Latest – Artists including Anna Cady will be taking part in Conversations with Patricia Brien,

Curator of Material Flow this Sunday 15th – Museum in the Park 2pm – 4pm. On Sunday 22nd, 2pm – 4pm Patricia will be talking to Tara Downs and Bart Sabel of Miniature Museum – their Cabinet is on display at the Museum and their extraordinary For the Love of Sheep at Dunkirk Mill Museum – please check opening times.

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Nettie Edwards was at her enthusiastic best when explaining to a captivated audience the approach and thinking that lay behind her extraordinary anthotypes.


Nettie’s residency at Hawkwood allowed her the space and time (although I think she would like it to have lasted longer!) to think about her work and, in particular, it’s ongoing relationship to nature and a bio-diverse world.

Nettie was able to explain at the ‘Meet the Artist’ session how obtaining dyes from the surrounding flora at Hawkward, together with an understanding of chemistry and the catalystic affects of paper acids and alkalis, influenced the extraordinary range of colours created. Veg as well – the beetroot colour prints were quite extraordinary.

Nettie was able to create a palate of colours in her sketchbook demonstrating that nature could not be beaten!

You can find out more about Nettie on her website LUMILYON.

Delightful and Informative ‘Meet the Artist’ session with Victoria Burgher at Hawkwood

Victoria took time out last Thursday evening the 22nd of August to share her thoughts about her work that intrigued and fascinated the audience. Victoria’s work has a strong political imperative which leads her to do detailed research on a subject before deciding how to represent that in her artwork.

She has spent much time investigating imperial forces behind trading and slavery and her experimental work with sugar is indeed compelling.

Victoria was particularly attracted to curator Patricia Brien’s callout for artists to respond to various artefacts associated with Stroud’s textile heritage. You will be able to see Victoria’s dramatic piece Spilt Scarlett at the Material Flow exhibition running from the 31st of August to the 22nd of September at the Museum in the Park.

You can see more about Victoria’s work by visiting her website.

The Wool and Water Festival is grateful to Hawkwood and The Francis Reckitt Arts Trust Trust for sponsoring Victoria’s artist residency.

‘Confluence’ a Walking The Land exhibition – Museum in the Park

Interconnectivity and Interdependency

An exhibition by Walking The Land opened on the 30th of March at the Museum in the Park, Stroud and is now closed. Hope you caught it.

‘Confluence’ brought together 19 artists exploring how their work can reveal and re-enchant the landscape.

The exhibition was accompanied by seminars, talks and workshops that helped explore the practices, techniques and philosophy behind the artists’ various approaches.

Walking the Land are exhibiting ‘Ghost Mills’ as part of the Wool and Water Festival with an exhibition at Stroud Valleys Artspace.

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