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

 

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.

 

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

Turning of the Year

Turning of the Year

‘Turning of the Year’ is a community event with a wide range of performances from local performers and musicians. The evening fundraises for Green Hill's Art Raft for Health project, specifically to continue with providing access to quality arts activities for elderly residents and their carers at the Moretonhampstead Health Centre, which has proven to be a huge success and benefitted many.

All welcome to join – Free entry from 7pm.  Bar and Raffle!

‘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.