An overview of what's coming up at Southcombe Barn:
Every Thursday | Wild Soul Yoga with Debs Stanley
Saturday 9th - Saturday 30th July | Jurgi Moor, What is Beneath Exhibition
Sunday 24th July | 7pm - Jason Singh, Sound Artist Extraordinaire
Monday 1st - Sunday 7th August | Artists In Residence - Becky Dodman & Milly Brown
Monday 8th August - Capoeira - Family Wellbeing
Friday 12th - Tuesday 30th August | Artist in Residence - Amy Wiggin
Sunday 14th August | The Language of Flowers in Art
Tuesday 16th August | Forest School Taster Day
Tuesday 6th September | Community Garden Day
Scroll on down to find out more...
WILD SOUL YOGA with Debs Stanley
Every Thursday / 12.30pm - 2pm
Debs is a yoga teacher, womb shaman and reiki master and is passionate about sacred self-care. Debs holds space for gentle restorative Hatha yoga, bringing our awareness to our breath, our body’s rhythms and our journey through the seasons.
Cost - £10.
SOUTHCOMBE BARN GALLERY | Jurgi Moor - What is Beneath
9th - 30th July
Southcombe Barn Gallery is super excited and proud to present abstract expressionist artist Jurgi Moor for a Summer exhibition of works from 9 July to 30 July 2022.
Jurgi, originally from Vilnius, Lithuania, now lives in Exmoor, Devon. Her works are inspired by the sweeping views, gorses, heathers and rugged terrains of Dartmoor, and Exmoor where she paints, and a landscape that is familiar to her from a creative and magical childhood of summers spent staying with her grandparents in the Lithuanian countryside. Jurgi paints her expressive and abstract landscapes with a delightful, wild abandonment and a freedom reflective of the huge horizons of the open moor.
Jurgi will be in residence over the weekend of 25 and 26 June before starting her exhibition with an open view on Saturday 9 July with drinks and view from 2-4pm. The show ends 30 July.
For all viewings and enquiries firstname.lastname@example.org.
JASON SINGH | SOUND ARTIST EXTRAORDINAIRE
Sunday 24th July, 7pm
A sensory, sound gift. Join us for an intimate and unmissable, FREE performance by sound artist, composer and nature-beatboxer @jasonsinghthing. The focus of this 45 minute concert is on contemplation, deep listening and relaxation explored through improvised ambient music created by the voice, electronics and live bio data from plants.
Inspiration includes Indian ragas, ambient, drone, soundscapes, nature, birdsong, dhrupad, jazz and minimalism.
Jason Singh is a sound artist, nature beatboxer, producer, DJ, facilitator and performer.
His work has been called “beautiful, strange, calming music” by celebrated writer @robgmacfarlane and is also referred to as “the human sampler” by @cerys6music (BBC6 Music).
Singh’s collaborations and commissions include a diverse range of organisations and artists including Sir David Attenborough, George Ezra, BBC, V&A Museum, Kew Gardens, Chester Zoo, BFI, Dartington Trust, Celtic Connections, RNLI, Music for Youth, National Trust, Tate Britain, Yazz Ahmed, Shabaka Hutchings, Sarathy Korwar, Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh, Rokia Traore to name but a few.
RSVP by DM to secure your FREE (limited) tickets and be kind to your ears!
Upcoming Artists Residency | Becky Dodman & Milly Brown
1st - 7th August
We are so thrilled to announce our next, week-long, joint residency at Southcombe this August 1-7 with two hugely inspirational artists Becky Dodman (@beckydodmandesign) and Milly Brown (@millybrownworks) who together will be exploring place, spirit, and divination by immersing themselves in the cultivated and wild spaces in and around the barn, and working collaboratively on research that will inform a joint exhibition 'A Premonition of this Place', at the Southcombe Barn Gallery in October 2022.
FAMILY WELLBEING | CAPOERIA
Monday 8th August
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that centres around a circle of individuals (roda) coming together to sing and play a centuries old game. Unlike most modern games, Capoeira is an “infinite” game whose goal is to keep the game going, and whose reward is the feeling of rejuvenation (Axé). Synergy, rhythm, and balance are all achieved as Capoeira transitions through dance, fight and playful elements.
Come and join us from 10am - 2pm (1 Hr lunch break from 12pm - 1pm) on Monday 8th of August to experience the centuries old game of Capoeira.
The contribution for the workshop is £10, with concessions available for a family.
Bring a packed lunch, water bottle and comfortable clothes. Any children will need to be accompanied by a parent/carer and we welcome parents of older children to stay or join in - especially for the last hour.
