! Cornucopia ! Exhibition 19th September - 4th October

Solo Shows in the Farmyard Barns

The autumn programme launches at White House Farm on Saturday 19th September at 10am and is open daily for two weeks 10am - 6pm until Sunday 4th October. It explores a seasonal theme with an autumn exhibition of works by recent residency artists for the annual ! Cornucopia ! exhibition. This will take the form of a series of Solo Shows of works by different artists on display in different barns at the farm.

A large collection of new sculptures by Roger Hardy will be on show in the main 18th century Threshing Barn. These are a focal point for the autumn programme and will be presented with a fully illustrated catalogue – with a foreword by the broadcaster Libby Purves.

A series of residency paintings about the land and farm gardens by Tessa Newcomb will be on show in the farm Dining Rooms together with produce from the land. The Dining Rooms will also be open at weekends as pop up Hedgerow Tea Rooms serving teas, coffee, cordials, cakes and savoury snacks – made with wild and farmed foods from the farm.

In the Lambing Barns a new collection of burn out bronzes from Alice- Andrea Ewing's Organics series will also be on show together with a selection of new larger bronzes by Freddy Morris. Alice’s work is made from some of the unusual fruit and vegetables that grow in the late Regency walled garden at Great Glemham House – the subject of the book An Artist in the Garden by Full Circle Editions [2012].

Freddy Morris’s bronzes are made from re-worked branches and sticks collected from the woods at White House Farm. Freddy was in residence in the woods in Spring 2015 and his autumn show includes a beautiful large bronze made from casts of fallen sweet chestnut branches. His woodland studio will be open to view during ! Cornucopia !

There will also be a collection of new drawings by Jason Gathorne-Hardy of Suffolk Punch horses at The Suffolk Punch Trust at Hollesley Bay. These are the start of a project titled The Eye of Achilles which looks at the history of Suffolk Punches in the East Suffolk landscape.

The Suffolk Chair Collection

The ! Cornucopia ! exhibition will also present new pieces from The Suffolk Chair Collection by Jim Parsons, Tim Whiting and Raymond Hopkins. Jim is currently working on a large commission of ball back side chairs and whilst Tim, who also works as one of East Anglia’s few full time millwrights, is working on more of his signature Mendlesham chairs. Raymond Hopkins is showing a collection of new Great Glemham cracket stools and elm stools, together with two magnificent Great Glemham oak refectory dining tables.

Suffolk Crafts and Heritage Skills

The Farmyard Workshops will also host a selection of local Suffolk crafts - together with autumn produce from the farm gardens and Great Glemham House gardens. Makers include signwriter and designer Ian Sedge and stained glass worker Sharon McMullin. Jim Parsons and Raymond Hopkins will also have workshop displays.

Food for Thought …

Look out for an Autumn Supper with Peter Harrison on Thursday 24th September, a seasonal Foraging Walk on Thursday 1st October and Poetry Events on Friday 2nd October. The poetry workshop is a new event for 2015, held in association with The Suffolk Poetry Society.

.. and some other Festival Links

The autumn ! Cornucopia !  programme is held in association with The Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival and is one of its many Fringe Events. The main food festival days are 26 - 27th September at Snape Maltings.

We are also teaming up with the new Flipside Festival held on 3 - 4th October at Snape Maltings. The farm is hosting a Writing Residency for one of Flipside’s authors and also loaning a selection of chairs from The Suffolk Chair Collection for Flipside’s main stages.

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With thanks to our Sponsors / Supporters for 2015

The 2015 Alde Valley Spring Festival and the ! Cornucopia ! autumn programme have been very generously supported by Aspall Cyder www.aspall.co.uk and The Suffolk Coast DMO Festivals and Events Fund www.thesuffolkcoast.co.uk

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