Events Diary

May
25
Sat
DRAWING IFFLEY CHURCH @ Iffley Church Hall
May 25 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

 

Try your hand at drawing, painting and looking at what makes St Mary’s Church, Iffley, special to you!

 

 

 

 

Iffley artists Phil Whiting, FRSA and Sally Levell have generously agreed to run a second day-school in drawing at Iffley Church. This is in response to the great success of last year’s inaugural session. The day is intended for amateurs eager to learn and experiment under the guidance of professional artists.

Last year, one spring Saturday, Iffley was full of people quietly looking, with a new concentration and from a new angle, at the ancient church and its even more ancient neighbour, the 1400-year-old yew tree in the churchyard. Everywhere, even under the shadowy boughs of the ancient tree, there were artists on stools intensely capturing their impressions in pencil, charcoal and paint. At the end of the day they bravely exhibited their work in the Church Hall.

Sally and Phil spent the day inspiring and teaching the 16 participants. Both have impressive portfolios. Sally has worked with different techniques and methods but focuses on zinc-plate etching, exhibiting regularly with Oxford Printmakers and the Oxford Art Society. Phil finds that for him painting the landscape is the best way of evoking and excavating memories or hidden truths. He has held 20 solo exhibitions including shows at The European Parliament in Brussels in 2006 and at New College, Oxford in 2009. Both artists are rooted in Iffley and its church. They live in the village and are always to be found prowling round, soaking up the beauty and history of St Mary’s, and inspiring others. Their way of looking, and of expressing what they see, is infectious.

The participants loved it. Here’s what they said. ‘It was a fantastic day on Saturday. Many thanks to you and the Living Stones home team. The organisation and hospitality during the day was superb…could not have asked for anything better.  Iffley village and church have a bit of magic that really lifts the spirit making it an ideal venue for creative efforts. The group leaders were super. I look forward to the next one.’

For more information, please contact

Penny Tyack, Activities Co-ordinator, Living Stones at Iffley

ptyack.livingstones@gmail.com

07813 692866

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please copy the application form below as a Word doc, complete and sign it and send it to

ptyack.livingstones@gmail.com

 

APPLICATION FORM FOR DRAWING IFFLEY CHURCH

A day-school for amateurs

Sat 25 May 2019, 10.30-4.30

The day-school is intended for amateurs aged 15+ to try their hand at representing aspects of St Mary’s Church and its surroundings. They will work on paper with a range of drawing techniques under the guidance of artists:

Sally Levell, http://www.sallylevell.com/sallylevellart/About_Me.html

Phil Whiting, http://www.axisweb.org/p/philwhiting

The day will conclude with an exhibition of work done during the day after which participants may take their work home.

All materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own sketching stool, sketch book, or anything you are working on if you wish.

Numbers are limited. If over-subscribed, a waiting list will operate.

All applications to be received by Saturday 11 May.

 

The personal data supplied on this form will be held for the purposes of course administration only, in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. It will not affect your enrolment.

 

NAME ______________________________________________________________________________

 

TELEPHONE _______________________________________________________________________

 

EMAIL ______________________________________________________________________________

 

PLEASE TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE AS AN AMATEUR ARTIST.

 

Do you have a disability / special need? YES NO

If YES, please tell us about the support you will need.

 

 

PLEASE TICK IF THIS IS THE CASE

☐ I do not derive any part of my income from commercially publishing or selling any artwork I have undertaken.

☐ I am aged 15+

 

A home-made packed lunch can be pre-ordered for you for £5.

WOULD YOU LIKE A PACKED LUNCH?

☐YES     ☐NO

 

PAYMENT by cheque, cash or BACS

Account name ‘Iffley PCC’

Reference: 25 May YOUR SURNAME

Sort code: 20-65-18

Account Number: 50532827

Note: Cheques to be made payable to ‘Iffley PCC’

 

PLEASE TICK ONE BOX to tell us how you are paying

☐ I am paying by BACS

☐ I am paying by cheque

☐ I am paying by cash on the day

 

PLEASE TICK ONE BOX to tell us what you you wish to pay for

☐ I am paying £20 for the course fee plus £5 for a packed lunch, total £25.

