Unfurl is a group exhibition at Stapleford Granary curated by Contemporary & Country presenting seven artists and makers whose work celebrates the fecundity of flora and fauna in spring.
The exhibition includes painting, photography, drawing, collage, ceramics, textile embroidery, hand-blown glass and shell work by significant creative talents based in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
It starts on February 23 2024.
Curator talk, Saturday 24 February 11:00am (all welcome, free admission, no need to book)
Posted Jan 22 2024
Stapleford Granary postpones Christmas market
Stapleford Granary is no longer planning to hold a Christmas Market in December.
They invited residents for a drink and to hear a presentation at the Granary on Thursday 7 September 2023 where they shared their proposed plans for a Christmas Market this year.
But after receiving feedback from neighbours, the event was postponed.
Updated October 27 2023
Stapleford Granary update
Beautiful food boards & platters in May
As the days get longer and the weather becomes warmer, we're expanding our bar offer to include occasional early-evening seasonal food. We hope you'll come along and join us in May for a delicious pre-concert appetiser or light meal in the lovely surroundings of the Granary Bar. We'll be offering ticket holders a selection of our own curated Mezze Boards, Smoked Fish Platters and Ploughman's Boards alongside three contrasting concerts of the finest live jazz, folk and classical music.
To enjoy our pre-concert food, please purchase your choice of concert tickets online or by phone. Ticket holders will receive an email 5-7 days before the concert with details about the boards and how to pre-order. Pre-concert food is limited to 45 plates per concert.
Posted April 24 2023
Stapleford Granary March 2023 update
THREE PAINTERS, ONE SCULPTOR
3 FEBRUARY - 16 APRIL
Our new exhibition, curated by Alan Kluckow, showcases the work of four living artists. Whilst encompassing multifarious styles, there are common themes of light, landscape and nature which run through their pictures and sculptures. Susan Laughton's understated landscapes feature vernacular buildings, half seen as if through an early morning mist. Tom Benjamin's seascapes explore the play of light on water and rocks, while Ian Turnock's sculptures in steel and copper trace the shapes of light through leaves and branches. Philip Maltman's expressive, fluid images of flowers are suggestive of a controlled wilderness.
The exhibition is free to attend, there is no need to book and all of the exhibited works are available to purchase.
Posted Feb 16 2023
Stapleford Granary Storytelling Sundays
What nicer way, we thought, to while away the long dark winter months than to be tucked up in the Granary's cosy orchard room listening to a story? So they have created Storytelling Sundays; six unforgettable tales in January, February and March especially for our youngest audiences (and everyone who likes stories). Their two 'resident' story tellers are Andy Lawrence (Theatre of Widdershins) and Kate Romano (Goldfield Productions), both renowned for their acclaimed children's productions and their love of a good yarn. Kate's stories are richly illustrated with music and shadow puppetry projected on to a 5-foot screen whilst Andy's stories showcase his glorious hand-held props. Join us as we visit imaginary landscapes and meet memorable characters, beginning on Sunday 8 January.
CURIOUS ABOUT RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS?
SUNDAY 8 JANUARY, 10:30am & 12:00pm
Tickets £4.50 | Age 6+
Posted Jan 3 2023
Do you share our love of the arts? Could your creative practice form part of our vision to be an inspiring, cultural environment for everyone? We have two beautiful artist studios to let in our historic stable block, overlooking the orchard. Available now, we are seeking artists and creatives who would like to work, create or teach at the Granary's award-winning site.
Find out more via the link below or email us at email@example.com
Granary gift shop
Discover beautiful prints by Kate Heiss, ceramics from Chalkstone Pottery and Little Shop of Pots, books, homeware and locally-made candles and cards. Located in the cafe, we're open 7 days a week.
We have a year-round programme of contemporary, thought-provoking exhibitions. Our current exhibition - The Natural Eye - is a selection of 90 works from 20 artists, curated by the Society of Wildlife Artists (free admission)
The arts of bookbinding and stained glass are taught in stable block Studio 1 by Helen Perry & Michelle Mativi. We love seeing the development of their work in the calm, peaceful, environment they have created.
Classes and courses
Learn a new skill with independent art tutors who teach from the stable block Art Studio. There are classes in printmaking, painting, drawing & mixed media taught by highly experienced artists.
