Afternoon enjoyed in Art Barn

Community news and events from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk, on Twitter @standardboston
Community news and events from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk, on Twitter @standardboston

About 100 people packed the Art Barn at Woodlands Organic Farm, near Kirton, for an afternoon of music, poetry and art.

The Cello Company, led by Glenis Malkin, played music by JS Bach, Gavin Bryers and Howard Goodhall at the performance earlier this month.

Poetry readings from John Clare, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Wendy Cope, Stevie Smith and WB Yeats were given by writer Christopher Osborn and actor Raymond Platt, formerly of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

An audience member commented: “What a wonderful afternoon. It was great to experience a program of this quality surrounded by the fertile Lincolnshire fens. I never expected to find myself listening to Bach and Lewis Carroll surrounded by our organic vegetables!”

The denouement of the programme took the form of an installation by the Tokyo-born ceramicist Yozo Hirayama.

Farm owner Andrew Dennis said: “Some while ago I began a dialogue with Yozo about exhibiting his strikingly beautiful installation ‘one thousand pots, one thousand thoughts’ at Woodlands Farm.

“This unique work which amounts to a personal response to the Japanese Tsunami of March 11, 2011, seemed especially relevant to me, given rising sea levels along the East Coast and the farm’s close position to the sea.

“From this the idea of a celebration in praise 
of the land and sea was born.”