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Slum to Studio

At Cold Harbour Farm we are blessed with a unique set of farm buildings which are still in use today. Our family has been farming here since 1889 so we have some knowledge of the uses of the buildings during that time.

The building on the South West corner was originally used as a saddle store and `slum`. The farm workmen would all board with the Foremans wife in the house next to the farmhouse. They all slept in the lads bedroom which has a separate staircase leading directly from the large kitchen/living room. When we restored the house the wooden staircase was well worn by the passage of workmen in their boots and we had to renew the steps.

Although the men lived in the house there was nowhere for them to sit in the evening after they had finished their meal. If they were not working they would spend their nights in the slum sitting in decrepit arm chairs or on a settle there. There was a fireplace, but with 2 outside walls, a door and a window I doubt it ever got very snug in there.

By the door there are several carved initials. 

AA was Alf Adamson who worked with us as fifth lad. This was a junior role so he would come last in the hierarchy and sit at the bottom of the dining table, at the opposite end to the foreman. He would also have the worst horses to work with. He played in the village cricket team while he was with us and would always have a bath in the horse water trough before playing a match.



Tommy Waslin also carved his initials. These are dated 1946. The junior men would probably only stay a year before moving to another farm for a more senior position.

ImageThis building has not been renovated on the inside and the remains of the chimney can still be seen.

It is now used as a stone carving studio by Peter Brown, the first artist to move into the farm buildings.




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Good News

I got the chance to go in to Radio Humberside today to talk to Burnsey on his morning show. To prepare for this I asked our artists for their news and such a lot of exciting stuff came in that I felt the need to put it all together in one place. Obviously there was no time to mention it all on the radio.
For a general point to start us off we now must be contributing substantially to the local economy. We now attract customers from all over the country to the farm studios and they stay in the area using local facilities for food drink, overnight stays, partners coming with them needing entertainment etc.
Starting with Tracey our silver metal clay artist who is hosting a masterclass in her studio for the next 5 days with an american tutor, Lisa Barth. It can again be classed as an ecostudio as the sun will be powering her kilns today. The subject for today and tomorrow is leather cuffs and then there will be three days on mounting stones. These classes attract the leading workers in silver metal clay from the UK and sometimes as far as the continent.
Graham, who paints in watercolours and oils has been very busy giving lessons in painting. When he has any spare time he has been doing commissions. There are two he is working on at the moment, one is destined for Southampton and the other for Alabama so we have strong American connections.
Lynnda Worsnop is again running her innovative 24 hour One Stamp project again. This will take place during the weekend of 13/14 April when she will use one of her designs in as many unique ways as possible. This is run in conjunction with her blog and website so that by using the virtual world she turns this in to a world wide event. You can follow this at
Peter Brown, our founder member and stonecarver has just accepted a commission from the Bradford Royal Infirmary Dementia project. he has also been accepted for the Art and Healing Exhibition in London which takes place this June.
Ali Brice, the ceramacist has work on display in two exhibitions at the moment. Close to home she is in Creation Fine Arts, together with other members of the Northern Potters until 21 April. She also has work at the Ropewalk, Barton on Humber in an East Riding Artists exhibition called Twists and Turns.
John Denton has now been elected a master photographer. This is a prestigious award and especially so because he was voted in to this position by his fellow photographers. He has been very busy running courses all over England as well as Ireland, Scotland and Eastern Europe.
Debbie March has been selling well in galleries such as Wolds Village, Bainton, Art and Rose Pocklington, Gallery 49 and Creation Fine Arts. She has also been working on some unusual comissions.
Our latest recruit, Claire West is working hard towards a solo exhibition at Artlink on Princes Avenue in Hull on 10 May. She can also be seen at the moment in the Ferens Gallery in Hull.

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