The Shadowland project is an artist residency to create work which responds to the unique collections and rich heritage of Halsway Manor.

Commissioned artist Andrea Oke combines traditional craft with modern technology to reimagine social history and create new dialogues. During the Shadowland project she will unlock the unique collection held within Halsway’s library to uncover a rich history of folklore, combined with local folk history and use this to project Halsway into its own extraordinary landscape.

Shadowland is part of A Landscape of Objects, commissioned by Somerset Art Works for Halsway Manor, funded by Arts Council England.  The education strand is supported by InspirED.

Somerset Art Works (SAW) exists to promote the visual arts in Somerset by advocacy, promotion and development. It is Somerset’s only countywide agency dedicated to developing the visual arts and craft. SAW offers a range of activities and opportunities for people to engage with the visual arts and artists in Somerset. This includes brokering and project management services, education and community engagement programmes, and participation in our annual flagship events (Open Studios and Art Week Festivals). SAW is committed to developing skills, knowledge and creativity at all levels.

Halsway Manor is a Grade II* listed manor house situated at the foot of the Quantock Hills in West Somerset. It has a fascinating history dating back to the 15th Century, with a mention of the Halsway Estate included in the Domesday Book. Since 1965 Halsway Manor has operated as the National Centre for Folk Arts, a unique Charitable organisation providing opportunities for thousands of people to discover, learn about and enjoy traditional folk music, dance, song, folklore, crafts and more. It houses a nationally important collection of books, recordings and artefacts relating to English traditions. Halsway is committed to excellence and opportunity for all with a broad programme that covers amateur exploration, professional development, the creation of new work and stewardship of our heritage.