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 Anne Kelly – Artist in Residence & The RSPB

Anne Kelly, our textile artist in residence for our 2014 season, is making a large collaborative wall exhibit in support in The RSPB  with us at Sussex  Prairies ,and we want you to join in the fun of creation.

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How you can be a part of it !

Please send us drawings, cutouts, collages, pictures of plants,animals, birds, insects, reptiles, fish, amphibiansour natural wildlife – small sized- no bigger than A5 size, which can become part of the work. Maybe you have a poem, piece of writing or phrase which you feel would fit in with our theme and which you would like to see incorporated. All your work will be credited with your name. We are happy to accept pictures, images by email or you can message/send items through Face book or Twitter. You are also welcome to send original pieces if you wish which we will copy and return back to you. Visitors to the garden will also be invited to contribute to the piece by making textile craftwork. Let’s make it really wild!

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Please send contributions to either Sussex Prairies at morlandsfarm@btinternet.com or mail@annekellytextiles.com  or you can also send pieces to us in the post .Please check our websites www.sussexprairies.co.uk  or www.annekellytextiles.com  for all our contact details.

Sussex Prairies will be open  for its 2014 season from 31st May until 12th October 2014, 1pm until 5pm ,six days a week , closed Tuesdays.If you would like to bring your contribution with you in person , you are very welcome.

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Add- er row at a time !

Join  us for the great big adder knit in our teashop when the garden opens again ! Come and join us for teas,coffees and cakes and enjoy a natter with a bit of knitting thrown in for good pleasure. As part of our theme for this year – Giving Nature a Prairie Home- when we shall be joining with Anne Kelly and the RSPB to promote homes for wildlife- we shall be knitting the biggest adders in the world. Come and pick up some knitting needles and knit a row or two to make the biggest bunch of knitted adders in West Sussex !

Adder – Boy and Girl !

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Pat, my mum, will be there to offer knitting advice and pick up any dropped stiches ! and she can show you a knit and a purl as soon as the adders come out of the basket ! All wool , knitting needles and knitting know how will be waiting for you and the snake charmers !

Fact of the day : the collective noun for a group of adders : A sum of Adders .  You do the math !

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Artists ! Your garden needs you !

Felt like there was always an artist hiding inside you bursting to get out ? now is the time to free yourself of your inhibitions, let out the artist ,and run with the prairie dogs ! It’s art, and certainly not as we have known it before !

Big Gallery in The Garden Art Competition

Sussex Prairie garden is going to be a part of the Chelsea  Festival Fringe Brighton event in 2014 . During our week of paper related events and happenings  (31st may until 8th June) , we are inviting entrants to our Little Paper House on the Prairie Big Gallery in the Garden Art competition and we are looking for you all to be involved in probably the biggest outdoor paper art exhibition that has ever been seen on a prairie before!

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The competition: Nitty Gritty

We are inviting artists from the ages  of 0 to 106 to submit A4 sized pictures of houses and their gardens around the world (e.g. . igloos, yurts, tepees, tents ,caves, castles, terrace houses,cottages,tree houses, mansions  ) which can be painted ,or  drawn with felt tips, crayons, coloured pencils or whatever medium is preferred. Each A4 design should be clearly marked on the back with the artists name, age, address and contact details .All artwork should be the artists own work.

All artwork should be sent to Sussex Prairies, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9AT by April 30th 2014.

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How the outdoor garden gallery will work:

We will laminate each piece of artwork and then it will become part of the Little Paper House on the Prairie Big Gallery in the Garden Exhibition, where it will be on display to the public from 31st May until 8th June during our Chelsea Festival Fringe week. The artwork will be outside for a week accompanying the paper house and prairie garden on wheels which shall be moving around the garden .Although artwork will be laminated, we cannot guarantee that it will not be damaged by the weather whilst it is open to the elements!  . Artwork can be collected from the garden after 8th June .Sadly we are unable to return artwork by post.

The winning entries will be featured on our website and Blog.

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Prizes: the winner of each age group will win an art set as well as a Golden Sussex Prairie Garden Family Season Ticket for the 2014 season. The Season Ticket allows entrance to two adults and up to three children during the opening season of the garden 31st May until 12th October 2014. Sussex Prairies will be open every afternoon, 1pm until 5pm, six days a week in 2014. We shall be closed on a Tuesday.

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Age groups for the competition:

Age 0 – 5, Age 6-10, Age 11-16, Age 16-106

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459Never let it be said that I am not prepared to get it on a with a jigsaw should the situation demand it.

460I very rashly promised Anne Kelly (our delightful artist in residence for 2014) that of course I would run up some hard board templates for her ready for the large wall display :Giving Nature a Prairie Home . But jigsaws, I have discovered, have a nature that is contrary,mercurial and cantankerous and do not want to be tamed. A jigsaw is not a silky smooth operator ,it is a hairy ,leery ,lout of a thing. The sort of machine that swears, wears a singlet, oily jeans and a permanent sneer.It is like grappling with a noisome steer and there is a true rodeo going on to steer its nasty little teeth along the dotted line .. or along any line ..it rather prefers to veer off with a snarl and a loathsome insouciance into uncharted territories…places where we don’t want to go , places we never wanted to go, a DIY Neverland. And of course there is the ever-present cable daring you to cut its spiralling whorls and the strangely capricious way it catches in your buttons threatening to drag you into its menacing maw…. a devils tool….verily I say.

(the wonderful images in the piece have no relevance  nor bear any resemblance to any shocking handiwork created by myself during the making of the first six templates made to date ! sorry Anne , they will not be the work of an artisan !)

below a blessed state of serenity knowing I will not have to work with the jigsaw again until tomorrow…….

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