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This was the title of a conference held at Lawson Park on October 7 by Situations Bristol and IXIA (a public art think tank mind gym) when we tested the new building to the max, crowbarring 40 guests and speakers into the space with the odd stroll outside to breathe in some air in between the exhalation of much art theory. Speakers included Paul Domela, Jeanne Van Heeswijk, Karlheinz Kopf, Andreas Lang and our good selves, all bundled up a packaged by Paul O'Neill.
Someone even said Lawson Park was 'the best seminar venue I have ever been too'.
If you are interested in the findings of the conference the answer was "sometimes, sometimes not, maybe".
What a day - many hands made light work! Great food c/o Alistair's mother-in-law, great flowers c/o Meg and a very good speech from Mr Robson, bringing together Ruskin, Grizedale and land use very neatly indeed.
And saying the gardens were "superb" too (!)
Phew - now onto the 10th and the art crowd....
A blot in our landscape has been recently removed c/o James Herd, a local waller so famous among those in the know that people gasp audibly when you say you've got him working for you. (Despite appearances to the contrary, the Lake District National Park is not heaving with skilled and inexpensive wallers just dying to get going on your project, though there are plenty of retired bank managers and teachers who will 'have a go' at great cost to your budget and patience). In just under 3 working days he and his assistant - also a James - transformed the natural bog that lies at the heart of the garden here, with this simple and beautiful wall, all built with stone found on site and without a single tool.
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