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Supported by The Arts Society

We are delighted to announce that The Arts Society is supporting our project! We are extremely grateful and owe a massive thank you to The Arts Society.

‘‘Our strength is our people, joined together by a passion for the arts which can nourish and empower us all. Our work creates a better, healthier and more connected society.’

The Arts Society

The Arts Society is a leading arts education charity with a global network of over 380 local Societies, which bring people together through a shared curiosity for the arts.

Their events provide welcoming places (locally, nationally and globally) to hear expert lecturers share their specialist knowledge about the arts.

Over 90,000 members contribute to and preserve our artistic heritage through volunteering and grants.

For further information visit: http://www.inchbyinch.uk, Instagram: @inchbyinchuk, Twitter: @inchbyINCH10.

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In the news: Mendip Times

Inch by IN:CH appears in volume 16, issue 9 of Mendip Times. See the coverage at Have suitcase: Will travel.

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Inch by IN:CH seeks funding

An artist led project, curated by the Bath-based artist group IN:CH, is bringing contemporary art out of the gallery and into the communal areas of our everyday lives. The 11 artists, all based in the South West, reflect a variety of art forms and here focus on transition, interchange and the transportation of ideas.

The project is seeking funding to enable it to be the best it can be. Funds will help offer free community engagement events and enable the project to tour to multiple venues. Activities will include writing, painting and sculpture workshops, theatrical, sound and distanced performances, participatory happenings, artist talks and demonstrations to bring the work to life and provoke debate.

The project has already achieved donations from private individuals and organisations, and secured strong partnerships with East Somerset Railway, Fringe Arts Bath, Ian McGinn, and Somerset Art Works.

Forming a portable touring exhibition, the artists will each present contemporary work in a travel case. These artworks include painting, assemblage, projections and sculptural installations, and will blur the boundaries between. Through these small-scale works, ideas will be shared and transported from one place to the next. The presentation of the opened cases will vary, responding to the nature and function of each particular setting. At each location artists will engage with the audience and, developing from the themes and works in the show, workshops, talks and performances will be arranged, depending on COVID19 restrictions.

‘We are inching forward … ’

IN:CH artist Kelly O’Brien:

IN:CH artist Fiona Campbell: ‘Our aim is to bring art to people who don’t normally experience it. The locations we’ve chosen are unexpected venues. We plan to offer a unique, intriguing exhibition.’

IN:CH artist Shirley Sharp: ‘Taking art out of galleries to bring it directly to the audience, our focus is on engagement with the public through workshops, talks, discussions, performances. We are each working from very individual perspectives so it will be a dynamic exhibition giving the audience room for thought.’

IN:CH artist Vicky McKay: ‘The idea came as a reaction to lockdown and the closure of our industry. We decided to exhibit on our own terms: to the people and communities we are part of. It’s quite a hopeful story, both for us and the communities we’re within.’

IN:CH artist Ally McGinn: ‘We would like to express our thanks and gratitude to our partners and sponsors, who will be publicly listed on our website and social media platforms. We would be extremely grateful for any support people are able to offer.’

The project will broaden the geography of contemporary art and engage others in their own neighbourhoods. The touring schedule will include libraries, rural museums, festivals, railway stations, village halls, and other local venues. All these places will enable interaction with a wide audience and can open up possibilities and the exchange of ideas. Bridging the gap between art and life, engaging with local communities, and bringing the conversation home. The sites will be plotted as an outwardly mobile spiral across the South West—a metaphor for the migration of ideas, connections and hope.

Inch by IN:CH will tour a wide range of venues across the South West, starting at Fringe Arts Bath (28 May to 13 June) and ending at Somerset Open Studios, (18 September to 3 October).

For further information visit: http://www.inchbyinch.uk, Instagram: @inchbyinchuk, Twitter: @inchbyINCH10.

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East Somerset Railway is just the ticket

Inch by IN:CH is bringing contemporary art out of the gallery and into the communal areas of our everyday lives. Forming a portable touring exhibition, 11 artists will each present contemporary work in a travel case.

One of the exhibition venues, East Somerset Railway, dates back to 1855. The heritage Brunel steam railway station was part of the Strawberry line, carrying both passengers and rock from local quarries.

IN:CH artist Fiona Campbell: ‘Our aim is to bring art to people who don’t normally experience it. The locations we’ve chosen are unexpected venues. We plan to offer a unique, intriguing exhibition. As a Cranmore resident, I’m keen for the project to benefit locals as well as visitors from afar.’

