!  Cornucopia ! 2017   ~  Solo Exhibitions

Dates : 16th September ~ 8th October
Opening Times : Weekends 10am – 6pm; Tues – Fri 10am – 6pm
Venue : White House Farm, Great Glemham, Suffolk IP17 1LS
Price Lists : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

This autumn’s Solo Shows present collections of new works by some of the artists with whom the farm and Alde Valley Spring Festival have worked most closely over the past few years. All works are available for sale.

Please note : there is no entry charge to the farmyard barns and the autumn Solo Shows.

For more information about artists and their work please see below or  contact : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

 Roger Hardy - Time & Tide

Time & Tide is the largest of this autumn’s Solo Exhibitions and is arranged in the farm’s Old Threshing Barn. The show presents new sculptures and constructions by Roger Hardy. All have been made during the past year using materials gathered from mudflats in the Alde Estuary above the coastal town of Aldeburgh.

Taken together, they represent a significant shift in Roger’s artistic development. The works are striking as individual pieces but also present a strong collective identity. The figure, abstracted to a simple form or silhouette, is a recurrent theme, suggesting memories of pilgrimage, icons and migration.

A fully illustrated Catalogue is available - with a foreword very kindly contributed by the writer and fellow Suffolk resident Anthony Horowitz.

Note : Roger Hardy is represented by The Alde Valley Spring Festival Ltd. His work can also be found on the Spring Festival’s new online gallery for contemporary fine art and crafts : www.galloper-sands.co.uk pieces."
 Craig Hudson : Fantasy Land

Craig Hudson last held a Solo Show at the farm in the Summer of 2015. Since then, we have shown maquettes of a large project called Tourist and, more recently in Spring 2017, new works from a series To the Moon and Back about Craig’s family dog. A private view of Craig’s work was also held by the Spring Festival in Queensway in London for curators and collectors just after Frieze 2016.

For this year’s ! Cornucopia ! programme we are presenting a selection of new maquettes and studies from a new project called Fantasy Land. These link back to more figurative bronzes made by Craig in 2013-15, in which traditional bronze casting techniques was blended with the materials of street art – in particular, complex bronze figures were finished with bursts of vivid aerosol spray paints. The new works are fluid, made from expanded foam. But again they are finished in luminescent spray paint. They are offered for sale as unique maquettes, available for conversion into final bronze versions through a process of burn-out casting, polishing and spray-painting.

Note : Craig Hudson is represented by is represented by The Alde Valley Spring Festival Ltd. His work can also be found on the Spring Festival’s new online gallery for contemporary fine art and crafts : www.galloper-sands.co.uk
 Freddy Morris : Oak Variations 2017

Freddy Morris was one of the Artists & Bronze Casters from Butley Mills Studios who took part in the first Workshop Residency at the farm in the Spring of 2014 – alongside Sarah Pirkis, Alice-Andrea Ewing, Cat Vitebsky and Craig Hudson. Freddy returned for a Woodland Residency in 2015, during which he developed a practice of making direct burn-out casts and moulds of sculptures made from branches gathered from the fields, hedges and woodland at the farm and other parts of Suffolk. This in turn led to two ongoing series of bronze sculptures made from re-worked plant materials : the Tangle Series and Variations. For his autumn show Freddy is exhibiting a selection of new Oak Variations made during 2017.

Note : Freddy Morris’s Tangle Series and Variations are represented by The Alde Valley Spring Festival Ltd. His work can also be found on the Spring Festival’s new online gallery for contemporary fine art and crafts : www.galloper-sands.co.uk
 Alice-Andrea Ewing : The Great Glemham Series 2017

Alice-Andrea Ewing was one of the Artists & Bronze Casters from Butley Mills Studios who took part in the first Workshop Residency at the farm in the Spring of 2014. During subsequent years she has developed a practice of creating unique burn out and limited edition casts of organic forms, including fruits, vegetables and other produce. At the farm she has focused on some of the more unusual produce grown in the beautiful walled garden at Great Glemham House. The Spring Festival has supported small exhibitions of these works, titled The Great Glemham Series, at venues in London. These have included Burlington Arcade and Potterton Books. The Great Glemham Series now forms a small part of Alice’s much larger exploration of bronze casting and painting. It is a delight to be able to welcome back a new collection of bronzes from Great Glemham for the autumn programme at the farm.

Note : Alice-Andrea Ewing’s Great Glemham Series is represented by The Alde Valley Spring Festival Ltd. His work can also be found on the Spring Festival’s new online gallery for contemporary fine art and crafts : www.galloper-sands.co.uk
 Tessa Newcomb : Cornucopia

Tessa Newcomb’s beautiful paintings have been at the heart of food and arts projects at White House Farm since the first Easter Retreat Exhibition at the farm in 2005. Over the years her work has looked at different aspects of life at the farm and in the local landscape of the Alde Valley and East Suffolk : from coastal scenes to boats on the broad estuary; from sheep in the pastures to birds in the woods and hedgerows; and from the local lanes to people working on allotments or in their workshops and gardens. In 2012 Full Circle Editions published the book An Artist in the Garden, which followed a year in the walled garden at Great Glemham House.

