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Celebrating the ash at Springhead

DOZENS of people joined guided walks and listened to a new musical composition to celebrate the ash tree at Springhead, Fontmell Magna, for AshScape, the first ever symposium and festival devoted to this ancient European tree. Arboriculturists, experts in ancient trees, local school children, artists and singers all took part in the event, which included…

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Kingston Lacy and a story of exile

THE National Trust’s Pride and Prejudice programme, making the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, includes Exile, an installation at Kingston Lacy, exploring the life and exile of former owner William John Bankes. Bankes, an explorer, scholar and art collector, inherited Kingston Lacy in 1834 and set about transforming the house into a…

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Hampshire artist’s drawing in conservation auction

A DRAWING of a black rhino and her calf, entitled Ray of Hope (pictured) by Hampshire wildlife artist Clive Meredith was one of the works being auctioned in the Sketch for Survival event at the Royal Geographic Society in aid of Explorers Against Extinction, the wildlife charity. The auction, on 12th October, took place in…

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Judy Pfaff at Messums Wiltshire

CONTEMPORARY sculpture finds an ideal setting in the 13th century Tisbury tithe barn, the largest of its type in the country, now the home of Messums contemporary gallery and arts centre. A 140-foot long sculptural installation by Judy Pfaff is an ode to the creative strength of a landscape that inspired Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral and…

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Humour and warmth at Guggleton Gallery

VISITORS to the current exhibition at Isabel de Pelet’s Guggleton Gallery at Stalbridge, on show to 15th October, are charmed by the farm animal paintings of Angela van Oss (pictured). Comments have included “bright, uplifting … you have captured the humour and eyes of the sheep”  and “a warm and friendly atmosphere.” Angela is exhibiting…

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Unearthed at the West Coker Twineworks

ART and craft met at West Coker’s restored Dawe’s Twineworks when artist Simon Lee Dicker launched his book of drawings, Unearthed, at an open weekend  as part of this year’s Somerset Art Works festival . This beautiful little book is a true work of art but it is also an important chapter in the long…

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Safeguarding Dyrham Park’s rare tapestries

SOME of the world’s rarest 17th century tapestries are being conserved at Dyrham Park, thanks to almost £80,000 in legacies left to the National Trust. Highlighted by conservators as a high priority, two of the large Enghien tapestries, currently hanging in the 17th century house near Bath, will now be sent away for specialist cleaning…

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Yeovil’s railway past is on the wall

A NEW mural is bringing alive part of the railway history of Yeovil on a on a concrete covered stretch of wall that runs alongside part of the old line in what is now Yeovil Country Park. The painting by Bristol artist Jody Thomas is part of the Heritage lottery-funded V3 Involve Visit Volunteer project…

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Celebrating the ash at Springhead

THE ash tree – fraxinus excelsior – is the World Tree of Norse legend, important medicinally and ecologically. It is the third most common tree in England and is under serious threat from a fungal infection – yet most of us could probably not identify it with confidence. A conference and exhibition at Springhead, Fontmell…

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