ARTIST RESIDENCY | Amy Wiggin
12th - 30th August
Amy Wiggin, winner of the Southcombe international women’s day residency award, will join us for a residency and show of works August 12th - 30th.
Born 1984. Reading, Berks. Lives and works in North London.
Since graduating from The Glasgow school of Art in 2014 She worked as a commissioned illustrator and artist for a range of clients including Vogue International as well as other leading design agencies and Art consultants in Paris and London. In 2020 she decided to focus energy towards her personal art practice, and in October 2021 exhibited with The Other art fair with Luna Artist Collective. This experience was a great success for her personally and professionally and gave her confidence in her work as a printmaker and painter.
Taking the Feminine experience as the central theme within her practice, her work illustrates often highly personal stories from her own (as well as others) lives; She uses raw fine art printmaking techniques including monotype and lithography to illustrate often highly sexually charged, erotic and romantic scenes. I question what it is to be feminine in our ever-changing world. My work reveals a personal as well as a wider political inquiry.
The Language of Flowers in Art
Sunday 14th August | One Day Art Class
A fresh approach to botanical drawing and painting, exploring the dynamics of flower forms. Over the course of the day, learn to respond intuitively to the plants by engaging in a sensitive process of observing and listening.
‘Floriography’ is the name the Victorians gave to the learning the language of flowers, but it goes way back in time to our oldest instincts. This language is already in us all. We intuitively know how to understand the qualities of flowers, how their forms reveal their function, and how the soul qualities of flowers can be used in different kinds of ritual and personal connection. This incredible language of flowers can be revealed and awakened again through the artistic process.
Join artist and botanical art therapist Eleanor Darley at the Southcombe Barn and meadow gardens to learn specific techniques for capturing the forms, gestures, and personal signature of each flower. In this way you will experience a connection to the essence of the plant, which is a beautiful way to bring your artwork to life.
We will start by looking at artists who have brought this type of botanical study to life in their own work. Then some exercises to bring more freedom into our own drawing, strengthening observation and connection to the flowers we study. We will draw plants in their own natural habitat (weather permitting) exploring various techniques of looking, listening, drawing and mark-making. Back in the studio-barn we will reflect and develop work from our sketches, explore plant colour and be free to follow personal inspiration from the flowers. Each person will be guided to create a final composition fully inspired by their chosen flower study.
Expect to be surprised! This class will open the door to just how immediate and imaginative botanical drawing and study can be.
10 places only.
Refreshments provided but please bring a packed lunch.
A short materials will be list sent on booking. Some materials provided.
We are also aware it is the school holidays, young artists of 14 and over are invited to attend with a parent for £40. Please email email@example.com to book this part or with any questions
More about Eleanor:
Eleanor moved to Dartmoor in 2020. She has been working for 12 years researching and developing botanical arts therapy. Her own work as an artist is intrinsically linked to each piece being part of a greater and on-going plant study. She teaches and runs individual and group plant-art sessions focusing on how you can access the medicine of the plant through the artistic process. Additionally, to develop nature observation, wellbeing, plant intuition and as a way to experience and enjoy a deeper inter-connection to plants.
Forest School Taster Day At Southcombe Barn:
Come and join Alaska Sorrel (@wildsorrel) for a taster day of Forest School.
Home Education Group Taster for ages 7-11
9:30 - 12:30
After School Club Taster for ages 5-11
Limited spaces booking essential
Contact Alaska on: Alaskawildsorrel@gmail.com or call 07754985665
COMMUNITY GARDEN DAYS
Tuesday 6th September
Southcombe Barn is nestled on a sheltered hillside, amongst beautiful gardens with wildflowers, abundant wildlife and spectacular moorland views.
We are welcoming women in need of time and peace to come and spend time together on site/here, offering deeply nourishing wellbeing experiences.
A collective of practitioners are able to offer a range of activities and workshops that are shaped around the activities women feel would most benefit them. We can work with groups that come as a collective together or equally bring women together into an independent supportive group.
We hope to develop ongoing supportive relationships that help individuals to find regular wellbeing time for themselves.
We can offer amongst other sessions gong baths, sound therapy, yoga and meditation, gardening and creative workshops.
Do you know someone who would benefit from taking some time out for themselves in nature?
Can you support them to refer themselves to us?
We will be offering a one off introductory morning on Tuesday Sept 4 if you would like or know someone who could attend please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would have difficulty travelling to Southcombe Barn, in Widecombe-in-the-Moor on Dartmoor, please don't let that prevent you from coming. Please just get in contact and we can find ways to help.