Selected at Newark Park

Newark Park is a lovely, quirky house set high above and overlooking a valley. Work for the exhibition is infiltrated into the indoor and outdoor spaces in such a way that sometimes it is difficult to work out if it is part of the exhibition or is always here. The last owners of the house collected all sorts of objects and the work in ‘Selected’ often sets up a dialogue with them.

Newark ParkA landscape in ten parts’ is placed up on the top floor in a long gallery overlooking the spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. It’s interesting for me to see the work in situ and compare it to how it looks set in a neutral background. This is part of the process that I really enjoy; the beginning of the conversation that objects have with their surroundings.

A landscape in ten parts - Jane Ponsford

A landscape in ten parts – Jane Ponsford

A landscape in ten parts, detail - Jane Ponsford

A landscape in ten parts, detail – Jane Ponsford

The artists and makers showing as part of this exhibition show a real range of different approaches to making work in relation to Newark Park. I’ll show some of their work in another post but looking at photos is no substitute for visiting in person.

Website for Newark Park, National Trust : www.nationaltrust.org.uk/newark-park/

‘A landscape in ten parts’

I wrote in an earlier post about my interest in collecting pigments, stains and impressions from the landscape and the materials of particular places. These traces and the process of collecting them shape the form of pieces of work as well as providing the colours that I use.

When I’m collecting materials towards some work I frequently come back with pockets full of bags of clay or sand or chalk. These samples end up in jars with strips of paper tests to show the colours derived from them. This collecting and classifying urge shows itself in the work that I  make which often takes the form of accumulations of cast paper shapes.  Process and material are different ends of the same thing in my work. I find it extraordinarily difficult to think about or plan new work without material in my hands but I also need a process or framework of approach to be able to make. Working in relation to the landscape gives me both matter and method.

For the work that is going to be shown at Newark Park I was very interested to be able to respond both to the surrounding outdoor landscape but also to the indoor ‘landscape’ of the house where objects placed in relation to each other form a connection.

The photo was taken in my studio while I was finishing things off last week. I don’t want to show whole pieces of work yet before they have arrived at Newark Park but I am pleased to see the way that individual parts work, overlapped with others.

'Selected' detail 2 jponsford

 

Countdown to ‘Selected at Newark Park’

In the next few days I’m going to be packing up my work for ‘Selected at Newark Park’ which select2014logoopens to the public on 23 April. The exhibition is part of Stroud International Textiles’ annual  Festival which this year includes various exhibitions, a symposium and a local artists studio trail. More information can be found here: Stroud International Textiles.

There are two beautiful e-brochures, one for the exhibitions, workshops and symposium and one for the trail. Link here.

Artists and makers in ‘Selected at Newark Park’:

Mary Butcher, Caroline Bartlett, Lucy Birtles, Moira Buckley, Jilly Cobbe, Jennifer Collier, Francesca Chalk, Gaynor Dowling, Tara Downs, Ruth Dresman, Susan Early, Caren Garfen, Eleanor Glover, Anna Glasbrook, Matthew Harris, Sue Hartree, Annie Hewett, Annie Hutchinson, Zoe Hillyard, Jo Lovelock, Katharine Morling, Morag MacPherson, Malcolm Martin, Plum Neasmith, Jane Ponsford, Penny Prince, Sue Rae, Bart Sabel, Anthea Walsh, Sasha Wardell, Camilla Ward, Laura Youngson Coll.

Exhibition open: Wednesday 23 April – Sunday 8 June Wednesday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 11am – 5pm closed Mondays & Tuesdays, except Bank Holidays

Newark Park, Ozleworth, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire GL12 7PZ

 

 

West Dean

westdeanlogoI had an exciting trip yesterday to West Dean to discuss running some papermaking workshops for them next year. I’ll post up more information soon but I can say that the initial course will be part of a themed week on cloth and thread with three artist / makers, me, Matthew Harris (who has recently worked on ‘Field Notes’, a brilliant collaboration with composer Howard Skempton) and Liz Clay the author and textile artist who works with nuno felt. Each of us will take a different approach to working with cloth and thread. Mine of course will involve using cotton and linen to make paper pulp but will also investigate the creative possibilities of incorporating thread into cast sheets of paper. Pigments and dyes may well be involved too! I am so looking forward to this.

West Dean is an extraordinary setting for creative courses. Do go look at their website

http://www.westdean.org.uk/

Materials week 15 – 19 February 2015 at West Dean

New work

Jane Ponsford, A landscape in ten parts, 2012 - 13, detail

Jane Ponsford, A landscape in ten parts, 2013 – 14, detail

I’m looking forward to showing some recent work at ‘Selected at Newark Park’ in April. ‘A landscape in ten parts’ is based on material from research trips and walks in different parts of England over the last few years. It is a celebration of the receptive nature of paper in collecting traces and impressions and makes use of pigments found in the landscape, chalk, clay, coal and natural dyes. The form of the work reflects the repetitive processes involved in collecting. Walking has become an essential part of my practice and I hope the work shows something of the meditative and calm nature of the experience of walking, collecting and serendipitous discovery that inspired it.

The pigments and materials that have fed into this work have come from places as far-flung as the Medway and Kings Wood in Kent and  Teesdale in County Durham.

Selected at Newark Park

Newark Park
Ozleworth
Wotton-under-Edge
Gloucestershire
GL12 7PZ

www.sitselect.org/
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/newark-park/things-to-see-and-do/events/

A two-day Papermaking Workshop with Jane Ponsford

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Saturday, May 10, 2014 10.00-5.00 and Sunday, May 11, 2014 10.00-5.00

As an artist and papermaker I am inspired by the landscape around us. Join me for two hands-on and enjoyable days exploring your landscape through papermaking.

The workshop will include making pulps using cotton and linen rag, casting and couching, laminating and embossing. We will use a Hollander beater (a ‘Critter’) and we will also explore processes that can be used at home. On the first day we will take a short walk to draw inspiration from the local landscape so please have suitable footwear.

The ticket includes a light lunch on both days.

Suitable for all. Click on the link to book through Eventbrite. Price £80.

The workshop is part of the Select Festival 2014 organised by Lizzi Walton of Stroud International Textiles. I have work in the Newark Park exhibition Select 2014.

The Painswick Centre
Bisley Street
Painswick nr Stroud
Gloucestershire
GL6 6QQ

Community book, 2007, Jane Ponsford

Community book, 2007, Jane Ponsford

Thread, a collaborative project

Over the last few years I have been working with a brilliant and inspirational group of artists. We meet roughly once a month at Fabrica in Brighton, to show and discuss our work. This was originally a peer group set up by Caitlin Heffernan as part of Fabrica’s support for artists in the South East but has grown to be so much more than that. We have recently decided to formalise our relationship and now are going to work together under the name of the SHARE Collective. Our first joint endeavour was an exquisite corpse project which is shortly to be shown in its final form as a book, ‘Thread’ which documents everyone’s contributions. When it is available I’ll post up more information about it. Until then I’d like to thank everyone for being involved. It has been great to be part of a process like this.

The original line-up: Salma Darling, Gabby Dempster, Linda Duffy, Helen Goodwin, Caitlin Heffernan, Eva Kapadaka, Jane Ponsford, Teresa Whitefield and Jayne Wilson. We have now been joined by new member Elena Inga.

Our next project, ‘Vermillion’ we are hoping will form the basis of an exhibition eventually.