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Anna Ray Artist in Residence 2015-2106 ‘RHS Chelsea Flower Show’ 2016 digital prints, acrylic, wood, paint

 

If you missed seeing Anna Ray’s extraordinary and  momentous artwork at RHS Chelsea Flower Show you now have another chance to catch it here at Sussex Prairies.The cube has now moved down here to its summer vacation site  and we have been Wowed and hope you will too !

IMG_7263Anna was the Artist in Residence for the Royal Horticultural Society in 2015 and 2016 and during the course of this residency she captured thousands of photographs documenting the people, plants and processes involved in creating the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015.

IMG_6992The images from this vast collection have been assembled into a momentous artwork. The creation of the piece was supported by:The Royal Horticultural Society,Epson,K2 Associates Ltd, and Chep.


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Anna Ray studied BA (Hons) and MFA Tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art between1994 and 1999. She became a Lecturer in the department soon after graduation and taughtfor six years before relocating to London in 2006. She was artist in residence atWinterbourne Botanic Garden, University of Birmingham in 2004 and at FrancesBardsley School, Romford, 2006-2007.

From 2015-2016 Ray was artist in residence at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Through her teaching, she has raised awareness of newtechnologies and contemporary art and design practice with a diverse range of audiences through discussion and making. She has run workshops for major galleries, notably, TheNational Galleries of Scotland and the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh. She has led workshops for ‘The British Art Show’, ‘The Big Draw’ and devised ambitious community outreach projects, receiving an Innovative Arts Education Award in 2001.

IMG_7265Ray has been granted major awards for her work; Scottish Arts Council Crafts CreativeDevelopment Award (2004), Scottish Arts Council Assistance Grant to an Individual Artist (2003), The Hope Scott Trust Award (2001), Edinburgh Visual Arts and CraftsAward (2006). Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally over the last twenty years in both applied art and fine art contexts. Recent exhibitions include ‘Collect’ Saatchi Gallery (2012) and the touring exhibition ‘Craft Generation’ St. Andrews Museum(2014-2015). She has been commissioned to make work for public collections: Paintings in Hospitals and Marie Curie Cancer Care. In 2014 the international law firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co acquired and commissioned a series of major works for their new premises in Birmingham.

Read more about Anna Ray on her website   www.annaray.co.uk and Facebook page Anna Ray Art

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We are delighted to be joined this season by Jeanne Argent and her sculptures. Come and see how their merge so beautifully into our landscape.

My work is informed and inspired by the natural world and in particular the plants and trees in my garden.

jeannedargentimage1The Downs and the coastline of Sussex are also a source of inspiration and I observe and combine these subjects to produce shapes and patterns which I explore to make sculpture, prints, textile and mixed media works.

jeannedargentimage2The sculptures are modelled, moulded and cast by me in low number limited editions and are made of Cement for outdoor display. I also make smaller indoor pieces, some of which are fired and glazed ceramics.

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www.jeanneargent.co.uk

jeanneargent@gmail.com

01273 842565

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IMG_6363Can you imagine anything more beautiful than shafts of sunshine shimmering through spectacular glass ? We are delighted that Miranda Ellis has brought some of her stunning art pieces to our garden as an exhibition for this season.

A little bit about -Miranda Ellis Glass

I’m a sculptor working mainly in glass, influenced by the natural world and inspired by restricted views that occur in the landscape.

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An idea for a project may come from the beach or walking in the woods where a found or submerged object will start a creative process. The pattern of wood or a manufactured object texturing a surface or being used itself to be cast directly into glass,reusing and giving a new life to something that has been discarded, as well as working from scratch on a creative idea.

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The process can be exciting but the realisation of an idea can take weeks or months to complete.

My background is in ceramics, figurative sculpture, 3D design and mould making, including refractory moulds that are used for glass casting.

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This year for me has seen the opening of my new studio with gallery space which is open to the public, just west of the pier ‘Two horse’ 236 Kings Road Arches, Brighton Artists Quarter.

I’m delighted to have my work in such an exciting garden.

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Www.mirandaellisglass .com

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002It all started with a pair of papier mache tiger hooks  bought under the shadow of the fort in Bundi , Rajasthan… (scene of the gun toting monkey shooting rapping roof top cafe owner )

Paper -such an astounding medium …!.and then it seemed a natural progression to think about working with paper in our garden and  Making a Little Paper House for the Chelsea  Fringe event .And if you have a paper house you must also have a paper garden of course !

img259Another influence of course was the Laura Ingalls Wilder book Little House on the Prairie. And I discovered another unexpected and tenuous link to us as the daughter of Laura , Rose Lane, supposedly left the Wilder estate ,and so the copyright of the books ,to a certain Mr Roger Lee Macbride. This story is not without controversy !

It all started with Ron drawing up the plans for the construction….

003and always, I had luck on my side with many things falling into place to make the fabrication and papery construction possible. First of all a chance donation of a veritable library of back copies of the RHS magazine by a very good friend ,Maggie … ie . The raw materials.. and secondly the skills, dedication and wonderful enthusiasm of two of our volunteers Ron and Libby who would take the idea from paper drawings to paper house reality.

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and thus a paper house was born and now awaits its final outing into the big wide world. During our first week of opening catch the prairie house in its perambulations and see how it can withstand the best the British weather throws at it !get inside the house and see its papery skin… know its beauty ! know its wonder ! come tweak the tigers tail of garden craziness !

