from our friend Sarah Gillespie:

September has come, it is hers,
Whose vitality leaps in the autumn,
Whose nature prefers
Trees without leaves and a fire in the fireplace.

Louis MacNeice

Moth exhibition at Kestle Barton

Dear Friends,

September has come around and I am relieved and happy to be able to invite you to a solo exhibition of my work.  A real exhibition, not a virtual experience, not a Zoom meeting, or a Google hangout but real pictures on real old walls.

The show is at Kestle Barton – an ancient farmstead situated above the Helford River in Cornwall. Following an award-winning conservation and conversion project, the beautiful old farm buildings have new uses, one of the barns becoming an elegant gallery that opened in 2010.

I was fortunate enough to do a residency at Kestle shortly after they opened and it is wonderful to be back in this beautiful space.

This exhibition has been featured in The Guardian.

Common Quaker Moth mezzotint engraving 16″ x16″ edition of 20

The exhibition is open 12th September – 31st October.
Tuesday – Sunday (Garden 10:30am – 5pm) (Gallery 10:30am – 4pm). Closed Mondays. 

There will be no formal Private view because of the virus but I am extremely fortunate to have the writer and naturalist Mark Cocker (Crow Country, Birds Britanica, Our Place, Claxton) join me in the gardens and gallery for the whole weekend of the 12th/13th September.  On the Saturday evening, we’ll set up some moth traps and then on the Sunday morning, after we’ve opened them up, Mark will lead some short nature walks for small groups in the gardens and surrounding woods and meadows. Mark’s knowledge of natural history is second to none and his down-to earth approach make him great company.  I will be in the gallery and gardens throughout the weekend, should you wish to say hello and chat about the drawings and mezzotints.

I do hope you can find a way to join us at some point on the 12th/13th, or can visit the show before the end of October.  The gardens are quite gorgeous and Kestle have made some very sensible adjustments to comply with government guidelines and to ensure your visit to the gallery is both safe and enjoyable. You can read more about the Covid precautions they have taken here

The link below is for you if would like to read a bit more about the exhibition itself and my thinking and hopes behind the Moth project.


[Main image: Sarah Gillespie White Ermine Moth mezzotint engraving 7″ x5″ edition of 20]