Stephen Guyon-Bird

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SG Bird is a full time artist commited to the never ending challenge of drawing. Drawing from life provides the means to draw from imagination. Drawing from imagination enriches the experience of drawing from life. To draw beyond superficial appearances extends our horizons and understanding of the world.


Coram Cottage, Ampleforth, York YO62 4DX


The house is in the centre of Ampleforth four miles South-West of Helmsley. Coram cottage is next door to the village shop & post office; on the left-hand side as one faces the shop.


Parking available on street


Paving stone incline up to steps into house. Narrow doors throughout the house and low ceilings.


Toilets on ground floor


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 and imaginative 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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