Farm barn reborn as venue for music, art and poetry

Andrew Dennis and Boston Sinfonia's principal cello Glenis Malkin
Andrew Dennis and Boston Sinfonia's principal cello Glenis Malkin

A former agricultural barn has been given a new lease of life as a venue for music, art and poetry and will host its first event on Sunday.

The Art Barn is an atmospheric performance and exhibition space at Woodlands Organic Farm in Kirton that has been developed in a barn that was formerly used to store turkeys.

The venue will enjoy its maiden event with a three-hour collaboration on Sunday with ‘Music, Poetry, Art: Land and Sea, A Celebration’.

Music comes from quartet The Cello Company - Moulton cellist and teacher Glenis Malkin, principal cello of Boston Sinfonia, and professional colleagues Ivan McCready, Anna Chalmers and Jeremy Ard.

They will perform Bach Andante, movements from Bach Cello Suites, Shackelton’s Cross by Howard Goodall and North Shore by Gavin Bryers.

Writer Christopher Osborn and actor Raymond Platt will read poetry from John Clare, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Lewis Carroll, Yeats, Shakespeare, Hardy and Sylvia Plath.

Art will come from Tokyo-born Yozo Hirayama whose ‘One thousand pots, one thousand thoughts’ remembers victims of the Tohoku earthquake and the tsunami of 2011.

Farm owner Andrew Dennis said: “Over the last 20 years Woodlands has sought to develop links with numerous artists. This work is ongoing. Common to them all has been a wish to celebrate this unique rural landscape and foster affection for it, our hope being that through the art of celebration more of it will be protected for the future.”

The event starts at 2pm, with tickets £5 on the door. Visit for details.