!  Cornucopia ! 2016   ~  Autumn Exhibition

Opening Times : 10am – 6pm.
Dates : 17th September - 2nd October + all weekends in October.
Entry :  Free Entry and Parking. Children and families welcome. No dogs please.

This is the third year of the autumn ! Cornucopia ! autumn exhibition. It focuses on new works by Spring Festival Residency Artists, local chairmakers and craft workers. The exhibition explores autumnal themes and presents works in the form of a series of curated Solo Shows in different barns and rooms on the farm, together with new pieces from The Suffolk Chair Collection and a collection of items made or supplied by local and UK artisans. 

 Roger Hardy - New Works

RFor ! Cornucopia ! 2016 we are showing a selection of new works by Roger that are inspired by the figure. Made with materials gathered from coastal boatyards and local sales, they include wall-mounted pieces and free-standing sculptures. Three pieces are on loan to The Crown & Castle in Orford for the duration of the autumn opening. The show will include some of his largest constructions to date.

“I am inspired to make sculpture using objects and elements that I collect. The pieces that interest me are often old tools that have a history and soul to them, or wood with texture and colour. They suggest different forms and make it possible to bring new life through association. I am led by what I find, and therefore make one off pieces. Currently I am exploring the figure, and working on some large scale pieces."

Roger’s Suffolk roots and his sensitivity to nature and the mystery of life is pivotal to his work. Even at home, his beautiful blue whippet, Pablo, stretches, yawns, drapes and poses in the manner of a being that knows it is an essential part of the household. I echo Roger’s love of nature and wildlife – we could even bring in the word passion – but his ability to see that discarded materials can be used to create sculptures of beauty and intrigue is a rare quality.“

RUTH WATSON ~ hotelier, writer, presenter.


 Alice-Andrea Ewing ~ The Glemham Series

Having read History of Art at the University of Cambridge, Alice-Andrea Ewing went on to train as a founder-sculptor, casting with the Italian Lost Wax method. Her three-dimensional practice is accompanied by a continued interest in painting.

She has exhibited around the UK. In 2015 she created a bronze installation as part of the annual Proms at Snape Maltings. She is currently based in Suffolk.

The Glemham Series is part of a larger project The Organics Series that Alice has been exploring for the past 3 years. All the bronzes on display are taken from the walled garden at Great Glemham House. Every work is either a unique cast, a direct translation of the organic specimen into bronze by means of a ‘direct burn out’ or a limited edition series.

! Cornucopia ! 2016 presents the largest collection of unique and limited edition bronzes from the walled garden to be shown at the farm.

It includes casts of some of the more unusual fruits and vegetables from the collection at Great Glemham Housem including : Lord Derby and Lord Suffield apples; Russian Black and Lucca tomatoes; shallots, garlics, figs, aubergines and chillies.

“The Glemham Series began as a celebration of these natural objects. The transformation to bronze exposes the value these objects already held - a value recognised by the generations of keepers of the garden and exercised in the centuries of care that have taken place there.”


 Freddy Morris

For ! Cornucopia ! 2016 Freddy returns with a selection of bronze sculptures from his Tangle and Variations series. These have grown out of two Workshop / Studio Residencies at White House Farm in 2014/15. The sculptures have arisen from some of Freddy’s earliest experiments in direct burn-out bronze casting.

Originally trained as a stone carver, the contrast in the immediacy of the process of bronze casting led Freddy to experiment with materials that could be burned away directly in the kiln.

“The essence of the Tangle sculptures are realised whilst still in wood. Each piece is reconstructed to form open knots or tangled forms from cut sections of branches. Casting these in bronze unifies the sections, creating branches which infinitely reach into themselves. The tangled forms of branches that can be seen when looking up through trees, often seemingly circular in shape, formed the basis for these initial sculptures in the Tangle series.”


Working with trees was, perhaps, partially influenced by a move from London to the Suffolk countryside. Certainly the studios on Butley marshes, where Freddy’s training in bronze casting took place, are defined by a sense of rural isolation. The works are equally the result of a desire to fully understand the method and subtleties of lost wax Renaissance casting.

