Artists Take To The Wards For Display – This Is Somerset

The Old Bakery Artists group is extending its boundaries and will be putting on a show at Bath’s Royal United Hospital in December.

The group started out eight years ago in Midsomer Norton and has grown steadily ever since.

It has attracted artists, photographers, ceramicists and sculptors from an ever-expanding area, and now has members in Wells, Frome, Street and beyond.

It therefore seems fitting that their new exhibition explores every aspect of being On The Periphery.

To mark its growth it will be putting on an exhibition of members’ work at the RUH’s central ground floor corridors from Friday, December 5.

They take their name from the Old Bakery, near the museum in Radstock, that was originally going to be their base.

Those plans fell through, but the name stuck and the artists have expanded their range of activities as the years have gone by.

Commission from the sales will go to the Hospital Arts programme which provides art experiences for hospital patients.

The OBA holds meetings on the last Thursday of every month at the Fromeway Inn, Radstock, and as well as the more formal side of its activities members enjoy the social aspect of meeting up away from their studios.

An added bonus is the inclusion of OBA David Fisher’s portrait of Philip Ledbury, which recently won the Holburne Portrait Prize 2008 and will be hung during the exhibition in the main atrium at the RUH.