Landbeach Tithe Barn is excited to join in the 2021 Heritage Open Days festival on Saturday 18th September with events and activities on offer throughout the day.
As an agricultural building formerly involved in food production and storage, the tithe barn is the perfect location reflecting this year’s Heritage Open Days theme of ‘Edible England’. The timber granary where food was stored is still visible as is the brick threshing floor where crops including wheat were beaten to extract the grain.
In addition to viewing our wonderful barn, this free event offers events and activites for the family. There will be knowledgeable trust members on-site to answer questions and all activities are free for children and families to enjoy. Doors open at 11.00 a.m. with last entry at 4:30 p.m. There’s no need to book; just turn up and enjoy.
There will be lots to do:
11.00 Doors open
11.30 Story Reading
For children there will be a reading of the delightful tale of ‘The Little Red Hen’ and her determination to bake some bread to be followed by a demonstration of how to produce flour using a ‘quern’ – a traditional gringing stone.
Demonstrations of how grain was ground into flour using a traditional grinding stone – or ‘quern’ with opportunities for children to try their hand.
For smaller children and their parents there will be a ‘small world’ touch tray with a selection of wooden toys to play with.
4.30 Last entry
All events and activities will be Covid-compliant with hand sanitisers available and regular cleaning and clear signage to help ensure both visitors and organisers stay safe and can enjoy a relaxing day out. We request that visitors bring a mask with them.
Make a day of it
Beyond the tithe barn, Landbeach is full of history; why not make a morning or afternoon of your visit and also look at the lovely parish church of All Saints which dates back to the 13th century with much medieval woodwork remaining. Also worth a look is Worts Meadow. Now a local nature reserve the meadow is a former medieval settlement site, with a surviving homestead moat and fish pond, and earthworks showing the location of roads and houses.
Melanie Hale, Chair of Landbeach Parish Council and trustee says:
“The Trust is delighted to be contributing to this year’s Heritage Open Days festival. Landbeach tithe barn was an integral part of local food production for hundreds of years and this makes it a perfect location for this year’s festival theme of ‘Edible England’.
On Sunday May 30th the Trust is very excited to welcome several local artists to showcase their work in the atmosperic environment of Landbeach tithe barn. The exhibition is free to everyone and runs between 11.00 and 4.00 (https://tithebarntrust.org.uk/learning/2021-events/). The artists are profiled below. All are members of, or associated with, the Cambridge Drawing Society.
The Society is believed to be one of the oldest of its kind in the UK, having been founded in 1882. Throughout its long history the society has fostered the aims of its founding members, “To encourage the arts of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture in Cambridge and district and to promote exhibitions of members’ work”. The Society currently has 180 members, both amateur and professional artists.
Maureen Mace (Painter & Print-maker / Cambridge)
Maureen’s paintings are about colour, detail and ideas. They tell stories that can be magical and surreal. Cambridge is her home and a huge influence on her work. She loves the beautiful, historic city with its wide, open spaces, great architectural buildings, old university traditions and, of course, its cows. Maureen adds into her works rich night skies and shining moons. Her taste for Medieval manuscripts and tapestries forms the basis for these intricate, dream-like paintings.
Tracey Ashman (Printmaker / Cottenham) – I have practiced printmaking for a decade and as a printmaker, my creativity is limitless. Printmaking processes and techniques can be combined, which provides an endless artistic journey, practising an art form that constantly inspires. My preferred printmaking techniques are mono-printing, silkscreen and linocuts. I’m inspired by form, line, colour and texture, and my prints are informed by a fascination with nature, both home and abroad. My recent print projects have been inspired by an abiding interest in textiles, which comes from my childhood legacy left to me by my mother. I spent many hours in her sewing room, where I was taught to sew and knit at the age of five. I have begun to incorporate stitch into my printmaking processes; the texture and form of stitch, both hand and machine, creates beautiful, unexpected marks. Cotton is now my prefered drawing medium to create line and texture in my prints, and paper is the perfect medium for capturing the beauty of the mark.
Ann Biggs (Painter & Illustrator / Haddenham) – I trained in the 1970’s and worked as a professional illustrator ever since. I have worked with educational publishers specialising in Natural History for schools, also taking on commissioned work with private customers.
Nowadays I take on private commissions, as well as running workshops for various art groups and Haddenham Arts Centre. I focus on subjects such portraits of pets, children, people’s houses as well as my first love, painting wildlife of all shapes and sizes.
I work from a studio at Haddenham Arts Centre near Ely, Cambs and welcome visitors to my studio where I sell cards, prints and original paintings.
Rob Ellis (Painter / Cottenham) – I am a figurative painter and I paint rather precisely using transparent watercolours – “pure watercolour”. I like to mix my paints on a palette and to decide exactly where and how to put them on the paper to achieve my aims. I first learned the trick of drawing what I could see around me during school holidays some sixty years ago but after that I never studied art and very rarely drew or painted anything. Then, in 2017, I started painting and drawing seriously and have devoted considerable time to it over the last few years. I am particularly interested in working out how best to replicate different textures and the effect of light on them. I see each new painting as a technical challenge rather than an expression of my passions.
Iona Howard (Printmaker / Cottenham) – My prints use figuration and abstraction to portray the landscape of places I know well. The sources can come from working en plein air or expressing landscape filtered through memory. The physicality of my approach to the printing process combined with a contemplative exploration of surface makes the subject spontaneous and vibrant whilst capturing an intimate connection with the landscape.
