You might be interested to know that there is going to be a study day in Barnstaple this summer at The Barnstaple and North Devon Museum.
The day will start at about 11.00 a.m. in the cafe and the first talk will probably be about 11.40 a.m. The day will end mid-afternoon.
The subject is James Ravilious, a photographer of rural life, whose work has grown in popularity since his death. James was the son of the artist Eric Ravilious. James’ work can be read in different ways as landscape, portraiture and as a social document of a passing way of life.
Places are for students from the South West yet a few are being reserved for people from outside the South West and also from non-photographic disciplines such as creative writing and illustration.
The first talk will be from Robin Ravilious, James’ widow, who will explain Ravilious’ work to us; Robin features in the award winning documentary about James Ravilious that also featured Alan Bennet. After lunch nearby, we will return to look at original prints that are held by the Museum and Jesse Alexander, OCA tutor and course author, will conclude the day.
As usual there is a small charge for this day. Since the student body OCASA have had too many requests for funding, they are not supporting this event. I am trying to negotiate support from the OCA itself but it looks as though funding will not be forthcoming. The usual charge of £15 has therefore been increased to £20. This is possible because Jesse Alexander has kindly offered to waive his fee.
There are good transport links with Barnstaple and the Museum is just a short walk from both bus and rail stations. If you are coming by car, bear in mind that roads do get blocked up on a saturday in the Summer as it is “change over day”!! I shall be driving there and can give a lift for up to 4 people from Tiverton Parkway Station.
This day promises to be a fascinating glimpse into the workings of a contemporary photographic artist as well as a chance to network with fellow students. Please don’t feel shy about coming … some of us are more used to the OCA than others but we are all students of a kind and a day like this helps to recognise this.