Comings and goings...

Below are a few of our happenings… from workshops, whittling and wellbeing retreats. 

We also post details on our Instagram account @southcombebarn and via our Southcombe Journal newsletter.

Hanna Tuulikki: Dawn Chorus performance

Wednesday, May 1, 2024
6:00 am to 7:00 am

At dawn on Beltane, artist Hanna Tuulikki will sing the summer in, performing some of her solo vocal works based on the patterns of songbirds, animating the echoes of the greenwood and interacting with the music of the birds.

Tickets £5. Booking essential.

Fern Leigh Albert: Wild Campers

Friday, May 10, 2024 6:00 pm 
Saturday, May 25, 2024 2:00 pm

Photographer Fern Leigh Albert’s solo exhibition ‘Wild Campers’ documents the wild camping campaign from January 2023 to present day.

With an upcoming Supreme Court appeal due in October, Fern looks to re-enliven the discussion about wild camping on Dartmoor and celebrate the achievements of the campaign so far.

Presented by Radical Ecology and Southcombe Barn, Invasion Ecology is a season of contemporary land art coming to Dartmoor from 1 May – 10 August 2024.

Invasion Ecology

Saturday, June 1, 2024 11:00 am
Saturday, August 10, 2024 3:00 pm

Newton Abbot, England, TQ13 7TU  (map)

Invasion Ecology is a group exhibition that adopts decolonial, land-based inquiry to begin rethinking our relation to place and landscape. Artists include Ingrid Pollard, Iman Datoo, Hanna Tuulikki, Ashish Ghadiali, Fern Leigh Albert and Ashanti Hare, with works spanning installation, performance, moving image and photography.

By casting a long lens on history – back to the formation of continents – and focusing on the exploitation and displacement of plants and people, the programme seeks to challenge the ‘othering’ of species by deconstructing binary distinctions between terms such as ‘native’ and ‘invasive’.

Ashanti Hare: River That Never Rests Iteration II

Saturday June 15, 2024 7.30pm to 8pm
Newton Abbot, England, TQ13 7TU (map)

River That Never Rests Iteration II is a ritual performance that explores the concept of the river Exe becoming sentient and revealing its story as ‘the observer of the land and guardian of passing over.’ The process of creating the ceremonial costume is an integral part of the work, encompassing the magick and meditation of ritual.

Hare developed this commission in part during a residency at Southcombe Barn in 2023. Observing the surrounding wildlife was integral to exploring the idea of the river Exe ‘as the watcher who connects the physical with documented histories of Exeter and the wider South West.

Mariam Mohamed: Decolonising plant medicine workshop

Saturday, June 22, 2024 10am to 11am
Newton Abbot, England, TQ13 7TU (map)

Processes of colonisation and capitalism have historically led to the destruction of knowledge systems, ecologies and earth-based practices.

In this practical workshop we will challenge colonial systems of knowledge production and botanical language by engaging in a sensory-based session that draws on perception, intuition and oral storytelling as a way to develop deeper relationships with plants as medicinal and spiritual allies.

Honouring ancestral and indigenous knowledges, we will journey into the apothecary garden, learn about respectful plant medicine practices and weave together our senses and creativity to craft a herbal remedy inspired by the season.

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