A visit to Bath Artists’ Studios has given the city’s MP, Wera Hobhouse, a chance to meet with artists, talk about their work, and discuss the challenges faced by the local arts sector.
Mrs Hobhouse met with local artists Zoë Woolley, Ryszard Sliwka, Eryka Pownall, Mary-Jane Evans, Francis Mosley and Rowan Suenson-Luke.
Founded in 1997, BAS now has 54 studios with 62 artists working in the building. The School Room hosts a full week of classes and workshops ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture and professional development, while the gallery and project space hosts a range of exhibitions, talks and events throughout the year.
Mrs Hobhouse herself studied Fine Art at university in Germany and France, and worked as an artist for nearly twenty years prior to her career in politics.
Wera Hobhouse, Liberal Democrat MP for Bath, commented:
“Throughout my life I have turned to art as a source of inspiration, wellbeing and creative fulfilment. It can often be overlooked how art is fundamentally a communal practice as well, based in sharing, caring, and helping each other. This is where a space like Bath Artists’ Studios is so important.
“Every city needs these vibrant spaces for artists to practise their craft and share their skills with others, and Bath is no exception. Strong communities are absolutely vital for artists to flourish, and I will do my best to ensure that these communities are supported with the funding that they deserve.”
Zoë Woolley, Studio Holder, Tutor and Trustee of Bath Artists Studios said:
“It was inspiring to receive time and support for Bath Artists Studios and our move to better, affordable facilities. We welcome more support and donations. We are so fortunate to have an MP who appreciates the value of art and understands the benefits it can bring to our community. I hope collectively we will fulfil the dream of a New Arts Centre in Bath.”