Deep Roots Festival September Events

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20th-27th September 2021

Hester Berry, Portrait Painting Demonstration
Monday 20th September
Live Zoom event

To herald our final Deep Roots Festival weekend of 2021, we invited popular local artist, Hester Berry, to lead an online portrait painting demonstration. Hester, whose work is widely collected and exhibited across the UK, talked us though her drawing and painting processes, taking questions from the audience as she created her image. Read the review here.

Beth Pedlar

Beth Pedlar, Pet Portraiture Workshop
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September
Filleigh Village Hall

This two-day workshop with the successful and sought-after North Devon pet portraitist, Beth Pedlar, included: layering using pastels to create realistic animal portraits; techniques for different types of fur; the best materials to use and the importance of working from good source photos. Read more about Beth Pedlar.

Capturing South Molton

‘Capturing South Molton in Your Words & Images’
Saturday 25th September
Assembly Rooms, South Molton

Arts Destination South Molton, as part of their Deep Roots Festival, elicited poems, words, images and sound recordings from local people in and around South Molton. Renowned filmmaker, Gordon McKerrow, compiled and edited these submissions, and, adding in music, along with with some of his own photography and footage, created a film legacy for our town. This project was enabled by the generous sponsorship of Home Instead North Devon and Exmoor.
Read the reviews here.


Additional Event
Harmony4, Music and Song
Saturday 25th September
Assembly Rooms, South Molton EX36 3AB

North Devon based vocal quartet Harmony4 invited you to chase away the ‘Lockdown Blues’ in an hour of music and song with local musicians Steve Dyrda (accordion), Josh Flanagan and Lorraine Homewood (piano).

Dying Ash Tree by Karolina Andreasova

Two Talks @ The Hexagon, Quince Honey Farm
Sunday morning 26th September

Myc Riggulsford, ‘Natural Capital: Our wildlife, woodlands, and local culture’
Following science and environment journalist Myc Riggulsford’s highly popular and entertaining event during our July Deep Roots Festival weekend, we invited him back to give us another enlightening, illustrated talk. This talk looked at the concept of our Natural Capital, focussing on the special contribution of North Devon in our society today. Read the review and more about the talk.

Katy Lee, ‘Ode to the Ash Tree Poetry Project’
Myc talked with celebrated local innovator Katy Lee, of Courage Copse Creatives, about her community poetry-film project for Arts Destination South Molton. The audience joined in the conversation and were able to buy the newly-minted book, filled with poems and images contributed by the community, in honour of ash trees. The book is still available to buy from the library in South Molton. Read the review.

Katy Lee

Sunday afternoon 26th September
South Molton Community Woodland
Katy Lee performed some of the submitted poems from her Ode to the Ash Tree Project in the South Molton Community Woodland. Find out more about this project here.

For details of the Deep Roots Festival events that took place in June have a look here and for the July events look here.