Ground Works programme
Postponed until September/October 2020

Illustrated talk by Robin Walter
‘Living with Trees’

Venue: Nailsworth Subscription Rooms
Date: Postponed
Time: TBA

Tickets: £6.50 (includes 5% processing fee * )

We’re very pleased to have environmentalist & writer for Common Ground Robin Walter, coming talk at Ground Works. Robin is a writer, forester, arborist, environmental campaigner and musician. He worked as a woodland officer for the Woodland Trust for many years and contributed to Arboreal, Little Toller’s 2016 anthology of woodland writing. Keep an eye for tickets that will be available soon

Illustrated talk with Neville Gabie
‘the time it takes’

Venue: Nailsworth Subscription Rooms, Bath Road GL6 0HH
Date: Postponed
Time: TBA

Tickets: £6.50 (includes 5% processing fee * ) there are 5 free places offered to full time students contact

With a background in sculpture, internationally acclaimed artist Neville Gabie’s practice has always been driven by working in response to specific locations or situations caught in a moment of change. Highly urbanized or distantly remote, his work is a response to the vulnerability of place. Gabie’s interest is in establishing a working relationship within a particular community as a means of considering its physical, cultural or emotional geography.
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Workshop with Jane Ponsford
Earthed: Papermaking inspired by place

Tutor: Jane Ponsford
Venue: Craft at the Centre, Basement studios, 13 Lansdown, Stroud GL5 1BB 

Date: Postponed
Time: TBA

In this workshop led by artist Jane Ponsford, you will learn about the history and traditions of papermaking, transform cotton rag pulp into sheets of paper or into different forms, colour and stain them with natural inks, dyes & locally gathered pigments. Explore the medium through a practical workshop with demonstrations and individual attention.

  1. Use of vat, mould and deckle.
  2. Sheet forming using cotton rag and other pulp. 
  3. Build other materials into the paper. 
  4. Colour: stain newly formed paper with inks and pigments.
  5. Shape / texture: simple embossing and making and using improvised moulds. 

Participants will go home with several sample sheets of paper and some experimental 2D and 3D pieces. You will also have had an introduction to the medium allowing you to take your papermaking further using various methods.  
Suitable for all abilities.  A handout includes lists of materials, equipment and suppliers

Tickets: £50.00 includes materials. Teas served throughout the day. 
Please bring your own lunch


Readings and Conversation with Philip Gross
& Valerie Coffin Price
The Word The Image and the Space Between

Venue: Nailsworth Subscription Rooms, Bath Road Nailsworth GL6 OHH
Date: Postponed
Time: TBA

Tickets: £12.50 Concessions (students) £7.00 (includes 5% processing fee * )

Philip Gross – writer and poet and Valerie Coffin Price – artist, writer, walker in an afternoon of poetry, readings and conversation

Philip Gross is an award-winning poet and writer. He has won the TS Elliott prize for poetry, published many poetry collections for adults and children and worked collaboratively with musicians and playwrights. He is one of the most versatile cross-arts collaborators in poetry today, working with artists, musicians, dancers, film makers and puppeteers, as well as other writers. Philip sees collaboration not as the opposite of the individual creative voice but as a way to find and deepen it.

Valerie Coffin Price brings insights from her career as a walking artist, immersed in nature and will join Philip with readings.
WE promise an inspiring afternoon.
There will be time for audience Q & A.

Creative Workshop with Philip Gross 
& Valerie Coffin Price
The Word The Image and the Common Ground

Venue: The Garden Pavilion, Museum in the Park, Stratford Park Stroud GL5 4AF 
Date: Postponed
Time: TBA

Tickets: £84.00 (includes 5% processing fee * )
Tickets include all day teas/coffee. Bring your own lunch to share.

Join Philip Gross and Valerie Coffin Price for this inspirational workshop.
Whether we come from the world of word or image, we can all delight in the interplay between them. Experienced collaborators poet Philip Gross and walker-artist Valerie Coffin Price invite you to explore the evocative power of fragments, the found and the fleeting, in a creative workshop to which beginners and practitioners are equally welcome.  Writers and visual artists will benefit from this fun and inspirational workshop.

Philip Gross

Philip Gross is a poet, novelist, arts collaborator and teacher. He has published twenty poetry collections, including four for children, and won many of the major awards in British poetry, from the National Poetry Competition to the TS Eliot Prize. 
He has over thirty years of appearances at festivals and venues. 

Valerie Coffin Price

Valerie Coffin Price is an artist-letterer working with issues to do with the environment, language and cultural identity. The poetic resonance of language and its connection to the environment drives her work, which explores ideas of mapping in relation to a sense of place, as well as an understanding of community and landscape.

In one of Philip and Valerie’s groups don’t expect to be told ‘Do this, do that…or do  like I do.” 
Expect to be encouraged to take chances, learning when it’s right to stop and think hard, and when to let the words fly.  There will be conversation, sharing and a creatively enjoyable day.

* Select Arts is charged a 5% processing fee by the Booking provider which has been added to the cost of the ticket. 
The Booking provider adds 15p ticket fee to each ticket.