Category Archives: Exhibitions

Willow Sculptures come to Paxton House!

Anna Turnbull is a local artist from Northumberland after graduating with a BA(Hons) Fine Art at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, London in 1988, she returned home to Northumberland to work as a photographic artist and silversmith. In 1994 she trained to teach whilst continuing on her own creative journey.

She started experimenting with the many processes in the making of felt in 2005. And fell in love with its versatility, being able to paint with a varied palette of dyed wools, create something delicate and ephemeral using fine wools and silks, or use more sculptural techniques to form vessels.

In 2008 she was introduced to the many varieties of coloured willows grown locally for basketry and the traditional techniques used to work with them. It excited me and I started using these to create vessels and sculptural forms.

In 2011 Anna set up Biteabout Arts with the intention of creating unique items for sale and delivering a variety of art and craft workshops. This has led to them being shown in the Paxton House grounds for all our visitors to see.

To find out more about Anna and Biteabout Arts please head to her website – Anna welcomes both public and private commissions in willow and felt.

Olivia Lomenech Gill- ‘From Wellies to Warhorse’

On the 28th of July we had the excitement of opening up the new exhibition in the Hayloft gallery- Olivia Lomenech Gill’s ‘From wellies to warhorse’ is a delightful array of works including etchings, paintings, sketches and bronzes.

The collection consists of page sketches from the book ‘Where my wellies take me…’ written by Michael and Clare Morpurgo, illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill, and published by Templar publishing in 2012. The pieces from this book are truly stunning and wonderful for the whole family to see- following a young girl, Pippa, on the adventures she has while wearing her wellies. The exhibition even has the original illustrations for the book in one of the display cases- this is the first time it has ever been on show and is truly special.

Michael Morpurgo also commissioned Olivia to do another piece to mirror his concert performance of ‘War Horse: Only Remembered’. This very moving collection of artwork has the most incredible amount of detail and really brings to War Horse to life.

This exhibition is one of the largest collections Paxton House has received and is a joy for all the family to come and see.


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