I have lived on the Fen Edge near Cambridge for the last twenty years and the focus of my work is the meeting point of land, horizon and sky, their flatness altering the perception of distance. My prints have gradually evolved from monochromatic studies by introducing colour to reflect the Fens’ ever-changing mood and light.
My monochromatic work has developed in parallel to this as a result of my three-year collaboration with the 2017 Fenland Poet Laureate, Kate Caoimhe Arthur. Our work explores the concept of the sublime, the senses of home and alienation in a humanly fabricated natural space, and the precarious relationship between the ecological and the human. From these early walks in the spring of 2017, our collaboration has since taken a variety of forms: staging talks and exhibitions, sound recording and creating numerous prints and poems.
Christine Lockwood (Painter / Fen Drayton) – Ever since I can remember I have always loved messing about with paints.
I live in the small village of Fen Drayton in Cambridgeshire, working in a lovely light sunny studio where I can concentrate on my love of watercolour painting. I have a passion for colour, the luminosity & vibrancy is reflected in my work. I love to let the colours blend & mix together on the watercolour paper giving that element of surprise & looseness.
Flowers have always been inspirational for me. You will often find me with a sketchpad and camera in the garden on bright sunny days capturing the vibrant petals of the Delphiniums & Hollyhocks or the bees on the Echinacea. These are the perfect subject matter for my paintings. I also enjoy painting landscapes, particularly around the nature reserve where I live and trips to Cornwall, Scotland, Wales & France have all provided me with a wealth of inspiration for me to explore, sketch and paint.
Rita Morton (Printmaker / Bourn) – My work spans drawing, illustration and printmaking. On returning to England in 2009, I revived my printmaking skills, primarily through lino and silkscreen. My art derives from my sense of place, predominantly where the man-made harmonises with the natural environment. I am inspired by the imagery, techniques and colours of Japanese prints, especially in a favourite subject of mine, water reflections.
Giulia Quaresima (Painter / Fen Ditton) – Giulia Quaresima is an Italian figurative artist and portrait painter.
The women’s universe is the main theme of her painting season: the relentless passage of time, the laceration of abandonment, the fascinating moment of conception are the subjects on which she reflects. She uses painting to analyse our fears and hopes, and her works do not hide behind intellectual games. The artist believes that her works can show her love for tradition and her respect for the craft, because, in her opinion, modernity should be find through the old rule of art. She is very faithful to the “poetic of realism” with which she carries on her own idea of reality.
Paul Rodhouse (Painter / Burwell) – As a youngster, I was fascinated by both art and natural history and followed a career in biological oceanography. More than 30 years on, inspired by a visit to the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut, I dug out the brushes and palette of my school days and started painting again.
I largely use oils and I mostly paint marine and polar subjects, the wildlife, the seascapes and icescapes that have been such an important part of my life. Starting to paint again was a challenge, but the possibility of having work accepted by the Cambridge Drawing Society provided an incentive. Becoming a member has encouraged me to develop my skills and artistic imagination.
Alice Thomson (Multimedia Artist / Girton) – My work has developed as ‘reportage’ drawing directly and spontaneously from life. I carry a sketchbook and camera constantly with me, and I aim to capture a place and its essence. I use effortless but sensitive use of line, mark making and color with an expressive quality.
Experimenting with different techniques and materials with no strict rules, I enjoy looking for new and surprising effects. I work in a combination of collage, ink, printing, crayons and paints, (gouache oil and acrilic) sticks and pencils to add layers to add interest to my compositions until it feels complete. My work speaks of the sense of places.
Our team of skilled craftsmen have been working hard over the last five months to repair and rescue the unique Grade II listed Tithe Barn, in Landbeach. Less than a year ago the Tithe Barn’s future was uncertain and if the funds weren’t raised the historic timber frame building was in danger of collapsing and being lost forever. The Tithe Barn’s leaking roof was covered in a tarpaulin and it was in real need of some TLC.
We are over the moon that the repairs are now complete. Thanks to our thatcher Jeff Helme and his team the roof has been rethatched, keeping as much of the historic fabric as possible, and now looks fabulous. Our team of carpenters and brick layers from F.A. Valiant & Son, building restoration specialists, have worked tirelessly. The final sympathetic repairs have now been undertaken to the doors and brick threshing floor.
Gemma O’Shea, Chair of Trustees of the Tithe Barn Trust says “Of course, none of this would have been possible without the support from the wonderful public, as well as the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Amey Community Fund, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the October Fund. We are truly grateful and can’t wait for everyone to see the finished result at our next events.”
We are holding new events at the Tithe Barn this year, all made possible by money raised by National Lottery players. On Saturday 28th March 9.30am-12.30 ‘Histon Country pop-up market’ will have handmade food and gifts on offer by local producers, at the Tithe Barn. Then on Saturday 4th April 11am-4pm we’ll be holding our first ever Art Exhibition at the Barn. Local artist Maureen Mace will be exhibiting alongside local artists from the Cambridge Drawing Society and Rowan, a Cambridge based charity and arts centre for adults with learning disabilities. Entry to these events is free. Visit https://tithebarntrust.org.uk/learning/2020-events/ and pencil the dates in your diary for all our events this year.
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