THE GLYME LANE PROJECT – A MOMENT IN TIME
Allotments, Millennium Memorial Wood, beehives, track, farmland:
Poem, paintings, drawings, mixed-media, ceramics, artist book,
stained glass, sound recordings.
Every Tuesday morning for a year, Chipping Norton artists Crabby Taylor and Judith Yarrow met at Glyme Lane (behind the leisure centre and school in Chipping Norton) to record and find inspiration from drawing and painting what they found there. Crabby Taylor makes Raku and smoke-fired ceramics and also paints. Judith Yarrow is a mixed-media landscape artist. Their work includes the Allotments, the Millennium Memorial Wood, beehives and the footpath to Glyme Farm. Next to join the project were poet Mo Browne and Jill Colchester with her dynamic figure drawings of allotment holders and beekeeper. Other artists joined them - allotment holder Carol Harvey, Ruth Shaw-Williams with her book of sheds and stained-glass artist Anna Gillespie.
The work spans a year of changing seasons and weather.
Glyme Lane will be affected by nearby house-building plans with the possibility of a relief road cutting through this area. The artists want to show what this area, with its ancient track, longstanding allotments, organic farmland and refuge for nature, means to local people and to record it at this moment in time. It is hoped that recordings will be played, by sound engineer Nick Parker, of interviews conducted by Lucy Parker. Allotment holders, those involved in the William Fowler Memorial wood, Glyme Farm and a beekeeper, talk about what Glyme Lane means to them.
David Yarrow has transcribed the recordings which are available as a pamphlet.
Since the project was completed, COVID has intervened. Poignantly this area of Chippy has increased in value to the local population with local daily walks, gardening, food production and wildlife being so important for our wellbeing during lockdown.
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