Clayhill Arts provides residential courses for artists and creative professionals from their converted farm in Somerset.
Offering unique working spaces and accommodation in a retreat like setting, they provide you with the time and space needed to develop your creative career.
From refining specific skills, to focusing ambitions; learning from industry leaders or working alongside inspiring peers, Clayhill Arts provides quality training across a variety of studio spaces, structured residential art courses and programme of events.
Drawing the Natural World
Sep 1 2022
In this drawing and mixed media course, participants will explore the creative possibilities and challenges that arise from working as artists observing wildlife in its habitat and nature in the landscape.
Poetry of Decay: Experimental Fabric Techniques
Oct 7 2022
During this 3-day mixed media course, delivered by Christine Chester, you will be introduced to some materials and processes that will help you to create rich and textured surfaces, based on the inspiration found in and around the Clayhill Arts site.
Destructive Distillation: Exploratory Charcoal Making & Drawing
Oct 15 2022
Tickets for this course have sold out! Over the course of the weekend, participants will learn how to make their own charcoal using wood and other materials gathered from the landscape of Clayhill.
A place for contemplation and making in an environment that folds itself into the landscape. Attention to detail -from the pared-back elegance of the accommodation to the flow between the library, living and making spaces- is outstanding. Highly recommended.
It was very comfortable here because of how nice and accommodating Michael and Deborah are.
You really do go the extra mile - every detail of this beautiful place speaks of the care and thought you provide…The food has been exceptional and just the kindness you show to everyone is warming and regenerative.
A thoughtfully-restored venue in a beautiful, calm, inspiring setting. I received a warm welcome in a wonderfully warm building! Lovely home-made food, immaculate facilities. With its cosy nooks with sofas and books, a well-lit workshop area (large panes of glass letting in the natural light), spacious dining room, pleasant atmosphere and the joy of meeting other artists - I didn't want to leave!
JANE LEACKY, ARTIST
Clayhill Arts is an exceptional learning environment that has been cultivated with such care, diligence and attention to the needs of artists. Superb accommodation, brilliant food and outstanding communal, workshop and studio spaces allow visitors to fully immerse themselves in their learning. Wide-ranging course are run with generosity as Clayhill seems to magically combine business with a philanthropic spirit that respects the diverse backgrounds of participants and the many challenges that being an artists brings.
JON ENGLAND, ARTIST
Fantastic venue you have created. Great to meet you and others. Thank you for your generous welcome.
With a diverse and ever-evolving creative/educational program, Clayhill is an exciting hub for the arts and a truly beautiful place to stay.
LOTTE SCOTT, ARTIST & TUTOR
Very inspiring and freer than I imagined. Such a lovely vibe and is so easy to relax with new people. With fab cooking that was very tasty and healthy.
The food, atmosphere and everything was fantastic. Very informal and the food was fantastic. Blooming brilliant.
The weekend I spent at Clayhill Arts was a very welcome change of scenery to my otherwise urban setting. I felt calmed yet invigorated by the surroundings, and the accommodation was beautifully tasteful and very homely. The main space is wonderfully considered and very versatile - an ideal space for creativity and dynamic discussion. I left on the Sunday feeling energised and inspired by the experience of staying at Clayhill.
RACHEL JONES-JONES, ARTIST
As a singer it has been one of the best spaces to sing in with generous reverberation and acoustics. It is a space which complemented the type of instruments I was working with and the songs.
AMANDA BOYD, SINGER
Clayhill Arts is a unique location that completely understands what is needed in order to allow a learning environment to operate and flourish. Set within beautiful landscape, every detail has been considered and finished to an extremely high standard. A perfect mix of indoor and outdoor spaces, allowing residents and visitors to have the space and time that is so often craved.
MARK DEVEREUX PROJECTS
As an artist retreat, the venue at Clayhill Arts provided a warm and welcoming environment, allowing a safe and constructive space where individuals creative needs can be met.
ANNA BEST, ARTIST
We were lucky enough to be able to take over the whole venue for a weekend, using the Granary as our base for experimentation, discussion and shared learning. The informality of the accommodation, and the relaxed surroundings, put everyone at ease and offered a space where cooperation and encouragement evolved naturally.
MELODY VAUGHAN, CURATOR
Clayhill feels remote which is great but it also is close to Cannington which has everything, so supplies can be bought without travelling a great distance...I also really enjoyed that it is still a working farm, because it feels productive and there is such a lot of life around us which is very inspiring
AMANDA BOYD, SINGER
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed being at your venue. It is a lovely and inspiring artistic space. The food was fantastic, homely yet unusual. I really enjoyed the day.
I spent 5 days at Clayhill as an artist in residence, and what an incredible stay it was. Despite being only a few minutes outside Bridgwater, Clayhill feels wonderfully secluded and self-contained. With wonderful views of the enveloping fields, it feels like the perfect place to retreat, focus and rest.
LOTTE SCOTT, ARTIST & TUTOR
Clayhill is a truly inspirational place. The facilities and accommodation are absolutely fantastic, everything an artist/creative could wish for. I was lucky enough to be part of a Creative Pathways Bursary which meant I had studio space and mentoring. It has made a huge difference to my confidence as an artist and I cant recommend their courses highly enough. Thank you Clayhill, for making me feel, supported, appreciated and at home.
EMMA HOUSLEY, ARTIST
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