Archive for March, 2012

March 20th, 2012

New Editions of Suffolk Ball Back Chairs

The Suffolk Ball Back chair is part of an old East Anglian chairmaking tradition. Typically made from sawn elm wood components and decorated with three or more elm balls in its back slats, the Suffolk Ball Back was distinct from Essex chairs, which typically had turned front legs and a single solid back slat, and […]

March 20th, 2012

New Works coming in for Spring 2012 ~ Roger Hardy

Part of this year’s Spring Festival will be a small archive / museum adjacent to Eamonn McCabe’s gallery – in one of the farm’s small tractor sheds. This will show old tools, harness and land drains from the farm. The Festival Shop next door will be housing some of Roger Hardy’s beautiful sculptures and constructions. […]

March 20th, 2012

More News on “Crabbe’s Oaks” by Sarah Pirkis

The first set of etchings by Sarah Pirkis have come back from the printing press – some are attached below, with images of some of the veteran trees that they represent. A limited edition of ten boxed sets are being printed in sepia and will be on sale at the Alde Valley Spring Festival Exhibition […]

March 20th, 2012

Back to the Land Part II : Festival Residency Project with Eamonn McCabe

A really exciting development for Festival 2012 is a link with renowned photographer Eamonn McCabe for a Spring Festival Residency [ref www.eamonnmccabe.com]. Picking up on the Back to the Land residency project (launched in October 2011 with Norfolk-born photographer Justin Partyka), Eamonn will be recording land work at White House Farm in the lead-up to […]

March 3rd, 2012

Sunshine in a Hedge ~ Winter Morning

Sometimes the sun seems to be trapped and held within the branches of hawthorns in the hedges at White House Farm – a small furnace burning brightly and warmly in the cold air of frosty mornings. These photographs were taken on a sharp, bright winter’s dawn. There had been a frost in the night. Ice […]

March 3rd, 2012

Spring Festival 2012 Projects ~ “Crabbe’s Oaks”

The Spring Festival 2012 will bring a range of new projects together that celebrate the importance of food, landscape and the arts as key parts of our rural and national heritage. The launch of An Artist in the Garden with new works by Tessa Newcomb will be alongside a series of new sea paintings by […]

March 3rd, 2012

New Paintings by Maggi Hambling for Spring 2012

From “An Artist in the Garden” by Tessa Newcomb & Jason Gathorne-Hardy. “Round the corner of the house, beyond two lawns and a pair of mature Irish yews, a Rambling Rector lives up to its name, throwing out cascades of white blossom over the sparse canopies of some beleaguered apple trees beneath it. The scene […]

March 3rd, 2012

New Paintings by Tessa Newcomb ~ from An Artist in the Garden

The theme for Festival 2012 is “Food, Gardening & the Land”. At the heart of the Festival Exhibition in the barns at White House Farm will be a large collection of new drawings and paintings by Tessa Newcomb. These works are from a 3 year residency project at Great Glemham House – also the subject […]

March 3rd, 2012

A Week of Snow and Footprints

The heavy snowfall in February brought some useful moisture to the land when it thawed. The thick covering did not last long enough to impact too severely upon song birds and small mammals, all of which become separated from their supplies of food if heavy snow falls persist for more than a week. Walking around […]

March 3rd, 2012

Residency Projects for Spring 2012

An annex to one of the buildings at White House Farm, the venue for The Alde Valley Spring Festival, is being refurbished in order to be able to welcome residency projects for Spring 2012. Materials have been provided by Earth & Reed [www.earth-and-reed.co.uk] in Needham Market, Anglia Lime [www.anglialime.com] and Framlingham DIY. The buidling is […]

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