Look out for Edward Chell's new book Eclipse, available here from 22nd June. This lovely artist’s book-cum-botanical guide will be just the thing for ambling through the forest, plant-spotting, and just as helpful when doing likewise en route to the office. Also including Jenny Uglow's brilliant new essay on the history and continuing significance of the silhouette and an interview with Edward unpicking his obsession with plants that thrive both in conventional and unconventional places.
This book (£14) is published to coincide with the exhibition of Edward Chell’s fabulous new series of plant silhouette paintings in the The Drawing Room, Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury (22 June - 8 Sept).
(image: Edward Chell, Creeping Buttercup, Ranunculus repens, acrylic and lacquer on gesso panel, 2013)
Midsummer Eve Picnic - 22nd June 2013 - 7pm - 10pm (approx end time)
Join us for our annual picnic in King’s Wood and, if the British weather allows, be rewarded with a glorious sunset. Stour Valley Arts organises a picnic every Midsummer’s Eve at the site of the forest artwork, Via Lucem Continens, in King’s Wood, Challock. This work was designed to frame the setting sun on Midsummer’s Eve.
If you would like to be part of this free event, bring a picnic, rug, family and friends and meet us at 7pm at the MAIN KING’S WOOD CAR PARK on White Hill, Challock. Stour Valley Arts will lead a walk through the woods to the picnic site, which will take about half an hour. Wear suitable footwear, warm clothing and bring a torch for the return journey - the event will end at approx 10pm so it will be dark!
This is last week of the current show - it ends this Saturday, June 1st at 4pm.
**Holly’s beautiful book about her residency with Stour Valley Arts is available at the gallery now - just £10. Includes fabulous photographs of the work made during the residency - and of the dens.
With essays by Robert McFarlane, Dan Howard-Birt and Lucy Medhurst.
In 2011, Australian artist Holly Story spent 8 weeks living and working in King’s Wood. Arriving in late summer, she missed the amazing springtime displays of bluebells but on frequent walks through the forest, she collected armfuls of spent bluebell stems from which she created a series of small woven objects: delicate containers describing an internal and an external space, though with a porous, organic membrane. Holly became fascinated by the dens precariously constructed by children playing in the forest and her weavings can be seen as responses to their ephemeral forms.
This exhibition brings together the woven objects and selected den photographs, revealing some of the artist’s and the children’s shared impulses to construct in the forest environment; and also sculptural forms made in canvas, wax and plant material inspired by King’s Wood and made in Fremantle, Western Australia.
Make Believe series # 6, 2011 Make Believe series: Coppice Den, 2011
Photos Nigel Green
Holly’s book about her residency at King’s Wood will be launched on May 17th.
Schools’ Arts and Culture Champions
Artswork is pleased to announce the 2013 Schools’ Arts and Culture Champions nominated as part of the South East Bridge schools engagement plan supported by the Department for Education.
"Stour Valley Arts is delighted to be working with John Wallis Academy and Godinton Primary schools in Ashford through the Cultural Champions programme. Both schools value the opportunities offered for enrichment for their students offered by cultural education and we hope to share this learning as widely as possible through these important partnerships. We are grateful to Artswork for making this possible" Lucy Medhurst, Head of Education & Learning, Stour Valley Arts
Stour Valley Arts Youth Forum
If you are aged 14 - 25 and are interested in art and would like to learn about opportunities for work experience with an arts organisation, free art workshops with professional artists, learning about arts education, learning about working in a gallery, applying for funding for projects you’d like to develop and devising and running workshops then please join our Youth Forum. Our Forum meet regularly at our Stour Valley Arts Gallery, Elwick Road, Ashford.
To get involved or to find out more please call 01227 664987 or email firstname.lastname@example.org