Dillington Discoveries – Autumn Week
Dillington Discoveries follows a new format, splitting the traditional two weeks for Summer School, with our aim to increase this to four weeks a year – one for each season.
This is the second of the seasonal residential and day courses which enable you to celebrate the changing nature of the seasons in the year at Dillington.
Autumn Discoveries can be enjoyed on a residential or non-residential basis. In addition to the rich and varied day courses on offer there is an after-dinner event each evening. Residents attend from dinner on Sunday, with courses running from Monday and finishing at lunch on Friday. Click on the subject titles below for more details on each course.
Resident fees include course of your choice, five nights en-suite accommodation, full board, refreshments and evening activities.
Non-resident fees and day attendees may book a place of the courses – see individual course descriptions for the relevant fee. Accommodation is only available for residents booking the complete week. Non-residents are welcome to book dinner and the evening presentations, talks or activities at £31 per person per evening.
Mike Hope author, lecturer, curator and designer spent over twenty-five years lecturing and holding senior management posts in four Universities (Staffordshire, Portsmouth, Nottingham Trent and Plymouth) and has spent nearly thirty years delivering Summer School Programmes. He has lectured around the world and was a founder board member of The European Academy of Design. Alongside an extensive publication list, he has researched, designed and curated many exhibitions. He is a lecturer for Travel Editions Art & History Abroad programme. He is also currently a member of the Exeter Diocesan Advisory Board and advisor on stained glass to the Diocese of Exeter.
Mark Cottle was born in the Scilly Isles, educated at Truro School in Cornwall and was a graduate of Birmingham University with a Masters Degree in late Medieval History. Mark has spent over 20 years lecturing in Anglo-Saxon, Medieval and Tudor history in further and higher education.
Dr Jan. D. Cox was awarded a BA at Oxford Brookes University, where his work on Christopher Wood won the Jeanne Sheehy Memorial Prize, and an MA at the University of Bristol. He was formerly chief researcher for a project that placed online Wyndham Lewis’s art criticism in The Listener, and has since been awarded a PhD scholarship by the University of Leeds. He has lectured extensively on European and British art at the University of Bristol and the Royal West of England Academy. He has also addressed conferences at Universities in Oxford and Montreal, and at the Danish National Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate St. Ives and the Courtauld Institute. He is on the tutor panel for both Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
Diane Janes is an award winning author, who has written five highly regarded crime novels and four respected factual books on real life historical murders. She is regularly invited to lecture on crime and social history to a wide variety of audiences, in locations as diverse as cruise ships and village halls, and her first work of non-fiction, Edwardian Murder: Ightham & the Morpeth Train Robbery is now referenced in academic text books on the history of policing.
Carla Taylor: The Mousehole Woolery is situated in the heart of the Dorset Countryside and is the home and studio of fibre artist Carla Taylor. The Mousehole Woolery creates contemporary sustainable wool sculptures inspired by the animals and landscape of the British countryside and coastline using local Dorset and British wool using the technique of needle felting, transforming loose fleece in to sculptural work of art! Carla exhibits her sculptures at The Contemporary Textiles Fair in Teddington, The Salisbury Contemporary Craft & Heritage Festival, BBC Countryfile Live, galleries in Dorset and has been featured in Craft & Design Magazine, Wildlife Watch and the International Felting Association magazine.
David Chandler’s weekly art classes have been running for fifteen years and are attended by more than eighty students. He has lectured and demonstrated to art societies and groups throughout the UK and has been leading painting courses in France, Italy and Switzerland since 1999. He has painted on Channel 4, TSW and HTV and is the author and presenter of two DVD tutorials for water-colourists. In 2011, he co-founded Frome Community Education, a Community Interest Company that delivers over forty different leisure courses and workshops to adult learners in the Frome area, attracting nearly seven hundred enrolments during its first year. In 2012, he was a finalist in the Holburne Portrait Prize for artists in the Southwest. David is also the writer and presenter of SEEING THINGS, a monthly community radio programme about the visual arts for Frome FM. He co-wrote the Sony album PROMISED LAND in 1992 and previously wrote documentary for Channel 4 and biographical drama and comedy for BBC Radio. VIOLET PECK, his first venture into juvenile fiction, is available from the Kindle Store.
Tracy Chapman was born in Hampshire and spent her younger years by the sea. She moved to London to study and spent a few very happy and interesting years working for Rowan Yarns in retail management. She also instructed at the sewing school in Liberty for them. It was during that time that she started her designing in earnest! Tracy runs many knitting workshops and courses ranging from beginner to City and Guilds Level II. Tracy has also published a book ‘Toys to knit’.
Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.
All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.
Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.
All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.