ARTISTS across Somerset opened their doors to visitors this weekend for a festival of creativity which runs until October 6.

Somerset Art Weeks Festival launched at Wookey Hole Caves where the netherworld of vast chambers was illuminated by projection and filled with the echoes of song.

For this one-off launch event, Ben Rivers produced After us a Sunless Paradise, a projection with sound, exploring ideas of lost subterranean civilisations. The award-winning filmmaker has returned to his home county to research a work that fuses science facts with science fiction to explore the impact of modern day people on the shifting natural environment of Somerset.

During the two weeks of the festival, the installations and exhibitions are open to the public. The work of more than 300 artists is shown in galleries, studios, historic buildings, a library, a hospital and an old prison.

A Long Hundred is an exhibition taking place in Glastonbury. The landscape and history of Somerset’s peat moors features as part of an installation in a medieval fishery building.

Artist Lotte Scott has created a charred wooden sculpture echoing the history of peat cutting in the local area.

Taking place in the Abbot’s Fish House, Meare, Glastonbury, the installation also includes large drawings created with pigments from the local peat.

Another exhibition is taking place in Glastonbury as well thanks to Emilie Taylor. Food poverty has inspired the creation of a series of large ceramic pots which are on display in the historic Tithe Barn at Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury.

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