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

 

Four views on Dartmoor

Four views on Dartmoor

A REAL treat - four of the best under one roof....

We are showcasing new work from the finest Dartmoor photographers; Chris Chapman, John Curno and Cedar Shaw plus a wonderful collection of farming images from the turn of the twentieth century by the artist Cecil Hunt. 

This exhibition is kindly being supported by the Dartmoor Trust and Moor than Meets the Eye.

There will be a number of events taking place during the show.

 

A Visual Presentation by Chris Chapman

A Visual Presentation by Chris Chapman

A wonderful evening of photography and film with Chris Chapman at Moretonhampstead Parish Hall.

Chris' photography has been widely recognised and is represented in both public and private collections, including those of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Arts Council of England and the International Center of Photography in New York.

Tickets £8 per person. Licensed BAR on the night.

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Allotment Picnic and Workshop

Allotment Picnic and Workshop

Join us at the Community Allotments for a Bring and Share Picnic and morning workshop!

All welcome - further details TBC

Dartmoor Women in Farming

Dartmoor Women in Farming

An illustrated talk by Simon Butler on behalf of the Dartmoor Trust Archive.

Based on his books The Farmer’s Wife and Land Girl Suffragette, author Simon Butler will present an illustrated talk about the role of women in farming on the moor. 

Using photographs  from the Hunt family collection taken at Foxworthy in Lustleigh (currently appearing in our exhibition ‘Four Views on Dartmoor’), and bringing in many other photographs from the moor, the talk will look particularly at the work of women on the land during the past 150 years, the specific tasks they undertook on the farm, and the many changes that have taken place. Simon will also tell the story of Olive Hockin, an ardent suffragette once imprisoned for her militant beliefs, who came to work on a Dartmoor farm during the First World War and whose writings provide a fascinating insight into the rural life of those times and the response to her presence as a woman farm worker.

The talk will take place in Moretonhampstead Parish Hall.  There will be a Licensed Bar on the night.

Dartmoor Women in Farming
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Life Drawing at Green Hill - September

Life Drawing at Green Hill - September

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)

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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.

Autumn Feast and Kiln Firing

Autumn Feast and Kiln Firing

 

A chance to come together as a community to taste food prepared with fruit and veg grown by local growers.

There will be music, dance raffle, licensed bar and a special kiln firing until the early hours. 

£10 per person for supper in the Parish Hall - Licensed Bar on the night

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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)

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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