Posted on October 5, 2017
A new sonatine, a swan performance and some land art – visitors and artists came in droves for the unveiling of Out Of Nature 2017.
The artists of Out Of Nature came in full force for the preview last Saturday, some sleeping in caravans, others bell tents (others in more luxury). They were able to meet their peers as well as share their passion with members of the public.
There was lots to do, with two large land art pieces being built: one by professional land artist Kate Raggett, who has now created a land art drawing at Out Of Nature for the 3rd time, this time with our apples. She also mentored a Cart Shed volunteer for the 2nd time: volunteer and artist Florence Boyd invited visitors to add their touch of colour and texture to a honeycomb drawing, using fruit and vegetables from the walled garden.
Clare Parry-Jones led a very moving procession across the gardens on both days, and was accompanied by students of the Hereford College of Arts on Sunday.
Violinist Kirsten Hellier played to the sculptures, and performed a Sonatine by Adrian Williams, composed for Out Of Nature.
The Cart Shed has a site in the gardens every weekend, and encourages visitors to try their hand at the pole lathe and find out more about its therapeutic activities in the woods.
The food tent was a welcome shelter when the skies opened, and the delicious finger food and prosecco kept everyone feeling jolly. The food tent is a new addition to Out Of Nature, and is the perfect place to recharge with warm and wholesome homemade food and drinks made by Pomme Pomme Foods.
Artists (from left to right): Mark Stonestreet, Neil Ferber, Kim Francis, and Neil's wife Jacklyn Jones.
Cart Shed trustee Bill Jackson (on the right).
Lots of concentration by the catering team led by Orla Henning.
The Cart Shed's Florence Boyd encouraging people to participate in land art using produce from the gardens.
Artist Clare Parry-Jones in her performance piece, 'Alarch', which is Welsh for 'swan'.
Kate Raggett's beautiful land art piece using apples from the gardens.
The Cart Shed's demonstration area with wood working and basket weaving.
A visitor having a go at pole-lathe turning with The Cart Shed.
Kirsten Hellier plays Sonatine.
Sculptor Lottie O’Leary showing how to brave the rain!
Photos: Andrew Legge and Jenny Watt.
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