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Grizedale Arts Newsletter September 2011

Harvester Circular Edition - it's vegetables all round.

Coniston and Torver Horticultural Society's Annual Garden Show

Sunday 28 August 12.00 5.00pm. John Ruskin School, Lake Road, Coniston. Featuring Lawson Park's one plant cafe 'Let's eat Lettuce' and the launch of the new Coniston Honesty Stall.

Leak and onion exhibitions, Art exhibitions, world on a plate, show eggs, competitive baking and lots more.

Admission £1.50 includes fair trade tea or coffee and a home made biscuit.


Lawson Park - Open House and Garden

Saturday 3 September 12.00 noon 5.00pm. As part of the National Garden Scheme. Admission £4, Children free. All proceeds to charity.  Visit the extensive ornamental and kitchen gardens, the - in flower - wildflower meadow complete with a host of butterflies and the terraced vegetable fields. Gardens designed and managed by Karen Guthrie with assistance from the staff, artists and volunteers. NEW - Pregnant Pig, runner ducks (AKA Slug Patrol), stream and bog garden rework. Garden art works by Olaf Breuning, Adam Chodzko, Pablo Bronstein, Cindy Smith and special exhibition of found wood constructions by Dougie. 

Teas, cakes and films in the house - all homemade by resident artists and staff. Our famous 'not in flower' plant sale.  No vehicle access: walk or minibus service from Machells Coppice Car Park East of Lake Coniston. No dogs because they are bad. For more information click here


Child's Play by Ray Davies

Sunday 4 September  3.15pm. Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, London  SE1 8XX. As part of the closing day of the Festival of Britain 60th anniversary celebrations. Pupils from the John Ruskin School, Coniston will be performing Childs Play, a new school play produced by Grizedale Arts and written by Ray Davies.

Performance starts 3.15pm in the roof top garden or inside Royal Festival Hall if raining. Bring tartan rugs and picnics. The play - in the form of a school play - charts the progress of British culture from 1951 to present day, illustrating and illustrated by the songwriting legacy of Ray Davies. For more information click here

Egremont Special

744th annual Egremont Crab Fair. Saturday 17 September - all day till late.

Includes country sports, giant vegetables, the World Gurning Championships, fancy dress wheelbarrow races, throwing apples at the Crab Fair Queen, hound trailing, Cumberland Wrestling, Pipe Smoking competition and much, much more plus the Greasy Pole, recently saved from extinction by Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane. All comers welcome. For more information click here.


Coniston Arts and Crafts Society Annual Exhibition at the Coniston Institute

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September 11.00am 4.00pm. Yewdale Road, Coniston, LA21 8DU.

Including workshops led by Grizedale Arts staff and artists, copying large works from the Ruskin Museum to enhance the Institute - painting, photography, restoration ceramics workshops. Mechanics cafe serving fortifying soups. Incorporated into the C-Art (see what theyve done there) pan-Cumbrian open studios extravaganza.

See the Grizedale Arts homepage for programme updates


Florence Mine Grand Opening

On Saturday 1 October at 2.00pm Lord and Lady Egremont will officially open the new Florence Mine art centre.

Situated in the former miners bath house and now housing studio cinema, gallery, theatre, digital edit suites, kitchen, radio station, recording studio, performance venue and iron ore mine. Group exhibition and featured projects by artist in residence Mat Do, plus Public Works, John OShea, Conrad Atkinson, Sarah Taylor, Karen Storr, Kevin Weaver and many more. For more information click here

Harvest Festival, St Andrews Church, Coniston.

Sunday 2 October, St Andrews Church, Coniston. Service 1200 noon through to the communal meal from 6pm. Featuring Heaven's Kitchen. A community cooking day, creating a village dinner and freezer meals for the elderly - all produce from the village gardeners, presentation and events assisted by Grizedale Arts artists and staff.

Presentation of new work by Emi Uemura.

Contact us to get involved

Harvest Festival 2 – Miracle Foods

Saturday 8 October  - all day. Service and meal from 6pm. Wysing Arts, Fox Road, Bourn, Cambridgeshire, CB23 2TX or the Church of St Helena and St Mary if the new Vicar will let us. As part of Wysing's The Department of Overlooked Histories. 

A day of cooking miracle and super foods, including Azolla with Erik Sjodin, work by Emi Uemura and further contributions from other artists, cooks and local community. The communal meal will be coordinated with a service including guest speakers and musicians - to be announced. For update check Grizedale Arts website here.

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