Congratulations to Ben Carhart winner fo this years Greasy Pole at the Crab Fair, Egremont. Ben got the leg of lamb and runner up with the shortest ribbon was Zac Turner, who claimed his £5 prize.
Artist Jeremy Deller, who instigated the return of the Pole along with Alan Kane is currently partaking in the Sao Paulo Bienal. Private view is this Tuesday at 7 if anyone can make it.
Jeremy Deller and I have been here for 5 days now installing our project for the Sao Paulo Bienal - a film by Jeremy about the wrestler Adrian Street, a mural of the same by local artists, a Mechanics Institute, an education programme, a school trip and a few other things rolled into one.
Yesterday a helpful soul graffiti'd our honesty stall: "IT'S NOT ON THAT YOU LEAVE SCRAP METAL AND CARPET IN THIS LOVELY PLACE! TAKE NOTE".
Thank you for that. We are very sorry for any offence that this may have caused. What were we thinking, leaving such unnatural materials in this haven of purity? (Though I think carpet is Royal Coniston brand, so quite local.) We shall henceforth endeavour keep this idyl free of clutter and signs of non-wilderness; but where to start? Tractors, cars, spades, straight bits of wood, disposable barbecues, tourists, fudge, brightly coloured clothing, spruce forests, quarrying, honesty stalls, graffitti.....actually better take the washing in just in case.
The school visit from a group of Portuguese speaking kids from the Lilian Bayliss school in Lambeth was great fun. Jeremy Deller came and did some drawing with them as these will be shown alongside his new film at the Sao Paulo Biennial.
Our boys Juneau Projects have put our Eastside Projects (Birmingham) Decent Proposal The Musical online here for you audio fans. Karen's microphone's a bit indistinct but it's all good fun. Also features Bedwyr Williams....
Pablo Bronstein's chicken coop column enjoyed a day up for the NGS Open Garden...
We ran a Craft Salon to run alongside the Coniston Arts and Crafts Annual Exhibition held in the village hall. The salon took place in the library where we tucked away the unsightly book carousels and Romance novels and displayed instead bits of pottery, glass, metal work and books from our collection and library. We had artists, craft people, and historians talking and showing. Charlie Whinney and his demonstration of how to steam-bend wood got the biggest round of applause though Adam's history of the Arts and Crafts Movement demonstrated by the throwing of pots came a very close second.
We have been busy over the last couple of weeks with a group of German Architecture students and tutors who stayed at Lawson Park and Low Parkamoor and thought about issues of land use, commons law and access rules while helping tidy our messy wood pile. The left and another group of Extra Special People from Birmingham's Eastside Projects arrived. The weekend consisted of hard toil in the fields for some, and for the others, a social couple of days at the Craft Salon at The Mechanics Institute where we organised lectures and demonstrations in the library as part of the Coniston Arts and Crafts Society Annual Exhibition.
Long time Grizedale collaborator Peter Hodgson now has his own online shop. Do pay it a visit for finely crafted luxury goods in leather, horn, wood, ceramic and a variety of pet food supplies.
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