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Broomhill Art Hotel and Sculpture Gardens

September 1, 2012 2 comments

Broomhill Sculpture Gardens, located in North Devon is a truly remarkable display of contemporary sculptures. There are over 300 sculptures featured within 10 acres of land so you will certainly find something of interest. This sculpture park is one of the largest permanent collections in the South West and is a fantastic day out for art and sculpture lovers alike.

As well as the sculpture garden there is also the Broomhill Art Hotel, Terra Madre (the award-winning restaurant), the onsite art gallery and a lovely gift shop. Special events run throughout the year, ranging from jolly jazz evenings to anniversary celebrations and exhibitions.

Here is a selection of photographs taken at the sculpture gardens. Enjoy! And if you get the chance, visit this brilliant selection of outdoor artwork.

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Inspiration from three boys surviving 50 days at sea

November 28, 2010 2 comments

December is nearly upon us and entering the Christmas spirit I have decided to express how in my life recently I have been inspired. Although this November has brought bad news for most of us: higher energy bills, coverage of the conflict in Korea, further Wikileakes, student protests getting out of control, Ireland going from boom to bust and only this weekend the warning of severe weather conditions.

Snow and ice covering Newcastle airport runway (taken by Anthony Casey- 26/11/2010)

However, as the cold weather causes a chill, we need the spirit of people to keep us warm.

Reading articles from the past week I came upon a story of survival of three young boys stuck at sea for fifty days. Only two weeks prior, five hundred people, friends and family had mourned for the three “dead” boys. I cannot even begin to comprehend the feeling of losing a friend, son or nephew. Then the relief/elation/awe/hysteria when you find out they are still alive. These four adjectives do not even come close to understanding or describing the feelings these people went through. It is mind-blowing to say the very least.

The three boys survived on coconuts, a tarpaulin for rainwater and luckily they managed to catch a seagull for food. This story really did stop me in my tracks. The boys must have been both mentally and physically challenged in those fifty days and whilst we were probably at work, school or going about our daily lives, they were fighting for their lives. Heart wrenching stories such as this make you appreciate your life and from this we can learn to help others.

See the full CNN article

On a slightly different tangent, it can be inspiring to hear other people praise you or in a different sense a group of people, students. In a tired, delirious state on Thursday 26th November at 11pm three fellow students and myself piled into a taxi. During the taxi ride the driver praised our efforts as students. We had worked solidly for a whole day on a group project, distributed the work load and made the most of the resources the University provides for students. The taxi driver said not only had we reassured him that not all students “get drunk” or “smash windows to protest” but are hard-working and committed. He did state a local newspaper that had contributed to his previous assumption; but I do not wish to name it for I will fall into the (‘bad’) pool of students. This conversation may be overlooked but it makes you realise, as did the story above, that every moment we are on this earth serves a purpose as one or more people can be affected by our actions. Living such busy lives we may not realise it, so entering the Christmas month make someone else’s day…

Berlin photographs

November 11, 2010 1 comment

During my 3D Design a-level (at Chichester college) we went on an educational trip for five days to Berlin, Germany. I instantly fell in love with the capital. It was diverse, different and daring. Here are a few photographs of my stay in Berlin, where I visited a variety of museums, the Sachsenhausen concentration camp and the Libeskind building.

Berlin graffiti

Wall graffiti

Creative and imaginative graffiti

Berlin graffiti can also be found in this country, London. The experience of visiting Berlin was overwhelming and seeing all of the graffiti, architecture and transport gave a very different impression of culture compared to mine (British). I found the artwork in Berlin inspiring and influential (Bauhaus), and used ideas and concepts within my own a-level work.

Next year (2011) I want to visit Berlin again and explore the museums and sites I did not have a chance to visit.

See flickr for more pictures and videos taken by myself (Rebecca Craft).

Lewes bonfire night 2010

November 9, 2010 1 comment

Every year Lewes offers the most spectacular yet controversial bonfire night in the country. With fire, drums, pagan rituals, burning crosses and topical figures being burnt, Lewes never fails to cause chaos. This year was no different.

On 5th November 2010 Lewes welcomed an estimated 40,000 people to witness the phenomenal event. Lewes offered people six different bonfire sites and fireworks until midnight.

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The procession through Lewes town was very colourful with burning crosses (anti-Catholicism), poppies to ‘remember’, fire rolling down the hill and a variety of historic costumes (the Greek and Roman world to mention a few). The carnival atmosphere was definitely in the air along with the festive vibe and laughter.

After watching some of the procession, I decided to go to the Waterloo Bonfire Site¬† (where I spent the rest of my evening). The Waterloo society has the motto “True to Each Other” shown through the family orientated tradition of the society. The society created a superb bonfire being lit by ‘Victorians’. The bonfire was simply overwhelming:

(The sea of flames from the Waterloo Bonfire)

Fireworks began after the bonfire began to simmer and the display was glorious. With a variety of fireworks, from catherine wheels to willows to time rains , no one was left disappointed. The Waterloo society put on a fantastic show .

Overall the evening could be described as lively, energetic, full of diversity and overall a good night out. However, even this does not communicate just how tremendous Lewes bonfire night was and how people left in a feeling of awe. Lewes bonfire night always offers controversy and fun, and is often regarded as a ‘non pc’ event but it is definitely not to be missed. People of all ages and distances, travel to East Sussex for this one night and it always promises to be memorable.

For more videos from the night see YouTube

To view the whole collection of pictures from Lewes bonfire night go to Flickr

The Argus newspaper article

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