☐ I am paying £20 for the course fee only, total £20

 

 

Signature and date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jun
29
Sat
THE CREATION AND DELUGE, A MEDIEVAL DRAMA OF HUMAN FOLLY IN IFFLEY @ Iffley Church and Church Hall
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Two Old Testament stories will be presented as a Mystery Play in Iffley Church Hall and Churchyard on Saturday June 29that 7pm and on Sunday 30thJune at 2 pm

The Creation and the Great Deluge formed the introduction to every Mystery Cycle, short plays that told stories from the Bible. These were performed between the 14thand 16thcenturies by local communities, and were often organised by trade guilds who presented the Bible stories through the eyes of ordinary people, not those of the clergy.

Both these stories touch on a theme of relevance to the present: the destruction of the natural world through the wilful folly of humankind. Everyone in Oxford knows about flooding and its causes. After God has created a natural paradise, Adam and Eve eat from the Tree of Knowledge (wouldn’t you do the same?) and are expelled. Humans subsequently surrender to a life of indulgence and only Noah obstinately takes the long view – while the temptation of Noah’s wife in a comic vein mirrors that of Eve. Noahends with the rainbow, an expression of hope.

Why we are performing a Mystery Play in Iffley

  • We intend to create an experience that will be thoroughly enjoyable both to take part in and to watch – while at the same time speaking to people about different things in different ways.
  • The medieval parish church of St Mary the Virgin, Iffley, serves the whole community, not just people of one religious persuasion, and is used for multiple purposes. We hope that this event will bring diverse people together.
  • This is part of the Living Stones project which seeks to breathe new life into the stones of our romanesque church. The production will respond to the imagery of windows and carvings. The Ark was long regarded as a metaphor for the church. Through uttering again the words of medieval people in a medieval place, we reengage with the past.

 The performance will be done in modern dress, but using medieval language (discreetly modified where words have lost their meanings), supported by music supplied by the medieval band, Ghaetta.

Where:

The performance will start briefly in the Church Hall, before processing to the space in front of the West Door of the Church. In case of heavy rain, we will use the Church and Church Hall.

There will be an additional performance of Noahwith children from the Rose Hill Junior Club in the Rose Hill Community Centre on Wednesday June 26th.

Who:

The play is cast from local people of all ages and is directed by David Wiles, Professor of Drama and historian of the theatre.

 

Tickets £10 (£5 for children), to include a drink.

Available from

Penny Tyack, Activities Co-ordinator, Living Stones at Iffley

ptyack.livingstones@gmail.com

07813 692866

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jun
30
Sun
THE CREATION AND DELUGE, A MEDIEVAL DRAMA OF HUMAN FOLLY IN IFFLEY @ Iffley Church and Church Hall
Jun 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Two Old Testament stories will be presented as a Mystery Play in Iffley Church Hall and Churchyard on Saturday June 29that 7pm and on Sunday 30thJune at 2 pm

The Creation and the Great Deluge formed the introduction to every Mystery Cycle, short plays that told stories from the Bible. These were performed between the 14thand 16thcenturies by local communities, and were often organised by trade guilds who presented the Bible stories through the eyes of ordinary people, not those of the clergy.

Both these stories touch on a theme of relevance to the present: the destruction of the natural world through the wilful folly of humankind. Everyone in Oxford knows about flooding and its causes. After God has created a natural paradise, Adam and Eve eat from the Tree of Knowledge (wouldn’t you do the same?) and are expelled. Humans subsequently surrender to a life of indulgence and only Noah obstinately takes the long view – while the temptation of Noah’s wife in a comic vein mirrors that of Eve. Noahends with the rainbow, an expression of hope.

Why we are performing a Mystery Play in Iffley

  • We intend to create an experience that will be thoroughly enjoyable both to take part in and to watch – while at the same time speaking to people about different things in different ways.
  • The medieval parish church of St Mary the Virgin, Iffley, serves the whole community, not just people of one religious persuasion, and is used for multiple purposes. We hope that this event will bring diverse people together.
  • This is part of the Living Stones project which seeks to breathe new life into the stones of our romanesque church. The production will respond to the imagery of windows and carvings. The Ark was long regarded as a metaphor for the church. Through uttering again the words of medieval people in a medieval place, we reengage with the past.

