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Art Bazaar 2012
16th November 2012
South Molton Assembly Rooms, above the Pannier Market
Friday only
12.00 to 20.30

Art Bazaar 2012
This annual event is being held in South Molton Assembly Rooms on Friday, 16th November.

These beautiful, listed rooms will house over fifty top professional and emerging Artists and Makers from across the South West, for one day only!

Application Deadline: Artists wishing to take part only have until 7th September 2012 to apply.

Contact Art Bazaar organiser Stella Levy, for details and application form at; stella@widgerystudios.com 


Pilton Arts Group Exhibition
26th September - 6th October 2012
St. Anne's Chapel, Paternoster Row, Barnstaple
Tuesday to Saturday
10am - 4pm

Pilton Arts Group is holding an Exhibition in St. Anne’s Chapel, Paternoster Row, Barnstaple. Preview Day, to which all members of North Devon Arts are welcome, is on Tuesday, 25th September, 10am-7pm. 


Renga Days Renga Days
7th July - 8th July 2012
Broomhill Sculpture Gardens
Saturday and Sunday
10.30-12.30 and 14.00-16.30

Come and join us for a relaxed, enjoyable but informative day, or two, for observing or composing renga verses at Broomhill Art Hotel, an experience in itself.

Renga is a traditional Japanese group poem that is shared writing: everyone is allowed the chance to write, or verbally suggest a verse. It's all about simply creating incredibly short lines (2 or 3 line verses) with almost teasingly invisible connections to each verse. When completed everyone is a co-author of the renga poem.

Renga is very inclusive, creative and encouraging, and the making of this communal poem is as important as the final result.

More about Renga

Of all the poetic forms, this is one that works for people who have never written before and yet offers a great challenge for those who are already comfortable and established writers.

The renga verses are more than the sum of its parts as they capture our thoughts and feelings, which might otherwise be lost at end of the day; we can also share an experience wherein strangers and friends or colleagues connect for a moment. 


NDA Workshop Commission - Appledore Festival 2012 NDA Workshop Commission - Appledore Festival 2012
7th June - 10th June 2012
Appledore Visual Arts Festival

Sue Giblett to lead NDA's Appledore Workshop

Congratulations to Sue Giblett who will be running our commissioned workshop at Appledore Visual Arts Festival. We had a good response from NDA members, but the stand-out proposal came from Sue. Sue's drop-in workshop, 'A stroll through time', will involve members of the public collecting objects washed up on the Appledore beaches and collecting them together in a Timeline. The Timeline will present objects in chronological order in a specially prepared mould, telling a story about Appledore's past. Pictured is Sue with a previous work created at Crow Point. The work will be created on the first day of the Festival (7th June) and the completed piece will be on display throughout. Do take part if you can and if not, look out for this piece when you visit the Festival in June.


Westward Ho! and Bideford Arts Society
12th May 2012
Bideford Arts Centre
Saturday
10.00 - 11.30

There is a selection day for new members of this prestigious Society on Saturday 12th May at Bideford Arts Centre.
Hand in of 6 pieces of work will be at 10-11.30am and selection will follow. Pick up is the same day from 2-3pm.
Membership entitles the artist to enter all 6 pieces in the annual Summer Exhibition at the Burton Art Gallery.
This year the Exhibition is on from 18th August - 16th September.
Please contact the Secretary - Peter Steart on 01271 344129, and look the society up on their website www.whobidarts.co.uk
 


Art Bazaar
25th November 2011
South Molton Assembly Rooms, above the Pannier Market
Friday only
12.00 to 20.30

These beautiful listed buildings will house over fifty top professional and emerging Artists and Makers from the South West, for one day only!

The wildly successful Art Bazaar will be celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and will be teaming up with Atelier Gallery in Barnstaple to mark the occasion. Look out for details in the local press nearer the event.

Deadline: Artists wishing to take part have until Friday 30th September 2011 to apply. Contact: Art Bazaar organiser, Stella Levy at; stella@widgerystudios.com


SHADES OF CLAY
2nd August - 3rd September 2011
Atelier Gallery, Barnstaple
Mon - Sat
10:30am - 4:30pm

Shades of Clay aims to celebrate North Devon's rich ceramic heritage both past and present. Atelier is well placed to host this exhibition as we are directly opposite the site where the old kilns used to be (underneath the library!). As part of the exhibition we will have a small selection of historical pieces from the museum, which is what the area built much of it's wealth and industry upon. This work will be juxtaposed with contemporary pieces to demonstrate that ceramics is still very much a thriving part of the area's cultural heritage. 

