For this project I looked through Halsway's archives of old photographs, adverts, schedules and letters - revealing the rich human history of repeat visitors and community in and around this beautiful house.
One particular part of Halsway’s past that stood out to me was the time of Frances Gair Wilkinson, a previous owner of Halsway who returned the building to a place of arts and creativity, establishing the house as a centre for Visual Arts.
Frances became the owner of Halsway in 1962 and was the last private owner. She had been given an eccentric upbringing, with her father painting and making puppets. As a family they had taken their marionette theatre around the country in a gypsy caravan, performing plays for people. Frances's mother and Frances herself also painted and I was pleased to make my site visit to Halsway during an exhibition of the families work. The distinct way Frances had painted trees, to me almost like they had an underwater quality, was something that stayed vividly in my mind, influencing my piece to intertwine trees inspired by those paintings I had encountered.