BBBOX tour during ‘Why we left the village and came back’ / Clunton
location BRITAIN, Clunton, Craven Arms, Shropshire
host Kerry Watson of the Hurst with Jackie Leech as the mediator
about the travel Shrewsbury-based artist Jackie Leech offered myvillages.org to have a look at her specially made cabinets which were commissioned in 2000 to reflect the particular character and histories of towns and villages in Shropshire. These interactive cabinets were used in her community art project by young people during their school programmes.
After their use the cabinets have for the past few years been on show at 'The Hurst' - an Arvon Foundation residential centre developed at the former home of writer John Osbourne. Myvillages.org, Jackie Leech and Adrian Plant visited the centre and brought Bibliobox with them.
First Kerry Watson of The Hurst gave a short introduction to the set up and function of the centre. After looking at some cabinets in The Hurst - Jackie was disappointed in the conditions and function of the cabinets in the rooms. We walked on and talked about the coming conference Rural Art Space.
Kerry offered a room with a couch to sit down and have afternoon tea, and myvillages.org gave Jacky a special private look into the Bibliobox. After seeing Harvest Jackie was occupied by the question "Do artists sometimes exploit people?" There was discussion on the ethics of some works in the box. No common agreement came up. Antje Schiffers of myvillages told some experiences she had in her project "Bin in die Steppe". We left the building and Kerry decided to attend the Rural Art Space conference after meeting the myvillages.org crew.
about the host The Hurst (The John Osborne Arvon Centre, Clunton, Craven Arms, Shropshire) offers residential writing courses, that give people the opportunity, the time and the space to write with the support of expert practical tuition by published writers.
The Hurst is situated in the Clun Valley in South Shropshire, sixteen miles from Ludlow. It is set in thirty acres of woodland, with gardens and a lake. The property consists of three buildings: The Clockhouse is the main living area and also houses some bedrooms; the main house contains further bedrooms and the barn, known as The Foyle Studio, provides a space for workshops and readings.