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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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How It All Started

AboutĀ four years ago we came to the sad conclusion that we were not making enough money from the time and effort we were putting in to our pig and dairy herds. Continuing disease problems coming out of the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak at the begining of the century together with the high cost of feed was the problem with our pig enterprise. The low price of milk coupled with labour problems finished our dairy herd.

Once all the animals had gone the farm was very quiet and sad. Our traditional farm buildings were still in good repair and were great for calving a cow or housing a poorly pig but were totally unsuitable for modern arable agriculture.

The problem of what to do with them was solved by an advert which I saw in the Beverley Guardian. Artist requires studio to rent. This was the start of Calf House Studios.

The artist in question was Peter Brown. He was an advertising executive who was relocating in Beverley and wanted a studio to rent for his stone carving business. From his studio at the farm he creates tactile and beautiful stone sculptures to his own designs or for comissions. It proved to be the ideal location for artists. A friend who was looking to restart her art career soon followed with her wonderful acrylic paintings. One thing led to another and we now have seven resident artists. They all teach as well as creating their own work.

We were able to turn our weakness, remote quiet location with poor internet service into a strength as this was what the artists wanted to help develop their careers.

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