Stephen Riley. View of Yeovil exhibition, June 2023.

Exhibition: View of Yeovil

Picturing the town…
I mentioned this exhibition in my last post, and today I popped in to see it ‘in the flesh’ (I hadn’t made the preview due to a diary clash). And what a delight it was. This is me next to my contribution: the black and white one just left of centre. But the whole thing is well worth a look.

The exhibition site (Yeovil Art Space, Unit 23 Vicarage Walk, Quedam Shopping Centre), took a bit of getting to, as the whole town centre is undergoing a massive makeover. I don’t know precisely what’s going on, but it looks very much like a re-paving and pedestrianising project. No doubt it will be worth the wait – I saw some smart marble blocks looking ready for installation – and will transform the area once completed. The exhibition space itself is bright and welcoming, and much larger than many non-municipal town centre galleries.

The show comprises work by pros and amateurs, and sometimes the distinction seems arbitrary, such is the overall quality. The work varies from dreamy shots of leafy Nine Springs Country Park, to less romantic townscape views, to near-abstract shots of plants and architecture. Overall, drawing on so many minds and ways of seeing, the show gives fascinating and varied view of Yeovil. Highly recommended. You need to be quick, though: it ends on 8 July.