Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, is proud to present a week of Art inspired by the Somerset countryside in its house and grounds this August. The Somerset group of professional artists, Gallery4Art, will be showcasing their contemporary artworks in a colourful exhibition from Monday 7  to Friday 11 August. Entry will be free to view the work and paintings, and prints and sculpture will be available to buy at affordable prices.

“Gallery4Art never fail to put on a dazzling array of interesting art – we just wish we could take it all home with us.”  Visitor to G4A’s 2016 Halsway exhibition.

Running alongside the exhibition will be a day of workshops so you can try your hand at techniques used by the artists. On Tuesday 8 August you can choose from experimental screen printing with Jim Munnion, textiles with Sarah Meikle, wire and mixed media sculpture with Mel Deegan, wildlife willow sculpture with Sophie Courtiour or whimsical watercolour painting with Alison Jacobs.

The workshops cost £65 per person and this includes materials. No previous experience is required, and full support and advice will be given by the artists who are all experienced tutors. For more information and details on how to book go online to

On Thursday 10 August the artists are putting on more activities in the Manor grounds. From 10.30am children can enjoy a pirate-themed Treasure Hunt with Captain Strawbeard and Crew! This costs £5 per child.  This covers art activities, including painting pirate pictures and making pirate-themed hats, etc. Children must be accompanied by an adult (adults free). And, of course, pirate-themed fancy dress is encouraged.

To end Thursday’s fun in the gardens the artists invite you to join them for tea and a talk. At 3.30pm you can be entertained by the artists over cream tea at £5 a head, whilst they describe and demonstrate their work, and talk about their artist’s practice and techniques.

To book on workshops or activities please phone Halsway Manor (this is recommended as places fill fast) on 01984 618274