30 July 2014: Radio interview on Drystone Radio (http://drystoneradio.com/) with Janette Talbot from the Folly about the two Exhibitions 'War Beckons' and 'Journeys Through a Family Archive': listen: MP3 (10Mb)
For 2014, there are three exhibitions:
Exhibition: 2 October - 2 November 2014: An exhibition of 50 photographs celebrating the Golden Anniversary of the Forest of Bowland as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: a stunning collection of 50 photographs specially taken by professional photographers, residents and visitors. Images chosen for the exhibition help to reflect the Forest of Bowland's special sense of place and capture some of the characteristics of this beautiful area. Subjects range from classic landscape and wildlife pictures to well known buildings and quirky shots. The resulting show is a real feast for the eye and will inspire everyone with a love of this wonderful area which lies right on our doorstep
1 July - 2nd November: War Beckons, 'Journeys Through a Family Archive', The Saving of the Settle Carlisle Railway
Our current exhibitions, 'War Beckons' and 'Journeys Through a Family Archive' launched on 1st July. We are especially pleased that The Folly is the opening venue for Craven's five-year programme of commemorations of World War I. This is entirely appropriate because Settle and North Craven played such an active role during the early months of the war in recruiting men and women for service, mustering horses from the farms, welcoming Belgian refugees and fundraising for the troops. We have uncovered some fascinating stories and we need your help to discover more. One section of the exhibition is called 'Are you related to any of these men?' So, drop in and see if you are, or know anyone else who might be. A special feature of the exhibition is a series of emotive paintings by local artist David Hartnup who was inspired by the book published by the Craven Herald in 1920 commemorating the men from the district who died in World War I. David has interpreted the images from the book, in his own style, to depict the men from the villages of High and Low Bentham who lost their lives, giving us an insight into the scale of human loss during the conflict. David also has a passion for the battlefield sites of World War 1 and has been visiting them since 1989. He particularly likes the trenches that still remain in the Argonne Forest and images of the Somme. His use of straight lines give the paintings a striking and distinctive look. Equally fascinating to local people are the stories contained in 'Journeys Through a Family Archive', which features the lives of the Riley and Green families who both arrived in Settle at the end of the 19th century. Did you know that vines used to be grown on the Ashfield car park or that Kirkgate once looked like a country lane? There are many more gems of information like this to discover! The third big attraction at The Folly this summer is the extra items which have been added to our railway displays in celebration of the 25th anniversary of saving the Settle-Carlisle line. Of special interest is personal memorabilia relating to the line collected by the late Derek Soames, together with new work by artist-in-residence, Sarah Hutton and photographer-in- residence, Simon Whalley. An illustrated talk by Terry Hanson, entitled '30 Years of the Leeds-Carlisle Railway from the Line Side' will throw further light on the amazing changes that have taken place over this period in the fortunes of the line.
Display panels from the exhibitions:
15 April - 29 June 'Make it Slow'
Make it Slow
Experience art at a different pace. Stop for a minute. Take a breath. Slow down.
This exhibition looks at ‘slowness’ in the work of six contemporary artists. It includes thrown ceramics by Chris Keenan, hand built porcelain by Fenella Elms, jewellery by Misun Won, embroidery by Aimee Betts, metal work by Sharon Adams and willow sculpture by Lizzie Farey. Their work is craft-based, often grounded in traditional skills and processes that involve labour intensive techniques. However ‘slow’ is not necessarily about how long the work has taken to make.
It is more about the processes of thinking, researching, experimenting, the experiences that inspire the work, the refinement of skills over time. It is looking at ‘slow’ as a bigger picture, as a way of life. Looking at the work, common themes emerge: a considered, meditative way of working; an obsession with a particular material, theme or form, constantly revisited in the quest for resolution; a connection with the history of their craft. Three out of the six artists came to the arts as a second career but their love of making was always there, it just took time to emerge, all the stronger from past experiences and knowledge absorbed.
These makers are not part of a formal ‘slow’ group. However, over the last 30 years organisations such as the Slow Food movement and Citta Slow (slow towns) along with the writings of Carl Honoré, have helped to encourage a cultural shift towards slowness in all aspects of our lives. It is a move away from rapid mass production and consumption towards a more balanced lifestyle. The focus is on reconnecting with family and community, creating a more sustainable environment and enjoying life by doing things properly and at the right pace.
So why not start right now? Take some time to absorb the exhibits, learn about the artists and their stories. Sit down and read in our resource area, pick up some materials, make something or share your skills. It may prompt you to consider how slowing down would improve some aspects of your own life or you may even be inspired to take up a craft. Just remember whatever you do, Make it Slow.
Curated by Grace Whowell
Art Unpacked is a series of touring art exhibitions created by Chrysalis Arts. It brings the very best of contemporary art and craft to small and unique galleries, from East Lancashire to the Yorkshire coast.
Please see our press release: Slow down with a stunning exhibition of contemporary crafts: Make it Slow at The Folly, Settle: 15 April-29 June 2014 (249kb)
You may like to review the events for 2014 on the Events page, which gives details of events through the season related to the exhibitions.
Temporary Exhibitions for other years may be found by clicking on the relevant links below: