From Painting to Packaging: Alison Jacobs Retrospective

Just a quick note to say that we are all getting very excited about Alison Jacobs' new exhibition 'From Packaging to Painting' which begins with a preview here on Thursday evening at 6pm.  The exhibition is a look back at her career to date and promises to have some quirky touches - but you'll have to come along to appreciate those!  It then runs from Friday 9 September to Saturday 1 October (closed on Sundays, and on Monday afternoons).  Look forward to seeing you there.

Where did the summer go...?

It's been a while since I updated this page, and I've been told off on Twitter about it recently!  So a little summary of recent events will follow soon, for your delectation and delight...

Bath Place Street Fayres - update

Well, we have had a great response for all three of our Art Street Fayres (18th June, 16th July and 20th August) and it looks as though each will be filled with a great variety of art and artists!  There are still a limited number of places available so if you are interested in taking a pitch, do get in touch with us as soon as possible - all the details are contained in the previous post. 

And if you are not an artist yourself, just come along and enjoy browsing amongst the stalls and of course all the lovely businesses that live in Bath Place!

Bath Place Art Street Fayres 2011

Application for Exhibitors


Bath Place in Taunton is a picturesque, pedestrian-only street in the heart of the town, full of independent businesses including gift and card shops, a local producers market, boutiques, cafes and other food outlets, art galleries and much more.  Each year since 2008 the Trader’s Association has played host to local artists who have exhibited Montmartre-style with their works displayed on the railings running down the street.   Works have included watercolours, acrylics, etchings, ceramics, textiles, and sculptures made from stone and recycled objects.


Bath Place is once again to hold a series of street fayres in spring/summer 2011.  This year’s dates are Saturday 18 June, Saturday 16 July and Saturday 20 August and the fayres will run from 9.30 to 5.30.

We are now looking for expressions of interest from local artists and makers who would like to take part in this year’s events.


Applications for a pitch are invited by filling in the form provided and returning it as soon as possible to the address below.  As places are limited there may have to be a selection process, so if you would like to submit work for consideration please supply 2-4 images which are indicative of your work either

a)         on a disk

b)         as hard copies

c)         by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


A modest rental fee of £20 will be charged to contribute to the costs of marketing the events.  No commission will be charged on sales of work.  Each entrant will need to provide their own tables and display equipment and any weather proofing.  Some pitches will back on to railings to which display boards could be tied, and others will be next to a 6ft+ wall against which boards etc could be leant.


The organisers will meet to finalize the list of exhibitors and the spaces that they will occupy.  The decision of the organising body about who is offered space and where their work will displayed has to be final.  If unsuccessful in being offered a pitch in the first instance, then your details will be added to a reserve list, should space then become available at a later date.  If unsuccessful in being offered a pitch, your fee will be refunded.


Alongside the static pitches we would like to hold active demonstrations each Saturday.  If you would like to be considered for this please let us have details of what you propose, including how much space would be needed.


We do hope that you will be interested in this opportunity.  If you have any further queries please don’t hesitate to contact:             

Jane Armour              01823 321939          This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Catherine Esbester     01823 326798          This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




Gingerbread - The Aftermath!

Crumbs!  Hasn't time just flown by.  We have been so busy in the shop and organising new work in the gallery that we haven't had a chance to put up a post about our incredibly successful Gingerbread Man exhibition!


We want to start by saying a HUGE thank you to all those who got involved and contributed to the show.  You made it such an exciting experience, we really can't thank you enough.


In such difficult economic times it was important to us to make a real celebration of the Gallery's 3rd birthday and to do something that provided a positive focus in a time that sees such serious cuts in arts funding.  With few organisations in a position to host community art events we wanted to celebrate the Gallery's ethos by creating an inclusive exhibition which would reflect the huge amount of local artistry and creativity that surrounds us.


"Yummy!  A delicious exhibition for all the senses"


So for a few weeks, Ginger Fig Gallery was taken over by gingerbread men.  The number of people that got involved and the amount of entries we received was quite overwhelming!  It was brilliant to see such an eclectic mixture of art coming together to create an exciting and engaging exhibition.  Entries ranged from textiles, clay, wire, paint, collage, film and photography to glass, willow, dough, ceramic, wood, glitter and even blu-tac!  Work also varied dramatically in scale too, from some gingerbread men that were just a couple of inches to one that was more than 6 feet tall!


We were bowled over by the number of interpretations of the theme and the different approaches to the work.  There was a real sense of fun, with gingerbread men appearing in so many different guises - from Dr Who to a starring role in Munch's 'The Scream'.  Many were also inspired by the gingerbread man's adventurous spirit, experimenting with new artistic techniques.  A prime example of this was the Hutton family's first animated film, a brilliantly funny take on the story.  This quirky little film wa a great addition to the show, with Daddy Hutton's voice-over talents personifying the little gingerbread man and making him a very likeable young fellow!


"What a most fabulous exhibition - crumbs what a time we've had looking at all the fab artworks"

Sugar and spice and all things nice!  We think that the success of the exhibition was down to a delicious mix of ingredients with many different community groups, schools, nurseries and artists coming together to enter work.


The exhibition was opened with a tea party featuring lots of gingerbread men baked by Sarah from Bath Place's Country Market.  The Mayor of Taunton, Jefferson Horsley, cut the ribbon on proceedings and he too was moved by the sheer community involvement.


"What a fascinating exhibition!  I'll always think twice before I eat another ginger(man) biscuit"

The gallery was very busy for the duration of the exhibition with many proud parents and young artists keen to see their work on display. It was really lovely to see their reactions:  lots of pride and excitement on both sides!  Both children and adults also took part in gingerbread decorating and we saw some very colourful creations emerging...


It was an exhibition that really engaged and uplifted the community, and we would just like to share some more of the comments we received from visitors:


"Absolute genius!  Beautiful and just plain astounding"

"Brilliant, lots of fun bringing children together through art"

"What fun, so much colour and imagination brings the child inside alive"

"Fantastic exhibition.  Nothing like children to kick start creativity.  Loved it"

"What a fabulous exhibition, well done to all and congratulations to all the entries.  It really makes you feel good"

With such a great response from both the public and other Bath Place traders we hope to make this exhibition an annual event.  We hope to repeat this year's success but get even more people what do you think next year's theme should be?

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