‘We are really looking forward to hosting the Inch by IN:CH exhibition here at the ESR in 2021. We will have our newly refurbished museum and nostalgic waiting room open by then too, so it will be a great visit for people to look forward to after lockdown.’

Elaine Lavender, Commercial Officer, East Somerset Railway

It is connected to the arts through renowned wildlife artist David Shepherd. His love of steam trains brought him to East Somerset Railway (ESR) where he painted them. When IN:CH artist Fiona Campbell moved to Cranmore 22 years ago there was a special gallery for his work at ESR, which has now moved. In fact, Fiona won a David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation 3D prize in 2009. A popular venue for families and train enthusiasts, the light, steam, tracks, shadows, sounds and smells conjure imaginings of past travel. It is an evocative and meaningful setting for art about transportation of ideas.

The project is seeking funding to enable it to be the best it can be. Funds will help offer free community engagement events and enable the project to tour to multiple venues. Activities will include writing, painting and sculpture workshops, theatrical, sound and distanced performances, participatory happenings, artist talks and demonstrations to bring the work to life and provoke debate.

The project has already achieved donations from private individuals and organisations, and secured strong partnerships with East Somerset Railway, Fringe Arts Bath, Ian McGinn, and Somerset Art Works.

Forming a portable touring exhibition, the artists will each present contemporary work in a travel case. Through these small-scale works, ideas will be shared and transported from one place to the next.

At each location artists will engage with the audience and, developing from the themes and works in the show, workshops, talks and performances will be arranged, depending on COVID19 restrictions.

Inch by IN:CH will tour a wide range of venues across the South West, starting at Fringe Arts Bath (28 May to 13 June) and ending at Somerset Open Studios, (18 September to 3 October).

For further information visit: http://www.inchbyinch.uk, Instagram: @inchbyinchuk, Twitter: @inchbyINCH10.

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On the air: Inch by IN:CH interview

Inch by IN:CH was featured on BBC Radio Bristol & Somerset this week.

On 4 January 2021 one of our IN:CH artists, Fiona Campbell, spoke to radio presenter Claire Cavanagh about the project and how it came about:

‘We got together last year (we’re a group called Incubation Chamber, so that’s where IN:CH comes in) because of lockdown and the closure of the art industry … we thought it would be nice to take art out from galleries and studios into communal areas, spaces that don’t normally show art.’

‘We’re going to engage the public with workshops, demonstrations, discussions, talks as we go in a spiralling circuit around the South West, particularly Somerset.’

Claire Cavanagh, BBC Bristol

‘It’s eleven artists from across the west country who are getting together to put on this travelling exhibition … It’s a nice idea, I like that.’

Claire Cavanagh, BBC Radio Bristol

Claire, ‘It’s a great idea, how do you put something like this on, when it’s so restricted in terms of people going into places or gathering?’

Fiona, ‘A lot of it will be out in open places. For example one of our venues is the East Somerset Railway. We’ve got choices of where we might place ourselves, could be on the platform. This is starting in May when we’re hoping things will have eased and goes on until October, so quite a long-term project. The safety of everyone involved is paramount … Our plans are movable.’

Claire, ‘How do you all know each other? Do you get together because it’s useful to have those connections?’

Fiona, ‘Yes, it’s been a lifeline. Some of us know each other through having done an MA together at Bath Spa Uni, and there’s a link with Bath Artist Studios. We had a picnic in the summer where we really kicked this idea off. Otherwise we’ve been doing lots of Zoom conversations!’

Listen here to the radio chat (1:19-1:26 mins):

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COVID19: Our commitments and strategy

With the COVID19 crisis changing all the time, what plans do Inch by IN:CH have in place?

In summary
  • The safety of everyone involved is paramount, that of both artists and visitors.
  • We have COVID19-safety precautions in place for different scenarios.
  • The project will go ahead, but will change depending on the situation.
In detail

We will adhere to all COVID19 restrictions in place in line with Government guidelines. For example, in order to maintain social distancing, we might: curtail exhibition openings; restrict visitors; introduce a booking system, e.g. via Eventbrite; restrict the viewing of artworks to shop windows and other distanced locations.

We will provide hand sanitiser and spare masks in case they are needed, clean the site at regular intervals during the day and carry out a thorough cleaning at the end of every day.

At all sites, there will be clear signs reminding people to wear masks, use the hand sanitiser and maintain a two metre distance from other visitors at all times. Where appropriate, invigilators will prevent people touching the artworks.

We might instigate virtual events through our website, e.g. host a virtual gallery, hold open discussions via Zoom, etc.