Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Outing to Seale-Hayne

Yesterday afternoon my hubby and I went to Seale-Hayne outside Newton Abbot. This beautiful place used to be an agricultural college but is now the home of Dame Hannah Rogers’ school for disabled children, now known simply as Hannah’s. We have visited several times in the past. They host a lot of art in various forms, with small workshops and studios available for local artists, and a gallery. Unfortunately they were in the process of installing a new exhibition so all the gallery had to offer was a collection of workmen and a lot of pieces of MDF and dust!

From the front entrance archway, you enter a large open courtyard. It was extremely hot in there as there wasn’t a breath of wind!

01 Entering the Courtyard

In one corner of the courtyard was an amazing sculpture of a kind of robot, made from all sorts of agricultural and industrial scrap. The man in the shop said it had been made by a blacksmith who has a studio on the estate, with the help of some of the students.

02 Scrap Sculpture

03 Scrap Sculpture's Hand

04 Scrap Sculpture's Head

It looks like something out of War of the Worlds! Amazing what you can make with stuff that most people would think of as rubbish.

They have a very nice gift shop.

05 Entering the Shop

I loved these little hanging ornaments. The heart-shaped ones reminded me of the heart embellishment I made for my hubby’s anniversary card recently.

06 Hanging Heart Ornaments

07 Hanging Bird and Heart Ornaments

I think I must make some more of these. I love the little birds.

I remember this long corridor from previous visits. The lampshades are just gorgeous – almost Zentangle.

08 Long Corridor with Interesting Lights

09 Hanging Light 1

12 Hanging Light 2

10 Wall Sconce 1

I love this beautiful Celtic calendar.

13 Wheel of the Year

14 Wheel of the Year Detail

15 Wheel of the Year Legend

Back in the courtyard again. Along one wall are several large painted posters on wood.

16 Painted Posters in the Courtyard

Round the back I found a place called The Green Room which has been converted into a sort of common room, club and music studio for the older children and young adults.

17 Jukebox in the Green Room

19 Gramophone in the Green Room

18 Making Music in the Green Room

A gorgeous old door. Love the handle!

21 Beautiful Old Door

In the corner of the courtyard. This tree sculpture could have lots more things hanging from it. It just has some rather uninspiring leaves!

20 Corner of the Courtyard

View of the main building again.

22 View Across the Courtyard

In another wing we found a long paper pasted to the wall, with lots of little frames drawn on it. Apparently this is for the children to draw their portraits in.

23 Frames Ready for the Children's Portraits

Also in that corridor, some beautiful glass hanging plaques in the window,

24 Framed Glass Hangings

and a framed piece of weaving.

25 Weaving

A lovely afternoon out. It was disappointing that there was less to see on this occasion, but no doubt we’ll go back sometime soon, and in the meantime we’ll keep an eye on the website to see what exhibitions are coming up.

1 comment:

  1. What an inspiring place to visit with art in every corner! Sounds like you had a lovely time!


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