News from Sharpham
Vacancy - Parzival at Sharpham Freelance Producer
04/12/2013 3:41 pm
The role of the producer for Parzival at Sharpham is central to the management and day-to-day running of the performance project and workshop programme.
We are looking for someone who is passionate about the potential of the arts with a proven track record in managing and producing public performances.
Arts Council England funding gives green light for Parzival at Sharpham
04/12/2013 3:38 pm
The Sharpham Trust have successfully applied for a grant of £38,000 from Arts Council England to stage an ambitious promenade performance piece across the Sharpham Estate next summer.
Parzival at Sharpham builds upon a joint Artist Residency currently being carried out by leading English playwright Peter Oswald and the internationally acclaimed writer and story-teller Martin Shaw. The project involves an education programme and a newly commissioned performance piece, using as a backdrop, the exceptional setting of the Sharpham gardens and estate.
The myth of Parzival is one of the many epic and romantic Arthurian tales and the newly commissioned performance piece is intended to be a contemporary take on our relationship with nature, through the lens of this ancient myth. The performance will be directed by London-based Director, Harry Burton, and will involve storytellers and the local professional theatre company, The Abyss, who will speak and act the myth in different and surprising styles.
Leading up to the summer performances, which are due to take place in July, there will also be a busy workshop programme, including creative writing residential workshops with Peter’s wife, acclaimed poet Alice Oswald, as well as a host of writing and theatre-based activities involving local schools. The workshop programme will explore the themes of myth and the natural world and will use elements of the Parzival myth as creative starting points.
Chris Nicholls, Trust Director said, “We are delighted to have received this support and acknowledgement of our developing programme from Arts Council England. The project will provide a fantastic opportunity to test and strengthen new partnerships, as well as establishing Sharpham as a unique and exciting place for the creation of new work.”
NEW Winter Programme out now
27/11/2013 3:50 pm
Download our new Winter activities programme here.
We have lots for all ages to enjoy. Two highlights are the Carol Singing to the Animals at Lower Sharpham Barn Farm and Winter Open Day new Orchard Planting and Wassail.
Sharpham Beef for sale
25/11/2013 10:39 am
Our naturally raised, deliciously mouthwatering organic beef tastes great! Now you can buy it straight from the farm.
Our healthy animals are lovingly reared by the Sharpham Outdoors Project team from Lower Sharpham Barton Farm and are free to wander and graze on our abundant and naturally
species-rich South Devon pastures.
Our vision for our farm is a new learning centre which will promote the value of biodiversity and the many links between humans and the natural world. All surplus income generated from this offer will be used to reinvest in more stock at the farm. When you and your family and friends eat our environmentally and ethically sound organic beef, you know you are connecting to the land, to a sustainable future and to great health.
We have priced our meat competitively so that you can enjoy the peace of mind of eating organic, grass fed produce but without the headache of a high price. That means you’ll find it less than local organic competitors, slightly above the non-organic prices of local butchers and competitive with supermarket equivalents.
The cattle are grazed on Soil Association registered organic grassland.
Download prices and contact details here.
New Director for the Trust
01/11/2013 4:02 pm
The Sharpham Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Director, Julian Carnell.
Julian (left above) joins Sharpham from Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust where he has been the Community and Fundraising Manager for nearly two years, although he has worked with them since 2004 in various other managerial roles. He has a strong interest in environmental education and was a secondary school teacher before spending two years in Pakistan with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) setting up and running educational projects. He is also involved with the Transition Towns movement.
Speaking about his new role, Julian said, "I am absolutely delighted to be offered the opportunity to take on the Director's role with the Trust. Chris Nicholls has done a tremendous job over the last 18 years and leaves Sharpham in a strong position from which to build on current successes and develop in exciting new directions."
William Lana, Chairman of the Trust (on the right in the above photo) welcomed Julian saying, “Sharpham is all about reconnecting people to the natural world and we’re very excited about Julian Carnell leading the Trust into the future as we continue to work to deepen our impact and widen our appeal. We’re hugely grateful to Chris Nicholls and all that he has done for the Trust and look forward to various sending off and welcoming occasions in the coming months.”
Devon-born Julian will take up his position in January, following Chris Nicholls’ retirement.