TALK: Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy


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Thursday 24 August, 6:30pm  Bookings

Ahead of their workshop on Friday 25 August, the tutor from Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy will be here to talk about the rise in popularity for woodworking skills and in particular the enduring fascination we have with the boat.  From three paddled circular shaped canoes to sleek motorcraft, the stories behind the boats people build are as interesting as the boats themselves.  We are delighted to have examples of the boats here in the barn for the show.

Based on Monmouth beach in Lyme Regis, the Boat Building Academy is a not-for-profit company providing full-time, highly practical skills training with the emphasis on hands-on learning.  Students gain start to finish experience of the boat building process culminating in the final launch in Lyme Regis harbour, project managing the build at every stage.

Their experts teach the widest range of hands-on boat building training in the world.

TALK: with Gavin Munro, The Man Who Grows Chairs


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Monday 28 August, 11:00am  Bookings

Taking a radical stance on the way we produce our objects, Gavin Munro and his company Full Grown are at the cutting edge of an emerging art form that highlights an interesting way to be closer to art and nature and the symbiotic relationship between them both.

2016-09-07--7.21 pm---IMG_0527 copyUsing ancient techniques combined with modern technology they grow, graft, nurture then harvest living trees into chairs, tables, sculpture – anything you can imagine.

Challenging the way we create products as well as how we see the items with which we surround ourselves, grown furniture has an immediate tactile, visceral and organic appeal.

Join us for a fascinating hour of conversation to hear how the first seed was sown as a young boy playing in the garden, a concept that took 25 years to take root.  His work is now feted by leading collectors and designers alike with a waiting list for his work.

TALK: with Furniture Artist Fred Baier


 

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Saturday 26 August, 4:00pm  Bookings

Join us at the barn on Saturday 26 August for an informal and anecdotal talk with furniture artist Fred Baier, one of the great characters of twentieth century design.  Fred will discuss various projects including being artist in residence at the House of Lords. His work is contemporary, modern and innovative and in his quest to find new form it has spanned the analogue digital divide. “My work is a way of life not just something I do for a living. I’m an explorer more than a designer.”

Since attending the Royal College of Art, furniture artist Fred Baier has gained fellowships to the Royal Society of Arts, Royal College of Art and Northern Arts as well as being consultant to the Design Council, Crafts Council, Regional Arts Associations, Architects, Interior Designers, Manufacturers, Educational Institutions and Private Clients.

GALLERY TALK: with Charlie Noton, Arborist & Founder of Tree Research


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Sunday 27 August, 11am  Bookings

Charlie Noton is the founder and lead consultant of Tree Research Limited. Originally trained as an arborist, he has been working in the arboricultural industry for over twenty years – managing, maintaining and creating historic gardens and parklands in the UK.

Charlie NotonCharlie’s love of trees and interest in their environmental impact inspired him to establish Tree Research in 2004, as a means of protecting tree populations and enhancing our appreciation and understanding of them.

His aesthetic inspiration derives from the gardens and parklands of Capability Brown, in which he grew up. His planting schemes reflect this by blending formal gardens and topiaries seamlessly into parkland and the surrounding countryside.

Charlie Noton is the founder and lead consultant of Tree Research Limited. Originally trained as an arborist, he has been working in the arboricultural industry for over twenty years – managing, maintaining and creating historic gardens and parklands in the UK.

Charlie’s love of trees and interest in their environmental impact inspired him to establish Tree Research in 2004, as a means of protecting tree populations and enhancing our appreciation and understanding of them. A naturalist at heart, Charlie has an intuitive sense of what trees need, and can source, supply, plant and care for trees in a variety of environments.

His aesthetic inspiration derives from the gardens and parklands of Capability Brown, in which he grew up. His planting schemes reflect this by blending formal gardens and topiaries seamlessly into parkland and the surrounding countryside.

TALK: with author Barney Norris


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Wednesday 23 August, 6:30pm  Booking

Author and playwright Barney Norris joins us at the barn to discuss his highly lauded debut novel set in Salisbury, ‘Five Rivers Met On A Wooded Plain’.

‘There exists in all of us a song waiting to be sung which is as heart-stopping and vertiginous as the peak of the cathedral. at is the meaning of this quiet city, where the spire soars into the blue, where rivers and stories weave into one another, where lives intertwine.’

One quiet evening in Salisbury, the peace is shattered by a serious car crash. At that moment, five lives collide – a flower seller, a schoolboy, an army wife, a security guard, a widower – all facing their own personal disasters. As one of those lives hangs in the balance, the stories of all five unwind, drawn together by connection and coincidence into a web of love, grief, disenchantment and hope that perfectly represents the joys and tragedies of small town life.

Barney Norris © Jay Brooks (web)Barney Norris was born in Sussex in 1987, and grew up in Salisbury. Upon leaving university he founded the theatre company Up In Arms. He won the Critics’ Circle and Offwestend Awards for Most Promising Playwright for his debut full-length play Visitors. He is the Martin Esslin Playwright in Residence at Keble College, Oxford. this is his debut novel.

