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Sudborough Green Lodge
Fermyn Woods
Harley Way (off A6116)
Near Brigstock
NN14 3JD

Saturday 29 April 2017

£30 per head


Try new ceramic techniques in a rural setting and meet new artists and makers.

Booking is required to attend this event.
Please click here to visit the Eventbrite page.


This is a day-long event which involves digging a small pit for controlled ceramics firing. Blanks will be provided to fire and decorate. You may also bring a small number of your own work to fire and try this method. Led by Nita Nathwani, ceramacist and contemporary artist who has over a decade of experience working with clay, leading demonstrations and workshops.

Because pit-firing is a process that takes time and teamwork to set up, it lends itself perfectly to a community effort. It’s a fun and unusual creative process that most makers don’t get to try. The unique communal effort also brings together like-minded people and provides both a creative and social opportunity.

Materials provided.
Food and refreshments provided.

Contact us to enquire about overnight accommodation.



Sudborough Green Lodge is located in the centre of a meadow at the heart of Fermyn Woods, it is accessible from a 2-mile stretch of forest track. The cottage is centrally heated via a log burner, with plenty of wood and kindling available on site.

Getting there

Car: Drive to the A6116 (between Corby and junction 12 of the A14). The turning for Harley Way is next to the entrance to Fermyn Woods Country Park. The entrance to the Lodge is a Forestry Commission gate on Harley Way, opposite and along from Welland Gliding.

Train: The nearest railway station is Corby, to arrange a lift to or from the station please contact Sophie (details below).

Booking Enquiries

Sudborough Green Lodge Coordinator: Sophie Cullinan
Phone: 07923 441 873

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Local Photographer Wanted To Lead Competition and Document Artwork

Local Freelance Photographer is wanted to run a community competition and document public art project. Applicants for this role must be self-employed and have professional experience in photography and preferably in organising competitions or similar community events.

There is a £2,000 fee and project budget (excluding VAT), this includes any travel expenses and costs to print and install the photographic exhibitions.

This temporary, part-time role will involve two separate responsibilities, applicants must be able to work independently and correspond with stakeholders:

  • To publicise and celebrate the installation of a public artwork in Priors Hall Park, Corby by documenting the installation

  • To lead on a community photography competition, including judging and delivering the entrants exhibition of selected photographs

    Applicants must have a clear DBS certificate issued within the last two year.


    Public Art Project Documentation

    Applicants must be available during 17th March to 31st May 2017 to record the installation of a series of public artworks in the Priors Hall Park housing development. The rights to any resulting images or videos will be transferred to the Priors Hall Park Neighbourhood Association for purposes of sharing and celebrating the artworks which they have selected from a public callout. This will include capturing images of the artist and community engaging with the artwork at the opening event.


    Community Photography Competition

    Local residents, particularly young people, are being invited to take inspiration from the public art project and photograph local species. Selected entrants will be exhibited in a public community centre. The role will include working with the residents’ panel to launch the competition, promote the competition and judge the entrants.

    The competition will focus on capturing images of distinctive species of fauna and flora which are native to the area and close to the community’s heart.

    Application Process


    Please send a CV with examples of work and a covering letter by 12 noon on 8th March to Angela:


    Candidates will be interviewed on Thursday 16th March.

    Download this opportunity as a PDF

    This project is led by Priors Hall Park Neighbourhood Association. Thanks to Made In Corby and Arts Council England for their funding and support
    MICArts Council England
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    Work Experience

    I have been working one day every week at Fermynwoods Contemporary Art for over 3 months as part of my work experience placement, whilst studying my first year of A levels at Prince William Sixth Form in Oundle.

    Working with different artists has given me an insight into their knowledge and experience and also opened my mind to the scope that art can cover.

    I alternate between working with children and artists at Sudborough Green Lodge, their Centre For Research and Education in the woods, and doing administrative tasks and computer based design at their office in Thrapston.

    So far I have developed my skills in working with children and also increased my knowledge of art and creative techniques. Working with different artists has given me an insight into their knowledge and experience and also opened my mind to the scope that art can cover.

    Having a better knowledge of art has meant that I have been able to help the students with their work and activities. As the children’s work and attitude can change each week, I have learnt how to adapt activities for each child so that everyone can try to achieve their full creative potential.

    During my time in the office I have learned and developed designing skills using computer software such as Photoshop to create a new range of business stationary such as headed paper, business cards and signage.

    I really enjoy working with Fermynwoods Contemporary Art as they have given me the chance to have an insight into working in the creative industries, and also to help me to find the direction I want to take after Sixth Form, which is in creative design.

    Joe Pendred

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    Annual Report 2015-2016

    Fermynwoods Contemporary Art’s Annual Report for 2015/16 is now available to view online.

    Please click here to download a PDF version.

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    Call Out For Public Artwork Commission


    We invite artists with experience of working in the public realm to develop a series of site-specific artworks. The artwork must create a visual or narrative link between three villages which are being built as part of a development project in Corby, Northamptonshire. These sites together constitute Priors Hall Park, a culturally-diverse neighbourhood in close proximity to local nature. Shortlisted artists will be asked to visit the site in January 2017 as part of their proposal development for which an artist’s fee is available.

    Expressions of interest must be received by:
    11 December 2016

    Download the full brief including budget and schedule: here.


