John Danvers - Mind, Mountain & Marking Time

John Danvers - Mind, Mountain & Marking Time

This exhibition of recent drawings and paintings explores two interrelated themes: landscape and states of order juxtaposed against organic processes of growth, decay, chance and change.  

John Danvers is an artist, writer and poet whose work is rooted in contemplative enquiry, drawing on over 50 years of Zen Buddhist practice: “my work is quiet and harmonic, employing the simplest of materials (graphite, ink, pigment and water). In some drawings, closely observed details of rocks, trees and plants are accompanied by abstract marks and washes – to evoke the way we focus on small things that catch our eye, set against the broad sweep of hills, mountains and sky. In other works, the passage of time is marked by repeated strokes of graphite over which other forms, signs and words are built up in layers – reminiscent of the inner landscape of our mind, the endless motion of remembering, thinking, imagining and sensing.”

Mind, mountains & marking time – a talk by John Danvers about his exhibition

Mind, mountains & marking time – a talk by John Danvers about his exhibition

Mindful observation, chance, repetition and concentration are key elements of Danvers’ artistic practice – growing out of his exploration of Daoism, ecology and poetry, and the practice of Zen meditation. In this talk the artist will discuss the work in the exhibition and show how his interests and approach have evolved.

The talk will also shed light on Danvers’ working process and how places and journeys are evoked in his drawings.

The talk will take place upstairs at the Gallery and the ticket price includes a glass of wine or juice.

[90 mins – including questions/discussion].

About the artist

 John Danvers has exhibited widely in the UK, Australia and North America.

 Books:

Picturing Mind: Paradox, Indeterminacy and Consciousness in Art & Poetry. Rodopi: Amsterdam/New York, 2006.

Agents of uncertainty: mysticism, scepticism, Buddhism, art and poetry. Rodopi: Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2012.

Interwoven Nature: relatedness and identity in a changeful world. Whitewick Press: UK, 2016.

 Poems published in: Iconolatre; Second Aeon; The Cannon’s Mouth; The London Magazine; Poetry Review Salzburg; Urthona – Buddhism & the Arts; erbacce (shortlisted for the erbacce prize 2017); The Journal.

 Website: http://johndanversart.co.uk/

John Danvers Talk
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How to Help the Bees : A FREE talk and q&a session with Angharad Barlow

How to Help the Bees : A FREE talk and q&a session with Angharad Barlow

Do you want to know what YOU can do to help bees and pollinators on your own doorstep? Thinking about becoming a bee keeper? Want to make your own habitat or solitary bee house?

 From planting, pesticides and pots to beehouses, habitats and hives

Come and find out how to make your patch count.  Learn about B-Lines, pollinator highways running up and down the country.

The FREE Talk will take place at Green Hill Arts

April Life Drawing

April Life Drawing

Join our supportive untutored sessions. Whether you are experienced at Life Drawing or just starting out, do come, join in and draw with us.

We have easels, paper, wonderful models, a friendly atmosphere – everything to make a potentially challenging day productive and enjoyable.

Our classes are held in the Parish Hall opposite the gallery.

Life Drawing Day - April 2019
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Mindful Drawing Workshop – with John Danvers        

Mindful Drawing Workshop – with John Danvers        

This workshop will develop mindfulness and creativity through various modes of drawing. No previous experience of drawing or mindful meditation is necessary.

The workshop will explore different ways of making drawings using simple materials. Chance, repetition and observation will be used as meditative processes to develop concentration, peace of mind and enjoyment.

Realise your creative nature by letting-go of preconceptions and judgments. Drawing is as natural as breathing.

The workshop will take place upstairs at the Gallery.

[duration 2.5 hours – including a break]

About the artist

 John Danvers has exhibited widely in the UK, Australia and North America.

 Books:

Picturing Mind: Paradox, Indeterminacy and Consciousness in Art & Poetry. Rodopi: Amsterdam/New York, 2006.

Agents of uncertainty: mysticism, scepticism, Buddhism, art and poetry. Rodopi: Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2012.

Interwoven Nature: relatedness and identity in a changeful world. Whitewick Press: UK, 2016.

 Poems published in: Iconolatre; Second Aeon; The Cannon’s Mouth; The London Magazine; Poetry Review Salzburg; Urthona – Buddhism & the Arts; erbacce (shortlisted for the erbacce prize 2017); The Journal.

 Website: http://johndanversart.co.uk/

John Danvers Workshop
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Mind & mountains – a poetry reading by John Danvers

Mind & mountains – a poetry reading by John Danvers

Throughout Danvers’ career there has been a close relationship between his work as an artist and as a poet.

This evening he will give a reading of poems drawn from his three books of essays, from work published in poetry magazines, and unpublished recent work.

