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10:00am - 10:00am | Cost: Standard garden admission

Wednesday 13th July

Brendan Barry will be making a new colour photographic work (gallery closed). An Instagram live event will be broadcast from inside the camera obscura, in the gallery, as the work is created.


Wednesday 20th July

Making photographs in a Camera Obscura with Brendan Barry Workshop (materials provided)

Time - 10.30am – 3pm

Ticket price - £35 (to be purchased through ticket link)

10 places available.

A camera obscura is a darkened room with a small hole or lens at one side through which light travels resulting in an image of the outside world projected onto a facing wall or screen. In this workshop participants will be working inside a camera obscura that Brendan has built in one of the galleries at Hestercombe and using it to expose light direct onto photosensitive paper in a range of sizes. These images will then be processed in a pop-up darkroom constructed inside the camera. Throughout the day we will learn about the mechanics of photography, time, light and subject matter and create a series of traditional analogue black & white photographic prints.


Wednesday 20th / Thursday 21st July

John Newling – Creating the Hestercombe Gardens Soil Book.

Over these two days, artist John Newling can be found collecting soil cores from differing places in the gardens. He will also collect leaves for pressing as a constituent element of the work. The soil and leaves will form the pages (leaves) and language of the Hestercombe Book. Having collected the materials, he will return to his studio and begin the processes of filtering the soil and pressing the leaves. He will then begin to construct the leaves of the book; a process of evolving conversations between him and the materials.


Look out for a series of short Instagram Live events over these two days. The Hestercombe Soil Book is an attempt to gather the languages of a place; languages still mysterious to us and full of future discoveries.


Wednesday 17th August

Walk and Talk with artist Sophy Rickett.

Time - 2:30pm - 4pm

15 places available

Ticket price - £10


Sophy Rickett’s photographic response to the restoration of the late seventeenth century water garden at Hestercombe forms the basis of this walk and talk. Curators Kate Best and Tim Martin will be on hand to provide further insights into ‘A Rose is a Rose is a Rose’.


Wednesday 7th September

From the Garden: A Beginners Guide to Eco-Printing with Marjolaine Ryley, plus Phytocentric with Feral Practice.

Time - 10:30am - 3:30pm

10 places available

Ticket price - £35

This workshop introduces how you can make your own botanical inks, photo emulsions and use plants for contact printing to create your own eco-prints. We will look at how you can use easy to grow or buy vegetables, plants and flowers (and often kitchen scraps). Creating sustainable materials and artworks can enhance your mood and well-being, connect you with nature and creativity and generate gorgeous colours and patterns that can be surprising and delightful.

During the day there will be an opportunity to join Feral Practice for Phytocentric, a participatory performance thinking humans towards the plants, using spoken word, touch and gesture. It draws together scientific, poetic and spiritual understandings of plants, and nurtures imaginative vegetal conversations. Vibrant material meetings and exchanges occur at every level of our bodies and worlds but often go un-regarded, or unknown. If we sensitize ourselves (as vegetal philosopher Michael Marder advises) to the fuzzy edges of our subjectivity in order to meet beings very different to ourselves, might it be in the wilds of the imagination that we can re-align with nonhuman nature?


Thursday 8th September (morning)

The Sustainable Darkroom

Time - 10am - 12:30pm

12 places available

Ticket price - £35

Herbal Chemigrams: foraging to make photographic developer for chemigrams and tea infusions with The Sustainable Darkroom

In this workshop we will be foraging plants from the grounds at Hestercombe Gardens, with which we will make a plant-based developer as well as a herbal tea to enjoy during the workshop. We will be using the plant-based developer to make chemigrams; abstract, camera less photographic images. This workshop is an opportunity to splash about and create one-of-a-kind prints, while also learning how to make a plant-based developer. No prior experience needed.

During the workshop, Hannah from The Sustainable Darkroom will discuss the science behind making a plant-based developer and as well as the medical benefits of the plants we are working with.


Thursday 8th September (afternoon)

Artists Discussion

Time - 1:30pm - 5pm

Ticket price - £12

50 places available

‘A Rose is a Rose: Digging Deeper’, with artists Brendan Barry, Feral Practice, John Newling, Sophy Rickett and Marjolaine Ryley. Walks, discussions and presentations with all five artists from the current exhibition, with The Sustainable Darkroom.

Brendan Barry
Credit: Brendan Barry

Dates & Tickets


Wednesday 13th July - Brendan Barry Instagram live event

Free event **Ended**


Wednesday 20th July - Making photographs in a Camera Obscura with Brendan Barry Workshop.

Ticket price - £35 **Ended**


Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st July - John Newling - Creating the Hestercombe Gardens Soil Book.

Free event **Ended**


Wednesday 17th August - Walk and Talk with artist Sophy Rickett.

Ticket price - £10


Wednesday 7th September - From the Garden: A Beginners Guide to Eco-Printing with Marjolaine Ryley, plus Phytocentric with Feral Practice.

Ticket price - £35


Thursday 8th September (morning) - The Sustainable Darkroom

Ticket price - £35


Thursday 8th September (afternoon) - Artists Discussion

Ticket price - £12




Supporters

The exhibition has been made possible support from Arts Council England and Somerset West and Taunton Council.

Arts Council England and SWTC lockup

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Hestercombe Gallery
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