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Newtimber Giant

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Author: Alice Fox
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Location

Street:London Road / A23
Town:Pyecombe
Parish:Pyecombe
Council:Brighton & Hove City Council
County:West Sussex
Postcode:BN45
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Object setting:Public Park
Access is:Public
Location note:Newtimber Holt (park near to Pyecombe Service Station and walk up path)
In the AZ book:West Sussex
Page:113
Grid reference:H9
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.
OS Reference:TQ2712

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Makers

Name : Sue Nunn
     Role:Sculptor
     Qualify:assisted by
Name : Alice Fox
     Role:Sculptor
     Qualify:and

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General Information

Commissioned by: Funded by: CUPP, University of Brighton & the National Trust
Construction period:May 2005
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Brighton & Hove City Council
Object listing:Not listed

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Classification

Categories:Sculptural, Natural
Object type1:Landscape
Object type2:Sculpture
Subject type1:Figurative
     Subject subtype1:Reclining

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Object Parts

Part 1:Giant
     Material:Wood, mixed media and plants
     Width (cm):2743

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History

History:Art in the Woods
Publication: ‘Art in The Woods: An Exploration of a Community/University Environmental Arts Project', in Community-University Partnership in Practice. ISBN 978 1 86201 317 9. Exhibitions: Three large site-specific sculptures have been made that are permanently situated on the Sussex Downs near Brighton; (pub: NIACE, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, 2007)
'New Timber Giant' on National Trust land at New Timber Holt, near Brighton.
'Saddlescoombe Spiral' on National Trust land, Saddlescoombe Farm, near Brighton.
'Stanmer Dragon' in Stanmer Park, Brighton and Hove Countryside Services.
Each year in May a group of art students from the University of Brighton and women from a local council estate spend two weeks in woodland belonging to the National Trust, foraging in the trees and wrestling with honeysuckle, clematis and buckets full of chalk to create huge, organic woodland sculptures. The sculptures, New Timber Giant, Saddlescoomb Spiral and Stanmer Dragon have emerged from their joint experience and the forms suggested by the landscape, local history and the materials on hand. These sculptures were made entirely from found materials on-site still nestle snugly among the trees, sprouting bluebells and celandines and offering shelter to local wildlife. Their size and capacity for growth indicate the achievement of their makers in placing their own mark on the landscape. They represent the start of an ongoing partnership between two very different groups of people and what can be achieved through creative, inclusive, collaborative working.
The request for this project came from a National Trust warden who attended a presentation on the Access to Art Project (inclusive arts for people with complex learning disabilities) and saw the potential for groups to work within areas of National Trust land. The National Trust is an independent charity that maintains and provides permanent public access to historic houses, property and land. The coming together of three partners, the University of Brighton, a community arts group based on a local housing estate and the National Trust who provided the venue, provided the opportunity for the students to work together in the open air and for me to continue my research in inclusive arts practice.
(http://artsresearch.brighton.ac.uk/research/academic/fox_alice/portfolio/woods)

Art in the Woods sculpture project
This is a sculpture based arts project for women of the Hillview Family Centre in Moulsecoomb based on National Trust land near Brighton. Students from the Faculty of Art and Architecture worked alongside the women's art group to produce sculptures using primarily natural materials. The project involved two days a week practical work for two weeks in April and May 2005 and the resulting sculptures are available to the public. The National Trust is providing the land and natural materials for the project and has been involved in the induction and training process with regard to safety in the woods and on site.
The project started by identifying the cultural impoverishment of the city's council estates, which alongside the double restriction of low income and unremitting childcare precludes most women from any opportunity of taking part in high quality art activities. The project is an opportunity for inclusive study, offering all the participants from both the Moulsecoomb Estate and University of Brighton the benefits of working within a diverse group.
This project gives the women involved the opportunity to get involved in a supported sculpture project using materials from the environment in their art. Involvement will build confidence and self esteem and will provide an opportunity to experience a different environment and situation with the freedom to express themselves artistically.
The students will carry out the project as part of their course and will also gain practical work experience in the community arts field. They will develop a number of skills including the ability to assist their partner in making informed choices and decisions and to develop communication, negotiation and listening skills for themselves and their partners from the Hillview Family Centre.
(http://www.brighton.ac.uk/cupp/projects/sculpture.htm)

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Author: Alice Fox
Copyright: Creative Commons

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