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05 Mar 2021
Somerset artist Kate Lynch is collaborating with the South West Heritage Trust on a new project to document and celebrate rural crafts and trades.
Kate is known for paintings and drawings, accompanied by stories she collects, that document rural life. Her previous projects have celebrated willow growers and basket makers, shepherds, beekeepers and peat diggers, as well as cider and cheesemakers.
Kate is now working on a new collection that will be displayed at Somerset Rural Life, Glastonbury. In this latest project she is celebrating people who practise old crafts and trades using ancient skills that have hardly changed in centuries. There are paintings and drawings of hedgelayers, dry stone wallers, thatchers, blacksmiths, farriers, basket makers, glass blowers and many more. As well as painting and drawing these artisans at work, Kate is collecting the stories they share.
Kate said: “In this digital age, these craftspeople all continue to work with their hands, using the same tools as their ancestors and old knowledge passed down through the generations.”
Head of Museums at the South West Heritage Trust, Sam Astill, said: “We’re delighted to be collaborating with Kate once again to share the unique stories of the county’s crafts and tradespeople.”
The exhibition of this new collection, ‘THE OLD CRAFT in Somerset’, will take place at Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury, in spring 2022. Kate has previously collaborated with the Museum on school projects and her exhibition ‘FARM’ was displayed when the Museum reopened in 2017.