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New exhibition at Norfolk's Christian art space 

The Burning Bush Barn, a contemplative art space in South Norfolk that encourages creativity and spirituality, invites you to be part of its ‘unfettered’ exhibition this summer responding to questions posed around birds.

The Burning Bush Barn was established in December 2009 in partnership with the Diocese of Norwich as a centre for embracing the relationship between creativity and spirituality. It is based in the rural village of Rockland St Mary and is rooted in the Christian faith in the understanding that creativity is the language of a God who created and continues to create in us and through us. 

Its upcoming 'unfettered' exhibition will be an interactive installation of mixed media 'beings' in word and image.  The opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 25, 1-4pm and everyone is welcome. The exhibition will then run from Thursday, June 23 to Sunday, August 21 (Thursdays - Sundays, 1-4pm).

'unfettered' is a gathering of the creative responses to the questions posed by Founder and Curator of the Burning Bush Barn, Rev Wendy Shaw.  Wendy asked: ‘What bird are you? Why do you come to feed at ‘the table’ here at the barn? What is it that attracts you and how would you be without it?  What is it that sustains your creative and spiritual life?’ 

Rev Wendy Shaw said: “The invitation to respond is still open! Whether you live local to the barn or somewhere across the world, whether you are a regular visitor that feeds often or an intermittent species that feeds and rests whilst on migration, whether you are a shy solitary or one ‘of a charm’ we want to include you in our count. Make a bird, write a bird, play a bird, imaginary if you like, in whatever media makes you present.” 

Responses should be submitted by Friday, June 17. You can book a time to bring your contribution in person or contribute by post, although please notify your intent in advance.   Pieces should be accompanied by a short statement of one or two paragraphs explaining why you have made what you have.

Over the last few weeks the Barn has hosted ‘foraging’ sessions on Saturday mornings to gather and explore materials that might help with responding creatively to Wendy's questions.  These sessions have included working with wire, wood, wax and recyclables.  The results can be viewed on the Burning Bush Barn blog www.burningbushbarn.blogspot.co.uk.

To find out more or to express an interest in exhibiting please contact Rev Wendy Shaw at 01508 537045 or email bbbarn@gmail.com.

Burning Bush Barn, Rectory Lane, Rockland St Mary, Norwich, NR14 7EY  

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