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).
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.
Norman Nicholson Society Festival: Presentation and Workshop
Normal Nicholson's writing has been an inspiration for many. It's deeply rooted in the Cumbrian landscape, with particular resonance to the Millom area. We're very chuffed to be at the festival this year, giving a presentation and a workshop. If you'd like to take part in our workshop to record your own special place through photography and poetic reflection, please get in touch with us, or contact the festival organisers. The workshop (2.45-4.15pm) is open to all and follows our presentation. (1.30-2.30pm). Both are free! More information here.
What is Natural? Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere
The Wordsworth Trust, in connection with students from Principia College, Illinois, are hosting a day around the theme 'What is Natural?'. We'll be sharing our thoughts, and joining other presenters including Timothy Morton and Mike Collier.
Evolving the Forest, Dartington Hall, Devon
This three-day international gathering brings together creative thinkers and doers to explore the forest and how we live with trees. We'll be installing a temporary piece of artwork and running a workshop, and revelling in the chance to join talks, discussions, walks and workshops with a whole bunch of inspiring people. More info about the programme and how to book here. The event is being convened by art.earth, the Royal Forestry Society and Timber Strategies, and takes place in the grounds of Dartington Hall, Devon (TQ9 6EL).
Ethnography on Foot III with Newcastle University
For the third 'Ethonography on Foot' event we're looking forward to leading a walk around Newcastle City Centre, using trees as tools for navigation and triggers for conversation. It's not our home turf, but a place we came to know when The Long View exhibition was shown at the Great North Museum: Hancock in 2018, and for this we featured 7 Newcastle trees. We'll be joined by scientists specialising in smart city planning and mitigating the impact of climate change in cities, and others whose varied approaches to understanding place span ethnography, film, poetry and walking. Info to follow at CSOP website. To book or enquire, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
IFLAS lecture, Ambleside: Making Sense of Here
We're delighted to have been invited to present at the Institute For Leadership and Sustainability at the University of Cumbria's Ambleside Campus. Come and join us to explore artful ways of thinking about the complexities of place, what really matters to people, and the challenge of maintaining a National Park. Percival Lecture Theatre, 5.30-7pm. Free. More Information here.