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Gavin Turk is a British contemporary artist who has an international career spanning three decades. He is a surrealist and maverick whose exquisitely made conceptual work has been exhibited and collected by museums and galleries throughout the world. His installations, images and sculptures deal with issues of authorship, authenticity and identity. More recently his work has been exploring the condition of art and humanity as we face the climate and ecological crises of our time.


Deborah Curtis is the founder of The House of Fairy Tales charity which has been devising, creating and facilitating narrative driven learning adventures for young people for over 17 years. The work is now focused on the biggest project yet - The Great Imagining - a public education programme inspiring people of all ages to imagine a Greener, Fairer, Wiser future. As well as facilitating this work she is a writer and illustrator who has a special interest in the meditative and empathetic value of botanical illustration.


Gavin and Deborah have three children together and have worked closely  for the last 30 years so in two separate workshops they will be inviting people to discover their imagination, creativity and critical thinking while exploring the bigger themes and topics of this hugely important moment in history.


3.30-5pm: Arrival of participants. We’ll welcome you, show you to your room and offer refreshments.

6pm: Cocktails in the garden – a chance to meet other course attendees and staff. Introductory talk from Murphy. Please make sure you arrive in time as it will include information about the week and a tour of the house and gardens.

7pm: The first workshop of the week. Gavin and Deborah will outline plans. You will be able to explain what you’d like to achieve. There’ll be discussion, short exercises, and perhaps a spot of homework for Day 2..

8.30: Dinner under the stars or in the billiard room

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