We had a fun trip to Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley over the weekend.
My little boy was obsessed with the litters of young piglets and had a fab time in the playground and on the sand. He got to ride in a tractor and on top of everything else we got to see sheep racing. Sheep racing! That’s a new one on me…
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park has always been one of my favourite places to visit. We’re incredibly lucky to have it on our doorstep. Last weekend I was lucky enough to finally visit the Beyond Time exhibit by Chiharu Shiota – something I’ve been desperate to see (and photograph!) for a long time.
This particular installation is set in the 18th Century chapel within the grounds of the Park and is visually stunning. A central piano sculpture takes centre stage in the chapel from which threads extend out to fill the entire room, combined with various sheets of music. The piece is described as:
Embracing all who enter within an extraordinary experience, Shiota’s project references the Chapel’s rich history and years of human presence, dating back to 1744, making poignant allusion to the bells that were rung, the songs that were sung, and the lives that revolved around it, from cradle to grave.
There’s a great video that not only gives a bit more information about the piece, but also gives an insight into the installation process:
It’s one of the most impressive pieces of visual art I’ve ever seen and I’d recommend seeing it for yourself if you get the chance as the photos really don’t do it justice.
You can read more about this project on the Yorkshire Sculpture Park website – https://ysp.org.uk/exhibitions/chiharu-shiota
Zoë Eady is a Glass Artist based in Leeds. In her studio, The Glass Garden, she creates her Stained Glass artwork using both traditional and modern techniques. The majority of her works are large decorative panels commissioned for peoples homes.
Zoë invited me along to spend a few hours with her in the studio to shoot her at work. I had a great time learning about the various stages of her process as well as finding all about the commissions she’s currently working on.
Her studio is a veritable treasure trove absolutely full of beautiful little details that give a real insight into her personal workspace.
“Simon came to the project with a keen eye for the little details that make The Glass Garden a magical place to work. He brought a sensitivity to the work that perfectly reflects the environment. Exactly what I was hoping to achieve.”
– Zoë Eady, The Glass Garden