culture, environment and community.  As part of Ingruttati Palermo, Manifesta12, her work Gift of Water was a collaboration.  In 2016, she created a canopy for Sarah Eberle’s gold/best artisan garden, Chelsea Flower Show.  Fiona’s latest project Life in the Undergrowth was inspired by hidden worlds in her garden.

She was Rep for Somerset Art Works, Trustee at Black Swan Arts, and is now on the Programming Committee.

www.fionacampbellart.co.uk

Find out more about Fiona’s project here.

Jem Dick

Jem Dick has worked in community and social arts settings for thirty years. As well as being a multi-disciplinary artist and performer himself, he loves to encourage people who may not think of themselves as creative to have a go, and surprise themselves with what they can create.

He has worked for the last sixteen years with OpenStoryTellers, enabling adults with learning disabilities to become storytellers, performing at festivals, conferences and theatres. He has also worked with the elderly, children, and many other groups, facilitating and integrating valued artistic input from people of all abilities and all walks of life.

The secret of his success? “There is nothing more serious than fun!”

Sharon Jacksties

Sharon Jacksties is a professional storyteller, telling stories to all kinds of audiences and sharing stories with all kinds of community groups. 

When she moved to Somerset many years ago, she got to know her adopted county by exploring Somerset’s own stories and writing her first book ‘Somerset Folk Tales’. She believes that everyone has a creative side, it’s just part of being human, and that everyone should have the chance to tap into that creativity and express themselves through the arts. 

Her background in the performing arts gives her a versatile and playful approach and her love of storytelling is served by a listening ear. Being a champion for everyone’s unique voice to be heard, or their artwork to be seen, she is eager to get yours not only out there, but on wheels!

Find out more about Jem and Sharon’s project here.