Sculptress Harrier Mead and painter Bruce Pearson, two of the wildlife artists who took part in the Art for the Love of Sark project in 2011, were back in Sark this spring for a follow up visit. Their main aim was to hold a workshop with pupils from Sark school that began with a visit to the Seigneurie pond to sketch the ducks. They then moved indoors for more drawing practice with Esmée Byrne’s pet cockerel Chicky as a life model. After lunch the children had the chance to turn their images into collages using pieces of scrap metal collected by Harriet. Each work of art was photographed before being taken apart so that the objects could be used again. Horses, dolphins and fish featured in the children’s artwork as well as frogs, chickens and, of course, a tractor. On the Saturday afternoon the artists gave a presentation about the Artists for Nature Foundation, the organisation behind the Sark project, and Bruce also talked about his recent expedition to paint the birdlife of the Southern Ocean. A highlight of the weekend for Harriet was a return visit to the infamous sheds of Alfie Adams. Alfie is a collector of all manner of things and has been collecting pieces of scrap metal for Harriet’s creations for the last couple of years. The Art for the Love of Sark exhibition, featuring the work of the international team of award-winning artists while they were in Sark, will move to Jersey Arts Centre this August and the beautiful book of the project is on sale at various outlets around Sark.
Pictures by Sue Daly, clockwise from top left
Drawing at the duck pond
Chicky models for the young artists
Horse portrait in scrap metal
Bruce at work on the west coast
Harriet visits one of Alfie’s sheds
Making the collages