Connections will be made between the poems and various drawings in the exhibition – particularly showing the importance of clear undivided attention, careful observation and being present to the natural world.

The reading will also include poems by poets - European, American and Asian – who have a been important to Danvers’ development as an artist/writer/poet.

The reading will take place upstairs at the Gallery and the ticket price will include a glass of wine or juice.

[90 mins – including questions/discussion]

About the artist

 John Danvers has exhibited widely in the UK, Australia and North America.

 Books:

Picturing Mind: Paradox, Indeterminacy and Consciousness in Art & Poetry. Rodopi: Amsterdam/New York, 2006.

Agents of uncertainty: mysticism, scepticism, Buddhism, art and poetry. Rodopi: Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2012.

Interwoven Nature: relatedness and identity in a changeful world. Whitewick Press: UK, 2016.

 Poems published in: Iconolatre; Second Aeon; The Cannon’s Mouth; The London Magazine; Poetry Review Salzburg; Urthona – Buddhism & the Arts; erbacce (shortlisted for the erbacce prize 2017); The Journal.

 Website: http://johndanversart.co.uk/

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Flag Festival 2019

Flag Festival 2019

Every year people from the town and surrounding area come to our flag making workshops. They are creative, friendly and sometimes frustrating but intensely rewarding. So far over 130 unique flags have been made, each with its own personal touch and a story to reflect the community in which we live.

Open Exhibition 2019

Open Exhibition 2019

Green Hill Arts is delighted to be working with Devon Life magazine again, in our ‘open to all’ arts and crafts competition taking place this summer.

This exhibition will offer EVERYONE the opportunity to take part in a professionally curated show at the Gallery, showcasing work in ANY medium.

SO we would love to hear from POTTERS, JEWELERS, PAINTERS, TEXTILE ARTISTS, SCULPTURES, WOOD WORKERS, CRAFTERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS….the list goes on!

 As always, we look forward to seeing the excellent surprises that the ‘Open’ always produces – so on, give it a whirl……

Online submissions will open at midday on Friday 29 March 2019 and the deadline is midnight on 24 May 2019. £16 per submission (3 pieces per submission and 5 pieces if Jewellery).

OUR JUDGES ARE - Tim Bolton (Vice Principle of Plymouth College of Art), Jenny Southam (Ceramicist) , Isabella Whitworth (Textile Artist), Sarah Hoskins (Painter) and Monique Jeffery Jones (Jeweller).

Wet Collodian One Day Workshop

Wet Collodian One Day Workshop

We are offering a subsidised introductory wet plate collodion workshops in Moretonhampstead with Nicky. This Introduction to Wet Plate Collodion Workshop will take  the participants through the basic steps of making glass plates from start to finish. The materials, chemicals and equipment will all be explained and you will then spend the day making your own plates to take home. 

There are limited spaces, and they are designed for people that have already have some photography knowledge. The small group sizes will ensure all participants receive quality tuition and support. All the workshops are currently focusing on the making of ambrotypes, direct positives on glass.

Nicky Thompson is an artist who lives and works in Moretonhampstead. Her main practice is Wet Plate Collodion Photography (Ambrotypes). This Victorian process involves coating plates of glass (or tin ) with a chemical known as collodion, which is then sensitised to light by submerging the plate in a silver nitrate solution. Using a traditional large format bellows camera and while the plate is still wet, an exposure is made and a latent image formed. A developer is used to bring out the image and lastly the plate is bathed in a fixing solution to remove the unused silver particles. To make a single plate takes about 30 minutes.

One Day Wet Collodian Workshop - 5 July
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Wet Collodian One Day Workshop

Wet Collodian One Day Workshop

We are offering a subsidised introductory wet plate collodion workshops in Moretonhampstead with Nicky. This Introduction to Wet Plate Collodion Workshop will take  the participants through the basic steps of making glass plates from start to finish. The materials, chemicals and equipment will all be explained and you will then spend the day making your own plates to take home. 

There are limited spaces, and they are designed for people that have already have some photography knowledge. The small group sizes will ensure all participants receive quality tuition and support. All the workshops are currently focusing on the making of ambrotypes, direct positives on glass.

Nicky Thompson is an artist who lives and works in Moretonhampstead. Her main practice is Wet Plate Collodion Photography (Ambrotypes). This Victorian process involves coating plates of glass (or tin ) with a chemical known as collodion, which is then sensitised to light by submerging the plate in a silver nitrate solution. Using a traditional large format bellows camera and while the plate is still wet, an exposure is made and a latent image formed. A developer is used to bring out the image and lastly the plate is bathed in a fixing solution to remove the unused silver particles. To make a single plate takes about 30 minutes.

One Day Wet Collodian Workshop - 6 July
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