Haldon Programmes

April-September 2011

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Tree Culture


22 April-25 September 2011

David Nash: Sculpture and Drawings


At the heart of David Nash’s work is a profound knowledge of trees. He is one of Britain’s most important sculptors in wood, a material in which he has worked internationally for over 40 years from his studio base in North Wales.

Introduction panel by Northbank

Our exhibition was selected from his large retrospective exhibition just ended at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and it included a major sculpture Black Sphere shown in the grounds of Dartington Hall and another large sculpture Three Humps which fronted the CCANW building.

General view of David Nash exhibition. Photo Chris Lewis.

The exhibition touched on the main areas of David’s production; sculpture, drawings, films and studies. These ranged from the series of sculptures largely ‘quarried’ from fallen trees and left to crack and warp, others grown from saplings and fletched into domes and other shapes, and films such as Wooden Boulder which documented the 32 year-long journey of an immense oak boulder along streams and rivers to the sea.

See also:



  • 21 April: Talk by David Nash. Drewsteignton
  • 22 April: Film on David Nash and display of Black Sphere. Dartington Hall
  • 25 April: Family workshop on stencil making and drawing
  • 27 April: Twilight Teachers’ Workshop
  • 11 May: Forum Wool Culture: Wool Directory with Claire Crompton
  • Summer School workshops
  • 4 August: Pilot event for Games People Play: Imagidipity with Tony Gee
  • 5 August: Drawing trees workshop with artist Daniel Holmes-Adams
  • 18 August: Drawing trees workshop with artist Lesley Kerman. Dartington
  • 3 September: Exeter Green Fair
  • 9-11 September: Forest Festival.

Wool Directory project

The Wool Directory project was initiated by CCANW in 2011 in collaboration with Claire Crompton of Give Fleece a Chance. Part of our Wool Culture programme, it was a free online database connecting British wool producers with wool processors and users, including textile makers and artists.

Wool Directory panel by Northbank

After an initial two year period of funding expired, Claire continued to operate the directory in a voluntary capacity but was forced to close the project in 2016. Innovative for its time, the Wool Directory was soon replaced by more powerful e-commerce platforms for artisanal crafts and suppliers such as the US company Etsy.

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