Growing Dartmoor - Community Project

Growing Dartmoor - Community Project

A year ago we put our heads together with artist Nicky Thompson (of ‘Portraits of Moretonhampstead') to discuss her idea.  It’s amazingly straightforward and universal, based on  growing and sharing - vegetables in our gardens, window boxes, allotments, favourite recipes to share, and at least one splendid Feast to cook up. The primary school also have a lottery funded project: Grow, Cook, Compost and Recycle - we are pooling our skills and knowledge.

In the town, some of the doing will be digging, sowing seeds, planting, weeding tending, harvesting plants and noticing bugs. We will be inspired by speakers who know about our local plant life, wild creatures and ecosystems and can unveil some of the mysteries that mother nature hides from us. There will be lots of ‘arty’ stuff to join in with, one being making ‘bugs on sticks’ to celebrate our insect population,  making a wild and wonderful carnival entry - so this will be a chance to make that ‘flying beastie’,  and be part of a swarm.

When not teaching, in her allotment or tending to her bees, Nicky will be working with different groups in the town to print beautiful decorative table cloths for the feast using Cyanotype and Anthotype photographic printing methods.

Another strand of the project is to work on making a meaningful ceremony to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War on 11.11.18. This will involve clay, building a kiln and an all night outside firing. We are also working with the Parish Council, thinking about regenerative spaces, how we might be able to manage the graveyard in a more wildlife friendly way, whilst keeping it tidy and tended. We are thinking together about planting bulbs which can naturalise: snowdrops and wood anemones, wild daffodils and bluebells .... perhaps poppies, and lavender.

Follow developments and news on our Facebook Page @GrowingDartmoor2018

 

Anita Reynolds: Dartmoor - 365 square miles

Anita Reynolds: Dartmoor - 365 square miles

Anita Reynolds has a deep connection to the moors: ‘I feel the need to be in wild places. For this project I want to explore all of Dartmoor National Park, not just the familiar and easy to access bits - but also the really remote areas...... the only criteria I have set is that I will visit every one of the 365 square miles within the park. How I respond will depend on what I find.’

It includes paintings, printmaking, photography and film, supported by sketches and mini-prints produced on-site in The PrintBus, Anita's mobile studio.

Art Raft - Creative Workshops

Art Raft - Creative Workshops

Green Hill Arts is supporting Art Raft for Health, an arts-based project to help local older people who are living with dementia or social isolation.

Art Raft is co-facilitated by two practicing artists, Lucy Patrick and Melinda Schwakhofer. 

Lucy has a background in Art and Design and has worked extensively in the local community in various capacities. She is also undergoing training as a carer.  Melinda has a background in Counselling Psychology and a deep interest in the positive influence of creativity on mental health.

The 90-minute sessions are held on Wednesday mornings at Moretonhampstead Health Centre from 10.30-12.00.

Each session is loosely structured to encourage individual expression.  Each participant is given the space to socialise and explore their own creativity at their own pace, in their own way. 

Sessions include gentle dance/exercise, cognitive stimulation, singing and music making, creative activity, and listening to music, poetry and stories.

Contact Lucy 01647 440600 or Melinda 01647 440971 for more information.

 

Two day Collograph Workshop with Anita Reynolds  - SOLD OUT!

Two day Collograph Workshop with Anita Reynolds - SOLD OUT!

What is a collagraph?

A collagraph printing plate is made by gluing thin textured materials, or applying liquid materials, to a rigid surface and then ink is applied to the suface and transferred onto paper using a press. A huge variety of materials can be used, the only requirement is that they are thin and able to withstand being compressed. It is one of the most instinctive forms of printmaking as the artist interacts directly with the materials and it allows play and experimentation. The resulting prints are exciting, innovative and free. And with the limitless supply of materials that can be sourced from our recycling bin or DIY store it is cheap as well!

 

Workshop Details

Day 1 - plate making

 

- introduction to the collagraph process, look at examples

- discuss suitable matrix/supports & collagraph materials

- demonstration

- making your own plates

 

Day 2 – printing plates

 

- look at examples of inking

- demonstration

- inking and printing your plates

 

What to bring

 

- a picture or sketch of your favourite Dartmoor Tor, this is only optional as I will provide some as well

- apron/ old top (your cuffs and front will get messy!)