‘Remarkable, makes you thrill to be alive’ Financial Times

‘Deeply satisfying…a tolerant and insightful debut’ The Guardian

TALK: Furniture Maker John Makepeace ‘Beyond Parnham – An Enduring Legacy’


 

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Wednesday 16 August 2017, 6:30pm. Bookings

John Makepeace, one the country’s most influential makers talks about the evolving traditions in making.

John Makepeace’s career has been an adventure in wood. He first saw fine furniture being made when he was eleven, and then he visited the great cabinet makers in Copenhagen as a teenager. Design and craftsmanship came naturally to him.

Early professional recognition led to his work as a design consultant to the all India Handicraft Board, a founding member of the Crafts Council in the UK and a Trustee of the V&A, London. Early commissions from Templeton and Keble College, Oxford, Liberty’s and the Banque Générale du Luxembourg, were followed by major museums, corporate and private collections around the world.

Keenly aware of the need for an integrated education for furniture designers and makers going into business, he bought Parnham House, Dorset in 1976 to set up a college alongside, but separately from, his own furniture studios. Parnham College rapidly gained an international reputation; 2017 marks 40 years since the launch with the book Beyond Parnham, the story of an educational phenomenon as 100 Alumni reflect on their careers.

The clearance of forests to fuel the Industrial Revolution and the consequent dependence on imported timber prompted the purchase of Hooke Park, the 350 acre woodland nearby. The subsequent European programme of collaborative research explored the improved utilisation of indigenous timber and resulted in a series of award-winning buildings for the new campus. Following the move of the College to Hooke Park, it amalgamated with the Architectural Association, the international school of architecture.

John Makepeace was awarded an OBE in 1988 for services to furniture design, received Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the American Furniture Society (2004) and the Furniture Makers Company (2010). He is an Honorary Fellow of the Arts University Bournemouth (2009) and of Hereford College of Arts (2013). In November 2016 he won the Prince Philip Designers Prize .

‘John Makepeace: Enriching the Language of Furniture’ was the subject of an Arts Council Touring Exhibition between September 2010 and November 2011.

John’s work was featured in two Victoria & Albert Museum exhibitions in 2012: ‘The Power of Making’ and ‘British Design 1948-2012 – Innovation in the Modern Age’.

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TALK: Cloud Pruning & Topiary with Jake Hobson


 

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Wednesday 26 July, 6:30pm  Booking

Forgot folksy teapots or conventional balls and cones: as part of our exhibition celebrating wood, Jake Hobson will talk on the art of creative topiary on Wednesday 26 July at 6:30pm. Jake studied sculpture at the Slade, then travelled to Japan where he became so enamoured by the Japanese art of cloud pruning that he swapped his chisel for shears and has never looked back.

Today he is one of the country’s leading experts on finding the natural form in trees, shrubs and hedges, relating them to the context of the gardens in which they sit – and adding an extra, beautifully sculptural element to the landscape. His company Niwaki, which also supplies specialist pruning equipment, is based in Semley, just north of Shaftesbury.

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Workshop: Little Makers


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Saturday 26 August 2017,  Bookings

In an age when young hands often seem to be more on screens and key boards than making and materials, sign up to one of our courses designed and run by leading furniture maker and designer Hattie Speed.

Watch or help with assembling and creating their own stool that has been designed to fit and become one object with all the others at the end of the class before going home with its proud maker.

This course has been specifically designed to engage the mind and the hand in making, previous experience is not necessary, but parent/carer supervision is required for children under 12 years old.

For children 7-16 years.

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Words From The Woods – An Evening of Poetry, Recitals & Music with Pippa Haywood & Friends


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Friday 25 August, 6pm

£10 in advance £15 on the door  Booking

An evening of poetry, recitals, film and music arranged by Pippa Haywood and friends.

Taking the exhibition Material: Wood – Design & Inspiration as it’s starting point, the evening will draw together strands from the fields of poetry, song and literature bound to each other by our relationship to Wood the material and to Woods the place. The event will include both live and recorded readings with film, and is interspersed with original compositions by violinist Theo May.

Pippa’s wide ranging TV and radio work has made her a familiar voice to many. She is a regular reader for Poetry Please on Radio 4 and has appeared in numerous TV comedies and dramas.
Mark Meadows is a local actor and singer who will also be known to many for his work in radio, TV and theatre.
Theo May is a brilliant young talent who still completing his studies at the Royal College of Music. Those who witnessed his performance in response to “Birdsong” in March will readily identify with how much anticipation we are looking forward to hearing a score written exclusively for this evening.

Image:  Andy Goldsworthy ‘Wood Line’

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Workshop: Printmaking & Wood Engraving with Finn Bush


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26 & 27 August, 10-5pm   Booking

Two one-day courses in printmaking exploring and learning techniques and skills in woodblock and monotype print making. Come away with a finished work of art on both days.

Taught by Finn Bush and artist Mathew Hayward, work alongside them on a series connecting the beauty of woodgrain with the lines and textures of the ocean and exodus and migration narratives. Attend either day separately or both days together for a journey across the inky world of the prinkmaker and printing press.

Day one – Experience the monotype process, combining it with wood grain printing.

Day two – Introduces wood engraving, using highly polished lemonwood blocks and a range of engraving tools.

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