It was lovely to be invited to Avalon School in Street last week to collect a Business Recognition Award. It is the first year that the school are giving such awards, as a sign of their appreciation of the support that various businesses provide to their students, further preparing them for their transition to adulthood.
So, alongside Clarks, Burns the Bread, Glastonbury FM, the Bay Tree Cafe and the Create: Space II Project, I gathered in the newly appointed sixth form building to collect my award. It was great to meet more of the students who work on the art enterprise project. They give up their Friday lunch breaks to work together and create fabulous floral landscapes (often speckled with glitter!) - a few of which I sold at the event in the Bishop's Barn in Wells. The students had prepared some delicious shortbread and apricot flapjacks which they shared with all of us before presenting our awards.
It was good also to meet Dylan from the Create: Space II Project, who then invited me to see their new exhibition which fills a huge old Tesco store in Street. A truly diverse array of artwork and installation meanders around the industrial sized space. Giant escargot shapes pinned with milk bottle plastic rise out of the concrete, inviting you to stoop inside and admire a colourful spectrum of light. Oil canvases, metal figures, jute baskets photographs unfold through the space. It’s a fascinating exhibition and project, hopefully it will continue to enrich the landscape of Street.