Shieldfield Art Works Blog
Easter – loss and hope
13th April 2021

Before Easter we were waiting, in the darkness – recognising that it can be a difficult place to be – waiting for  Sunday – hoping. In John’s account of the resurrection we begin in darkness and tears….   Early in the morning, while it was still dark…..  It is a tentative beginning which begins in darkness, […]

Waiting in a Garden
30th March 2021

Many of us have been waiting for many months. Waiting for restrictions to be lifted which will allow us to be face to face, two metres apart, in a garden with friends and loved ones we haven’t seen for so long. It’s not a stretch for anyone to imagine that kind of waiting and longing. […]

Three gardens and a funeral
9th March 2021

Image by: Jürgen Matern (from wikimedia commons) Paradise is a garden or a park. We got the word from the Latin via French and it was borrowed from the Hebrew ‘pardes’ which in turn had borrowed it from old Persian. The kind of thing in mind seems to have been a walled garden or park […]

Things are either natural or man-made. It’s completely natural. A natural remedy. The natural response. Natural sounds good. Words associated with man-made: synthetic, artificial, manufactured, unnatural. It’s a man-made problem = it’s our own fault. Man-made sounds a bit rubbish. What is it about nature, the garden, or the rural, that makes people think of […]

Reflections on Andy Goldsworthy
25th January 2021

Photo credit: by Viola-Ness – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=84661675 https://www.liveenhanced.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/8-Andy-Goldsworthy-Art.jpg I can’t now recall when I first saw a photograph of Andy Goldsworthy’s art. I do recall being stunned and amazed by the colours and shapes in a ‘natural’ landscape -produced by leaves, rocks, spittle, mud, water, thorns … All the more so […]

A Prayer of Farewell
1st October 2020

In 2019 SAW released a publication. The publication was the outcome of many months of self reflection and careful consideration, within it’s pages we sought to explore and explain what SAW is, what it has been, and what it aims to be as an organisation. The content ends with this prayer of farewell, which is […]

Rest and Rhythm: The Limits of the Labour of Hospitality
24th September 2020

In 2019 SAW released a publication. The publication was the outcome of many months of self reflection and careful consideration, within it’s pages we sought to explore and explain what SAW is, what it has been, and what it aims to be as an organisation. There are several essays within it that explore different aspects […]

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