The Tangle pieces act as their own runner ‘feed’ system, carrying the liquid bronze through and along their branches from the cup above. Repeating this system in each sculpture, as well as adapting it to the various complexities of different types of wood and their behaviours in a kiln, has allowed for a better understanding of casting as a whole


Working with trees was, perhaps, partially influenced by a move from London to the Suffolk countryside. Certainly the studios on Butley marshes, where Freddy’s training in bronze casting took place, are defined by a sense of rural isolation. The works are equally the result of a desire to fully understand the method and subtleties of lost wax Renaissance casting.

The Tangle pieces act as their own runner ‘feed’ system, carrying the liquid bronze through and along their branches from the cup above. Repeating this system in each sculpture, as well as adapting it to the various complexities of different types of wood and their behaviours in a kiln, has allowed for a better understanding of casting as a whole.

The Variations are larger pieces – sometimes also more delicate. New challenges arise in these enlargements. In addition to the extra procedure of mould making, the construction of each form in hollow waxes requires additional supports and methods to safely join the various segments together. The complete wax forms are then cut up and invested - to be reassembled in bronze. The Variations are made from components cast in moulds, providing the opportunity to repeat larger works. But each piece remains unique : a variation on the original, rather than an edition.

“Freddy’s bronzes from the Tangle and Variations are reminiscent of early works by some of our great land artists such as Richard Long and Andy Goldsworthy. He is seeing nature afresh, and portraying it and the sense of being outdoors in new ways and with an original eye. The bronzes he is creating are rooted in close observation of the natural world – of trees and woodland in particular. They also have within them a hint of transformation and alchemy. He is converting organic forms to bronze, but with an unusual and original eye. I am intrigued to see where he takes this process. And it is exciting to see his work gain in both beauty and scale. And skill – for the bronze casting practice he is developing is itself both complex and original.”


 Kabir Hussain ~ Field TM 3561 2815

Kabir Hussain works between Kings Lynn and London. Most recently, he has worked with the Sainsbury Centre and Leeds College of Art on projects that explore landscape and terrain.

In autumn 2015 he started a 12 month residency at White House Farm supported by The Alde Valley Spring Festival. Called Field TM 3561 2815, the project follows the changing character and appearance of one field at the farm – a large, open expanse of arable land known as The Walks. TM 3561 2815 is the geographic indicator assigned to the field by the Rural Land Register and Natural England for farming and conservation purposes.

For ! Cornucopia ! 2016 Kabir is presenting works in progress from the residency, including sketches, found objects and other preparatory works that are leading up to a larger solo show at the farm for the 2017 Summer Exhibition.

 Tessa Newcomb ~ Cornucopia

Tessa Newcomb’s paintings are widely collected in Suffolk and UK. Over the past decade she has also worked on a series of books. Two of these, The Adorable Plot and An Artist in the Garden, focus on the processes and produce of gardening. In The Adorable Plot she explored market gardens and allotments, which are still a common feature in many Suffolk villages and market towns. An Artist in the Garden* was the result of a three year painting residency in the late Regency walled garden at Great Glemham House – which has been in continuous production for almost 200 years.

For this year’s Solo Show, she has worked with the theme of autumn abundance and Cornucopia itself. The outcome is a series of beautiful and vibrant paintings of seasonal produce – some of them small studies and others much larger landscape format paintings.

“By visiting allotments, I have been able to share people's pleasure in growing things.the form my gardening takes is observing and drawing other people enjoying their gardens and allotments.”

“There is nothing nicer than wandering along collecting bits and pieces of ideas, big or small, pulling them all together so the final painting is rather like taking a walk."


NOTE : The Adorable Plot was written with Philip Vann and published by Sansom & Co in 2012. An Artist in the Garden was written with Jason Gathorne-Hardy and published by Full Circle Editions in 2012.