- a packed lunch

Workshop will take place at the Gallery and the day will run from 10am to 3.30pm ish

Talk with Anita Reynolds

Talk with Anita Reynolds

Anita will talk in detail about her practise, how she likes to work, big projects and lessons learnt from Outline South West.

She will show a slideshow of favourite Dartmoor locations, talk about latest projects and techniques used.

She will finish with a film and then a Q&A session.

The Talk will take place in the Gallery at Green Hill Arts

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Life Drawing - November

Life Drawing - November

A Life Drawing day session with professional models, male and female, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in the Parish Hall.

All welcome, whether established artist or absolute beginner.

You certainly don't have to be any good to get started as in our opinion drawing is far too important to be left to experts!

Please note this is NOT a tutored session.

The day runs from 10.00 am until 3.30 pm in the Parish Hall (opposite Green Hill Art Gallery)

Life Drawing Day - November
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Armistice Vigil

Armistice Vigil

It is 100 years since the signing of the Armistice Agreement that ended the First World War. From the mornings of 10 Nov to the mornings of the 11 Nov there will be a 24 hour vigil at St. Andrew’s Church open to people of all faiths or none. It will be a time to reflect, remember and just ‘be’.

Contact Andrea for more info 440336

Christmas Art and Craft Show

Christmas Art and Craft Show

Returning for Winter 2018, our Christmas Festival of Art and Craft is the perfect place to buy truly unique gifts.

A showcase of quality, locally made works including jewelry, textiles, ceramics, paintings, candles, cards, willow and leather!

Green Hill is using this winter season to show and sell work from many artists new to the gallery as well as from celebrated local makers

'Krapp's Last Tape' by Samuel Beckett

'Krapp's Last Tape' by Samuel Beckett

This is a new production of “Krapp’s Last Tape” by Samuel Beckett. First performed in 1958, this 60th anniversary touring project is created by Philip Robinson (who plays Krapp) in his 60th year. Directed by Polly Whitfield, we are including many of the changes Beckett himself made when he directed it in the 1970s. After the premiere at The Bike Shed this intimate production will be staged, not in theatres, but in living rooms. Placing the audience right next to Krapp and his old reel to reel tape recorder of memories and reveries. In 2018 "Krapp In Your Living Room” will tour around peoples’ homes across the UK, Scandinavia, and Europe.

“Krapp” is the closest to everyday reality of all Beckett’s plays: his most autobiographical, perhaps his most moving, his most haunting. 60 years on the play is as relevant as ever. Even more so now, as we live in a time of constant and pervasive self-documentation, on our phones, on social media. “Krapp” is an uncanny premonition of this tendency to record everything, to listen to oneself removed - as ‘another’. Can a  person change, do the lies we tell ourselves reveal our true self, is life lived or remembered?

The performance will take place upstairs at Green Hill Arts - Book your ticket NOW as limited spaces.

Pre-Xmas Craft Workshop

Pre-Xmas Craft Workshop

A fun drop-in creative craft workshop for children and adults!

A perfect way to kick off the festive season.

Great for parents or grandparents to bring their children/grandchildren for a morning of making and fun. Cards, candle making, garlands and intricate heart making (for older children and adults) are some of the activities on offer 

Only £3.00 per person - includes all materials and refreshments.  Meet in the Parish Hall

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‘The murderer’s gift: a visual history of Doccombe Manor’

‘The murderer’s gift: a visual history of Doccombe Manor’

How did the most notorious murder of the Middle Ages affect the lives of a community in the north-east corner of Dartmoor for over 800 years? The Exhibition will tell the fascinating story of Doccombe Manor from its dramatic origins to its part in winning a world war.

Part of the HLF funded ‘Moor than Meets the Eye’ project, it will showcase the results of three years’ research by Moretonhampstead History Society into the manor’s ample archives, its buildings and the archaeology of Mardon Common, and its role in the building of England’s last castle.