 The performance will be done in modern dress, but using medieval language (discreetly modified where words have lost their meanings), supported by music supplied by the medieval band, Ghaetta.

Where:

The performance will start briefly in the Church Hall, before processing to the space in front of the West Door of the Church. In case of heavy rain, we will use the Church and Church Hall.

There will be an additional performance of Noahwith children from the Rose Hill Junior Club in the Rose Hill Community Centre on Wednesday June 26th.

Who:

The play is cast from local people of all ages and is directed by David Wiles, Professor of Drama and historian of the theatre.

 

Tickets £10 (£5 for children), to include a drink.

Available from

Penny Tyack, Activities Co-ordinator, Living Stones at Iffley

ptyack.livingstones@gmail.com

07813 692866

 

Sep
27
Fri
THE STONES OF IFFLEY @ Iffley Church and Church Hall
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – Sep 29 @ 5:45 pm

A STONE-CARVING COURSE at the church of St Mary the Virgin, Iffley AND MUCH MORE

In 2019 Living Stones, the education and heritage arm of St Mary’s Church, Iffley, will be celebrating the craft skills of its 12C builders and sculptors. At the heart of the programme will be a STONE-CARVING COURSE. This is for complete beginners as well as people with some previous experience. The 850-year-old hand-carved sculptures on Iffley Church will be our inspiration. Soft limestone, basic hand tools and expert teaching will be provided. Participants will receive close guidance in carving techniques and how to work safely.

Visitors are welcome to watch the course participants at work, and to immerse themselves in eye-opening experiences with stone from the Juraissic period to the present day. Activities taking place over the STONES weekend include an introduction to the geology of that the stones the church is built of, a visit to a sculptor’s studio, talks on stone conservation, a tour of historic stonework in Oxford, and a talk by Nicholas Mynheer on his work as a Christian sculptor.

PROGRAMME

Friday 27 September

10.00-12.15 am, at Iffley Church and Churchyard, The Stones of Iffley Church and The Stones in the Graveyard, Philip Powell, * A

2.00-7.00, at Sculptor’s studio, Cumnor, START OF STONE-CARVING COURSE.Visitors welcome to see round the studio, Alex Wenham, stone-carver, * B

 

Saturday 28 September

ALL DAY in the Churchyard at Iffley Church. STONE-CARVING COURSE

10.00-10.45 am, A close look at Iffley’s sculptures with professional stone carvers, * C

7.30-9.00 pm in Iffley Church Hall, Talk on conservation of historic stonework, Alex Wenham and Richard Martin,* D

 

Sunday 29 September

ALL DAY in the Churchyard at Iffley Church. STONE-CARVING COURSE

2.00-3.30 Tour of building stone as used in Oxford, Geoffrey Tyack, architectural historian, Philip Powell, geologist, * E

3.30-4.15 in Iffley Church Hall, Tea F1

4.30-5.30 in Iffley Church Hall, Talk by Nicholas Mynheer on his work as a Christian sculptor, * F2

 

Participation in the STONE-CARVING COURSE is for pre-booked applicants only, due to health and safety requirements. Fee for the whole 3-day course is £175.

Events marked with an asterisk * are open to everyone. Pre-booking is recommended as numbers are limited.  Tickets for single events £10. Open ticket for all events £35.

 

BEFOREHAND

Visitors will have the opportunity to engage informally with MA students from the Oxford University Rock Breakdown Lab working in the churchyard on projects centering on stone degradation. A weekend in July, date to be confirmed.

AFTERWARDS

Alex Wenham will welcome participants in the stone-carving course to visit his workshop by arrangement during the week following the course. They will have the opportunity to continue their work. He will offer guidance, tools and workspace.

Richard Martin will mentor apprentices who have completed the 3-day course to gain work experience with him with a view to embarking on a career in masonry and stone-carving.

 

For more information and to purchase tickets please contact

Penny Tyack, Activities Co-ordinator, Living Stones at Iffley

ptyack.livingstones@gmail.com

07813 692866