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Cultivate 8 Exhibition

You may remember the exhibition of art and crafts shown at The Barn in 2014. If you did visit, you will be as please as we are that the same group have chosen to exhibit their work at Bury Court again, from 17-20 November.

CULTIVATE is a selling exhibition featuring a group of exceptional and established artists and craftsmen whose work brought them together when they found that they are inspired by a common passion for gardens and gardening.

It may be colours and textures in juxtaposition, fine observation of the detail of flowers, leaves, insects or birds in the garden environment. Or perhaps human activities in the garden: tools and gardening equipment, the weather and the seasons: all these feature in their work.

This exhibition will show a collection of paintings, wood engraving, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, sculpture and finely engraved glass in the perfect setting of Bury Court Barn and its beautifully designed garden which was created by John Coke in collaboration with Piet Oudolf, the famous Dutch designer and Christopher Bradley Hole.

You can get an insight into each exhibitor in the words they have all written below:

JULIE AYTON - Ceramics

Garden … the word immediately raises not just images in the mind’s eye but the feelings associated with a restful or reflective space. Formal or relaxed, urban or rural, a garden provides detachment from the onward rush, time to pause and drink in the atmosphere of time suspended, and let the mind wander. It is a place for daydreams, and for artists.

On a summer day when I’m putting off going into my pottery, the garden is the most likely culprit. Since early myopic childhood the tiny details of leaves and stems, or the rhythmic pattern of their repetitions, have fascinated me. The taut swell of fruits and bird’s eggs, the perfect structure of a seed head or tensioned dewdrop have informed the shapes of my bowls and cups, and everything from feathers and pondweed to caterpillars and ladybirds have been the source of the patterns on their surfaces.

ALISON ELLEN – Textiles and Hand Knitting

The textiles course at the Art College in Farnham, in the 1960s, took us back to basics, encouraging understanding of yarns, dyes and technique. An early memory is of the dye-room full of richly-coloured dyed yarns: this is now replicated in my studio at home!

My main interest in designing is to explore stitches and shaping and create clothes that are individual and fun to wear. Designing, making and teaching short courses all come together in my books on knitting.

This exhibition is a welcome opportunity to combine textiles and colour with a constant design resource, a love of gardens, plants and landscape.

ANNE HAYWARD – Painter and Wood Engraver

  • NDD ATC London, SWE
  • Hon. Secretary the Society of Wood Engravers.
  • Elected member, Hampshire and Berkshire Guild of Craftsmen

Anne is a painter and printmaker who works in a variety of media from oil painting to wood engraving, from black and white to colour. The process of making a painting or a print involves composing marks, shapes, patterns and textures on a flat surface, thereby creating an illusion of space.

She is interested in attempting to evoke the poetical and imaginative experience of being in a particular place rather than making a “photographic” image. Gardens are a constant source of inspiration.


  • NDD [Illustration] ATD Birmingham
  • Elected member of the Hampshire and Berkshire Guild of Craftsmen

Richard taught Art, Design and Technology for many years. He resigned from full time teaching in 1988 in order to concentrate on work as a maker.

He carves directly into wood and stone, aiming to make meaningful and symbolic forms that are true to the natural qualities of the materials as well as to the subjects represented. Ideas come from observation of people, birds, animals and plants. The sculptures vary in scale and detail. Most of the stone carvings are suitable to place in a garden or conservatory.

Syann van Niftrik – Jewellery

Ideas and materials are there to be stretched, I use simple methods, relying on form and surface, occasionally repeating and linking elements, to create pieces that move and interact with the body. Working in silver and gold with occasional additions of bronze, gem stones and silk, I enjoy the drama of a piece, or contrarily the merging of a piece, whichever it is I hope to create pieces that become personal to the wearer. Using hammers and anvil to form shapes out of the metal, allowing my unconscious mind to draw me on.

Trained in Ceramic Design at Johannesburg College of Art 1965-1968, I spent 3 years designing for the architectural cladding industry in Johannesburg before changing over to jewellery. Jewellery became my focus and through working in ateliers in Amsterdam I learned and gained skills that I continue to build on today.

I came to Britain in 1979 having spent several years living and working in the Netherlands and France. Now, I live and work at home in the New Forest.

LIZ VONBERG – Silk Textile Painter

From the designs that I create and paint on silk, I produce framed pictures, room screens, cushions, waistcoats and scarves.

I am particularly excited by organic forms restrained by geometric shapes, and draw inspiration from the colours, textures and patterns of the natural world, juxtaposing these with the manmade.

My work combines unforgiving draughtsmanship and subtle watercolour technique with a passion for textiles. Resulting creations are detailed and vibrant, frequently drawing on botanic themes, making the challenge of this exhibition a complete delight.

TRACEY SHEPPARD – Glass Engraver

Glass – transparent, reflective, forgiving and unforgiving. I discovered the joy of mark making on this beguiling material whilst studying for a degree in English Literature and Fine Art.

Gardening has been part of my consciousness from a very early age. I can lose myself in drawing plants, absorbed by their structure, form and texture. Capturing the spirit of an entire garden was a natural progression from making individual botanical studies.
Lettering and word play have long been sources of inspiration and fun.

The opportunity to combine all of these elements is simply a pleasure, revelling in a continuing conversation with the medium, rarely a day passes without a new discovery.

SALLY SCOTT - Painter, Lithographer & Glass Engraver

In South West London hidden behind wooden gates is an 1895 Ostler’s cottage and stable with walled courtyard gardens to the front and rear.

The front garden is six meters by four of flowerbeds; the rest of the paved space is shared between numerous pots large and small, two Pear trees, a Cherry tree and a car.
The south facing back garden is terraced to maximise the growing space. Between the two gardens is the stable, my studio. I work in the studio and the gardens. They are my inspiration.

All the paintings in this exhibition are from this garden: an exploration of colour relationships and the joy of nature.