Wildflower Meadows: exhibition of art and poetry
About the event
You may have seen the article in the spring Wildside Magazine about our wildflower meadow project, with a special focus on Birches Farm. The artists and poets have been busy creating some wonderful work, and although we have had to cancel the public events we are going ahead with an exhibition at the Apple Store Gallery supported by an online show on the gallery’s new web site.
Birches Farm and other wildflower meadows dotted across Herefordshire survive as beacons of hope in the face of all we have lost. Our exhibition aims to celebrate the richness of what we still have and help raise awareness of the vulnerability of these precious habitats. We hope our wide-ranging interpretations as artists and poets inspire more people to visit Birches Farm and to support Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s work to protect, restore and extend our wildflower meadows.
Our ‘Wildflower Meadows’ exhibition of art and poetry is at the Apple Store Gallery from Wednesday 24th June to 8th August, Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 1pm. You are warmly welcome to visit the gallery in person during the exhibition, by appointment to ensure social distancing.
Our private view was to be Saturday, 27th June, 2 to 3.30 pm, but as this is not possible the show will be viewable on the web with an e-shop facility and the gallery also open for sales from 2pm this Saturday: applestoregallery.com
Marion Campbell, Apple Store Gallery
Unit 1, Rockfield Road, Hereford, HR1 2UA
07778 038624 email@example.com
"When I think about how many of these natural habitats have disappeared over recent decades it makes me feel part of something very important and has enhanced my capacity to understand nature’s forms." Marion Campbell
More About the Project
Richard Bavin, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s resident artist, and Marion Campbell, manager of the Apple Store Gallery, have been working towards this exhibition for a year. We began on a sunny June day with a gathering of artists and poets at Birches Farm.
- Amanda Attfield
- Judy Dinnen
Our visual artists:
- Amanda Attfield
- Jill Barneby
- Richard Bavin
- Marion Campbell
- Kate Culling
- Kate Dawson
- Matt Day
- David Laws
- Rowan McOnegal
- Allison Neal
- Mariette Voke
- Chris Williams
Reflections on the project from some of the artists:
Marion: Exploring the fields at Birches Farm, taking photos and videos, sketching and painting has opened my eyes to a whole world of tiny details and the swathes of vibrant ecosystems.
When I think about how many of these natural habitats have disappeared over recent decades it makes me feel part of something very important and has enhanced my capacity to understand nature’s forms.
Richard: As an artist specialising in trees and woodland, wildflower meadows present a very different challenge. It was only when I knelt down close to the ground and peered through that the scene was transformed into something much more familiar to me, the horizon dissolving and grasses and flowers rising up in a complex tangle of life.
Amanda: I was struck by the diversity, the variety of colours in the habitat, and just how little I knew about wild flowers - their many names and their uses before the advent of modern medicines and dyes.
Judy: This project has opened my eyes and taught me a deep appreciation of the world around us. My husband, John, has long had an interest in wild flowers, but I was more of a ‘townie’. But now I’m on board, learning and listening, staring at small flowers and huge trees and trying to find ways of expressing the value and power of nature.
Jill: A fascination for me has been watching the hedgerow greenery unfurl before my eyes. Unmolested by modern interventions and left to just grow these sturdy beautiful plants continue their work creating field enclosures.