Dillington Discoveries – Summer Week

Dillington Discoveries

Residential course

Mike Hope, Dr Jan Cox, Gwyn Parry-Jones, Diane Janes, Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard, Claire DuVergier, Annette Bolton, Jo Sadler, Joanna Cobb, Tracy Chapman

15 August 2021 to 20 August 2021

From £265 Non-residential fee, £780 Single bedroom or shared occupancy, £890 Double bedroom single occupancy

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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.

Summer 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.

The Lost Houses and Gardens of the West Country – Unwrapped and Unpacked with Mike Hope

Great British Artists with Dr Jan Cox

Ten by Ten with Gwyn Parry-Jones

Crime, Social History and Mystery with Diane Janes

Aspects of West Country History at Home and Overseas from 1790-1900 with Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard

The Joy of Watercolour with Claire DuVergier

Stumpwork with Annette Bolton

Willow Sculpture Workshops with Jo Sadler – Deer, Owl, Bird, Hare or Chicken

The Devil in the Detail: A Series of Art Historical Conundrums which Baffle, Astonish and Above all Entertain with Joanna Cobb – Monday and Friday

Yarn Knitting and Crochet Workshops with Tracy Chapman – Colourwork Knitting Taster: Tuesday and Crochet Jewellery: Thursday

Tutor information

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.

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.

Gwyn Parry-Jones is highly qualified and experienced, both as a performer and a conductor and has held academic posts at the universities of Oxford, Gothenburg and Reading.  At Reading he was, until 2007, the Director of Music in the Faculty of Education, and remains a visiting lecturer at Reading and Oxford Universities.  As a professional musician Gwyn worked with the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestras and played under the batons of some of the National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Reading.  He is a colleague of Terry Barfoot, lecturing in Terry’s own enterprise ‘Arts in Residence’ – The World’s Greatest Conductors, including Sir John Barbirolli, Carlo-Maria Giulini and Sir Simon Rattle.  Gwyn is also well known as an adjudicator.

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.

Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard is a professional family and local historian and tutor in adult education. She runs a variety of courses in Dorset and talks to organisations all over the country. Jane is a regular speaker at the Society of Genealogists in London.

Clare DuVergier Art was Clare’s favourite subject at school and as a very young child her paintings were exhibited in the junior section of the Royal Academy.  When she was 16 she became the last model of the Polish Expressionist Henryk Gotlib.  As a child she was fascinated by the landscape and explored tracks and woodlands, built camps in secret wildernesses and made endless collections of wild flowers, fungi and rotting wood. Having trained as an actress, Clare continued to paint and has now been painting full-time since 2000. Clare works primarily in oils and watercolour and occasionally with acrylics and mixed media.  As a landscape painter, her inspiration is the landscape itself.  Her work has been shown at a number of galleries in the South West and in Scotland.  Visit Clare’s website for further information: www.clareduvergier.com.

Annette Bolton studied City and Guilds in a variety of subjects covering beading, hand and machine embroidery, Stumpwork, mixed media and design.  She has been teaching for over 25 years including City and Guilds in Stumpwork. She has a great passion for her subject, a regular contributor to stitching and beading magazines, as well as being a registered tutor for the learning curve at Alexandra Palace and the Great British Bead Show.

Jo Sadler has been weaving with willow for over four years now and makes a wide variety of sculptures from Chickens to Deer, Arches for Weddings, bespoke commissions and runs courses to make sculpture. She is a supplier to the National Trust and made Barrington Court a gaggle of geese for their Easter trail as well as creating winter displays for last two years in the grounds. She has several deer displayed at Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens which appeared at Dillington House last Christmas pulling the sleigh!  She is currently about to open a unit at Broadwindsor Craft Centre where she will also run future courses and sell sculptures.  Her passion for weaving is never ending and she really appreciated going on a course which just opened the door to a complete new creative world. She is learning to weld so she can expand into metal sculpture and hopes to use more materials too.

Joanna Cobb is an independent art historian, researcher and lecturer based in Somerset with a passionate belief in the benefits of lifelong learning in its fullest sense.  Following a career teaching history, she studied history of art at Birkbeck, University of London, leading to an MA with distinction. Joanna’s article, ‘From Parrots to Princes: Exhibitions of Contemporary Stained Glass in Late Eighteenth-century London’. appeared in the online journal Vidimus, Issue 53, July/August 2011. Since moving to Somerset Joanna has been invited to speak for a range of organisations. Central to Joanna’s approach is an understanding of the cultural, political and social contexts in which works of art were produced and experienced,  in order to allow the ‘bigger picture’ to emerge and in so doing enrich and enlarge the encounter.

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’.

Covid information

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.