The Little Paper House on the Prairie will be out on the prairie from 31st may until 8th June- one week of paper related pranks,exhibitions,workshops , drop in sessions and papery daring do with a myriad of talented artists ,sculptors and creatives ! The garden is open every day except Tuesdays – 1pm until 5pm.

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On the High Seas

We are very much looking forward to the quirky sculptor Paul Cox coming to our garden this summer . And to kick start his season , he is  joining us for our Little Paper House on the Prairie event and shall be bringing some very large paper boats to float on our ponds and across the grassy swathes.. The seas will lap our shores !

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Who is he and what does he do?

Paul is an award winning sculptor specialising in mixed Media construction. He was awarded the Henry Moore scholarship to study postgraduate sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools, London. His sculptural work is represented internationally in public and private collections.

Paul lives and works in the South-east where he runs a workshop that produces his one off sculptural work and a range of affordable unique items for home and garden . Paul sells his affordable range directly to the public at craft fairs, art markets, open houses and gardens.

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He will be exhibiting in our garden throughout the summer and autumn and at our unusual plant and art fair on 31st august ! From larger commissioned pieces to smaller sized garden stakes and individual decorative pieces you can be sure you will be amused and captivated

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What other people say….

“The art world has been accused of taking itself to seriously, so its refreshing to discover an artist whose work has a tongue in cheek approach”.

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Sussex Life Magazine

“Art should provoke emotions and enrich our lives and Paul offers sculpture with an undeniable boyish charm that is infectious. It is impossible not to smile at, or interact with, his idiosyncratic style. paul’s sculpture thrives on a sense of play, but his work should not be regarded as a novelty. He is a dedicated artist who consciously chooses not to take himself to seriously, providing a breath of fresh air to the contemporary art market”.

Nicolas Toovey 2012

Read More about Paul Cox and see more images of his work on his website www.paul-cox.co.uk.

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plantfairfourplantfairmainimageThe Fair is a comin’ hurtling straight towards us on Sunday 1st September 2013 and its a big one.

fairdaisyrootsWho is Coming for Plants ?

From the plant world we have handpicked the best in specialist plant nurseries : Blueleaf Plants,Brighton Plants,Charleshurst,Daisy Roots,Desirable Plants,Diane Cole Hardy Plants,Dysons Nurseries, Hardys Cottage Garden Plants, Herbal Haven, Eastcroft Roses, Longacre,Ockley Court, Madrona, Pennard Plants,Phoenix Perennials, Pineview, Plant Base,Scarecrow Plants, Nymans,Sweetbriar, Plant Specialist, Usual & Unusual , Wild Flower Lawn and Meadows, Rose Cottage , Chris Ghyselen, Swallowfields,Little Omenden Farm ,Swallowfields,Kevin Hughes, King Johns , Plant Heritage, Rapkyns, Decoy, The Garden House , Fat Plants and Borde Hill

jilltattersallimage12And on the Arts Side ?

Adele Scantlebury,Alison Chesman & Jose Heasman,Bev Burt,Chris Burchell Collins, Coalshed Pottery,Colleen Vaux,Dave Unsted,DC Designer Jewellery,Dragonfly Glass Art,Fibreactive,Ewan Rogers carpentery,The Luddite,Janet Mitchell,Janine Creaye,Louise Durham,Lou Johns Sculptor,Michele Carnie,Pamela Holmes, Pauline Findlay,Driftline,Rowdy & fancy Chocolate, Tom Critchley, Sue Petty,Terrapot,Terry Guile, Saxon Stickmakes, Holly Bell, Glassfollies, Jackie Sweet,Wellgreen Lewes,Cathy Hart, Anne Kelly, Si Uwins, Carol Wagstaff , Jill Tattersall, Miranda Ellis  and Tom Smith.

plantfairrobinand the countryside interest is provided by :

Butterfly Conservation Sussex,Sussex Gardens Trust, and Sussex Wildlife Trust.

plantfairpicnicWhat more could you be asking for except wonderful homemade cakes, teas , coffees from our teashop and a mouth watering line up of refreshments from the catering tent including those succulent mouthwatering Shetland lamb burgers , warming homemade soup and ploughmans rolls.We’ve got everything for you !

Directions how to find us – on the website.www.sussexprairies.co.uk. but there will be pink buffalos to guide you all the way ! Read more about it on the Sussex Prairies website including much more detail about all the exhibitors and links to their websites.

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Call me Ingmar , or Pauline even, but now I feel I can Look through a glass.. but not at all Darkly … as Louise Durham’s driftwood sculptures beset with jewelled glass are anything but dark.
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Louise returns to our garden with her beautiful driftwood and stained glass sculptures and my life falls into the realm of Alice in Wonderland again. Catching the sunlight through their portals of red,yellow , blues and greens I fell like a rainbow has fallen to earth and been cunningly wrought into her work.There are true colours of Venice captured in a  moment !

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About Louise :

In her own words ” I am never happier than when I am tucked away in my workshop playing with shiny glass.”

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Her stained glass sculptures are made from recycled groyne wood, each piece unique in its shape and form. Each piece is made with love, bringing together the character of the wood and the colours of the glass.  Like stained glass windows in churches, these sculptures have a spiritual presence, transforming any outdoor space.  The true magic happens when the light hits them and they come alive, with the colours radiating onto the wood and into the garden.

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Read all about Louise , contact her and see more examples of Louise’s work  on her website www.louisevdurham.com

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