Category: Underhill Art Fair

Underhill in the Chronicle

Underhill Art & Wild Craft Fair in the Chronicle

Underhill Art & Wild Craft Fair in the Chronicle

A nice feature in last week’s Oswestry & Border Chronicle has turned up on the Inside Out press desk! Nice pictures, and good write-up of the event.

Thanks again to everyone who made it such a great weekend!

Underhill Artists at Work

A final fantastic third day at Underhill Farm. The weather came up trumps – sunshine all day long! The farm was a real hive of activity, with more and more visitors turning up every fifteen minutes. Kerry and Emily did sterling work at the cafe, keeping us all supplied with tea, cake and sandwiches – giving us all no excuse not to keep busy! Clay, wood, paint, wool – activities kept everyone busy in every corner of the farm. And out in the Quarry Field, Wilf and Paul continued to build amazing things…:

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Thanks to Steve and Irene for hosting a great three days, and for everyone that helped make this a fantastic weekend. See you same place, same time, next year!

More Photos from Underhill!

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A great first day at Underhill – and to supplement Diana’s pix, here’s a quick slideshow of a few more photos from day one.

Looking forward to tomorrow!

Bank Holiday Art & Craft Fair!

poster_3_smNext weekend is the Underhill Farm Art & Craft Fair, at Underhill Farm in Pant, nr. Llanymynech. We’ve got a great group of artists, who are not just exhibiting – but demonstrating and running activities as well! It’s going to be a great weekend, with the chance to see new works by Gill Crozier, Jim Heath, Jude Greaves, and Tony Roberts, among others.

It’s also a chance to work alongside people like Wilf Thust, Dorothy Harrison, Diana Baur in a series of workshops and family art activities running all through the weekend. Plus there will be craft workshops and demonstrations, music, a cafe and more!

So, looking for somewhere to take the grandkids this weekend? Want to get out and watch local artists and crafters exploring this hidden corner of the Borderlands? Head down to Underhill Farm for a great three days!

Here are directions to Underhill Farm, plus a map. Postcode reference for sat.nav. is: SY10 9RB.

Exhibition Space at Underhill Farm

Living Art, Underhill Farm - via Amanda Jaynes

Living Art, Underhill Farm – via Amanda Jaynes

A group of us who are taking part in the Underhill Farm exhibition and fair on this coming May Bank Holiday weekend met up at the farm on Saturday to organise the exhibition spaces. We now have two large gallery spaces confirmed, and two small studio spaces also potentially available. Plus there’s the large courtyard space and the two quarry fields for activities and workshops.

We’ve also got a list of artists we know are going to be taking part:

  • Diana Baur
  • Rob Baur
  • Gill Crozier
  • Steve Evison
  • Aaron Evison
  • Jude Greaves
  • Dorothy Harrison
  • Jim Heath
  • Liz Mellor
  • Tony Roberts
  • Brenda Sandilands
  • John Swogger
  • Wilf Thust

But we still have some room, particularly in the Cattle Barn Gallery space, for anyone else if they want to exhibit. We’ve got one or two more people checking their calendars, but if you want to as well, please let us know as soon as possible! Also, if you’re a crafter of any kind, there’s still room for several more stalls for selling, demonstrating and exhibiting crafts.

The fair will run 10-4, Saturday May 4th, Sunday May 5th and Monday May 6th. In addition to the exhibition, there will also be:

  • art demonstrations, workshops and have-a-go sessions. Artists we know are doing workshops or demos include:
    • Diana, Rob, Brenda (clay & paper)
    • Dorothy (clay drawing)
    • Steve & John (landscape journaling)
    • Liz (layered paper)
  • greenwood demonstrations
  • ceramics using local clay
  • wool and other craft demonstrations
  • junior exhibition area
  • cafe (tea, coffee, soup & roll)
  • music (live, throughout the day)

It’s going to be a great weekend – lots of hands-on stuff, so somewhere to take kids and grandkids, too! Plus, if you’re taking part for the whole weekend, ask about camping!

Woodline Timeline


“Woodline” – Wilf Thust, 2012/2013. Click to open video in a new window.

How does our work change and our understanding of it adapt as its context changes? Great video on YouTube sent to us from Wilf Thust showing his work “Woodline”.

We often talk about our work “responding to” place or season – here, Wilf’s work has no choice but to “respond to” the snow which blanketed roads, houses, fields and – yes, even art – before Easter. Under the snow, “Woodline” becomes not just a work embedded in the landscape, but embedded in time – caught in the layers of snow built up over the course of the storm.

“Woodline” will be installed at Underhill Farm over the course of our May Bank Holiday Underhill Farm Art & Wild Craft Fair.

Saturday at Underhill

This Saturday: planning session at Underhill Farm for the May Bank Holiday Art and Wild Craft Fair!

This Saturday: planning session at Underhill Farm for the May Bank Holiday Art and Wild Craft Fair!

Don’t forget: everyone interested in exhibiting, demonstrating or doing workshops at the May Bank Holiday Underhill Art & Wild Craft Fair needs to come along to the farm this Saturday, April 20th at 11am.

