Half Acre Studios will be holding a pop-up exhibition to celebrate our Grandmother, Joan Cork, on her 90th birthday. We are opening on Friday 23rd October - Sunday 25th October, 1pm - 7pm.
The exhibition will showcase a selection of Joan's paintings and graphic works together with one work by other artists in her family. Her eldest daughter, Harriet Halstead and husband Philip Halstead, her youngest daughter Jessica Slater and partner Jon Prior. And a handful of her grandchildren Marie Slater, Sam Halstead, Francis Slater and Phoebe Halstead and their partners Tim Meyer, Phoebe Stannard and Sam Hanner.
Joan nurtured creativity in her own children and grandchildren, and in doing so must have taught them the importance of recognising and appreciating creativity in others, with many of her children and grandchildren choosing partners who are gifted fine-artists and craftsmen themselves. Building a family around her of fine artists, master craftsmen, furniture designers and animators to name but a few. Come and visit the exhibition, a celebration of Joan's art and see how this creativity continues down the generations. Half Acre is a fitting location as Carole, its founder, was a close friend of Joan's and a teacher to several generations of Corks.
This month, October 2020, our mum, grandmother and great grandmother Joan Cork celebrated her 90th birthday. Joan has lived in Boscastle since 1964 apart from a brief spell in Leicester. She trained as an artist at Cheltenham College and The Royal College of Art but devoted most of her time to family matters until her four children were older, when she resumed drawing and painting. Her artwork will look familiar to many in Boscastle as her drawing of the harbour heads the village newsletter, the Blowhole, painted the Dove in Forrabury Church and the village school sign.
To ensure our compliance with the rule of 6, please book a time-slot in advance. Ring Harriet on 07717756816 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
While visiting please maintain appropriate social distancing and precautions. Hand sanitiser will be available.
We hope Joan will be at Half Acre for some of the time to catch up with her friends as they visit.
Light Refreshments provided , with any donations to go to the church.
Where has time flown? It feels like only yesterday we visited Carole at Half Acre and spend an afternoon drinking sherry/tea and watching her catalogue the flowering plants in Half Acre's garden. And yet it’s been over a year since we have called Half Acre home. Although 2020 has been much quieter than expected we have been busy, and suddenly we have lots of news. So without further ado....
OPEN STUDIOS 2020
Half Acre Studios and garden will be welcoming visitors for Open Studios Cornwall at the end of August and start of September, assuming Covid 19 regulations allow. We will be open on the 29th, 30th and 31st of August and 5th & 6th of September from 11am to 5pm and would love to see as many of you as possible.
On display, both in the studio and garden, will be be prints, drawings and sculpture by Sam Halstead and Phoebe Stannard. This isn't a formal exhibition but rather a chance to see some new and well-known faces, wander around the studios and garden, have a look at what we make and watch us working in the studios. If you can't make those dates we can open by appointment, please do get in touch.
DRAWING CLUB BEGINS SEPTEMBER 2020
We are opening bookings for our Saturday Drawing Club. Aimed at young artists, aged 10-16 during Autumn Term. We will cover a range of drawing activities, painting, sculpture and print. Working from observation and imagination. Materials are included. Classes run 10am-1pm, September 19th-December 5th. No class over half term (24&31st October). Fee is £150 per student for 10 sessions. Free scholarship places will be offered in collaboration with local schools to aim at widening participation.We will limit numbers to a maximum of 12 students to allow lots of space and individual tuition. We will be working as safely as possible with hand wash stations and sanitiser following government advice.
PRINTING PRESS ARRIVES AT HALF ACRE STUDIOS
Last month Half Acre Studios welcomed a very special new addition. Our No3 Gunnings printing press has arrived in our studio. We chose this direct drive, British made, etching press with a larger than A1 bed for its amazing flexibility- allowing us to print both intaglio and relief- from monoprints, etchings, dry-points, collagraph’s, lino’s, woodblocks and letterpress. We have been enjoying getting to know it and we are hoping we will soon be able to welcome students and artist in to come and print!
PORTRAIT OF CAROLE VINCENT INSTALLED AT HALF ACRE
We were getting ready for Cornwall Open Studios at the end of May and the launch of art courses at Half Acre when things have suddenly come to a grinding halt, like many, we have decided that for now Half Acre Studios is suspending all Group Activities. At the start of the month we usually open our doors to the Half Acre Painters, a day where old friends of Half Acre come and discuss ongoing work and learn from each other, this day will be sadly missed next month.
But Half Acre studios is a living artist studio and allthough we were looking forward to opening our doors, we are very much hoping the next few months of quiet will be industrious for us. I have been thinking the last few days, how fortunate we are to be creative. I truly believe it is the balm for all boredom, Sam and I never have "nothing" to do. In-fact, we are still hoping that in the coming months a beautiful printing press will arrive (it's currently being built) and be installed, I'm very much looking forward to bringing a new facet to the work created at Half Acre, with the hope that I will be able to offer a space for print-makers to come and work, as well as teach printmaking.
Covid-19 sets out time scale back a bit, but it also allows us to catch our breath, to create new work, and hopefully we will be back, with Open Studios at the end of the summer and ready for the start of the new academic year! We are very much hoping to hear the pitter-patter of children coming, once again, to create at Half Acre, with the start of a Saturday Art Club.
We are excited to open booking for our taster workshops in August! Based around the sculpture garden surrounding Half Acre Studios, we will be running afternoon workshops for families (adults and children age 7-13) and day workshops for adults. These include drawing, collage, monoprinting, relief and 3-dimensional sculpture. Why not come along, see the garden and enjoy a day of creativity at a discounted price!
For more information and to book follow this link: Workshops and Courses