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We learn

birds

felling

and draining and keepering

grebe, bittern

and ruff

a wilderness

of wild things

Foraging poem by Danica Ognjenovic 

Poem combines ‘found’ and new text. Found text (plain  font) from ‘Wildlife Crisis’ (Hamish Hamilton, 1970)

 

Living Landscape

An Arts Trail

Saturday 28 Aug - Sunday 28 Nov

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‘Living Landscape’ - an artist’s trail of the farm that will unite art and nature. The HopBarn’s wildlife rich land is inspiring some of the area’s most interesting contemporary makers and artists to create an outdoor arts trail that presents a fascinating cohesion of art and nature. Visitors will be able to walk our farmland where pointers along the trail tell the stories of trees, plants and birds, of growing and preparing food and foraging. Each artwork will help visitors to discover meanings and memories and uncover their relationship with land in surprising ways.

Begin on your adventure with ‘Living Landscape’ which has been conceived

by curators Angie Atmadjaja and Rebecca Blackwood who are presenting artists

whose work is inspired by the land using materials from the land.

Danica Ognjenovic was born in London. Her father was originally from Croatia. She studied at York University (English and Related Literature) and has been writing poems for about ten years. She has variously worked as an arts journalist, gallery technician, for a theatre company, a contemporary dance company and a classical Indian dance organisation. Placed in National Poetry Competition (UK) 2013; top ten of first Rialto pamphlet competition (2017). Published in Abridged, Acumen, Honest Ulsterman, The Moth and Rialto. 

Examples of past work:

https://www.abridged.zone/caolan-clarke/

 

https://www.abridged.zone/kevin-fletcher-11/

Danica has produced a set of 5 poems in response to the land and also 3 foraging poems. 

‘Foraging poems’ (or do we call them ‘foraged poems’?) are based on the well–established ‘erasure poem’. The erasure poem is simple: take a page of existing text, block out most of the words and assemble a poem (in sequence and without additions) out of what’s left. The result is often spare and strangely pictorial, mirroring our reductive attitude to nature. 

 

I like ‘foraging poems’ because there’s an element of happenstance in what emerges. A bit like sortilege, or rolling dice, mixed in with elements of a puzzle. It keeps the rational, judgemental bit of the brain busy, and if you’re lucky, something unexpected creeps out from the shadows.  

Geoff Molyneux has been based at Rogue Artists studios, Manchester since 1995 

Studio practice has involved painting, drawing, photography, installation, intervention, time based art and performance, alongside residences and collaborations on projects with other artists from a range of disciplines. Exhibited works and delivered lectures, workshops, presentations and performances in Cuba, Germany, Italy, Israel, Japan,  Northern Ireland, Switzerland, Taiwan  and the USA.

For Living Landscape, Geoff has extended his practice of Moving Mountains to invite you to partake in his ritual.

                                                                                                                                                                              

Viv Payne is a mainly self taught ceramicist/potter making anything from the tiniest beads to large sculpture, from wheel thrown domestic ware to handbuilt forms and vessels. 

She has been passionate  about this choice of creative medium for over 50yrs now since being taken to teacher training college with her mother in the school holidays. From that first introduction she had always found a way of including clay in her life. There is always so much more to learn, the prospect of which still excites her today as it did all those years  ago. 

Her garden studio is made from reclaimed/recycled materials added onto an old goat shed. 

Susan Isaac

A common thread in Susan’s work is an "endeavour to capture the spirit of things or places I have known, to seek to illuminate aspects of the world that have captured my imagination - to evoke feeling". 

 

Susan’s paintings are mostly in a loose figurative style which occasionally dissolves into the abstract elements of her compositions, combining strong drawing skills with bold use of colour and application of texture. Her subjects are typically towns and seascapes, where she is drawn to the insistent repetitive textures of the built environment, contrasting with the gentle rhythms of nature. Her coastal depictions and harbour scenes are a transposition of childhood memory onto current day experiences where, for her, the essence of a harbour is its sense of safety, with its typically curved, enveloping form. Alongside this, Susan’s ceramic sculptures are often a fusion of human and landscape forms. Hand-built stoneware geomorphic heads, referencing the mining landscapes of her birthplace, are enhanced using a variety of glazes and stains and are often wood fired to produce exciting and contrasting surfaces.

