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Artist Talk : Bruton Correspondence School

25 March 2021 @ 13:00 - 14:00

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As part of the Correspondence Collective Restriction Exhibiton, this is the first in a series of Artist Talks, exploring the lives and practice of artists who use mail art within their work.

The Bruton Correspondence School

The Bruton Correspondence School is a [slow] mail art exchange project established by Chris Roberts and Rebecca McClelland, partly in response to the impact of the worldwide lockdown and their attempt to connect with a wider audience on the most basic and meditative level.

Artists, designers, photographers and other practitioners are invited to engage in an exchange of ideas and collaborate on miniature artworks through a mail art project inspired by the great Ray Johnson.

During this talk we will be learning about the inspiration behind the @brutoncorrespondenceschool, its success as an artist network and its international reach, as well as how it has been developing during the pandemic by keeping artists making during lockdown.

Update since the talk was recorded:

From 24th July – 25th September, 2021, Bruton Correspondence School presents I DIDN’T LICK IT, its first major exhibition of three hundred artworks made in collaboration with their new correspondence school between March 2020 – June 2021. Find out more by visting @brutoncorrespondenceschool

Ray Johnson

If you don’t know much about Ray Johnson, this excellent documentary details the life and a times of this elusive artist and is well worth a watch:

The Correspondence Collective

The Correspondence Collective started as an idea from a postcard-exchange took place between between two artists at the start of lockdown in March 2020; as a way of staying in touch and acknowledging the joy of receiving items in the post.

This swiftly evolved into a growing collection of postal art collaborations. After a couple of months we invited fellow artists to join this creative conversation and so the ‘Correspondence Collective‘ was formed.

Their aim is to keep this growing group of creatives, both local and global, connected through mail art, exhibitions, podcasts and workshops, with the Open call for miniature pieces of artwork inspired by ‘Restriction’ being its first.

The project is led by artist Amanda Lynch in partnership with Clayhill Arts, Somerset and has been funded by Arts Council England

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TESTIMONIALS

Working with Deborah and Michael was such a pleasure. They understood the project from the beginning, what the needs of the makers and our audiences would be, and acted as thoughtful ambassadors for the project when we were not able to be there. Every aspect of the exhibition and events was facilitated in such a calm and confident manner, which made my job of coordinating a group of artists so much easier! The whole event became a pivotal moment for the project, bringing people together in a way I could never have anticipated, and which has altered my thinking about the future of the project. Thank you for making us feel so welcome.

MELODY  VAUGHAN

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

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

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.

RACHEL CLARKE

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

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

Everything was wonderful! This is a beautiful place. Thank you, we really enjoyed our stay.

ANGIE LANDRUM

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