Heart of The Tribe is passionate about making the arts accessible to all. Originally founded to bolster the local creative community, gallery owner Julian Clark saw the potential for a professional art gallery in Glastonbury due to the plethora of talented artists in the area.
With the idea to create a hub for all artists and art lovers, Heart of The Tribe opened its doors in August 2020, providing a clean and professional space for art to be exhibited. Also home to an artist studio and a workshop space, both available for public hire and providing a whole calendar of workshops for individuals to learn new skills or refine existing ones.
Representing several Somerset based Core Artists, Heart of The Tribe strives to exhibit many new artists throughout the year. Maintaining an inclusive ethos, Heart of The Tribe prides itself on providing an Artist Directory, where artists from anywhere in the world can share and market their artwork on Heart of The Tribe’s website and submit works for open exhibitions.
With an exciting diary of events for 2024, Heart of The Tribe are thrilled to see in their fourth year.
Please visit our Core Artists page for further details and examples of their work. We also offer a free artist directory open to all.
With a business background in sales, Jolene joined Heart of The Tribe in 2019 to oversee the administrative and financial side of running the gallery. With a passion for Art, Jolene has much experience in modelling for photography and enjoys printmaking. With one foot in the world of psychotherapy, Jolene also maintains an interest in the healing potential of the arts and creativity.
Kim is an artist, photographer and passionate member of the Glastonbury Community. Graduating with a degree from Central St. Martins after studying Art, Graphic Design and Photography, Kim has always pursued a creative lifestyle. She is the founder of the Glastonbury Mural Trail and spends much of her time contributing to local creative projects.
Melanie is a practising interdisciplinary artist and teacher both in the UK and abroad. Since she did an M.A. in Fine Art in Context she has focused on supporting collaborative projects and is now looking forward to opening up dialogues and creating events that challenge and inspire.
‘Art Talks‘ – curated by Melanie Thompson
In 2022 we hosted a monthly eclectic programme of South West contemporary art practitioners sharing their process of making art. Each month a different practitioner would share their background and process of creating art through film / slides / music and words. The talks happened in Heart of the Tribes workshop/event space at the end of our beautiful garden.
Below is a video archive. Click on the name for links to the blogs which have more information relating to each talk.
Megan a painter, installation artist talked and showed a short film about her huge exhibition in the Zig Zag factory space. She says ‘’It was an opportunity
to reflect and share our personal and collective experiences of Covid”. Over 40 people volunteered to pose for her, the resulting 580 paintings were suspended in the space for the public to walk through and encounter.
Helen is a composer, pianist, installation artist & curator. In this talk she shares her process working towards a new kind of requiem: A participatory work that will combine elements of the choral tradition with sound installation and outdoor art. She started working on this project while on an artists residency in South West Sri Lanka, an area devastated by the Asian Tsunami in 2004. The talk includes musical performance and sound installation.
Light photographer and Artist and Curator.
In this talk Kim shares many images from her Light photography portfolio and showed us how she creates these images from her magic tool box of tricks. She says “ I am interested in exploring the possibilities of manipulating light, creating images that cannot exist in real life, that tell a story, or surreal and beautiful”.
Painter, sculptor, muralist
Frank has taught and lectured in the past so his talk is very relaxed and confident. The audience immediately started asking questions as he moves through about 50 slides of the development of his painting work to his murals. His uses images of his past being brought to life in very modern colours and compositions, he evoking a nostalgia that he is now making accessible to a new generation.
Lottie is a textile designer turned garden designer, who has recently completed a garden at RHS Chelsea. Her talk looks at how these two worlds merge – Lottie’s practise as a garden designer draws heavily on her previous career a textile designer – pattern, form, repeat and colour are all key building blocks she uses to think about gardens and outdoor spaces.
Dimitris, Lucy & James all hail from very different creative backgrounds but have come together to create a unique community project in the venue / hub they have created called the Art Bank. The building was a bank until 2018, starting as a creative hub to becoming also a café and a bar at night supporting music and performance events. In the talk they shared slides of events and projects that they initiated that have brought the local community together through art including an event that happens in shop windows each year.
Jim studied theatre design and illustration and worked as an illustrator for many years. His fascination with folklore and legend led him to work on three-dimensional pieces using papier-mâché and mixed media, recycled materials –
anything from scrap wood to discarded plastic. In his talk he explained how he does it, ( very practical useful information) and showed a selection of slides of all his work.
These identical twin brothers hail from Somerset and have created a very successful film production company 12 years ago. They balance commercial work with their art projects and now their company has expanded to support young film makers plus the refugee movement and indigenous people. They talk about the fact that they see their roles as multifaceted artists working in film. Their talk is full of an eclectic mix of films and the twins infectious enthusiasm for what they are doing.
Diana is a painter, film maker, performer People who are familiar with Diana’s work know her as the creator of the fictional little old lady, Miss Smith, her
alter ego, whose adventures have been the subject of her prints for nearly 30 years., Diana’s work also covers many other subjects, ranging from landscapes from her travels, portraits of her friends and abstract paintings. Her motto is ‘creativity for survival! ‘ In her talk she takes us through her process supported by images.