Is it just me, or are the grasses particularly beautiful this year? Especially when seen up against Pennie Elfick’s Shed painting, which continues to enchant and reflect the landscape. You can perhaps see here that the willows have been pollarded and cast a more leafy shadow. Michael Fairfax came over yesterday to collect his Fiddlesticks for Priddy Folk Festival, and remarked on the completely changed feel of the place from last year. Here are the willows (it’s getting dark now, nights are drawing in….)

Willows 8.7.16


Another day, another sculpture leaves Amazing Space. Paul Stubbs’ zigzag ceramic had lost a couple of pieces during one of the recent fierce north winds, and he decided it was time to call it a day. Next on the list: Michael Fairfax’s fiddlesticks? Up until a week or so ago there were still half the fiddlesticks attached, but the same north wind saw to them too, and down they came (4 left). Pennie Elfick’s Shed continues to receive the shadows of the willows, but they too will change in a week or two: time for a thorough pollarding I think, a fresh beginning. Watch this space.

Pressing 1 for blog

Fiona Hingston came over today to help me sort out the woodwork workshop, with a view to setting up a small letterpress studio in the space created. At the end of a long and satisfying tidying session it seemed appropriate to take down Fiona’s Pressings from last year’s Amazing Space exhibition. The first one we took down startled us completely. The glass that they had been behind had reflected the landscape, to the extent that you couldn’t quite see what was happening to the pieces themselves. What we could now see on the one pictured above was that the the leaves, picked in the summer, had had their very own change to Autumn behind the glass; such subtle shades and incredibly beautiful. They also smelled of Autumn. The next four had not changed so much as they had been gathered earlier in the year, and had already had their Autumn:

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Lovely to see them so clearly again, and I shall miss them! Thank you, Fiona, they are brilliant.



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Fiona Hingston’s ‘Pressings’ for the Amazing Space exhibition were easy to see with the naked eye, but the camera only wanted to see the reflections. Consequently, although these are very photogenic, I don’t feel the Pressings themselves have been seen properly, not online, anyway, and they are exquisite images. So today I tried again, and by doing close ups and odd angles, I’ve managed the following photographs. The reflections are still muscling in on the act, but in a more secondary role.

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Dove Panorama New Year's Eve 2015

New Year’s Eve at the Dove

What a year it has been for the Dove. From start to finish, the push was on to create Amazing Space, and we did, with help from so many people. And here it is on the last day of the year – fallow for now. Some of the Fiddlesticks are still attached though a few have come down in each winter storm. The low winter sun (just now, a moment snatched between extreme greyness) projects roof shadows onto the painted Shed. The Pressings are still in the workshop windows, but eventually new work will be shown here. The ABCD book  pages are down but the structure could grow…new ideas will come in the new year; for now I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in Amazing Space: artists, writers, students, volunteers, funders, supporters, the public – we will need you all again, stay tuned and

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