AN ART exhibition being held in Somerset aims to show how architecture can create positive social and environmental change in very different cultural contexts.

Held at Silk Mill Studios & Gallery in Frome, the photographs, drawings, film footage, and visualisations explore themes of craft, community and connection, across four projects in Udaipur and Ahmedabad in India, and Frome, in Somerset.

Entitled Craft, Community, Connection, led by UK and India-Based Studio Saar, the exhibition gives an in-depth look into the studio's plan for a landscape-led, mixed-use, sustainable neighbourhood in Frome.

Not-for-profit group Mayday Saxonvale helped co-create the plan inspired by Frome's successful communal gardens and seeks to include 200 homes, 10,000 sqm of commercial spaces and workshops as well as a lido, cultural spaces, and extensive landscaping.

Also on display will be three of Studio Saar's India-based projects, including an abandoned green space in Udaipur which has been transformed into a communal spot for people to congregate and admire wildlife by the lake.

The exhibition as a whole showcases the studio's holistic approach to design, construction and occupation of new spaces and places across diverse functions and contexts.

Ananya Singhal, Studio Saar Co-founder said: “Craft, Community, Connection seeks to demonstrate our approach and experience in two diverse contexts.

"The UK and India have always been mixing pots of culture resulting in design innovation, which is something we thrive on.

"Placing community and connection at the heart of any project is possible without thinking very carefully about how we want to live now and in the future and crafting the right environments for this to happen."

Jonny Buckland, Studio Saar Co-Founder said: "It means a lot to us to be hosting our first public exhibition in Frome, where we are headquartered and deeply embedded in the community.

"We hope that people leave the exhibition with new perspectives of how to make spaces and buildings that positively contribute to people and the urban realm."

Studio Saar co-founder Jonny Buckland will present the studio’s work and their approach to these themes at an in-person talk today, Thursday October 19 from 18:30-19:30.

Those who are interested in attending the exhibition at Silk Mill Studios & Gallery can do so every day until Sunday October 22 between the hours of 10am and 5pm.