Last week the children had three teacher training days off school (those teachers must need a lot of training!). So we decided to make the most of them and headed off down to the Lake District/ Yorkshire Dales for a few days. We stayed in a lovely cottage at the delightfully named Unthank. There was a gallery right besides us – the UpFront Gallery. Unfortunately we were never there whilst it was open, but the work looked good through the windows.
|CastleRigg Stone Circle|
We had a lovely time visiting lots of the tourist sites around Keswick, which of course included a visit to the Pencil Shop! We had fun trying out our purchases in the evening and I managed to get the kids enthused too.
|Trying out our new purchases|
Over on the Yorkshire side, we were introduced to a fantastic cheese shop just outside Settle (thanks Louise!) and also had a great visit to Farfield Mill. We were really enchanted by some of the work on display. The Bound Together group who made books and other pieces of mixed media art are incredibly talented, creating beautiful, fragile looking objets d’art. The kids loved Tania Sneesby’s fairytale interpretations in fabric. In fact, we loved them too. They were deceptively simple. Of course, I didn’t do the sensible thing and take photos!
|Derwent Water from the hills above Ashness Bridge|
Part of the reason for the visit to Farfield Mill is really, really thrilling as I’m going to have a solo exhibition there next year from 21 March to 10 May. It was exciting to see the space and to start thinking about where the work is going to go (and what other work I want to make).
|Sunset from the Pencil Museum car park!|
As well as this exhibition, I have a number of other things that will be going on over the next few months (more info when things are firmed up enough to share), so I’m going to be very busy. I think the kids are going to be eating a lot of baked beans unless someone can come up with some super fast meal suggestions!