Ceramicist and arts administrator Mary Kembery is leading Nynehead Court in new directions as she begins to establish Stable Arts in the listed Victorian stable block in the grounds of Nynehead Court. “The purpose of Stable Arts is to create an arts hub at on the site, primarily by using the stables as a venue for art and craft courses, and secondly to curate various exhibitions in The Orangery,” said Mary.
Courses are held in the space created by a light airy mezzanine floor built above the beautifully preserved stables where the Sanford family’s horses were once housed. It can take up to 10 students and Mary is keen to hear from artists and makers interested in running courses at Nynehead.
“The adjoining Orangery is a venue used by the care home for a variety of activities such as art classes, textile group classes, Big Breakfasts and tea dances. It is also used by the church for Sunday coffee,” said Mary.
“The public are welcome to visit The Orangery during the hours of opening and although not primarily a commercial gallery work is often for sale. We encourage local groups to use this space, at present there is an exhibition “ON OUR DOORSTEP” photographs by members of The Wellington and District Camera Club and in April the exhibition is “COLOURS” art work by adults with learning differences from two local day care groups.
“We have run several successful courses in The Stables including stone carving, stained glass, mosaics, printmaking, and garden ceramics. Our recent course Letter Carving in Stone run by local artist Rachel Gundry was over-subscribed and we are taking bookings for a Calligraphy Workshop for Beginners on 14th April.”
Courses later in the spring with include a Stained Glass workshop in May and painting En Plein Air during June, as well as a range of short exhibitions in the Orangery building. Look out for Stable Arts on Facebook or check www.stablearts.co.uk for future events.