    Please read the artist’s brief and send letters of interest to including:

  • Details about your relevant previous work (including images)

  • Experience of working in and responding to public spaces and communities

  • Information about how you would respond to this commission, including initial ideas

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    A Creative Walk in Corby Woodlands

    Fermynwoods hosted the engage East Midlands Area Group Meeting, this time taking place in Hazel and Thoroughsale Woods, Corby.

    In addition to hearing about Deep Roots Tall Trees “Our Woods” project – a multi-event festival across Corby woodlands, engage members walked through the woods visiting Fermynwoods Beyond Seven Mountains exhibition.

    Our Assistant Education Curator Sam Read then lead a digital activity using software to visualise data gathered on our walk.

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    Sound Drawing, David Birchall, 2012

    Artists from all disciplines are invited to join us for our second, sound themed, one day workshop Wild Projects: Sound Territories event at Sudborough Green Lodge, Fermynwoods, in the heart of Rockingham Forest.

    Sunday 16 October 2016

    Sudborough Green Lodge
    Fermyn Woods
    Off Harley Way
    NN14 3JD


    This will be led by improvisational sound artist David Birchall, drawing upon his performance practice which utilises focussed listening to make gestural drawings that consider how living things, sounds and spaces interact. David will share his methodology, using the classic markers of a remote, countryside environment to create a collective sound map of the area through individual drawing practice.

    Places are limited, if you would like to attend please contact or telephone 01832 731257.

    Click below to hear Sophie Cullinan and Sound Artist David Birchall speak to BBC Northampton’s John Griff about the event.

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    Digital Learning Across Boundaries

    The Digital Learning Across Boundaries (DLAB) project addresses the need to align European educational practice with ways in which digital technology is changing how and what we learn, and how we apply this in education.

    At the conference hosted by University of Northampton with Erasmus delegates from Norway, Denmark and Belgium, our Education Officer presented on the theme of Technology Outdoors, showcasing some of Fermynwoods past and present projects.

    Delegates also took part in a workshop outdoors utilising Kathy Hinde’s Echo Location map as a means of experiencing and documenting Northampton’s Abingdon Park through Digital Technology.


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    Anti Gravitational Matters


    8 November 2016
    6 – 8pm
    The Kingfisher Cafe
    Barnwell Country Park
    Barnwell Road
    PE8 5PB


    Join us for our 2015/16 AGM in which Fermynwoods staff and partners will be showcasing highlights from a successful year of activity. After a summary of the highlights from our Annual Report, artist and Fermynwoods board member Robin Rimbaud (Scanner) will discuss his space-inspired work commissioned for the Beyond Seven Mountains exhibition. Artist and workshop facilitator Clare Abbatt will also share details of Fermynwoods Space Programme.


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    Natural Vestige

    Natural Vestige

    Virginie Litzler and Tobias Zehntner’s first two Natural Vestige workshops, commissioned by Fermynwoods and delivered as part of Deep Roots Tall Trees’ Our Woods project, were kindly reviewed by writer and workshop participant Chris Qualey. You can read Chris’ review below and read more on his blog at

    Freeing, unsettling, inspiring … the youthful atmosphere and tempo (not to mention the friendliness of its artists) injected a certain energy into our woods

    This event was electric – and if you’d attended the workshop on Saturday, you’d know that that was a five star pun!

    Another artistic contribution hot from the continent, this two step experience was provided by Virginie Litzler and her partner Tobias Zehntner. Although the pair ultimately worked together during both days, I would say that Tobias was sort of in charge of the workshop on Saturday, while Virginie headed the Sunday; but for simplicity’s sake, we’ll take them one at a time.

    So, to quickly clarify my ‘five star pun’ in the first line: we were setting up circuits with batteries and bulbs during the Saturday. That’s right, just like you might have done in primary school, we started off the evening by putting together a simple battery-to-bulb circuit; but what would we be using this for? Well, since this was an artistic event and not actually a course in electronics, we had to find interesting ways to involve our light source with the natural shapes and shadows of the Corby woodland. Influenced by Tobias’s own interest in light, Saturday was all about playing with light, shadow and the illusion of movement. Such effects were obviously heightened as the sun went down, which eventually left us in near pitch dark, huddled around ‘art installations’ which we’d set up ourselves during the twilight. Very magical!

    But to move right out of shadow and onto an overly bright and early Sunday morning (too early for my taste anyway!), we would be finding a very different set of activities in store for us with Virginie in charge. Within barely twenty minutes of arriving we were standing blindfolded in the woods – what had I gotten myself into? Freeing, unsettling, inspiring, whatever you felt during this unconventional little exercise, it definitely got you to feel something and the rest of the morning would be more of the same. We were forced to look and think upon the world in a slightly different way from normal, challenging our perceptions in a way reminiscent of the Freeseeing event only last week.

    Oh! And before I forget it, I just need to stick this in here because I feel like it’s important: there were a lot of young people attending these workshops. That might not sound like such a note worthy thing, but having been to all of the performances so far I’ve found a slightly disheartening lack of young people going along to them. Why this has been the case I don’t know and I won’t take any guesses, but I think we all benefit when there is a variety of age groups together.

    Thankfully Natural Vestige with its youthful atmosphere and tempo (not to mention the friendliness of its artists) was able to inject a certain energy into our woods and all who enjoyed them.

    Virginie Litzler and Tobias Zehntner will return to the woods in March 2017 for more Natural Vestige workshops with Corby schools and members of the public
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