 Jason Gathorne-Hardy

Jason is largely self taught as an artist. After training in Zoology he took up painting and drawing full time in 1994, working from the marshes and farmland along the Alde estuary. Between 1995 and 1998 he attended Maggi Hambling’s life drawing classes at Morley College in London. Since the 1990s his practice has focused on landscape art using earth pigments as paints and on drawing. In the latter he has focused on landscape drawing and drawing animals from life, working along the coast and on farms around the United Kingdom.

A recurrent theme in his work has been seabirds and in particular seagulls. The earliest of his seagull drawings were made in Battersea Park and along the Thames in the 1990s. In 2014 he embarked upon a series of gull drawings called Out of the Waves after an ankle injury left him temporarily unable to walk.

! Cornucopia ! presents drawings from a new project exploring the connection between the air / the atmosphere, flight and seabirds. Entitled On a Turning Wing, it draws inspiration from the work of renowned Irish poet Paddy Bushe – in particular, lines from his poem Swallows [written for Jean Usher] * :

Swallows ~ by Paddy Bushe

In your painting, the fuchsia hanging wide open
Below the swallows wheeling and banking all over

And under the clothesline, hints that they intend,
If they’re intent on anything, to head south.

So much movement, so many possibilities
Swooped on, and all at once snapped ! So much

To stir the heart in hiding and to tumblespin it
Like a feather falling through many dimensions.

I say that poetry also jinks, as though through a portal
Into and out of itself, that it inscribes the sky

With patterns whose migrant meanings are caught
Sometimes only, and only on a turning wing.

* From the collection On a Turning Wing by Paddy Bushe ISBN 978 1 910251 14 0. Published in 2016 by Dedalus Press www.dedaluspress.com 


NOTE : Also on show and for sale in the artist’s exhibition will be a selection of new seagull drawings in pink. This ongoing series was started in autumn 2015 to help raise awareness of Breast Cancer Research. 50% of the proceeds from all sales of the drawings from the series is donated to Breast Cancer Research.


Marchela Dimitrova ~ Icons in the Alde Valley

Marchela Dimitrova is an icon painter from Plovdiv in Bulgaria. She and her husband Fr Nedyalko Dimitrov were the first residency recipients at White House Farm, staying in Great Glemham in 2009, 2010 and 2011. For the past eight years, The Alde Valley Spring Festival has shown a new collection of icons by Marchela each April and May. Over the years the Festival has worked with Marchela to present a range of saints and icons that are connected to Suffolk and East Anglia. These have included : Early Suffolk and East Anglian Saints [St Audrey, St Botolph, St Felix, St Cedd, St Fursey, St Edmund] Early Irish Saints [St Brendan, St Columba, St Ninian, St Fursey], Angels at Easter, Women Saints of Britain [St Winifred, St Mildred, St Audrey, St Julian of Norwich], The Virtues, Early English Saints [St Bede, St Cuthbert, St Alban] and, most recently, St Christopher.

Marchela works with traditional Byzantine techniques in which linen, rabbit skin glue, gesso, egg tempera and gold leaf are applied carefully by hand to boards of Suffolk timber – sometimes elm, but more often beech or oak from White House Farm. Other ingredients include rosemary, garlic, water and honey.

For ! Cornucopia ! 2016 Marchela is showing a selection of past works alongside a very large new icon Jesus the Just Judge prepared on beechwood from the farm and linen from Volga Linen in Leiston.

Alde Valley School of Icon Painting ~ Launching in Summer 2017

If you are interested in learning more about iconography why not sign up for a course in Summer 2017 ? Located at White House Farm the seasonal School of Icon Painting will offer 1 day Introductory Courses and 4 day Icon Painting Courses [residential / non residential]. 

For more information please contact : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk 


 The Suffolk Chair Collection

The autumn exhibitions include new chairs by a range of makers who work with The Suffolk Chair Collection. Particular designs on show and available for commission include signature designs by the following makers :

• The Wenhaston, Sandling and Cransford Stool ~ Jim Parsons
• Great Glemham Hedge Chairs, Dairy Stools and Cracket Stools ~ Raymond Hopkins;
• Frame Chairs made with green ash ~ Stewart Goldie Morrison;
• Chair No 1 and Curved Sweet Chestnut Carvers ~ Dan Hussey;
• Folding Stools ~ Dylan Pym.