Includes artists, Eilean Eland and Rosie Burns

 


Out of the Smoke, Rosie Burns
17th June - 9th August 2011
Retrovia, 15 Buttgarden Street, Bideford
Tues - Sat
9am - 5pm

Rosie Burns exhibition 'Out of the Smoke' showing at the new gallery Retrovia: Opening night 17th June for 5pm onwards

www.retrovia.blogspot.com


Export of North Devon Pottery to America and Bideford Manteo
15th February - 18th February 2011
Blog

This blog is about my trip to Virginia and North Carolina over 6 weeks from September 15th to October 31st 2010 and what happened afterwards. I travelled on a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust travel Fellowship and researched the export of North Devon Pottery and made links with the Community of Manteo, North Carolina, Bideford's sister City.Sadie Green

http://sadie-green.blogspot.com/2011/02/talk-at-north-devon-arts.html

This will also be on the NDA Resources Page as a link for future reference


The Art Coop at Gallery 39 Christmas Event The Art Coop at Gallery 39 Christmas Event
11th December 2010
The Art Coop Gallery, 39 Bear Street, Barnstaple
Saturday
11am - 3pm

We will be having a Christmas Event in the gallery with mulled wine and mince pies from 11am to 3pm on Saturday December 11th and we would love to invite you along to meet us and enjoy the atmosphere.

Also we will be holding another 'EARLY SPRING SALE' during the early months of next year offering a 10% discount off all work. The gallery will be absorbing this 10% discount and so it will not affect our normal commission rate charged on any sales of Sale or Return work.

Finally, if any 2D or 3D are interested in being part of our team as a full member we would be grateful for contact details.
 

Regards from all the gallery co-operative team members
 


Torrington Christmas Fayre Torrington Christmas Fayre
5th December 2010
Torrington
Sunday
2.00pm - 6.15pm

Hopps & Chappell will be opening the Fayre at 2.00pm so come and join in the fun -

Singing by Jax Acoustic Duo, Dancing by Streetz and Anne's Belly Dancers, Music, Christmas Carols with the Guides, Brownies and Torrington Silver Band, Children's Fun Fair, Stalls, Bouncy Castle.

FREE Prize Draw For Christmas Dinner, Fabulous Raffle Prizes and lots more!

Join the Lantern Parade to turn on the Christmas Lights at 6.15pm

PLEASE FORWARD TO FRIENDS & FAMILY


South Molton Art Bazaar South Molton Art Bazaar
26th November 2010
South Molton Assembly Rooms
Friday
Noon - 8.30 pm

Over fifty established and emerging artists and makers invite you to see their work in these beautiful listed rooms above the Pannier Market in the Town Square.

 
FREE ADMISSION

Umberleigh Christmas Bazaar
21st November 2010
Umberleigh Village Hall
Sunday
10am - 4pm

Prints - Paintings - Watercolours - Wooden Items

Bags - Textiles - Hand Knits - Embroidery

Ceramics - Handmade Cards - Gifts - Cakes

Plants - Preserves - Christmas Decorations

Light Refreshments Available

(Proceeds to the village Hall Project)

Or, why not book a lunch at The Rising Sun Inn?

The Village Hall is just off A377 & next to

Umberleigh Station on the Tarka Line to Exeter & Barnstaple.

Free Parking at Hall & Station


North Devon Arts (NDA) & 'The Big Draw' North Devon Arts (NDA) & 'The Big Draw'
29th October - 2nd November 2008
Broomhill Art Hotel & Sculpture Gardens, Marwood Hill Gardens & the Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon
Wednesday - Friday, Sunday
Morning sessions from 11am – 1pm. Afternoon sessions 2pm – 4pm

The Big Draw is a nation wide art event running throughout October organised by www.campaignfordrawing.org.
NDA ARTISTS have been invited to run drawing workshops for this event, taking place at Broomhill, Marwood Hill Gardens and the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon.
The public are encouraged to join in the drawing day at the museum on the square, or to book for the artist run workshop sessions being held at the other two venues.
Drawing sessions will be lead by local artists including NDA members Catherine Ford, Tim Saunders, Carysella Wilson, Mike Woollacott and John Wright.
The 'Big Draw' is a project we will all be aiming to make a key event in the North Devon calendar in the future and each venue will be giving heavy publicity to the event this year, tapping into the country-wide marketing of the 'Big Draw'.
Look out for more information nearer the time in your local press and on the venues' websites:
www.broomhillart.co.uk;
www.marwoodhillgarden.co.uk;
www.devonmuseums.net;
www.thebigdraw.org.uk.
If you want to be involved or book a workshop, please contact: Broomhill - 01271 850262 OR Marwood - 01271 342528 to reserve a place.


