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Cockaygne: Land of Plenty


Cockaigne was a mythical land of plenty, but Bruegel’s depiction of Cockaigne and its residents

is not meant to be a flattering one. He chooses rather a comic illustration of the spiritual emptiness

believed to derive from gluttony, sloth and the other 7 deadly sins.


“Not only the Willow” by Diana Baur

one of the 2D entries depicting Cockaigne in much the same way that Bruegel did, but with a 21st Century environmental twist.



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!

Thing That Go Bump at Oswestry Library

Even more Inside Out at Oswestry Library!

Even more Inside Out at Oswestry Library!

Great to see everyone at yesterday’s Notebook Meeting at John’s studio. A couple of things we didn’t get around to talking about regarding Inside Out art at Oswestry Library:

  • This autumn, there’s going to be a Textile Festival in Oswestry, and Inside Out has been asked to take part. With Debbie at the Library, we’ve organised a Textile Art Activity Day at Oswestry Library on Saturday, October 19th. This will be very much the same as our National Libraries Day event in February – we’ll set up tables and do various art activities to do with textiles, fabric, wool, string, etc. We already have some scrap fabric collected, but if anyone has scrap fabric they can donate to the day, you know we’ll make good use of it!
  • Secondly, Debbie emailed to say that the library is running a Keep Reading scheme through the summer, and the theme is “Creepy Houses”. If anyone has any art that relates to the theme, or any art activities that might relate to the theme, then get in touch. We can find exhibition space around the library for art, and we can liaise with Debbie for a day-slot for activities.
  • Finally, don’t forget our ongoing Art & the Word exhibition at the rear of the library. We’re continuing this until the end of the year, and this is the place for any book-, text- or word-related art – including book illustrations, illustrated poems, etc. – that you might produce. (Speaking of illustrated poems, does anyone do creative writing or poetry? Perhaps there’s an opportunity for some collaboration?)

Inside Out: Mind, Body & Spirit

mandala_1The Inside Out Group has been invited to take part in a new Mind, Body & Spirit exhibition in Oswestry.

The exhibition is open to any artist, any media – restricted only to things that hang on walls. Works should be under 1.5 x 1.5M (maximum). Hanging space will be made available on a first come, first served basis. Works can be for sale or just for exhibition. The show will run between June 1 and Sept 1. Works should relate to the theme of “Mind, body & spirit” in some way. Spirituality, yoga, meditation, etc. are all possible subjects which could be explored.

Anyone interested should come along to the Notebook Meeting tomorrow, which will be in John’s studio in The Cambrian Studios Building, first floor. We’ll be discussing this exhibition, plus the Underhill Art & Wild Craft Fairour ongoing Art & The Word exhibition at Oswestry Library, our Ceriog exhibition at The Hand at Llanarmon, plus other projects in Oswestry. See you there!

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.

9657477-the-background-of-textured-of-wicker-basketry-light-yellow-colour-closeupThe Underhill Farm Art & Wild Craft Fair happening the first Bank Holiday in May (4,5,6) is now up as an “event” on Facebook. If you’re on Facebook, head over to the page to say if you’re going, and to keep up to date with news and details.

Anyone interested in taking part in the event should come along to our Inside Out Sketching Day on March 17th – we’ll be visiting the farm at lunchtime and having a look around the inside and outside exhibition spaces. And don’t forget to be thinking about demos and taster courses you might be interested in running during the May weekend.

Art for the Griffin

Art wanted at The Griffin in Oswestry!

Art wanted at The Griffin in Oswestry!

I’ve just had an email from Geoff Armitage saying that the works to the Dining Room of The Griffin Inn in Oswestry are complete.

Barry Edwards, who manages the music and art at The Griffin, has asked if there are any Inside Out artists interested in exhibiting in the Dining Room during February.

Anyone interested in taking up Barry’s offer, please get in touch as soon as possible. I can pass Barry’s email address on to you and you can talk to him directly.

Inside Out at Oswestry Library

"Discovered Poem" - Will Ashford, via: http://www.willashford.com

“Discovered Poem” – Will Ashford, via: http://www.willashford.com

Here’s another exhibition opportunity for Inside Out Artists: Oswestry Library has no booking for the last three weeks of January in their first floor display space, and have asked Inside Out if they can fill it at short notice.

Anyone with any works they’d like to exhibit at the library for the next three weeks please get in touch immediately: and bring your work to my studio by 11am THIS FRIDAY, January 11th. Work received after then can’t be included in the exhibition, sorry.

Apologies for the short notice – hope some of you can still make the deadline!

Inside Out at Radio Cafe

Radio Signals [1], John Swogger, 2012

Signals [1], John Swogger, 2012

Radio Cafe has asked if any Inside Out artists would be interested in exhibiting works in the cafe. There’s a great deal of wall space available for artworks, and the cafe is particularly looking for bright, interesting prints. As the cafe is a place where food is cooked, it would best suit works behind glass.

If anyone’s interested, I’ll be gathering works this week to put up at the weekend, so get in touch via the usual email addresses or in a reply to this post and bring your work to my studio in The Cambrian Studios Building this week.

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