Archive for the ‘Festival Chat’ Category

April 9th, 2015

The Suffolk Chair Collection

The Suffolk Chair Collection was started to help promote and celebrate chair making traditions in the Alde Valley area of East Suffolk and in nearby Mid Suffolk. Mendlesham chairs are well known within UK and are highly valued – broken chairs will almost always be rescued for restoration. Lesser known East Anglian Ball Back chairs […]

April 9th, 2015

“Shelter” by Charlie Hawkins

Something interesting is taking shape in the sheep barns ! Charlie Hawkins has been stripping hazel coppice stems from the farm’s nuttery to add to the main frame of his beautiful construction “Shelter”. Last week he completed the chassis, made from home-milled oak beams and old cast iron wheels. The next step is the addition […]

April 3rd, 2015

Structures on the Farm …

… some intriguing new temporary structures are appearing at White House Farm, the home of the Spring Festival. Some are inspired by the designs of architect Hafsa Bell and the work of sculptor Sarah Pirkis – recipient of a 2014 Spring Festival Workshop Residency; others by reference books such as “Shelters, Shacks and Shanties” by […]

April 3rd, 2015

A Sister Festival in the Heart of Borneo

2015 sees the tenth anniversary of The Alde Valley Spring Festival’s sister project Pesta Nukenen dan Kebudayaan Kelabit – aka The Bario and Kelabit Highlands Food & Cultural Festival. Created in 2006 by community members in the beautiful Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak, East Malaysia, Pesta Nukenen celebrates the remarkable food, farming and forest heritage of […]

March 24th, 2015

Creating a Big Picnic Table

  Three years ago we started building a big picnic table at the farm in honour of local foods in the Alde Valley, sponsored by Kiwi Fencing at Snape and Drywood Ltd at Kelsale. Plans got bigger, one thing led to another, we felled a few more dead oak trees [a lot had built up […]

March 24th, 2015

Spring Festival Residency Programme ~ Year 2

The Alde Valley Spring Festival residency programme was launched in February 2014. It awards residencies with accommodation for short periods of up to two weeks and longer workshop-based residencies. The residencies apply to Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Sound / Music Composition and Writing. Residency awards in 2014 were given to : Melanie Comber [Painting], Richard Elliott […]

March 24th, 2015

Preparing the Barns

The ewes and lambs left the southern farm yard last week, leaving room to start milling in the back yard. Meanwhile, in the old dairy and threshing barn, we have been preparing rooms to receive new works of art in a few weeks time. It is very exciting to be able to show a huge […]

March 24th, 2015

Clouds over the Farm ~ Autumn 2014

Cloud formations above the Alde Valley and East Suffolk are usually most dramatic along the coastline. Slaughden just south of Aldeburgh is often a good vantage point – on the edge of the marshes below the molar tooth-like Martello Tower. I think weather fronts must meet here – or maybe it is banks of land air and […]

December 17th, 2014

Cornucopia ! & a Farm Supper

The autumn Cornucopia ! exhibition went well, overlapping with the annual Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival [] and new Flipside []. At the farm we launched a link up between Flipside and the Spring Festival with a new Flipside Writing Residency – and were very honoured to receive Tatiana Salem Levy as the first Writer in […]

May 5th, 2014

Angels in the Rafters

As in previous years, the Festival Exhibition includes a small collection of icons by Marchela Dimitrova. The theme for this year was Angels. Working from her family home in Plovdiv, Marchela has sent over a beautiful series if new icons that include several of Archangels St Michael and St Gabriel. Most of the pieces are small […]

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