Earth Dreaming: Linda Gordon at Appledore Festival Earth Dreaming: Linda Gordon at Appledore Festival
29th May - 1st June 2008
Appledore

NDA member, Linda Gordon will be creating an installation for the Appledore Visual Arts Festival, entitled 'Earth Dreaming'. It will be a large circular floor piece made up of variously coloured pebbles and small stones, with inspiration taken from an amalgam of traditional cultures, such as the Navaho sand paintings, Aboriginal art and the Tibetan ‘sand’ mandalas; laying pebbles in various designs on the floor, rather like mosaic, building up to a finished work during the course of the Festival.
Over the 4 days, lots of help and input from passing NDA members will be needed, with everyone encouraged to bring along family and friends. (With the exception of very young children due to the possibility of putting small stones in their mouths).
Linda's idea is for people to work in segments, on such motifs as earth symbols and geometric patterns… whatever takes their fancy. She will give suggestions and help when required, and keep an eye on the overall result. People can, if suitable, bring along their own bits and pieces to insert into the work.
Linda will be recording all the various stages of this installation, through to the final creation, so although this is a temporary piece photographs and possibly film footage will be available after.
So, if you fancy working alongside this international environmental artist, this is your chance. For more details of how you can be involved, please contact; stella@widgerystudios.com.

Earth Dreaming: Report by Linda Gordon
After weeks of unsettled weather – torrential rain, sun, stormy, mild, cold, hot – it began to brighten up just in time for the opening of the Appledore Visual Arts Festival.  Unpredictable weather patterns have long been known to be, at least partially, caused by our behaviour on this planet.  And it is true – here, in England, it is certainly more difficult these days to distinguish between spring, summer, autumn and winter, and to feel connected with the fundamental cyclical nature of existence.
We all know, deep down, that a massive environmental and humanitarian crisis is upon us.  But it is not a cause for hand-wringing and spreading anxiety and fear – rather it is a call to action.  Action like the Appledore Festival, whose theme this year was ‘earth’, and which brought us all together in a great celebration of earth, environment, art, people, spirit.  I was very happy to be a part of it all.
Earth Dreaming: the Installation
It started quietly on the Thursday morning, but by the end of the day there were about eight people working on the piece at the same time with intense concentration.  I began to wonder whether it would get finished much too early.  Plans B and C formed themselves in my head.  I love working this way – the excitement of working in public and a touch of uncertainty more than compensated for the tedious hours spent working out the original design and measurements, and getting it drawn out.  Not to mention the week or two spent getting large quantities of stones washed and dried.
Next morning, I knew in fact that my timing was exactly right.  I saw that this first central section had some fairly large easily covered areas of red stone – and the central design itself needed quite a lot of adjusting and fine-tuning for maximum effect.  The remainder of the 4-day festival settled down into a rhythmic pattern.  People came in waves, interspersed by quiet periods when I was able to refurbish boxes of stones, progress the design and take photos.
What I remember most clearly are people’s reactions: their intake of breath as they entered the room, then slowly becoming drawn into the work itself – sitting or standing quietly around the edge, or helping to make it grow.
I had previously prepared the design, inspired by (not imitating) the art of cultures closely integrated with the earth.  The idea was to use patterns and symbols that had meaning for us here at this moment.  The impact of the work depended upon precision of geometry, and it was wonderful to see people of all ages and types slowing down and sitting together, carefully placing one stone at a time.  I was amazed at the accuracy and delicacy that quite small children were able to place the stones.  It made me realise how much we lose as we grow up through childhood, in terms of dexterity and sensitivity.
The large yellowish outer ring was deceptively awkward to lay, because its larger pieces created the temptation to pour on the stones heavy-handedly, making unattractive ridges and valleys, or else leave gaps between individual stones.  The final ring, around the edge of the piece consisted of five narrow rows of colour, and was particularly tricky, taking a lot of patience from a number of visitors.
Nearly everyone I spoke to commented that their experience of ‘Earth Dreaming’ was relaxing and therapeutic.  Like much of my work, it was deliberately temporary, drawing attention to the transient nature of life.  Many, when they learned it would be destroyed at the end of the Festival, were at first taken aback, but came to realise that not everything has to be permanently ‘set in stone’.  Others were completely comfortable with the fact, and worked with dedication right to the end.


