GAF – Coronavirus  Policy dated  13th March 2020

  • GAF has decided to postpone the production of Trial by Jury and The Sorcerer (1st -4th April 2020) until later this year/early next year.  With the Government policy shifting from Contain to Delay and with an assessed Coronavirus bulge/peak in several weeks allied to the risks of close physical proximity and the age of many involved (cast, back and front-of-house)  make postponement necessary.  Additionally, cast and audience participation may well be put in jeopardy; and there are financial and planning considerations that require early attention if undue penalties are not to be incurred. 
  • GAF Trustees have decided that all other events will go ahead as planned but kept under review.   However if the situation changes, the GAF Website will be updated and further actions taken. 
  • GAF has duty of care for all those attending GAF events and, in this context, Coronavirus.
  • GAF will be guided by Government, NHS, Local Government, other official directions and common-sense 
  •   GAF  must be aware of local activities and policies of the Village Hall (inc Dining Club), Lowford Community Centre, Churches, Schools etc
  • GAF Members and those that use GAF are generally much older and are potentially more at risk – this may require applying a stricter approach.      People with symptoms must stay away from the GAF Centre.                                                                       

Hampshire Open Studios

It is always a pleasure to return to GAF. As I was present at its inception, living in Bursledon at the time and able to contribute to this venture. I consider it was a great day when, having seen Mrs Shawe Storey’s Catholic Chapel deconsecrated and dismantled of its intricate Flemish wood, and been put up for sale, a group of artistic and entrepreneurial Bursledon people decided to buy it. Thus we have this historic venue, right in the heart of the village; it is spacious with more light, and hugely improved now thanks to the hard work of many GAF members. It has gone from strength to strength, and now a great variety of artistic and friendly functions take place here, bringing like-minded people together.

So, returning again I was delighted to be invited by the Editor to write a few words about this exhibition. What an opportunity Hants Open Studios gives people-both to exhibit and to visit such varied exhibitions as this.

Through the old doorway from the road we are met by Glyn Foulkes’ brightly coloured life size wood sculpted Nelson greeting us, inviting us down the steps into the chapel; and inside several of Glyn’s immediately recognisable clay modelled heads of local people.  I have reason to be grateful to him too, as he it was who organised a young tutor to lead some sculpture classes some years ago-giving myself and others the opportunity to model  in this way that I had never had before – and I loved it. Inside, this year’s creations seemed more eclectic than usual. Each artist with their own ‘eye’ attracted us in very different ways. I admire most creativity, so much enjoyed the found pieces of driftwood ingeniously fashioned into 3D miniatures of rocks and sea scenes by Nicola James. On one side hung Sally Nixon’s coastal paintings, depicting dramatic light in sunsets and impending storm.

Round the corner were Stephen Foulkes’ cards created from his photography; another talented Foulkes family member here, who cleverly depicts the Hamble river he knows so well in all its guises, with the addition of some cleverly caught possibly posing birds! 

Along one wall, mounted very effectively on large white boards reaching from floor to ceiling were Colin Bowler’s large paintings. A retired draughtsman he has now turned his talents to oils and acrylics. Bold and bright with great observation of seashore, lapping foaming waves – and Bursledon views with unusual perspectives.

Last but not least, was Ray Manley’s beautiful photography which I enjoyed hugely.  Glorious landscapes – such an eye he has – and all naturally enhanced without any evident over manipulation.

Janet Matthews                                                             

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