The Laurence Sterne Trust at Shandy Hall
The Laurence Sterne Trust was established as a registered charity in 1967 in order to promote the writings of Laurence Sterne, the 18th century novelist and vicar of Coxwold. Shandy Hall is where he lived and wrote The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy.
The Trust promotes Sterne's work and international reputation through exhibitions, events and public access to the property and its collection. Shandy Hall is situated 15 miles to the north of York in the beautiful surroundings of the North York Moors National Park.
28th April 13 - 9th June 13
To mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of Laurence Sterne (1713 – 1768), writer and vicar of Coxwold, North Yorkshire, the Laurence Sterne Trust has commissioned the renowned Yorkshire painter Tom Wood to produce a body of new work to celebrate the event. The title of the show is taken from the last line of Sterne’s masterpiece Tristram Shandy : ‘A Cock and a Bull, said Yorick—And one of the best of its kind, I ever heard’.
Tom Wood, best known for his portraits (including those of HRH Prince of Wales and Alan Bennett, both now in the National Portrait Gallery), has in recent years turned his attention to the natural world. His work features many animals including intriguing portraits of prize winning bulls in which the animals seem to inhabit a mysterious world of signs and symbols. In his own words, Wood is trying to ‘paint chickens as though they were race horses; trying to make us see afresh the things we frequently overlook’. Wood’s animals, in particular his paintings of cockerels and bulls, are layered with multiple meanings and in the spirit of Sterne they can be ‘read’ in many different ways.
This will be Tom Wood’s first major exhibition of his work in nearly ten years and it will mark a significant shift. Again, in the words of the artist, ‘I feel this need to celebrate the natural world and our relationship to it in all its complexity, poetry and ambiguity. These paintings are my attempt to dig beneath the surface and marvel at the mysteries that lie there’.
In this two-day workshop tutor Helen Whittaker will introduce you to
stained glass design and creation using motifs and imagery from St
Michael's Church, Coxwold. Under her expert tuition, you will learn how
to cut and paint on glass using traditional paints and brushes. Your
piece will then be fired overnight, and on the second day you will learn
how to lead the piece into a simple stained glass panel. Find out more
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