Saturday 12 September 2020
Two panel discussions with leading architects for our second architecture symposium, which this year takes Elisabeth Frink’s reconstructed Woolland Studio – and her creative environment as the backdrop. A Place Apart (started 10:30am) and A Place Together (started 2pm), the closing discussion of our Festival which asked the question: when and how we will get back together. Examining the roles of public spaces in a post-covid society. ‘A Place Together’ examined the future of the city centre. Each panellist spoke for 10 minutes on a specific project before joining the discussion chaired by Peter Clegg.
The panelists were Niall McLaughlin, Mark Merer, Piers Taylor and Jenny Jones. Chaired by Peter Clegg.
‘A Place Together’ is adapted from a quote by Elisabeth Frink in relation to her studio and is a panel discussion that will examine the public realm and role of architecture in a post-Covid 19 society. Each panellist spoke for 10 minutes on a specific project before joining the discussion chaired by Peter Clegg.
Top photo courtesy of Niall McLaughlin, bottom photo courtesy of Mark Merer
Saturday 12 September 2020
Two panel discussions with leading architects for our second architecture symposium, which this year takes Elisabeth Frink’s reconstructed Woolland Studio – and her creative environment as the backdrop. A Place Apart (started 10:30am) and A Place Together (started 2pm), which recall Frink’s statement about her studio and solitary practice and a contrasting talk about how collective spaces need to be reimagined and how architecture is adapting to a post Covid-19 society.
10:30 – Introduction
Renowned architect Mike Stiff of Stiff + Trevillion looked at public vs private in the context of our post-Covid world.
11 – 12:30pm – A Place Apart
Fergus Feilden, Christina Seilern, Jessica Reynolds and Philip Gumuchdjian. Chaired by Roger Zogolovitch.
‘A Place Apart’ is taken from a quote by Elisabeth Frink in relation to her studio, and the title of the studio exhibition, and was a panel discussion that examined the private realm and role of architecture in a post-covid 19 society. Each panelist spoke for 10 minutes on a specific project before joining the discussion chaired by Roger Zogolovitch.
Photo courtesy of Mark Merer
Thursday 10 September 2020
A talk in the barn gallery and online by psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author of ‘The Well Gardened Mind’ Sue Stuart-Smith.
As gardening experiences a surge in popularity during lockdown, psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author Sue Stuart-Smith will join us to discuss the psychological benefits. In a powerful combination of contemporary neuroscience, psychoanalysis and brilliant storytelling, Sue’s book and The Sunday Times bestseller The Well Gardened Mind investigates the magic that many gardeners have known for years – working with nature can radically transform our health, well-being and confidence.
Sue Stuart-Smith tells brilliant, illuminating stories of people struggling with stress, depression, trauma and addiction, from asylum seekers to veterans, inner-city young people to the retired.
This is a glorious book of science, insight and anecdote that shows how our understanding of nature and its restorative powers is only just beginning to flower.
‘The wisest book I’ve read for many years … Much more than a gardening book, much more than a guide to mental health … Hugely recommended’ Stephen Fry
‘An important and timely book … Beautifully written, drawing on a lifetime’s experience as both a clinician and a gardener, and I urge everyone to read it’ Monty Don
‘Riveting, inspiring and often very moving … A lively, compassionate exhortation for us all to get our hands back in the soil’ Isabella Tree
‘A compelling and deeply moving account of how profoundly our wellbeing can be affected through contact with gardening and the natural world … Read it’ Edmund de Waal
Wednesday 13 May, 6:30pm Bookings
We are delighted to welcome Clover Stroud back to the barn gallery this time in discussion with fellow author and journalist Chloe Fox. Join us for supper afterwards created by our Mess Restaurant team.
Clover’s new book My Wild and Sleepless Nights – A Mother’s Story is an unflinching, deeply personal book about motherhood, female identity and sexuality – for all mothers and anyone about to embark on that journey.
My Wild and Sleepless Nights explores what it means to be a mother: the way that children and motherhood changes women – both strengthening and weakening a woman’s sense of identity. And it details how Clover, the mother of five children aged from one to seventeen, has navigated motherhood across two decades, both losing and finding herself.
Unflinching, brutally honest, – this is a book for all mothers, from those just exploring the idea to those who have just given birth but also those whose children are beginning to leave: it is a lyrical, funny, painful, sexy, moving and consoling look at the tension that exists between wanting to be a good mother, while holding on to the person with all the desires and longings you had before. Her first book, The Wild Other, was critically acclaimed and shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize. She lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and five children.
Clover is also an experienced journalist and broadcaster making regular contributions to TV and radio. She has had three columns in the Sunday Telegraph and has written regularly also for The Sunday Times,The Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar, The Spectator, Red, Elle and Tatler.
‘This is quite simply the best book about motherhood I have ever read.’ – Eleanor Mills, Sunday Times
‘The best evocation of the all-consuming, self-eroding reality of motherhood, while also being luminous with love’ – Sunday Times Style
‘What a beautiful writer Clover Stroud is! This honest look at the the high and lows of the roller coaster that is maternal life and love is both joyous and exhilarating.’ Cathy Rentzenbrink
‘Rare are the books about motherhood; rarer still, the true, generous, tender, resonant ones. This is that book.’ SOPHIE DAHL
‘Clover’s writing is visceral and brilliant.’ INDIA KNIGHT
Chloe Fox is a journalist and author, whose work regularly appears in the pages of VOGUE, PORTER, THE TELGRAPH, and THE FINANCIAL TIMES to name but a few.
Wednesday 17 June, 6:30pm Bookings
As part of our architecture exhibition we welcome leading interior designer Emily Todhunter to the barn to discuss her work and inspiration.
Emily Todhunter founded the interior design company Todhunter Earle in 1988, with Kate Earle joining as her partner in 1998. Since then the business has expanded rapidly both in size and scope. Her projects range from classic English country houses to well-known restaurants, yachts, small boutique hotels, ski chalets and beautiful homes worldwide.
Todhunter Earle has been at the forefront of the international interior design industry for over 20 years. They are one of only a handful of leading designers to have been continuously included in House & Garden magazine’s Top 100 Interior Designers since the list first began in 1998.
Emily will be joining us as our guest for supper afterwards.