Discovery Day
16th March 2008
The Milky Way Adventure Park
Join North Devon Arts members, the AONB and the Biosphere Reserve for Discovery Day. Members will display and talk about their landscape-inspired work at this day-long celebration of some of North Devon's most valuable treasures. A day of family fun and discovery.

Life-drawing
2nd November - 7th December 2006
Broomhill Art Hotel, near Barnstaple
Thursday
7pm - 9pm

NDA provides the model and the venue, allowing you to work freely.  Please bring your own materials and equipment.

£40 for six sessions, only limited places available.


A Walk in the Woods - May 2006 A Walk in the Woods - May 2006
14th May - 10th June 2006
Pickwell Manor Woods

One Enchanting Evening...
Review by Becky Brocklehurst (Press Office, North Devon Festival)

Ethereal... organic... indefinable, just some of the words used to describe the large temporary textile initiated by artist Emily Garnham Wright and created with the help of members of the public and local school children in Pickwell Manor woods over the last ten days.
As we arrived on the finale evening in the glorious early evening sunshine the magnificent setting of Pickwell Manor was breathtaking in itself, however as we wandered on through the woods to view the textile installation, the evening began to take on a magical quality. In dappled light beneath the trees the cotton threads weaved through the branches were reminiscent of giant spider webs, with surprising intricacies that warranted closer inspection.
As Emily invited us to add to the work with our own cottons, we cast aside any initial hesitations and were soon wholeheartedly contributing to the creation, proving that this project truly was interactive and inclusive.
As the light faded, new shadows subtly altered the textile and individual threads were illuminated by the sun's last rays.
Enhancing this captivating scene were local folk band M'larkey who played a fitting, impromptu set amongst the trees to the delight of all those present. The wonderful hospitality of Gerald Bonnici, proprietor of the Manor, ensured that the evening culminated in a relaxed, informal celebration of an unusual yet wholly successful artistic endeavour.
On June the 11th in Georgeham Village Hall, North Devon Arts will be holding a public day with free admission and refreshments available, to show case the varied artistic responses to the 'Walk in the Woods' project by its members. A film by Hugh Hartford, capturing the creation in process will be shown and local poet Frances Thompson will give her take on the project. There will also be a chance to see work created by Georgeham school children and a photographic review of the event.

Artist's Statement
I grew up on a farm situated on the North Devon coast with views across the Bristol Channel.  The landscape I am familiar with is made up of rolling countryside, laced together by the tracery of Devon hedge banks, sporadically populated by sheep, or perhaps a farmer with his dogs.  To the East are the hills of Exmoor, to the South West, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor and to the North, across the Bristol Channel, the Gower Peninsular and the Welsh Coast.  These and the nearer hills are altered by the varying atmospheric conditions, sometimes seeming to disappear in a series of planes that fade into the distance.  My work is inspired by this scenery.  I am aware of the fragility of the world I live in and endeavour to express this and the beauty I see around me in the hope that what we have will be appreciated and protected.
I use natural fibres to create an impression of contours, planes, horizons and distance.  Simplicity emphasises distance and colour suggests atmosphere - the lines drawn by the thread are minimal and natural.
For this piece I will use only natural fibres as they will decompose, causing minimal impact to the site. At the end of the project the installation can either be left to disappear naturally, or be cut down and removed. Locally sourced fibres, including organic, spun sheep's wool from my parents' farm and Alpaca fleece from a farm near Lynton (produced by a member of North Devon Arts), will be brought together by cotton threads, adding textures and depth.  Colour is important and will stem from the woods and the raw fibres used.
The trees will be the framework for the piece.  Threads will be attached to and run between trees and branches, forming an installation sculpture.  It will have no form without the trees which it is built around.  The sculpture's final shape will depend on the people who visit and take part.  Visitors can participate on many levels.  They may come just to see the work and how it changes, to talk with people involved, or to join in.  The making of the piece can suit anyone; some will climb through the sculpture, adding to what is there; others will expand the edges; one person can do a small, neat, detailed patch without moving from the path; while another can tangle several meters of thread.
I will be there to talk with visitors and encourage and enable them to join in, offer the participants materials and help them (where necessary) to attach the threads and achieve their contribution, as well as adding to the sculpture myself.  Other artists can join in with the visitors and can also assist me, supervising the project and ensuring others are not left out.
My choice of colour, materials and the specific site will dictate the aesthetic success of this artwork.  As the project is only finite due to time and materials it can be as large or as small as it becomes.  The more people who take part, the bigger it will be.
Emily Garnham Wright
www.emilygarnhamwright.co.uk