This will be our only chance to allocate space for everyone, as us artists will be sharing the farm buildings and grounds with the wild crafters and people leading other activities. This could well be the first of a number of Underhill Farm art events through the years, and this is your chance to get involved early.

Here is a map and directions to the farm. See you there at 11am!

ps. For anyone interested, some of us might be staying on after lunch to go sketching up at Llanymynech Rocks.

Underhill Farm Idea List

underhill_fair_1Over lunch at our sketching day at Underhill Farm on Sunday, we brainstormed a little bit about ideas for activities and so on for the upcoming Art and Wild Craft Fair in May.

Here’s a quick note of everything that’s going on so far, plus a list of ideas for people to think about if they want to be involved:

  • Inside exhibition – the cattle barn and the calving shed (the classroom) will be available as inside exhibition space. There’s tons of wall available – the calving shed is a “clean” inside space with painted walls, the cattle barn is a little more “rough”. Gill Crozier will be hanging her paintings of the quarry in the calving shed classroom, but there’s more than enough room there for others as well. John might very well hang some drawings in the cattle barn.
  • Outside exhibition – the courtyard between the cattle barn and the calving shed is available as outside exhibition space. There’s more than enough room for several people to put up sculptures, etc., or to do some not-too-messy working, perhaps. You’ll be sharing this space with tables and chairs around the cafe, however. This might be a good place for demonstrations and workshops if the weather’s sunny.
  • Other outside exhibition space – We’re going to try and get together on April 20th (a Saturday) at the farm to decide final allocation of space for people. Don’t worry – we’ll send around a formal note by blog/email to remind everyone. But just to point out that there is tons of other space available at the farm for outside activities/exhibition/demos/etc.: the pond, the field(s), possibly around the garden. Steve will be posting a list of all available spaces soon.
  • Exhibition info sheet – I’ll be posting and emailing a quick one-page information sheet for anyone interested in exhibiting sometime next week. Drop us a comment on this post if you’d like to be included in that email circular.
  • Yurt! – Steve and Irene have just purchased (another?) Yurt, and this will go up for the weekend. We thought this would be a great place to hold kids’ activities and workshops. Just to note: all kids activities should also include the parents, so we don’t have to make special CRB provision, etc. Dorothy’s planning to run some kids’ activities here.
  • Tipi – There’s also the tipi. Not sure what might go on in here yet, but it’s another “all-weather” space just in case things get a bit damp over the weekend.
  • Field – The field by the ponds will be the driest outdoor location, and probably the best place for anyone doing anything large-scale and/or particularly messy. I think Dorothy might be doing something with the clay from the pond here, and I suspect that Wilf will be doing something at the edge of the field by the hedge?
  • Wild crafts – Steve’s confirmed that there will be a group of wild crafters also attending the weekend – green wood workers, people working with clay and wool (not necessarily together!), plus others still to come on board.

A bit of a random list, but hopefully this gets the ball rolling for ideas. Updates, suggestions and additions – just post them or add them below as comments!

IMG_0273Another excellent sketching day in Llanymynech. We spent the morning down around the Llanymynech Limeworks, exploring the Hoffman Kiln, the railway lines and the canal wharfs – in the sunshine, no less! Lunch at Underhill Farm, with tea, coffee and the warmth of the calving shed classroom provided as the sunshine dissolved into hail and sleet. With the return of the blue skies, we headed up the hill for the afternoon, enjoying the last of the day’s sunshine up in the quarry itself.

Good to get out into the landscape once more, and I think everyone found more than enough to hold their attention through the afternoon. I worked on about two dozen sketches, trying to work as quickly as possible. Rob and Chloe also sketched quickly, both working with pencil, shaping out the massed quarry cliffs in pools of graphite. Malcolm concentrated on landscape, getting a view down onto the Hoffman Kiln from the hill above. Diana was doing some great mixed-media sketches, working over potato-prints made earlier in the morning in her sketchbook; Gill even brought in moss and mud into her drawings of the quarry cliffs.

We also had a big idea session over lunch about the Art & Craft fair in May. As promised, I will write up all the ideas we had and post it a bit later on this week – give everyone a chance to see what other people are thinking of doing and maybe spark off more ideas.

Suggestions for next month’s sketching day include Bersham Woods near Wrexham, The Ceiriog Valley, or back to Chester or even Llanymynech again! Any other suggestions?

Woodline at Underhill Farm

Wilf Thust has been working on ideas for exhibiting and teaching at Underhill Farm as part of the Underhill Farm Art and Wild Craft Fair in May. He’s just sent us the following:

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I offer to work with branches,
you might say with tree structures or with sticks
or simply with lines.
This involves drawing and planning but more so the working and thinking in
three dimensions.
The outcome is very open and unforeseeable.
I will exhibit parts of my WOODLINE as shown in the photos of the border of
our garden. This only acts as an inspiration.

Wilf is going to try and make our Sketching Day out in Llanymynech on March 17th

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