Scroll through to find out what we're up to, and what we've been doing. These listings cover events, walks, presentations and publications and we'll do our best to keep up to date. For daily happenings, follow our latest social media posts (right).
Wye Valley River Festival
The Wye Valley River Festival takes place every two years, using various locations in this beautiful valley for creative engagement with the natural world. It's a stunning place, and we're delighted to be among the artists involved this year alongside the team from the Wye Valley AONB, with an installation among the trees at Symonds Yat. There will be more info on the festival website soon, but for now mark the dates: the festival runs from May 2-17th. We'll be there with our installations on May 2nd and 3rd.
NOW.HERE Exhibition at the Vallum Gallery
Somehow nearly ten years have flown past since we started working together. The 'NOW.HERE' exhibition at the Vallum Gallery in Carlisle will share a selection of our work from the last decade, drawing on collections made in previous projects as well as work that we've not yet shared, including a new Utah set. There will be a preview evening and a public talk linked with this exhibition, dates TBC - watch Facebook and Twitter for details. More info here.
Artistic Provocateurs : Envecon 2020
We're very curious about the impact of economic philosophy and practice on the state of the environment, and the way that the natural world is valued. So we're delighted to have been invited to the 2020 Envocon Conference run by Eftec (the UK's network for environmental economists) to share artwork and provoke debate among delegates about cost and value and our connection to the natural world. The event is for environmental economists and interested parties from academia, consultancy and the public and private sector - a multi-sector conference providing an opportunity to share research methods and results and practical experience in applying environmental economics in the UK and elsewhere. If this sounds like your kind of thing, check out the details here.
Presentation in Edinburgh: The Hutton Club
Very pleased to be kicking off the year with a talk at the Hutton Club at the University of Edinburgh. We'll be drawing on several years of work in the field, including photography, poetry, walks, conversations and debate, as we consider multiple perspectives on place and the complexities of landscape care and management. 2020 is going to be a year of significant change on many levels - a continuing climate and biodiversity crisis, political shifts (we can no longer avoid talking about Brexit) and the need for active changes. What part does art play in geographical research and in day-to-day appreciation of the challenges we face? Come along if you can! 4pm at The Hutton Club, Old Library, Institute of Geography, 1 Drummond Street, EH8 9XP.
Poetry Reading, Brewery Poets at the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
Harriet will be reading alongside two other Brewery Poets - Mark Carson and Antony Christie - in the lovely intimate venue of the Warehouse at the Brewery. Grab a drink from the VATS bar and join us ... doors open at 7pm. Booking and info here.
Taking The Long View: U3A Talk, Windermere
We carried out The Long View project in 2015-2017 but of course the seven trees are still there, and we still visit them. Looking forward to sharing images, poetry and a wider discussion about the Lake District landscape with the U3A group in Windermere: Marchesi Centre, Holly Road, LA23 2AF.
Artists in the Field Exhibition, London
Delighted to be part of this exhibition bringing together work from 14 artists working 'in the field' and taking an artful approach to geography - through research, expeditions, inter-disciplinary collaborations, and presentations. The exhibition is in place for a week to include the Explore weekend (8-10th December), with an Artists in the Field panel discussion on Sunday 10th November. The exhibition and panel discussion are being curated by our fellow artist-geographers and all-round good people Andrew Ranville, Luce Choules and Alice Pedroletti. Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR. Free Entry.
'In Our Hands' ~ Film Premier
Super excited about this. Earlier this year Harriet was asked to write a poem for Friends of the Lake District to mark their 85th anniversary, and something beautiful has grown from this. The poem has become a performance and a film, lovingly crafted by Terry Abraham, with the lines read by more than 30 people. The premier of the film will be shown on the big screen at Rheged, with introductory talks by Harriet, by Douglas Chalmers (Chief Executive, Friends of the Lake District), and by film maker Terry Abraham. Join us if you can! https://www.rheged.com/event/in-our-hands-premiere/
Wild Words in the Landscape
We're very chuffed to have been invited by the John Muir Trust to present this event. We'll be taking people on a thoughtful journey through the physical and cultural landscape of the Cumbrian hills, with reflections on other parts of the UK's uplands with images, poetry and stories. Join us and the John Muir Trust for the evening at George Fisher in Keswick. Following the talk we'll be running a drop-in creative session. Doors Open 7pm. Tickets and Details here.
International Perspectives : Key Note Presentation
We've been given the wonderful opportunity to work with Principia College in Illinois, USA, as Annenberg Scholars. At the end of our week with the students we'll be giving a presentation at this annual event. If you happen to be nearby ... come along!
The Light of Things : Making Sense of Here
This is the first of two residencies that we're running as part of Sense of Here, and it's hugely exciting to be welcoming a group of emerging artists to join us in the Lake District. We're partnering with the Wordsworth Trust and Grizedale Sculpture to run this 4-day residency, and linking with the wider programme being run by Great Place : Lakes and Dales. More information here - and in December we'll be sharing the work produced by the residents.
The Archive of Lost Woods
To mark the proposed destruction of ancient woodlands along the route of HS2, which deeply sadens us, we've teamed up with the Woodland Trust and have created a site-specific artwork. The Archive of Lost Woods is an immersive art installation, sited in one of the 108 woodlands that are due to be affected as land is cleared to make way for the building of HS2 (even though HS2, currently, is pending review). The event is open to a limited number of guests, by application. More information and ticket booking here.
Westmorland Landscape Prize Exhibition, Rheged
We were absolutely delighted to be selected for this show at Rheged in Penrith. The Westmorland Landscape Prize 'celebrates and interrogates our relationship with landscape.' Our work will be on show alongside 70 other pieces chosen from over 1000 submissions. 'The Light Walk' piece is a response to our seven-day walk between seven remarkably ordinary trees in midsummer 2016, as part of The Long View (more on The Long View exhibition here). The exhibition is in place 13 September - 10 November. Find out more from the Rheged website here.
Poetry in Motion - Another Waynwright Day
Delighted to be taking part in this exciting day organised by Amy Bray, founder of Another Way. In one day, the aim is to have events taking place on of as many of the Wainright summits as possible. We'll be on Helm Crag above Grasmere. Weather permitting we'll be siting an artwork on the summit, and whatever the weather we'll be there to share bisucits and build a poem drawing in contributions from anyone who wants to join in. So do stroll up and see us! The day will mark the launch of Another Way, whose mission is 'to empower people to change their own lives for the health and happiness of themselves, their community and our planet.' It is also a record breaking attempt for the most people simultaneously summitting each of the Wainrights in the Lakeland fells, 'highlighting the need to bring our planet back from the brink of disaster.' More details on Amy's website here: Another Way.
Timber Festival, The National Forest
Hurray! We're returning to the wonderful Timber Festival this year not just as punters, but with a site-specific installation: a new Haiku in the Trees drawing on our previous work in Cumbria, but composed especially for the National Forest, which holds stories of transformation and new life. Delighted to be part of an exciting gathering of artists, musicians, writers and creatives sharing their passion for the natural world, and trees in particular. Come and join us to enjoy the festival, join debates, walk with poetry, and dance into the night.