A Walk in the Woods: Report by Emily Garnham Wright
Numbers
Visitors: the public
14th May 2006 (the first public day) 15 people approx
28th May (public day 2) 68 people
29th May (last public day at the woods) 62 people
10th June (the review at the village hall) 20 people
The visitors came from a variety of backgrounds and locations, many from all around the UK, but also from as far a field as Denmark, South Africa, Ireland, America and Spain.
Probably a third of visitors to the woods were from North Devon Arts (NDA), a third were children from Georgeham School bringing their families to show and continue with what they were working on, and a third were people in the area who followed signs or had seen the publicity.
I recognised some people visiting more than once and bringing others with them.
Visitors: the school
About 120 pupils from Georgeham School visited, brought by 1 to 7 supervisors and teachers.  They visited in class groups, consisting of approximately 25 (younger years) or 35 (older years) pupils per group.  Most days different classes visited the morning and afternoon sessions.  Several classes visited more than once.  Ages ranged from 4 to 11 years.
The children clearly enjoyed themselves (despite the weather which was mainly wet, cold and overcast with occasional sights of the sun) and were enthusiastic to return (and many did, some in their own time).
Children and teachers
Georgeham School
Teachers found it interesting observing the children's behaviour taking particular pleasure in discussing the more egocentric individuals.  Lucy Rinvolucri the art teacher from Georgeham School wrote "I have enjoyed the experience of working with you on the project.  I am very grateful for the opportunity to see my class in another way, which has been fascinating for me.  The children have all got very fond memories of the project and still talk about it now.  Thank you Emily from everyone at Georgeham School."
I too enjoyed watching the children and their actions/reactions to the ever changing nature of the project.  I was surprised at how possessive most of the children became about 'their bit' - I suspect this was due to the large scale of the piece - it meant that, especially at the beginning, they were able to work on distinct bits that later joined together ('I can't find a tree' was another odd cry - they couldn't find a tree unaffected by the growing sculpture).  I was also interested to see how the children's' behaviour changed within the different age groups, especially how the older groups split into boys and girls- the girls picked flowers and added them, while the boys made 'spiders webs' and 'traps'.  I also particularly remember an Autistic boy not noticing the dirt on his trousers and shoes (remarked upon by his helper) as he was so caught up in what he was doing (he returned on one of the public days with his family).
The walk from the school to the woods is not a short one and I was impressed at the school's commitment bringing children as young as 4 through the pouring rain to take part.
I have found the drawings and writings done since by the school most illuminating and entertaining.  These were displayed on the 10th June in the village hall, thanks to Lucy who gave up her time to set up a display and talk to visitors.
Hugh and Frances
As a consequence of the project a film maker (Hugh Hartford) and poet (Frances Thompson) were given funding by Devon Artsculture to respond to the project.
Frances seemed to throw herself whole heartedly into the project visiting several times, talking to school children and people involved and devoting time and resources. She spent the whole day at the review on the 10th (providing a public reading of her poem BirdsWords) as well as meeting to record her poem for use on the website on her own time.
Hugh chose to film on only one occasion, avoiding showing the evolution of the project.  Sadly Hugh was unable to organise the screening of his film on the 10th, as agreed, leaving it to me or Stella Levy to provide a means of showing it.
I intend the poem (and reading), and excerpts from the film to be accessible on the internet.
NDA and members
This project would have been difficult if not impossible to have achieved without the support of the NDA and its members.
I was pleased at how members joined in - either adding to the sculpture or responding to it.  Ros Osborne provided a subtle touch with her ceramic 'fish out of water' and Tim Saunders and Joan Stribling d'Launy worked on images inspired by the sculpture.
I cannot thank Stella Levy enough.  She spent hours making it possible to do this project and achieved a widespread advertising campaign and general support throughout all stages of the project.
John Andow, photographer, generously took the photos that were used for the publicity.
Members gave up their time to help me steward the event.
And of course, Gerry Bonnichi, the owner of Pickwell Manor Woods, and a NDA member, provided much more than just a venue including time, food and company as well as a full buffet and opened his home to visitors on the last evening.
Others
The finishing night was greatly enhanced by music kindly provided by M'Larkey.
Venue
I had to change venue well into the planning of the project due to the RSPB changing the parameters after several meetings and advertising had already been put to press (we had to fund an advertising campaign to counteract this).  The project they had initially agreed to had not been altered in any way.  They attempted to fundamentally change the project and refused any compromise.  They ignored all materials provided to them to assuage any concerns.  All of this was solved by changing the venue to Pickwell Manor Woods where I received nothing but support and encouragement from Gerry.  This is the only other woods within walking distance of the school and, as this was by then a constraint of the project, I was fortunate to be able to use it.
Georgeham Village Hall was helpful in providing the facilities for the review.
Disjointed observations
I gave two talks before the project started, both to NDA and to the assembly at Georgeham School. I am not sure which was more nerve-racking but both seemed to go well (with cheers in assembly when they heard what they would be doing).
One particular point of interest was when a barn owl flew through the wood in the middle of one of the public days, effortlessly slipping in and out of the project, amazing everyone on site.
The constant change of light in the wood greatly enhanced the project providing some truly breathtaking moments.
The weather regardless of sun or rain didn't seem to affect participant's enthusiasm and enhanced the changeable nature of the project.
Some visitors asked about entry fees.  I was pleased not to have to charge them as I felt that they were able to enjoy the project more openly because they did not have to 'get something out of it' and hence got more.
It would be good to do this project again somewhere where it could be left up until it deteriorates and vanishes and where it is open to the public for this time.  I had to explain to visitors to the review that it was held in a private wood and, due to management considerations, the sculpture had been taken down.  People who were not able to come on the public days have also expressed an interest in going to see it.
I have a large collection of photographs documenting the project which will be shown on my website.
Watching people work on the piece, I became more aware of the physical and mental dimensions of it.  Faces were concentrated and absorbed.  The thread was fine and hard to see so while it was being worked on it appeared that many mimes were taking place. Those who wanted to move through the installation discovered an assault course.
It was exciting seeing how each person approached it differently.
I found it was as much a study of people and behaviours as an art project.  From the way people approached the project, behaved in groups and took part you were often given an idea of how they worked and behaved normally.  The teachers commented on and confirmed this as they were able to watch the children they know in a new environment.  Many of the artists who visited it were more analytical of what they should do and what it should be.  Nobody knew quite what to expect but were enthusiastic and concentrated joining in.
The school group provided a different dynamic from a family.  They took to heart the 'partners' they had been joined up with for the walk over and worked mainly in groups.  Families with children often demonstrated the differences and behaviours of the individuals within that group and their relationships with each other.
Some people went away talking about doing their own.  One girl from the school had already started one in her garden.
On the first day I discovered that the wool I had intended to use would not work.  It was clearly the 'easy choice' and meant that participants did not have to commit much time or attention to make a strong impact. The cotton could be worked in more ways to create many effects and I felt that the wool became a constraint while the cotton encouraged diversity and invention.
With hindsight
I had not realised that the project would be as successful as it was and that so many threads would be used.  My usual supplier was unable to provide extra threads in time for the second school week but I was able to buy some (less economically) from a store in Barnstaple to cover the shortfall until the order arrived.  My final thread cost was nearer £500 than the estimated £260 and could easily have been more.
It would have been better to have more people involved in the day dismantling the piece.  I found the taking down an interesting part of the process, allowing for creativeness even then.

