Kate Marshall – artist, teacher, associate artist

I have always been open to collaborations with people working in different disciplines so I was very proud to be asked to be one of the first Coombe Associate Artists alongside Belinda Lee Chapman,  but despite a passion for watching contemporary dance, I hadn’t worked with a dancer so I was immediately intrigued to see […]

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Belinda Lee Chapman – Director B2B Theatre & Coombe Associate Artist

Black and white image of Belinda Chapman dancing at Coombe Farm Studios

Very recently Lara asked if I would like to be an associate artist at Coombe Farm studio’s, along with Kate Marshall a local Devon artist. Part of the deal was that I would write a blog, I’ve been putting it off for a while, not sure if it would be interesting enough for any one […]

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Sarah Bee

Sarah Bee Pastels & Mixed Media Tutor Portrait

We are delighted to be adding a new tutor to our stable of professional artists who share their skills and knowledge with you, enabling you to advance your work in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Sarah Bee moved from working as a graphic designer into makeup and body painting for the film, photography and advertising […]

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I feel completely taken care of while working at Coombe, the food, the coffee, the lush environment, and mostly the helpful and talented people who take care of you.  It is a truly special artists retreat. Laurie Steen RWA  …

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#growingcreativity

It’s the start of a new development for Coombe…partly bringing some of my Dartington, Visiting Arts and British Council worlds into the Coombe Valley…   Whilst we were developing the new Coombe website it seemed a like a good time to think about what Coombe is really about, and what we will be doing over […]

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Beetroot and Coconut Soup (feeds 4)

White bowl with Beetroot & coconut soup

Another really simple quick lunchtime soup that’s popular with all our students – it’s delicious, nutritious and gorgeously colourful so suits Coombe perfectly! Thanks for this Lauren! 1 x tin coconut milk // 2 fresh beetroot // Salt and pepper to taste // Pinch of cumin seeds // Pinch of grounded cumin // Pinch of […]

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Gemma Mallol on the art of yoga

  There is so much to be learned from what is happening inside of us, from being able to feel into our internal world, from being viscerally connected. There is so much life, creativity, connection available to every human being. There is so much in this modern world that encourages somatic disconnection – that fosters […]

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Veg Patch

Coombe vegetable garden at dusk

I’m happy to report that after a rather slow start the vegetable garden is now coming into it’s own. Garlic planted last November has been harvested and broad beans all eaten. Rhubarb crumbles and tarts are frequent deserts! Now as you can see from the basket we have deliciously peppery radishes, mange tout, artichokes and […]

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Create

Spend some time creating something, a sketch, a painting or a bowl that feels just right to serve your favourite stew in. Spend time developing a play, writing a script or collaborating with another artist. Whatever you want to create, Coombe provides some space for you to do it, by offering people with skills that […]

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Roses in bloom

Peace Rose Coombe Garden

The roses are blooming beautifully at the moment, the peace rose at the back of the house has never had so many blooms. I think it looks stunning in a vase with some acid brights like our yellow poppies. The courtyard is turning a gorgeous shade of blue, perfect for painting, with Campanula blooming in […]

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Clearing out space + recycling clay

Bowl, Clay, Gloves

We had a great clear out of the studio spaces the other week prior to having a wedding in the Studios – 90 people eating, dancing and generally having a good time. It was the wedding of good friend Katrina to her partner of 17 years, Adrian. Katrina and I were at school together and […]

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Quick lunchtime recipe – Spinach & Thai Curry Soup

Baby spinach

    One of our popular lunchtime soups at Coombe is a really simple one. A Thai Green curry spinach & potato soup that’s really easy to make and everyone seems to love it… as long as I don’t over spice it… which can happen because I spent months in Vietnam years ago & now […]

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Learn

Gain practical skills from people that have made work, made mistakes, taken risks, practiced for years and are excited to share what they’ve learnt along the way. Our short course tutors are all professional artists who make a living from their art, and whilst each of them have their own style of teaching,  they all have a […]

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Research

Alongside our courses we run a Research & Development programme for Artists and Producers. At the heart of the the R&D programme is our response to the knowledge that increasingly we all live in a hyper connected world, and sometimes you just need some time and space in a peaceful environment, with good food, where […]

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  Great tasting freshly made food that’s good for you is at the heart of spending time at Coombe and its a shared experience with the group eating fresh seasonal food together at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our fantastic chef Tanya is passionate about food looking as good as it tastes. We cater for all dietary […]

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Yoga has been an integral part of life at Coombe for 6 years, we run a regular drop in class on Tuesdays (6.00pm-7.30pm, Vinyassa Flow, open to all abilities, £8 cash to the tutor), which is open to the general public, as well as participants on our courses and anyone undertaking R&D at Coombe. We […]

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Robert Manners

Robert Manners print 'Implied Resistance'

Robert works across disciplines including painting and printmaking. His interest in painting and his approach to it extends to the way he approaches printmaking. Meticulous in detail and taking layers as a starting point he constructs beautiful work combining the constant experimentation of materials with the use of strong colour, often with surprising combinations. Following […]

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People come to Coombe from all backgrounds and walks of life. Some live locally and some travel from across the world. Life can move fast, but you can’t fake or fast-track wisdom and skill, and making things reminds us that they are acquired through patience, practice, making mistakes, slowing down, being interested in things and collaborating […]

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Kate Marshall

Kate Marshall Linocutting

Living and working in Devon, Kate graduated from Goldsmiths in 2004 with a BA in Fine Art and History, Live Art performance often feature in her shows; including the 2006 Liverpool Biennial, which received coverage on BBC 2 and her debut solo show in London in 2007 which was singled out by the Sunday Times […]

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Jill Fanshawe Kato

Jill Fanshawe Kato

Jill Fanshawe Kato is an internationally renowned ceramicist & lecturer, she exhibits widely in the UK and Japan where she has had over 40 exhibitions. She writes regularly for ceramics, craft & design publications and taught at Goldsmiths College for many years. Jill has been teaching ceramics at Coombe Farm Studios for over 13 years […]

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