This is the second of two blogs relating to events and activities at Watchet.
We were pleased to be invited to the opening of the Watchet Boat Museum – only to find out that another opening was taking place on the same day. Contains Art is a gallery/exhibition space on the harbour-front at Watchet and their latest exhibition, Marking Time – Geology 2, is of work inspired by the unique coastal geology of West Somerset.
Walk along any of the beaches in this part of the county and you may be lucky enough to find Ammonites and Gryphaea (the Devil’s Toenails) scattered at your feet. Larger sea creatures have also turned up such as ichthyosaurs. The strata of countless seabed deposits can be clearly seen in the cliffs and it is from this landscape that the artists based their works. See here for more details of the area.
Contains Art uses three large shipping containers to host its exhibits (and to provide working and studio space) and the artists themselves are often in residence and more than willing to talk about their latest works and projects.
The gallery is yet another reason visit Watchet which is fast becoming the must go destination for this part of the Country with its pubs (we can recommend the Star, Esplanade Club and Pebbles), tea rooms and cafes and museums and galleries. For those that like walking there is also the Mineral Line and the Coast Path.
Nether Stowey to Watchet is only 20 minutes by car and not much longer by bus (Nether Stowey Fire Station stop) – and how could we forget the West Somerset Railway!
Contains Art 11am – 4pm Wed-Sun (daily in the school holidays)