tHrIVE: our community and the flora of the moors

tHrIVE: our community and the flora of the moors

This generous and inspired exhibition features newly commissioned works by Nicky Thompson, Amy Shelton and Angharad Barlow, three artists who have been working with the community of Moretonhampstead throughout 2018 and 2019 as part of Green Hills Arts Dartmoor Vision and Growing Dartmoor Project.

 

Nicky Thompson will show her new series of atmospheric Ambrotype images of local growers’ glass-houses. Using the Victorian Wet Collodion technique, where the images appear on glass plates, Nicky has documented the diverse and very personal glass buildings situated in gardens and allotments across the town.  Amy Shelton has created a bespoke light-box artwork Anthology: Moretonhampstead Herbarium, made from a unique collection of pressed flowers which were gathered across the seasons by the community of Moretonhampstead to be permanently installed in the local health centre. The artwork celebrates  the biodiverse flora growing in the towns hedgerows, gardens and allotments.  

 

Angharad Barlow will exhibit her visionary giant covered willow skep ‘The Bee Temple’ part of her work committed to educate and involve human communities in bee life, and to bring about better understanding of how in the greater scheme of things ‘they’ are more like ‘us’ than we care to imagine. The exhibition will also include a unique beeswax composite artwork created by pupils at Moretonhampstead Primary School, and a series of individual botanical artworks made by residents at Coppelia House in workshops led by Amy Shelton.

 

All the artworks in this exhibition reflect the rich culture that surrounds the growing of agricultural, wild and cultivated plants across the allotments, parks gardens and hedgerows our wonderful ancient town. Interdependencies between young and old, human and non-human is what our exhibition tHrIVE is all about.

 

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.

Life Drawing Session - October

Life Drawing Session - October

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.

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Winter Art and Craft Show

Winter Art and Craft Show

Returning for Winter 2019, 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