Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Art and Culture


As well as picnicking on the cliffs, partaking of  a beer or two down at the pub, we did, during our weekend away mange a little art and culture, St Davids has a flourishing artistic community,  with plenty of galleries and exhibitions to be seen,  it is a landscape that inspires;  in one of those blogging , small world moments, WOL posted about one local artist, Adam Buick and his wonderful pots .

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We looked at the work of Graham Sutherland at the Oriel y Parc Landscape Gallery,

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 I recommend this video,  about the gallery, it illustrates the Pembrokeshire equivalent of drystone walls, which are more floral than the Derbyshire genre.

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it also has the briefest of glimpses of my very favourite exhibit, what I called the Nija hare, a beautiful dynamic sculpture of a boxing hare, I soooooo wanted to bring it home with me*.

It is good to go to a gallery with the likes of Mrs Ogg, for she does what she modestly calls ‘colouring in’ for a living and knows lots of stuff about arty things that I don’t.

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So by the time we got around the coast path, I’d made all sorts of connections to the work we’d seen and the landscape.

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now that I call a win win situation.

*I don’t even know who the sculptor was, shame on me


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

10 thoughts on “Art and Culture

  1. The rock pictures are outstandingly beautiful. tms

  2. the best hare sculptor i can think of is barry flanaghan. i have always wanted one of his but they cost thousands!

  3. Pembrokeshire is 2nd on my list of places I really, really, really want to go to. Second after Scotland. I see by Mr. Buick’s blog, he has just packed his kiln and a firing is impending. http://adambuick.com/blog/ I want one of his big moon jars soooooooo much, but it would cost a small fortune to have it shipped. I love your rock pictures. That whole area is scenic as all get out. If I did go there, I think I would swoon with delight at all the scenic beauty. Jackie Morris the artist/author lives near Mr. Buick. She has both a still camera and a video camera, and she’s not afraid to use either. She also has a blog. http://drawingalineintime.blogspot.com/ Does Mrs. Ogg have a blog? (I’m starting to sound like Dr. Seuss. . . .)

  4. An interesting post, terrific photos and informative links…what more could I ask for! xx

  5. Lovely photos of the coast. So much colour in the sediment levels of the rock there as well.

  6. Beautiful photographs

  7. Thank you for this beautiful post showing lovely both cultural and natural art 😉

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