Taking refuge, exhibition

January 17th, 2018

Detail of one of the large forms for my exhibition at AceArts 10 Feb – 10 March 2018

Press release for upcoming exhibition at AceArts

January 11th, 2018

Taking Refuge’

10 February – 10 March

ACE Arts Gallery, Market Place, Somerton, TA11 7NB


Angela Morley is an artist and garden designer from Shepton Mallet. Born in the south of England she moved at the age of 10 with her family to France. Angela, from a Hertfordshire village, was homesick for England but fell in love with the French countryside where she found solace and safety. The title of her upcoming exhibition – ‘Taking Refuge’ – references these feelings, as does the idea of ‘home’, which is also of prime importance to her.

Angela studied Horticulture at the University of Bath, laying the framework for her work as a garden designer. While living in Hampshire she invested in ten acres of ancient coppiced woodland and began a lifelong fascination with woodland ecosystems and plants. She learned how to handle a chainsaw and spot butterfly orchids, and the experience informed her development as an artist working with natural materials.

Now living in Shepton Mallet, Angela continues to work with the products of woodland and hedgerow, weaving willow, bramble and bamboo into cocoons and nests and cradle-like sculptures embellished with feathers and grasses and found natural objects. Her studio is like a shoreline after a storm, with a tangle of stems and tendrils, thistles and feathers, and lengths of willow and hazel.

Her solo exhibition ‘Taking Refuge’ at ACE Arts in Somerton, 10 February – 10 March, showcases her sculptural work. The gallery, in the old Town Hall, is spacious, which gives her the opportunity to exhibit some larger pieces of work. She is showing five large woven sculptures which can be sited outside as focal points as well as lots of smaller sized pieces on a domestic scale. Children love the large sculptures and adore hiding in them and as they are on metal frames they can be added to by their owners. Taking place in the cold month of February, ‘Taking Refuge’ also embodies the idea of taking shelter from the unruly weather, and of safeguarding precious memories.

Angela says: “For me this exhibition is about showing people the close-up details of the wonders of nature. I’ve used lots of different materials such as fine grass heads and downy thistles, lots of different textures and buds and even peacock feathers. All my work is about opening people’s eyes to the beauty of nature and I hope that if people can see how beautiful it is they will be able to respect it more.”


Solo exhibition 10 February – 10 March 2018

December 14th, 2017

I am hunkering down to a lot of weaving using locally and sustainably harvested materials for my exhibition which is only 8 weeks away.    There will be workshops (see my workshop page) and there will be wow factor!

In this exhibition I will be transforming the exhibition space at ACEarts with bold use of willow and woodland materials; expect an installation that will capture your imagination.

The exhibition will create a refuge for the viewer, to contemplate the works’ subtle colours and textures whilst also reflecting on mankind’s ultimate dependence on the plant world for food, shelter and psychological well being. The exhibition will be a refuge from the cold weather outdoors, offering time for quiet contemplation on the healing power of nature and that of our gardens.

New shop now open

October 23rd, 2017

I have just opened an Etsy shop, take a look at http://etsy.me/2gyzsEC

Tumbling leaf forms available on Etsy

willow / sculpture / handmade / original / natural / art / contemporary / interior design / design / British / somerset / focal point / abstract / woven / ornamental / decorative / artwork / creative / swirling / flowing / gift / garden / maker / designer

Making in the exhibition space

October 5th, 2017

As part of our exhibition in the Round Tower at Black Swan Arts, Fiona and I have been offering experimental workshops, mine using natural materials.

Somerset Arts Weeks

October 5th, 2017

A lovely photo of Fiona Campbell and myself in my garden earlier in the summer has been chosen by the local press to remind everyone that the show is drawing to a close.

Somerset Arts Weeks

September 28th, 2017

I am participating in Somerset Arts Weeks at 3 venues and running workshops at both The Round Tower and Clayhill Arts.
Venue 3 – ‘Eternal & Ephemeral’ The Round Tower Gallery, Black Swan Arts, Frome
Venue 41 – Hide on the Hill, Nr. Panborough
Venue 55 – ‘Eternal & Ephemeral – East meets West’ Clayhill Arts, Bridgewater

Somerset Art Weeks 17 September – 8th October (check opening times with each venue)

One year on

August 29th, 2017

This small garden used to be dark and dominated by a large chestnut tree.  The tree succumbed to honey fungus and has been removed, some low retaining walls give a sense of space and the plants hum with bees.   The client had enough local stone for the low walls and a garden office provides a good focal point; set at an angle one can glimpse past it to the vegetable garden.

The landscaping was carried out by http://blueskylandscapes.co.uk

Client recommends plants

August 4th, 2017

I spent a delightful morning re visiting a client in her organic wildlife garden.  It is now two years after planting and some gaps have appeared in the borders, these have been put down to to snail and rabbit damage combined with a high water table.  Astrantia, Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ and Viola ‘Roscastle Black’ have failed whilst Thalictrum, Periscaria amplexicaulis ‘Fire Tail’ and Veronicastrum prove to be not only tough, but they don’t require staking and the later two are particularly good for the insects.

In another part of the garden, we happened across this  happy accident!  Agapanthus and Stipa tenuissima

Wildflower meadow ready for seed harvest

A date for your diary

July 31st, 2017

Fiona and I are getting ready for our joint exhibition which starts at Black Swan Arts, Frome  23rd September until 7th October.  Venue 3 in the new brochure which is out now!