Also on show are a selection of Spring Festival Chairs. These are unique design that have been commissioned by The Suffolk Chair Collection to celebrate the local chairmaking heritage of the Alde Valley and East Suffolk. Some are limited edition pieces – but all can be commissioned and made to order :

The Akenfield ~ made in tribute to Ronald Blythe’s book Akenfield;
The Hoo Paddle Back ~ based on a paddleback chair seen in Hoo;
The Festival Ball Back Bench ~ adapted from a Ball Back rocking chair;
The Hedgerow Book Benches ~ inspired by Irish Hedge Chairs;
The Festival Settle ~ an adaptation by Jim Parsons of his Wenhaston design;
The Alde Valley Ball Backs ~ carvers and side chairs.

All chairs are available for commission and can be made to order. Prices range from £325 to £1,650. For more information on designs please go to The Suffolk Chair Collection page on the website. Please note that The Suffolk Chair Collection also offers a re-editioning service whereby customers can commission their own unique contemporary Ball Back chair from the Collection’s original 19th C ball backs.

For more information : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk 
  Artisan Products for Sale

In addition to the weekend open studios, a selection of Artisan Products are also available for sale in the autumn exhibition. These include : foraging bags; felt bowls and purses; felt scarves; walking sticks; handmade Great Glemham oak chopping boards; British sheepskins; handmade kitchen knives; Great Glemham oak bootjacks; and pottery. Details >



  • Spring Festival 2016

    This year’s Spring Festival launches on 23rd April for 4 weeks with a rich programme of Farm Suppers, Festival Talks, Open Studios and Meet the Artists sessions....

  • A talk by Maggi Hambling :

    6pm for 6.30pm start. Saturday 7th May in the barns at the farm. Email the Festival for ticket sales.

  • Thank you to our sponsors

    Aspall Cyder and Suffolk Coast for supporting this year’s Alde Valley Spring Festival !

  • New for 2016 :

    A sound installation of a nightingale singing by Emma Green; “The Carrier” by Laurence Edwards; “Rite of Spring” by Maggi Hambling and over 200 curated works on show in the barns....

  • New for 2015/16:

    A poetry residency link between the Spring Festival and Cill Rialaig in Kerry, Eire.

  • The Big Spring Picnic takes place on Saturday 14th May.

    BYO picnic sourced from local shops in Framlingham, Saxmundham, Leiston, Snape, Aldeburgh & Orford ! Booking essential – limited places....

  • Pop Up “Hedgerow Tea Rooms”

    Open at Weekends serving cakes and pastries supplied especially for the Festival by chef Peter Harrison.


  • Try out local pubs :

    The Crown Inn, Great Glemham; White Horse, Sweffling; White Horse, Rendham; The Crown and Golden Key at Snape; The Ship Inn, Blaxhall are all within 4 miles.


  • Come and visit the farm on foot or by bike:

    Free parking for cars – share journeys if you can. Children and families welcome – no dogs please.


  • New for 2016 :

    “Meet the Artists” informal guided talks on Sunday afternoons during the Festival from 3-4.30pm.

  • New for 2016 :

    ‘Writing at Great Glemham” – a series of Writing Residencies linked to Farm Suppers and Festival Talks.

  • Don’t forget local market days :

    Mondays at Campsea Ashe auction rooms [with tea room]; Tuesdays at Framlingham; Wednesdays in Saxmundham – and Snape Farmers Market on the first Saturday of the month.


Works for Sale

We have some wonderful works by artists that exhibit at the festival currently for sale. Details >
Artisan Products

Stocking a range of unusual cards, books, walking sticks and other handmade items made on the farm & by local artisans. Details >
The Suffolk Chair Collection

The Collection of original early – mid nineteenth century Ball Backs has been set up as a design reference collection. Details >

Icon Painting in the Alde Valley

For more information....
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Food Adventures

We have listed some of the Alde Valleys outstanding food businesses.
Places to Stay

The Alde Valley and East Suffolk are full of good homestays, holiday cottages, B&Bs and hotels.
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