Of Oak and Ash and Thorn
From : May 1, 2015 to : Jun 21, 2015
Green Hill Arts in Moretonhampstead will literally open its doors to the outdoors in a collaboration between artists, families and children, young people and wild skills practitioners.
A staggering divide between children and the outdoors has been recognised. Intensified through parental fears, restricted access to natural areas and the lure of the screen, the lack of nature in today’s generation is leading to today’s childhood trends of rises of obesity, attention disorders, and depression.
"The rarest sight in the British countryside isn't a lapwing or a skylark - it’s a child." (Chris Peckham)
Over the past year a group of local families, community members, artists, architects, writers, musicians and wild skills practitioners have explored issues related to these concepts and realised means and methods to overcome these perceived barriers in and around Dartmoor.
We would like you to join us, not just within the gallery's four walls, but for walks, talks and weekly workshops that will invite you and your family to step outside and investigate the British countryside enjoying activities that stretch the imagination and encourage play and exploration.
This project is run by Beth Hamer, environmental artist, in association with Greenhill Arts and The Moretonhampstead Development Trust. There is an Exhibition at the Gallery from May 1st - June 21st 10am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday. Entrance is free. Please go to the website to see the detailed programme of workshops and activities for all ages. Alongside the exhibition we will have a wide range of books and activity kits to invite you to enjoy nature and the environment in positive ways.
The programme is facilitated by Beth Hamer from Growing our Future.
Of Oak and Ash and Thorn has been funded by: The Dartmoor National Park Sustainable Development Fund, Awards for All and the Moretonhampstead Action Group for Sustainability.