During 2016 and 2017 Tessa has been on a series of Hedge Hut residencies at White House Farm. These have led to a growing collection of paintings and drawings that capture the daily, monthly and seasonal activities on the farm – especially during the Spring and Autumn openings. These works are being used to illustrate a book about the farm that will be printed and released during the 2018 Alde Valley Spring Festival. A collection of cards are being printed for sale in the meantime. These serve as a prelude to the book. For the autumn programme, Tessa is showing some of the most recent paintings from this residency project, including pictures of the Farm Gardens and Spring Festival Workshop Residencies.
 Becky Munting : Songbirds from Cransford

Becky Munting first showed her work at the farm in the 2015 Alde Valley Spring Festival Exhibition. This led to the offer of a painting residency in March 2017 linked to Great Glemham Solar Farm. This 70 acre site is bisected by a 9 acre nature reserve. A complex landscape management plan is allowing the whole area to function as a wildlife reserve, with noticeable increases in the populations of wild grasses, flowers, butterflies, birds and mammals. The main aim of the Solar Farm Residency was to observe and paint a population of hares that now live on the site. Almost all the resulting paintings sold in the Spring Festival Exhibition. For her autumn Solo Show, Becky has explored another aspect of local wildlife – the variety of songbirds that inhabit local hedges, woodland and gardens. The paintings that she is exhibiting are all made from her studio in Cransford and depict the birds that she sees in her garden.

Note. All works in the ! Cornucopia ! Solo Shows are for sale. If you would like to receive more information about any of the exhibiting artists and their work, including biographies, images or price lists please email : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

 The Suffolk Chair Collection

The autumn exhibitions include new chairs by a range of makers who work with The Suffolk Chair Collection. Particular designs on show and available for commission include signature designs by the following makers : 

• Great Glemham Hedge Chairs, Dairy Stools and Cracket Stools ~ Raymond Hopkins;
• Frame Chairs made with green ash ~ Stewart Goldie Morrison;
• Chair No 1 and Curved Sweet Chestnut Carvers ~ Dan Hussey;
• Folding Stools ~ Dylan Pym.

All chairs are available for commission and can be made to order. Prices range from £325 to £1,650. For more information on designs please go to The Suffolk Chair Collection page on the website.

For more information : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk 


  • The Summer Exhibition :

    The Spirit of '48  +  Here and Now.
    Sat 9th June Sun 1st July Details>


  • Local Places to Stay :

    Good places to stay within 1 mile of the Festival and farm : Crown Cottages, Great Glemham; Stable Cottage, The Grove; Alde Garden, Sweffling Details>


  • Festival Exhibition opening times :

    Festival open every weekday except non-Bank Holiday Mondays. If you are coming in the middle of the day there are good local pubs in Great Glemham and Rendham.


  • Free Entry & Parking :

    Free parking and free entry to Festival Exhibition and Open Studios [@ weekends] – come by foot, bike or car share !

  • Harry Becker Exhibition :

    Archive Exhibition about Harry Becker in the Farmyard Classroom with works for sale in the barns.

  • The Festival Exhibition theme for 2018 : Claudius ~ Suffolk’s Roman Emperor!

    Celebration of portraiture, life drawing and the figure in the landscape

  • New works:

    New works by over 20 artists and makers in the Festival Exhibition.

  • Festival Talks:

    Festival Talks with Maggi Hambling, Simon Loftus and Charlotte Howarth.

  • Farm Suppers with Peter Harrison:

    Farm Suppers with Peter Harrison each Thursday evening in the farmhouse Dining Rooms from Thurs 26th April – 17th May. Book early to reserve places.


  •  Eat on the Wild Side :

    Cakes, pastries and pies made with foods from the farm’s market gardens, hedgerows, pastures and woodland. Served and on sale at weekends in Hedge Quarters’ Tea Rooms.


  •  NEW for 2018 :

    More pop up exhibition spaces in the barns for The Spring Festival Exhibition.

  •  NEW for 2018 :

    New Workshop Residency spaces – open at weekends from 21st April – 20th May.

  •  Spring Festival launches 21st April:

    The 2018 Alde Valley Spring Festival launches on Saturday 21st April and runs until Sunday 20th May – come and visit us !


  •  NEW for 2018:

    Open Studios showcasing some of the best makers in Suffolk and UK : leather work, letter carving, chair-making, knife-forging, jewellery, tile-making


Works for Sale

We have some wonderful works by artists that exhibit at the festival currently for sale. Details >
The Festival Shop

Stocking a range of unusual cards, books, walking sticks and other handmade items made on the farm & by local artisans. Details >
The Suffolk Chair Collection

The Collection of original early – mid nineteenth century Ball Backs has been set up as a design reference collection. Details >

Icon Painting in the Alde Valley

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Food Adventures

We have listed some of the Alde Valleys outstanding food businesses.
Places to Stay

The Alde Valley and East Suffolk are full of good homestays, holiday cottages, B&Bs and hotels.
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