Quotes from the on site sketchbook
'A fantastic display of art and imagination as well as a fabulous community project. Truly inspirational - thank you!' (Chris)
'Engaging and being an active participant in a process that involves both the body and the mind is a very freeing experience.  The act of doing is what every artist has to consider when they have that blank canvas in front of them.  The mind is a strange animal - sometimes philosophical sometimes blank but always active.  It is where we point that beam that illuminates the world around us.'
'A great piece of artwork, available to everyone.  Lots of interesting detail and a perfect setting.' (Caroline Hart, Co. Durham)
'Thank you for such an inspiring experience.  The gossamer like texture, and dappled light and shade beneath the canopy of tree's felt like a childhood memory.' (Ros Denby and family, Derbyshire)
'Not enough rabbits!' (Morris the whippet)
'What a lot of fun - Inspiring - so many forms, so many shapes, great ideas.' (Nick Kidwell)
'Emily, I enjoyed seeing the development of the project and this exhibition ties it all together.  The reading of Frances BirdsWords was a particular treat. The children's words were great fun too.' (Karen)
'A unique experience that showed just what imagination and inspiration is all about.  I have never been artistic and seeing such a display of nature, art and human interaction was something I would never thought I would see.  I really enjoyed seeing the display and to know the fun the children had on the various days.' (Claudia)