Born in Cardiff and originally training in fine art sculpture, Susan worked for some time as a landscape archaeologist in Shropshire and Lancashire, before she returned to painting and sculpture full time, based at her adoptive home in Nottinghamshire.

Linden Harris is a conceptual artist. She graduated in Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University and has exhibited work at BLOC Projects Sheffield, The Harley Gallery Nottinghamshire and The Centre for Collaborative Research London. 

 

Her practice is multifaceted incorporating live art, installation, assemblage, photography, sculpture, drawing, collaboration and documentation. Her research is focused on the experiences and processes of materials, artist and audience. 

 

Linden's work is guided by a conceptual enquiry into the question “What is Freedom?” She views all ‘matter’ and ‘sensation’ as potentials for manipulation, often working with everyday and ephemeral media such as sunlight, organic materials, intention, breath and found elements. Much of her work is site specific. 

Jane Thomson is a lecturer in fashion and illustration. She is constantly exploring form and inspiring ways in which to visually communicate a concept.Her interest is mainly figurative, studying the captivating  subject of the human body and how soundlessly it is able to depict emotion and connectivity through subtle gesture and posture. 

Through the layering of image and the combination of interrelated medium, my artwork explores self-concept - an individual’s knowledge of who he or she is.

Through the artwork she wishes to portray and further expose these often conflicting elements now more than ever, in this ever changing, disordered world we find ourselves in. 

This new collection of artwork combines authentic drawing and painting and printing techniques, on occasion exploring  the contemporary use of CAD, celebrating the combination of tradition and digital.

As an Artist, Illustrator and Educator she teaches art, illustration and design across Universities in the East Midlands and run art classes alongside my fine art practice. 

 

"From as early as I can remember, I have never been far from a pencil. Part of me, it is always my first port of call when wanting to express thought, emotion or just simply show gratitude to my existence."

"There is a story behind everything I make."

Steve Hunt explores how he can use his own designs to create useful and sculptural items from found, rescued and donated materials. His finished works are hand carved items made from cherry, apple, plum, beech, hawthorn, chestnut and rowan, wood which for centuries has served as useful and beautiful things in every home.

Avoiding the use of any power tools or machinery, preferring to work only with traditional hand tools – adze, gouges, chisels and a wood carving knife, Steve adapts Scandinavian designs and achieve a balanced, elegant shape that is practical, traditional and well-proportioned. 

Over the last eight years or so, he hse made over fifty commissioned pieces and enjoy carving wood while it is still green or recently cut. He loves making memento pieces from much loved trees that have to be removed or have been brought down by the wind.

Haris Kittos is a composer and visual artist who lives in London since 1998, when he moved there to study composition at postgraduate level, after completing his studies in music and fine art in his hometown Thessaloniki in Greece (see website for more details: www.hariskittos.com). 

 

Although his music is presented internationally and he is composition professor at the Royal College of Music, Haris has been more of a recluse as a visual artist. This is not only due to the demands of his composer’s and tutor’s career, but also because he is generally shy to show his artworks. However, by keeping his visual art separate and private like a ‘secret escape’, he allowed extra time for furthering his artistic explorations in finding his own way to bring his music and art together. So, the stimulating dichotomy of being both a musician and visual artist while having a public persona only as a composer, has been shifting in the last 15 years as his parallel processes of creating visual and musical artworks are becoming increasingly intertwined. At present, Haris has started to present and share his work as a visual artist as well, and is also producing new interdisciplinary and multimedia pieces among purely visual or musical works.

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3rd September 1pm - speakers: tbc

1st October 1pm - speakers: tbc

5th November 1pm - speakers: tbc