The Alde Valley Spring Festival Exhibition 2020
The 2020 Alde Valley Spring Festival Exhibition can be viewed online by visiting each Guest Artist’s work. A fully illustrated catalogue is also available for each artist – please see links below. We have included in each artist’s catalogue a brief curatorial introduction to their work and the reasons for inviting them to take part in this year’s Festival programme.
The title for this year’s Festival Exhibition “On a Turning Wing” is borrowed from an anthology of poetry by renowned Irish poet Paddy Bushe. The works that have been selected are presented as a celebration of wild birds and birdlife in general : their magnificent biodiversity; their varied behaviour and habitats; the form of their flight, through both air and water; their vulnerability to habitat loss and extinction; and their extraordinary seasonal migrations.
For the past two years, in a changing world, it has felt vital for the Festival and its Exhibitions to have relevance on the ground – to have a positive impact on local ecology. In 2019, as part of the Florabundance theme, we explored the introduction of permaculture gardens to the farmyard and wild bee colonies to the fields. The intention was to deliver significant on-site gains in terms of re-localised food production, plant diversity and pollinator populations.
For 2020, the aim has been to explore real ways in which White House Farm, the home of the Alde Valley Spring Festival, can significantly improve the farmed landscape for birdlife – on the basis that we live in a shared world. It feels very important that the works of art on show in the farmhouse and barns sit within a farming landscape that is much more welcoming to birdlife. To this end, the farm has launched a series of Rebirding Projects alongside the 2020 Festival – drawing inspiration from Benedict Macdonald’s book Rebirding.
PLEASE NOTE : in response to local and national need, we have decided to donate 10% of all income from sales in the Festival Exhibition and Open Studios to three essential charities : East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, The Suffolk Red Cross and NHS Charities Together.
The donations will come from the Spring Festival’s income share of sales at a time of great need – the income share due to Artists and Makers will not be affected.