Sense of Here

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 Sense of Here takes an artful approach to place, using walking, photography, poetry and debate to explore the natural environment and our relationship with places we treasure. It is centred in the Lake District National Park which is our own personal 'back-yard' and is a place we love and care about; but what we learn is not exclusive to this place. Sense of Here takes a local-global view: what's relevant in one place is likely to be relevant in many others, the joys of this place, like its challenges, are common.

Through our research and the contributions of people from their own home places, wherever they are in the world, this project considers many viewpoints in the context of one fundamental issue: the need to nurture a healthy environment that supports nature as well as thriving human cultures.  

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A year in the field, with research and enquiry

Through 2019 our 'field work' in the Lake District imagines the national park as a clock face. Each hour becomes a focus for a month, and in each 30-degree section we will be walking and talking to people who know the area well.

We will make camp for one night as close to the 30-degree transect lines as possible as part of our practice of getting a feel for a place. And each month we are erecting the Sense of Here canvas with a new line of writing on it: over the course of 12 months this will seed a collection of poems. We're also considering twelve 'timely issues' that we feel all need to be considered when trying to devise a sustainable way forward for this place.   

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 A collection of voices

Our Data of the Heart map is open to anyone to contribute to. You can head over to the map here to add your thoughts about the value of green and open spaces where you live, and your hopes and concerns for the future, and any reflections on the Lake District National Park if you have a connection to it. Click on the blue dots to read some of the responses already shared, or visit this blog for more. 

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 2020 - A year of engagement

Throughout 2019 you can visit the Sense of Here website to follow our walks, camps and conversations in the national park through the blog and through our tracks on the land in a map that reveals images, video and audio clips and notes from the field as we go. You can also track the Data of the Heart map as other people continue to add their views. 

In 2020, things get a little busier: 

- artists' residencies, in conjunction with the Wordsworth Trust
- public walks
- work with schools
- an exhibition, launching in the galleries at Grizedale Forest
- young people's symposium, in conjunction with the University of Cumbria
- gatherings where pressing issues can be discussed
- a book 

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