The talks program will engage with heritage and endangered crafts.
Matthew Harris - ‘Field Notes’
Wednesday 8th Sept. 2.15 pm
Field Notes was a collaborative project that took place in 2014 between the artist Matthew Harris, the composer Howard Skempton and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Designed by Craftspace and BCMG to be visual arts and music event, Field Notes toured throughout 2014 and 2015 to venues across Shropshire and Herefordshire and took as its starting point the collection of maps housed at the Shrewsbury Archive. Matthew will speak about the development of his work both in cloth and paper and how the maps held within the archive in Shrewsbury, and in particular the Leeke Survey, a book of fields, came to inform the work that was made for the project.
Matthew Harris makes work in both paper and cloth, employing painting, cutting and hand stitching. Working primarily from things seen, the imagery is pieced, patched, assembled, and re-assembled using improvisatory processes, designed to facilitate the interpretation and exploration of imagery around a given theme.
He has exhibited widely throughout the U.K, Europe, the United States and Japan and has work in the Crafts Council collection, the Whitworth, Manchester, and the International Quilt Museum, Nebraska, U.S.A, as well as numerous private collections. In 2010 he was short listed for the first Arts Foundation Award for Textile Art and in 2009 completed ‘Scorched’ a ten-metre long Graphic Score for the newly refurbished Bristol Beacon Concert Hall.
Matthew Harris lives and works in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
Mary Greensted - ‘Four women at Rodmarton:Margaret Biddulph, Hilda Benjamin, Louise Powell and Eve Simmonds’.
Thursday 9th September. 2.15 pm
It was Margaret Biddulph who, with her husband Claud, conceived the character of Rodmarton Manor from its inception in 1909. It was to be a centre for the community, promoting the crafts and encouraging local artistic and creative talents. Margaret Biddulph presided over the house and garden. Hilda Benjamin, Louise Powell and Eve Simmonds were among a number of women who contributed to the rich, decorative work at Rodmarton.
Mary Greensted was responsible for the Arts and Crafts collections at Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum and is a former chairman of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen. She has written a number of books on the Arts and Crafts Movement including most recently Ernest Gimson, Arts and Crafts Designer & Architect, co-authored with Annette Carruthers and Barley Roscoe for Yale, 2019.
Martin Graebe - ‘Cotswold Arts and Crafts and Folk Music’
Friday 10th September. 2.15 pm
Late in the Victorian era, the Arts and Crafts movement and the revival of interest in folk music both looked back to the simplicity of past ways of life. The cross-currents brought a number of individuals together and this presentation describes how villagers and the arts and crafts community sang and danced together, and how the Cotswolds led the way for the rest of England.
Martin Graebe is a researcher and writer about traditional song and song collectors. His book about the antiquarian and folk song collector Sabine Baring-Gould, published in 2017, won the Katharine Briggs Prize of the Folklore Society, and the W G Hoskins Prize of the Devon History Society. He has given talks on Baring-Gould, and on other aspects of traditional folk song, to a wide range of audiences around the world. He and his wife, Shan, perform traditional songs together in harmony.
Alex Langlands - ‘Craefts: how traditional crafts are about more than making’
Saturday 11th September. 2.15 pm
In a period of meaningless mass manufacturing, our growing appetite for hand-made objects, artisan food and craft beverages, reveals our deep craving for tradition and quality. But there was a time when craft meant something very different; the old English word ‘craeft’ possessed an almost indefinable sense of knowledge, wisdom and power.
Dr Alexander Langlands is an archaeologist and historian, lecturing in medieval history at Swansea University. He is also a regular TV presenter, having worked on the BBC historic farms series, Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’ and ‘Digging up Britain’s Past’ on Channel 5. His book Craeft was published by Faber & Faber in 2017.
Dates & Times
Date: 8 - 12 September 2021
Time: 10am - 5pm daily