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MasterClass Part 2. The Night Sky
Looking at the Night Sky from the WBS Observatory.10:00pm to midnight. Tickets limited. Price for both Parts 1 and 2 – £12 per person(in the event of poor weather conditions we do have alternative arrangements)
MasterClass – Making Luxury Chocolates
With Carlo Melchior of Melchior Chocolates of South Molton.2:00pm till 4:30pmTickets £25 per person including ingredients
This is the 8th year of the West Buckland Festival and will run from, Saturday 1st September to Sunday 9th September. There are more events than ever before, which range from St Peter’s Church Harvest Festival Services to The Gallery Art and Craft Exhibition, to Workshops, MasterClasses and an array of top class evening Events in St Peter’s Church. Details Here
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Master Classes and Workshops Monday 3rd September Tickets Here Workshop – Birds of Prey Learn to work with and fly Birds of Prey. 11:00am till 4:00pm (bring sandwiches and a camera). Book early – limited tickets. Price: £15 per person … Continue reading →
The political and ideological polarity of Russia and the USA during the cold war (retrospectively) makes an interesting starting point for a new project. Apparently there are rumors that the early days of the Russian space program were not only motivated by military and scientific advancement but a search for a new world to populate – to put citizens of the Russian Republic on once they had realized their ambitions of ensuring immortality. There was no God in Russia (officially) and the USA put their trust in God, both were chasing the same dreams, immortality and history. Gagarin achieved both by becoming a God (hero) in his own country and the rest of the world – all gods die young.
As an 11 year old I watched the first moon landing in 1969. I was mad about everything to do with space travel, I would read anything that was about rockets, cosmonauts and astronauts. Later in my life I shook the hand of a man who shook the hand of my all time hero Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, that was for me like touching history, if only secondhand (excuse the pun).
This series of prints are a spin-off from the exhibition I did at the school in 2011.
Background to previous West Buckland exhibition
Old images and ideas revisited and recycled – re-executed in print and paint. A body of work based around “Beauty and the Beast” a classic tale of love, rejection and prejudice, where the beauty is the beast and the beast is the beauty. An allegory, a symbolic representation or a metaphor for my feelings towards ART. Read more…
Here is a newspaper clipping about the exhibition at West Buckland school. To see larger image click here
“I keep thinking about George Braque who learnt artificial wood graining from his time as a decorator; the story goes that he taught Picasso and these painted renderings of wood surface became a staple of cubism.” Read more…
It is going to be ‘fun’to present a body of new prints, supported by a few images, drawings I did from nearly 40 years ago. Some of the earlier drawings etc. are very similar to what is still being produced today. It might be interesting to see the chronological journey – maybe the viewer will say “I can do better than that”. I was tempted do a series of figures – I wanted to make them more than just ‘people studies’. I’m bored with ‘quick click’ ‘n ‘quick fix’ – (modus operandi – these new prints will be the real statement and the paintings a re-hash of old tricks – shhh!).
“I have begun to think about printing again. The image above is of the first two colors of a woodcut I have started to do. I have decided to walk away from the computer, with its prescriptive software and universal … Continue reading ?
Woodcut printed over high quality printed page from a book outlining the history of St.Austell in Cornwall. This series of woodcuts is available to purchase. This image was exhibited in the 150 Building at West Buckland School, North Devon. Each print is unique and is hand printed (unframed) and is delivered free of charge.
One of the highlights of 2011 was visiting The Eden Project in Cornwall (UK). It is important that places like this exists to show us how fragile our environment is.
The Eden Project is a visitor attraction in Cornwall in the United Kingdom, including the world’s largest greenhouse. Inside the artificial biomes are plants that are collected from all around the world. The project is located in a reclaimed Kaolinite pit, located 2 kilometres (1.25 mi) from the town of St Blazey and 5 kilometres (3 mi) from the larger town of St Austell, Cornwall.
The complex is dominated by two huge enclosures consisting of adjoining domes that house thousands of plant species, and each enclosure emulates a natural biome. The domes consist of hundreds of hexagonal and pentagonal, inflated, plastic cells supported by steel frames. The first dome emulates a tropical environment, and the second a Mediterranean environment.