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Drawing by the lake at Barrington Farm

New Projects for Barrington Farm
July 2018

We are delighted to announce that the Barrington Farm Trust has very generously awarded £1,250 for 25 music sessions at Barrington Farm delivered by the brilliant Musical Keys, Norwich. The sessions aim to improve opportunities for individuals to share their feelings, develop in physical, sensory and cognitive skills and experience positive changes in mood and emotional well-being.

The Trust has also awarded funding for the Art Barn’s Summer Programme to enable more people to get out into nature and enjoy the lake area on site.

We are continuing to renovate the kiln area and hope to get the ceramics area back up and running soon!

Birds by Maria Wicko

Barrington Farm Ceramics Area

After many years of inactivity we are hoping to reinstate our ceramics area by updating the kiln, painting the area and making it accessible for all our artists. If you have any tools, clay or advice you can donate please get in touch. Watch this space for updates!

Image courtesy of Katherine Mager

Norfolk Arts Awards 2017

Annual Arts Awards event celebrating creative talent in Norfolk

The Arts Awards is made up of 16 awards, with 30 nominations and is the Hostry Festival’s special annual gala red carpet event celebrating the rich and diverse world of arts and culture in Norfolk. Barrington Farm is delighted to be nominated for The Education and Community Award – sponsored by the Ten Group.

The winners were announced on Friday 20th October. Unfortunately we did not win but congratulations to Lucy Farrant from Young Norfolk Arts Trust for picking up The Education and Community Award. Well done to everyone who was nominated and thanks to artist Max Porrett-Ward for representing Barrington Farm. It was a great night!


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Barrington Farm 30th Birthday Celebrations 2017

Tuesday 3rd October 2017, 2–4pm

Barrington Farm is turning 30! In October 2017 the Barrington Farm day services centre in Walcott will be celebrating 30 years of supporting adults with learning difficulties in North Norfolk.

Our history
In 1987 Barrington Farm opened providing a basic art studio and farm management opportunities for a handful of residents at the adjacent Rookery Care Home for adults with learning difficulties. Its aim was to offer a place where people could participate in specialist activities and where individual talents and dreams could be nurtured and supported.

Over the years the centre has grown and developed into a unique environment for people with additional needs. It now welcomes over 50 service users from across Norfolk, and facilities include a small working farm with livestock, gym, cafe and sensory room. The fully equipped art studio, known fondly as the Art Barn, provides space and materials for its members and has gained an international reputation for promoting artists of outstanding merit.

To mark this milestone Barrington Farm will be hosting a birthday party on Tuesday 3rd October at the centre from 2–4pm to highlight the achievements of the organisation over the last 30 years. There are lots of activities planned to showcase our facilities including creative workshops in the Art Barn, a farm tour, music, drama, BBQ, Zumba and an 80s themed fancy dress competition and disco. There will also be the opportunity to view an exhibition of photographs and artworks from the archive made at the centre in the late 1980s–1990s.

Past and present services users, staff, family members, trustees, volunteers and friends will be invited and the general public are also very welcome to come in and join in the celebrations.

Eastern Daily Press (22 September 2017)
Barrington Farm set to celebrate three decades of nurturing “talents and dreams”


James Gladwell, Foreign Birds. Courtesy of Oana Damir


James Gladwell
Outside In Award Winner 2016

At the preview event of Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making on Friday 11 March, artist and selector Marie-Rose Lortet chose James Gladwell as the Outside In Award Winner for 2016. As the Award Winner, James will receive a solo show at Pallant House Gallery at a later date.

James Gladwell’s ‘Foreign Birds’ was created for an exhibition called ‘Inspired by Birds’ in 2014. For the exhibition, James drew a selection of his favourite birds in fabric pen, before stitching over the drawings with colourful cotton threads. As well as penguins, a chicken, a peacock and an eagle, the work features a small black crow that James added to hide a small tear in the material.

James’ family were Romany Gypsies, and he has been on the road since he was nine years old, all around Essex and London. He was taught how to stitch by his Grandma, and his drawings and needlework are inspired by his dreams. He has been creating work at Barrington Farm for 32 years. Barrington Farm is a unique independent day services centre for adults with learning difficulties based at Walcott on the North Norfolk coast.

Marie-Rose said of her selection: “I would like to thank our hosts in the inspiring city of Chichester, and I am grateful to be the judge for the selection of an artist who will receive a solo show. The decision has been very difficult. I chose James Gladwell because of my sensitivity to, and my knowledge of threads. In ‘Foreign Birds’ I see the air in between, and it feels as if you are gliding over the world. I believe the artist searches for serenity and calm through his work.”

Outside In link
Travellers Times link

Ian Partridge, Rainbow Face with Pink Hand, (A1)

Ian Partridge 1950–2015

It was with great sadness that we said goodbye to our friend Ian Partridge who passed away peacefully at home on the 20th November 2015. He was a kind, gentle man and a much loved artist here at Barrington Farm. The funeral was held on Monday 7th December at Walcott Church, Norfolk.

