Category: Workshops/Talks/Events

Fermynwoods Bulletin: Issue 11

Our Summer 2017 bulletin includes information The Twelfth Player performances at Sixfields Stadium, our Art-Work-Placement programme, Fermynwoods Friends Scheme, a free resource for schools, and more.

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The Twelfth Player

Listen to an interview with Seven Sisters Group and BBC Northampton’s Martin Borley discussing our new commission The Twelfth Player – a unique tour around Northampton Town Football Clubs Sixfields Stadium.

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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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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


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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Fermynwoods Bulletin: Issue 10

Our Summer 2016 bulletin features information about Beyond Seven Mountains, an exhibition in Corby’s woodland, drawing on the way Central and Eastern European fairy tales and folk stories begin; “A long time ago, beyond seven mountains, beyond seven forests”, referring to the way contemporary artists continue the tradition of storytellers, reinventing myths and legends, to create new folklore for our time.

Also featured is I Bring My Body To This Place To Observe The Coming And Going Of Life, Jason Singh’s sound installation which explores themes of home, separation and migration for both people and wildlife.

Plus our Associate Artists programme; Free Exchange On Tour and more…

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Sunday 17th April 2016, 10am – 4pm

Artists are invited to experience a day of collective activites using low-tech listening devices to establish a sonic territory, led by sound artist Shirley Pegna. The day will involve interrogation of the landscape through sound sensitising activites, experimenting with detection equipment such as geophones for subterranean sound, and a sonic tracking game of hide and see.

The day will be based in a remote rural location in East Northamptonshire. For more information about our Wild Projects programme, please follow this link.

Numbers are limited. To reserve a place contact or call 7923441873.

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