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As It Is Now: Janet Boulton’s Garden – Late October 2021 (Absorb Films 2022)


This new film is a condensed account of making a garden from scratch, beginning in 1980; and it also marks the end of a period lasting over four decades. Being now in her 86th year Janet Boulton’s scheme for the future is inspired by the need to reduce the time, energy and costs involved in maintaining this small but complex garden.


By leaving in place both the hard ground plan and the borders, with their inter-related structure of trees and shrubs, all the inscriptions and installations can remain undisturbed in their designated spaces. The main simplification lies in the decision not to introduce any more plants – neither perennials in the borders nor filling innumerable pots with seasonal displays of annuals. Consequently apart from the everyday tasks – raking the gravel, tending the paving and general pottering – the only essential work will be the twice-yearly routine of rigorous clipping and pruning to retain the basic form and design of the garden.



RECENT EXHIBITION

 

 
Janet Boulton: Through the Window
11-12 and 18-19 September 2021
STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway
Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon SN2 2EY
 

During Heritage Open Days 2021, an exhibition of paintings by Janet Boulton supported the ongoing exhibition ‘Through the Window’ at STEAM Museum. Seven artworks from the Swindon Collection demonstrated the artist’s interest in glass, windows and reflections. Four watercolours, shown for the first time since acquired by Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, presented views from the Swindon School of Art at North Star Avenue in 1974, including the demolition of the Railway Works.
 

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RECENT SYMPOSIUM

 

 
Conversations in Music, Art and Faith
Saturday 15th June 2019
Magdalen College Chapel and Summer Common Room
Magdalen College, Oxford OX1 4AU
 

A symposium on music, art and faith, featuring in conversation with Janet Boulton and musical responses to her art works, guest speakers, choral evensong and the launch of Jonathan Arnold’s new book Music and Faith: Conversations in a Post-Secular Age.
 

CLICK HERE to listen to Musical Responses to Janet Boulton’s Three Studies for Holy Week. Performed by James Crockford (saxophonist) and Jonathan Arnold with Chris and Richard (singers).
 

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PUBLICATIONS
 

 
ML11 8NG: Janet Boulton at Little Sparta
40pp, 200 x 260 mm
e-book, 2020
Distributed by The Little Sparta Trust
AVAILABLE HERE »
 

 
Janet Boulton | Eye Music Series
ISBN 978-1-910010-32-7
24pp, 205 x 210 mm
Pamphlet, 2014
Distributed by Uniformbooks
£6.00 BUY NOW »
 

 
Janet Boulton | A Seeming Diversity
ISBN 978-1-910010-90-7
88pp, 225 x 230 mm
Paperback, 2017
Distributed by Uniformbooks
£15.00 BUY NOW »
 

 
Jonathan Arnold featuring Eye Music pp.64-74
Music and Faith: Conversations in a Post-Secular Age
ISBN 978-1-783272-60-0
288pp, 234 x 156 mm
8 Colour Illustrations
Hardback, 2019
Published by Boydell Press
£30.00 BUY NOW »