Untitled by Alina Gajdzrk

Outside In Surgery Day at Barrington Farm
Friday 21st August 2015

Barrington Farm is delighted to welcome staff from the fantastic Outside In project this August to help us enable our artists to create online galleries of their work. This project means artists with difficulties accessing mainstream creative opportunities can showcase their work online, submit to a regional and national exhibitions and contact the Outside In team for advice on artistic development. 

The sessions will be one-to-one and last for one hour. During the sessions, artists will be able to upload up to five images of their work and an artist statement. During the session, there will be the opportunity to submit to Outside In's next National exhibition in collaboration with Craftspace, which will be touring across the UK after launching at Pallant House Gallery in March 2016. For more information or to find a Surgery Day near you, please visit their website www.outsidein.org.uk/

From Field to Frame June 2014 update: Three artists recruited

Having received some brilliant applications, The Barrington Farm Trust is delighted to announce that the selection panel of staff and trustees have chosen textile artist Aviva Leigh, visual artist Liz Ballard and community music practitioner Ian Brownlie to deliver the workshops.

The Barrington Farm Trust received funding from the Ashley Family Foundation to deliver ‘From Field to Frame’ – a textile art and craft project that will celebrate the unique, renewable and natural resource of wool from the rare breed Hebridean sheep starting in July 2014. We are now waiting for a date for the sheep shearing and to start the project! Watch this space...

From Field to Frame: Opportunity for a crafts person/weaver and an artist

The Barrington Farm centre for adults with learning difficulties in rural North Norfolk has received funding from the Ashley Family Foundation to deliver “From Field to Frame” – a textile art and craft project that will celebrate the unique, renewable and natural resource of wool from our rare breed Hebridean sheep starting in July 2014.

We are looking to recruit two freelance practitioners:

1. Crafts Person / Weaver

We are looking for an enthusiastic person with Saori Loom experience to teach our staff how to use the loom so that they can deliver the project to the participants. The tutor will also train the art centre staff in fibre preparation through scouring, carding, spinning and felting workshops. Ideally you will have experience with skill sharing and a wide knowledge of textiles and weaving.

Dates: 3hrs per week x 10 weeks (to be arranged)
Start date: Beginning of July 2014 at the wool harvest/shearing.
Fee: £750 including travel.

Deadline for applications: Sunday 22nd June 2014 at 5pm.
Interviews: Before Friday 22nd June 2014.

2. Artist

We are looking for an artist who can deliver fun, practical sessions and support participants and staff to explore the various properties, applications and uses of wool. The artist will need to include an additional educational element looking at the historical background of the wool industry focussing on the project’s significance in continuing and celebrating the rich textile heritage of North Norfolk. Previous experience working with adults with learning difficulties is not essential.

Dates: 3hrs per week x 10 weeks (to be arranged).
Start date: Beginning of July 2014 at the wool harvest/shearing.
Fee: £750 including travel.

Deadline for applications: Sunday 22nd June 2014 at 5pm.
Interviews: Before Friday 22nd June 2014.

To apply for these posts please send us your CV, a covering letter and up to 3 low-resolution images of your work by email to Sarah Ballard at roar_art@hotmail.com before Sunday 22nd June at 5pm. For more information about the project please download the document here




The AA2A project offers artists & designer makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities eg. workshops, IT facilities, lending library, & lecture programme. AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and Colleges through their interaction with practising artists.

For full eligibility criteria and details of how to apply www.aa2a.org/apply.

Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2011 and April 2012 and a materials/travel grant of £220 is usually available.

Closing dates for applications vary but all are in September 2011.

Applicants must have at least one years professional practice and should be able to work with minimal technical support.

Artists on AA2A schemes run from 2008 to 2009 or before can now reapply.

To read previous artists' stories click here or see current work at http://aa2a.biz.

AA2A particularly welcomes applications from applicants with disabilities, from culturally diverse backgrounds and non-graduates
Application packs are only available directly from these colleges taking part.

If you cannot contact a college repeatedly, please let us know by email at georgia@aa2a.biz.


Michael Smith

Michael Smith selected for AA2A digital publication

In 2008 Michael Smith was selected to participate on an 6 month AA2A scheme at the Norwich University College of the Arts. Two years later his story has been selected as one of 20 that will make up a 'virtual' document celebrating 10 years of AA2A schemes and over 800 artists.

The 20 stories were selected by Martin Mundy, Arts Council, England, and members of the AA2A national administration team. The publication will cover a range of practices, artists' backgrounds, participating Colleges and the 10 year time period.

As part of the digital publication Michael’s story will be used to promote awareness of AA2A to regional and national arts organisations and funders. All the stories will be kept as an archive on the AA2A website for the benefit of students and artists considering applying to AA2A.

Congratulations Mike!


To view 'Time and Space' go to http://aa2a.org/publication.

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30th August – 19th October 2008
Eloquent Visions: Outsider and Visionary Art
Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham, UK

Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham is set to showcase the cream of international outsider and visionary artists in a forthcoming exhibition.

More information
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