Make The Most: About the Project

As one of five contemporary makers I have been commissioned to create site-specific work in response to Barrington Court, a National Trust property in Somerset. This blog is a diary of my progress through the project. The exhibition will open on 7th September 2013.

Laura Youngson Coll

Make the Most is an initiative of Somerset Art Works in partnership with the National Trust at Barrington Court, and curated by Craftspace.

More About the Exhibition

Make the Most is an exhibition that celebrates contemporary makers, skills, materials and thinking about craft in the 21st Century in the context of Somerset as a county, Barrington Court with its range of reference points relating to craft, creativity and the built environment.

The exhibition will recognise the relevance and importance of rural Somerset based raw materials suppliers and producers that enable craft practice and production. It will do this by pairing commissioned makers with suppliers to collaborate. The vision for Barrington sees it ‘recalling ancient relationships remade for the future’. In making evident the sources of raw materials as well as the ways and context in which they are used, in enabling skills to be shared and passed on, in connecting activities, production, places and people the exhibition proposition speaks directly to this aspect of the vision.

The five makers and the suppliers they are collaborating with are as follows;

Willow Laura Ellen Bacon Musgrove Willow Growers Ltd

Paper Maeve Clancy Two Rivers Paper Company

Stone Thomas Appleton Harvey Stone

Wood Gary Allson Yandles of Martock

Leather Laura Youngson Coll Burfield & Co.