Archive for March, 2014

March 31st, 2014

The Suffolk Chair Collection ~ The Akenfield Chair

In early 2013 Ronald Blythe very kindly allowed The Suffolk Chair Collection to create a chair in tribute to his seminal book Akenfield. This described village life in the early 1960s through a series of interviews with real residents from a number villages in East Suffolk. With their names changed, they became the inhabitants of […]

March 31st, 2014

Paintings at Meadow Cottage

In 2004 the Easter Retreat Exhibition moved from a cottage on Great Glemham street to No 1 White House Farm. It was from these early Easter exhibitions that the Spring Festival grew. The first exhibition took place in 2003 at No 4 Church Cottages. It showed paintings and murals by Tessa Newcomb, together with work […]

March 31st, 2014

Sculpture Residency ~ Alex Johnson

Alex has been based at the farm for two months on a seasonal residency – a small pilot project looking at how farming and arts can work together in close harmony. He has been working on a monumental chair – or throne – carved by hand from the cross-cut stump of an old oak tree […]

March 31st, 2014


Every field has a name. It is easy to forget this, but it is largely true. Every patch of land that has been worked on, lived on, travelled over and explored has a name given to it – sometimes many. They change with time and with use; and with passing patterns of settlement. In Suffolk […]

March 31st, 2014

Painting Residency ~ Melanie Comber

Melanie Comber first showed her beautiful raw pigment paintings at The Alde Valley Spring Festival in 2013. It is very exciting to be able to welcome back new works for 2014. Some of these started during the first Painting Residency at White House Farm in March 2014 [Melanie Comber & Richard Elliott]. The surfaces of […]

March 31st, 2014

The No 1 Sound Residency

For 2014 the Spring Festival has started a small programme of residencies, covering Drawing, Painting, Writing, Sculpture, Research and Sound. Inspiration for this came from experiences at Cill Rialaig in Eire and the book A Painters’ Place by Abbott Hall Gallery and Redcliffe publishers – and a steady stream of artists in residence from the […]

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