Posted Nov 28 2022
Much Loved Classics & a thirst for something new as our Concert Hall Season opens for Autumn
We promise you great music played by great musicians in our Autumn concert series. Whether it’s classical, folk or jazz, you’ll find a mixture of brilliant established artists and the finest of the younger generation within an overall programme that combines much-loved classics with a thirst for something new.
A note from Kate Romano, CEO of Stapleford Granary
‘There’s something especially nice about returning to the Granary’s beautiful concert hall in the autumn. Our summer season largely took place outdoors in the courtyard, with fantastic folk and jazz events, BBQs and our much-loved Village Day. But as the nights start to close in, I find myself drawn back to that wonderfully intimate space - the smell of the douglas fir wood, the cosy yellow brick walls - to experience the unforgettable thrill of live music created before our eyes and ears. As one of our audience members said to me..’its the best place for the best live music’.
As ever, we aim to bring the finest classical, folk and jazz to the Granary; a blend of much-loved repertoire and familiar faces alongside newer sounds and artists we hope you’ll want to discover. Pianist Cordelia Williams opens the season on 9 September with an exquisite programme of light and shade, featuring music by Mozart, Schubert, Tomkins, Evans and Schubert. The Gesualdo Six trace the evolution of the Italian Madrigal on 16 September with works by Monteverdi, Palestrina and Marenzio and Martin Roscoe, one of the UK’s best loved pianists, brings a glorious programme of Haydn, Mozart, Brahms and Beethoven to the Granary on 22 October.
The Norwegian Espen Eriksen Trio present their unique brand of lyrical and ambient jazz on 14 October and superstar trumpeter Laura Jurd brings her brass-fuelled party band to the Granary on 30 September; expect Big Friendly tunes and grooves-a-plenty! Catch acclaimed folk band Dallahan on 1 October for music forged in Scotland and Ireland drawing on traditional music from the Balkans and North America.
I’ve very much enjoyed seeing our Sunday lunchtime concerts become so popular over the last 6 months. Now that our beautiful new cafe is open, you can come along for a delicious cup of Butterworth’s freshly roasted coffee and a cake followed by your favourite live music. We’ve got the fabulous and inimitable jazz clarinettist / saxophonist Mark Crooks and his quartet on Sunday 18 September, cellist Gemma Rosefield and pianist Nicola Eimer on 25 September (a wonderful programme of Chopin, Janáček and Mendelssohn) and the innovative and experimental Liam Noble Trio on 9 October.
And if you're seeking something really different, the exceptional Apollo Saxophone Quartet on Friday 7 October might be just what you are looking for. The Apollo Quartet have created new soundtracks for some of the most quirky silent films from the Georges Méliès era, all performed live, reacting and responding to the images on the screen in the absence of any dialogue.
I do hope you’ll find something to enjoy or discover at Stapleford Granary this Autumn.. Whatever you choose, you are always guaranteed the warmest of welcomes at the Granary from our staff and the musicians who play here. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Kate Romano, CEO
September Event Links:
9 September - Cordelia Williams - Cordelia Williams (staplefordgranary.org.uk)
16 September - Gesualdo Six - Gesualdo Six (staplefordgranary.org.uk)
18 September - Mark Crooks Quartet - Mark Crooks Quartet (staplefordgranary.org.uk)
25 September - Gemma Rosefield & Nicola Elmer Gemma Rosefield & Nicola Eimer (staplefordgranary.org.uk)
30 September - Laura Jurd - The Big Friendly Album - Laura Jurd - The Big Friendly Album (staplefordgranary.org.uk)
October Event Links:
1 October - Dallahan - Dallahan (staplefordgranary.org.uk)
7 October – Apollo Saxophone Quartet - Journey Across the Impossible Apollo Saxophone Quartet: Journey Across the Impossible (staplefordgranary.org.uk)
9 October - Liam Noble Trio Liam Noble Trio (staplefordgranary.org.uk)
14 October – Espen Eriksen Trio Espen Eriksen Trio (staplefordgranary.org.uk)
22 October – Martin Roscoe, piano Martin Roscoe (staplefordgranary.org.uk)
Posted Aug 8 2022