Works inspired by Stirley Farm Art & Writing Workshops
We are delighted to share an exhibition of works produced by attendees of our winter art and nature writing workshops, based at Castle Howard, Stirley Community Farm, and Wild Ennerdale. See below for the curated exhibition of works, which includes some fantastic and innovative artworks, creative writing and audio/film from our participants at the Stirley Farm nature writing and art workshops with Testament, Judith Tucker and Melanie Rose! If you would like to have a go at any of the workshops yourself, you can find the materials, along with videos and resources, here on our website.
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Art & Text
Painting & Drawings
Lichen & Sky Study
I’ve always liked the phrase ‘green corridor’. As an environmentalist, I suppose I shouldn’t. Just another example of humans being unable to imagine nature outside of our own constructions and constructs. But a corridor… it’s a liminal space, isn’t it? You walk past a fanned deck of doors – doors you could open, but leave tantalizingly closed. You head towards a beckoning light or a gently gradated darkness.
We prise apart the landscape to make way for wildness: a wildness that will make its orderly and managed way along our green corridor. Or perhaps not.
I want green tunnels and green underpasses to go with the corridors. Let greenness spread around the estuaries of the train tracks that sprawl from our great rail stations.
Let it flow through the veins of our infrastructure, so we know it was always, always the pulse.
Allotments – Soundscape – Taking a Line for a Walk
Drawing & Painting
Mixed Media Artwork
A digital weaving of photographic snapshots (design for stained glass)
Working with both hands simultaneously, the lines follow both the journey through the landscape, attempting to map the route and capture some of its features, whilst at the same time, tracking the eye movement, particularly across the surface of the path.
This piece focuses on the following:
-the shadows on the ground which accentuate the undulations
-the tree structures which for a continuous link with the earth and the sky
-the fragmentation of the sky as seen through the lacework formed by the tree branches
-the air, filled with birdsong (links back to the first study)
-the longer view, journey and distance represented with the zigzags
Botanical drawing – Dandelion Seed Head – close up
Taking inspiration from the studies completed in the workshop and the artist’s work shared depicting landscape through the ages:
-fragmented sky seen through a lacework of branches
-close up views and details that can only be seen and appreciated on a ‘slow walk’
-layers of landscape, underground geology and roots systems plus over-ground fields
Positive and negative space – rhythms in nature
Patterns and textures in nature (design for textiles)
Drawings in response to sound & walking
The feeling in this catchment now
Is stormy grey, smells like vetiver,
Sounds like hi-hat and the wind in the sailboat masts,
Veering north, maybe gale force later
But in catchments up the river
It’s calmer and lighter
A greening corridor
Dynamic nature moving with the channel
Seed banks bring back what we’ve lost
Ragged-robin herb robert great wood-rush red campion
Rooted and wild
My place is many miles from here
I think about that greening
Catchment by catchment
Drawings & Painting
Mixed Media Artwork
The Road Less Travelled
A note from the film creator:
“A love of walking and a year of lockdown have given me a chance to explore the footpaths, many previously unknown to me, which crisscross the landscape around my home. In doing so I have developed an even stronger affinity for the network of footways, many ancient, which reveal themselves slowly to the walker over time. Although nominally protected, even during the year I have walked them, the relentless pressures of the developer’s bulldozer have led to disappearances. This is a love song to that precious and threatened inheritance from generations of walkers before me, which we could be passing on intact to our future fellow travellers.”– Martin Robinson, April 2021
The creative workshops, and the creative work produced as a result, were organised as part of the Tipping Points project, funded by the UKRI via the Landscape Decisions Programme. We are thankful to our funders and partner organisations for supporting this project.