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Very pleased to asked to be part of Ferns’ residency at Small World Theatre.

Fern Smith re-enacts a series of Dialogues on Art, Life & Spiritual Renewal at Small World Theatre


2/7 Conversations Before The End Of Time with guest artist Debbie Rees of VegetableAgenda
October 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm – £4
2nd in a series of 7

Over the course of one week, Artist in Residence and 2017 Creative Wales Award Recipient, Fern Smith re-enacts a series of Dialogues on Art, Life & Spiritual Renewal.

These dialogues were originally published 25 years ago in the ground-breaking book Conversations Before the End of Time by American author Suzi Gablik and are as relevant today as ever.

These profound and intimate dialogues with artists, writers and philosophers, address the central questions of the meaning and purpose of art in an age of accelerating social change, environmental crisis and spiritual uncertainty.

Over the past five years Fern, co-founder of Volcano Theatre has been in correspondence with the book’s author, inspiring her to develop Emergence, a new initiative which has at its heart the role of art and dialogue in the transition to a sustainable society.

Fern’s developing relationship with Gablik, now in her 80’s, culminated in a recent invitation to visit her at her home in Blacksburg, Virginia. Over two days last Summer, Fern sat with Suzi speaking with her about her work and fascination with the ‘art of dialogue’. This lead to an idea, with the author’s permission to ‘re-stage’ some of the original published dialogues with invited local artists whose work connects with environmental, social and spiritual ideas.

7 dialogues will be re-staged over 7 days. This is a creative collaboration with ‘the art of dialogue’ at its very heart. You are invited to witness, participate in your own dialogues share your own insights and reflections.

How do we live at a time of decline, maybe even collapse and what role does art have?

We suggest a donation of £4 per person per event

Debbie Rees – short biography

Debbie is an artist grower exploring ways in which an art practice arises from a land based livelihood. Playing with the idea of ‘re-indigification’ – becoming part of a particular place. As part of the collaboration RhysReeceRees she is looking at Basic Human Needs and Neo-Peasantry and it’s inherent contradictions.
Debbie lives in Blaenffos, North Pembrokeshire.

Other artists taking part in 7 Conversations Before The End Of Time
Sean Vicary
Jess Allen
Avi Allen
Simon Whitehead
Ruth Jones
Ann Shrosbree

Now concluded: Introduction to Permaculture for Artists with Jasmine Dale – June 13, 14 and 15th 2017

A 3 day Introduction to Permaculture for Artists led by Jasmine Dale. We’ll be here at Blaenffos Permaculture Market Garden for 2 of the days and 1 day will be at Jasmines’ at Lammas Eco Village, Glandwr. The cost of the course is £60 paid in advance. We plan to have bring and share lunches and will provide drinks. Free camping is available for those with tents (and also for those without, although you will get wet if it rains).

If you are interested in attending future courses like this please get in touch and we will see what we can arrange.

Spring 2017 Artist in Residence – Simon Whitehead

Simon is joining us one day a week to learn more about permaculture and growing food and how it might feed into his artistic process.

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Why does contemporary art look so simple?

Guardian Art Critic Jonathan Jones recently denigrated photography as art, now he’s having a go at gardening 🙂

“Does art really have to imitate the lowest attention span horrors of modern life to be contemporary? Of course not. I’ve already mentioned some artists who are complex and serious and not in the least bit simple. The truth is that artists themselves are sick of the simple art of the Hirst era. Galleries are full of art that wants to be complex. Unfortunately, a lot of it ends up being boring and impenetrable instead. There are Godard-like “masterpieces” of turgid video art galore, terrible epics of performance art and desperate attempts to make art more “serious” by turning it into gardening, say, or community architecture.”