Stephen Guyon-Bird

6 Between the cottage and the abbey sleeping fool


SG Bird is a fulltime artist. Narrative allegorical paintings explore the realignment of archetypal imagery in an agnostic and fragmented world. Themes include the tragedy and comedy of village life, paradoxes in the heritage industry, the absurdities of the rural idyll. The work is underpinned by observational drawing as a challenge and alternative to lens based digital imagery and mechanical imitative naturalism. The wish is never to underestimate the interpretive powers of the audience. Life is dark but also funny


Coram Cottage, Ampleforth, York YO62 4DX

Price Range

£50.00 - £1,000


Coram Cottage is the Studio.

Coram Cottage is on the main street of the village of Ampleforth. The cottage is on the left hand side of Village Shop and Post Office opposite the White Swan pub.


Visitors can park on the Main Street.


The cottage is on a slight raised bank set back from the road with two sets of stone steps to the door. This makes the studio unsuitable for wheelchair access. The cottage is over two hundred years old and has low ceilings and doorways in parts.


There is a downstairs toilet in the cottage which visitors may use.


Studio experience

Coram Cottage is a working environment in which the paintings are created and displayed; the entire ground floor will be open to visitors. The garden includes sculptures and constructions made by the artist. An extensive range of sketchbooks and notebooks will be exhibited to demonstrate the genesis, exploration and development of ideas.

Folios of larger landscape and figure studies will demonstrate different strategies and methods of observational drawing. As well as the paintings and drawings affordable prints, cards and reproductions will be for sale.


The village has two excellent pubs and a café where visitors can recover.  Refreshments will be available for diehards in Coram Cottage. The local environment, which provides context for many of the studies and paintings, includes Byland Abbey, the medieval church of St Hilda, Bronze and Iron Age earthworks and burial mounds, and extensive walks in the local nature reserve and Yearsley woods.

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