Open Gardens & Summer Concert

13th and 14th June 2020

Gardens open at 12 noon. Enjoy a walk through the gardens followed by a chat over coffee or tea and cake.

Saturday 13th after the gardens the play ‘Gainsborough and the Making of the Modern Woman’  starts at 6pm and throughout the day there is the exhibition of prints by Helen Maxfield (, and speed portrait painting by Lois Cordelia (

Sunday 14th following the gardens there is the second chance to see the play ‘Gainsborough and the Making of the Modern Woman’  and there will also be music by local musicians and students from our partner schools, an exhibition of prints by Helen Maxfield (, and speed portrait painting by Lois Cordelia (


Gainsborough and the Making of the Modern Woman

Portrait of Ann Ford 1760

Portrait of Ann Ford 1760

by Sally Wilden & Peppy Barlow

6pm Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th June

Sally Wilden and Peppy Barlow, have written a play dealing with Gainsborough, and his portrait of Anne Ford, a leading viola da gamba player of the time.

This play has just received Arts Council funding, and we are proud to be part of its East Anglian tour!

In Sally’s words…’Gainsborough’s portrait of Ann Ford took his world by storm.  

Prepared to break the rules about how a woman should be portrayed, this painting was a cause of outrage but put a seal on Gainsborough’s growing reputation.  Come to the play and enter the world of Gainsborough and this extraordinary young woman’.




Winter at Carlton Marshes

Winter at Carlton Marshes

Helen Maxfield

Helen Maxfield will be exhibiting her latest limited edition linocuts on both days

Helen creates limited edition linocuts from her home studio near Needham Market in Suffolk, where she lives with her husband, two sons and two cats. Her black and white designs have a bold, graphic quality where she enjoys the mark-making potential of the medium. Her colour designs are created using the ‘reduction’ method where one piece of lino is used for the entire print. The ink is applied in layers, with further carving in between each layer, resulting in the lino being gradually reduced.

Helen’s inspiration comes from sketching trips in the Suffolk countryside. Designs evolve from observational drawings and paintings. Her main aim is to achieve images that celebrate the natural qualities of linocut.

Helen has created linocut illustrations for a range of beer labels for Big Drop Brewing Co, labels for Scottish drinks company Middle Way and also for design company Denomination.  One of her landscapes ‘Winter at Carlton Marshes’ was used as a design for a Suffolk Wildlife Trust Christmas card.

Helen has prints featured in ‘Suffolk Jewels’, a book about Suffolk landscapes published by Mascot Media Press.

She is a member of the Suffolk Craft Society and exhibit throughout East Anglia.

Helen teaches lino print workshops to groups of adults from her home studio and in venues such as Old Bank Studios in Harwich, the Tack Room at Snape Maltings and the Textile Archive in Braintree.  See her website

Old House, Great Horkesley, Colchester,
Essex, CO6 4EQ

Date / Time
Date - 13/06/2020 - 14/06/2020
Time - All Day