By kind permission of John and Sarah Biddulph
Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th September 2018
Open daily 10am – 5pm, with £8 entry fee (children free)
Rodmarton Manor and Gardens, nr Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6PF
The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen has organised a festival at Rodmarton Manor and Gardens with a wide range of activities, bringing contemporary craft and design to this gem of the Arts and Crafts movement.
Crafts Alive at Rodmarton Manor is an exciting opportunity for the Gloucestershire Guild to show its outstanding contemporary craftwork in an important heritage setting. Rodmarton Manor, built and developed by the Biddulph family, is a unique expression of the Arts and Crafts movement; our Guild continues their original vision – promoting fine craftsmanship, encouraging participation and bringing together communities.
Explore our programme of events and our list of exhibitors for this festival below.
Harriet St Leger
David Ian Smith
CHARLOTTE ABRAHAMS ‘RODMARTON RE-IMAGINED’
Charlotte Abrahams, renowned design writer and curator, will furnish the bedrooms with work by contemporary designer-makers responding to the spirit of Rodmarton. Look out for Sue Paraskeva, Moira Buckley, Liz Valenti, Natasha Kerr, Zoe Hillyard, Nicki Jarvis, Hannah Louise Lamb, Charlotte Hodes, Rosalind Wyatt, Cleo Mussi, Sandra Sashou, and a group of artists from Victoria Works Studios in Chalford, who are creating new, site-specific work for the Stonehall Bedroom.
Exhibitors include: Adrian Bates, Susan Early, Mike Bigland, Lucy Birtles, Colin Hawkins, LocoGlass, Louise Hawkins, LocoGlass, Matt Tradgett, Nigel Williams, Marie Shepherd, Caroline Barnett, Richard Cresswell.
JULIE DOLPHIN ARTS & CRAFTS PLANTS
Julie who runs Miserden Nurseries, and was formerly a journalist and researcher for BBC Gardeners’ World, will display and sell her selected plants & topiary. On Friday 7th Julie will demonstrate planting methods for a late summer pot that will last through the winter, linking in with Rodmarton gardens. She will be present on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
THE SPIRIT OF RODMARTON PHYSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCES
Following their successful performance – ‘Landscape’ – Students of Physical Theatre at the University of Gloucestershire will be performing a sound and movement piece inspired by Rodmarton and directed by Gillian Yates. Costumes will be designed by Guild members Helen Foot, Sarah Tradgett, Kathryn Clarke, Jenny Bicat and Liz Lippiatt.
Performances on Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th
1.15pm and 3.15pm
RODMARTON ARTS & CRAFTS COMMUNITY HANGINGS
A contemporary design for textile hangings inspired by appliqué techniques used in those created by Hilda Sexton’s community project of the 1920’s. The modern interpretation will be displayed in the Arts & Crafts Tent for the duration of Crafts Alive before installation in its permanent home.
HISTORIC ARTS AND CRAFTS FILM with showings at specified times in the Chapel.
Guild makers’ films will also be shown on a loop.
CHILDRENS WORKSHOPS AT THE WEEKEND
A free drop-in Festival Crown making workshop will run across Saturday and Sunday.
Ben, from Award winning ‘Ben’s Kitchen’, will run a children’s bread making workshop on Sunday 9th linking with the lovely story of guests at Rodmarton. Participants will leave with a loaf of special bread, ground and made on the same day, with unique printed bags recreated from an original design.
Sunday Session 1: 11.15am
Sunday Session 2: 2.15pm
£5 per child
A programme of RODMARTON TALKS in the Chapel.
Wednesday 5th at 2.15pm
‘Not above borrowing from tradition: keeping the crafts alive’.
Rory Young is a sculptor and historic buildings conservationist.
Thursday 6th at 2.15pm
‘Rodmarton Manor: the story of an Arts & Crafts House’.
Mary Greensted is an eminent Arts and Crafts curator and writer, with a particular expertise in Rodmarton Manor.
Friday 7th at 2.15pm
‘William Simmonds, Puppet Master’
Jessica Douglas-Home is a painter and writer.
Daily CRAFT DEMONSTRATIONS from Guild members.
Tour the house 11.15am daily with one of the Rodmarton guides which will give an insight into the story of Rodmarton, as well as Margaret Biddulph’s vision that drove the creation of this unique Arts and Crafts House.
Booking is essential.