Welcome to our events page - take a look below to see what we're up to and how you can get involved. At present most events are taking place online but this will change at some point ... and we're looking forward to a series of walks and talks when this is possible. You can read newsletters from this page, or sign up to receive them directly, and if you're curious about social media feeds, click the icons at the bottom of the page to visit Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Earth Photo - In Conversation With Winning Photographers
February 25th, 6.30-7.45pm. How do visual narratives reveal the wonder of the natural world and convey critical issues of our time? What does it take to capture a powerful image? Each year the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), Forestry England and Parker Harris host the Earth Photo competition, which attracts contributions from around the world. As Committee Members for RGS in the northwest, we're involved in setting up events and decided to connect with some winning Earth Photo photographers to find out the stories behind the images. Rob will be chairing the event, and it's free. The panel includes 2020 winner Jonk, 2019 winner Elisabetta Navoli, and Joe Habben, who won the 2020 Climate of Change category, as well as Marissa Roth, photographer and chair of the 2020 judging panel, and Mark Holroyd, Head of Recreation and Communication (north of England) at Forestry England. Seeing as galleries are closed at the moment, this felt like a perfect opportunity to bring this year's exhibition to life. FEBRUARY 25TH, 6.30-7.45pm (UK time). It's free - book here: https://www.rgs.org/events/spring-2021/earth-photo-in-conversation/.
Under a single sky, our spirits are starlight
Friends of the Lake District are running a Dark Skies Festival spanning 17 nights - and we're delighted to be presenting work inspired by our time under the stars. Join us for a visual treat, for poetry, and some inside info on just how cold it can get when you're out there, trying to get a camera to focus, or struggling to write with frozen fingers! Our 1-hour set will include our presentation and a live Q&A session, running from 7-8pm. Book your place here.
Ways of Seeing, Ways of Writing: Creative Workshop Feb 6, 2021
A day of inspiration, writing and conversation, inspired by Ennerdale, as part of the Tipping Points Project. Join us to play with different tools and exercises to get your writing flowing, and to explore, through writing, issues relating to landscape change and rewilding. The worskhop resources include short films, interviews and poetry (written and audio) which will be accessible online, and, for participants, a physical goodie pack to dip into through the day. The workshop is part of the Tipping Points project, which is dedicated to encouraging engagement with nature and participation in nature-related creative activities, and raising awareness of wilding activities in the north of England. The Tipping Points project is part of Land Lines at the University of Leeds. It is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Places are limited ... more information and booking details on the Eventbrite listing.
Landscapes for Everyone: Interactive Panel Discussion October 12, 7pm
There are many questions to be addressed about access to the UK's national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty - who visits and lives in these special areas, how are protected areas presented in the public realm, what benefits do they provide, and what are the barriers to access? This evening is a chance for discussion and questions, hosted by the Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas on Cumbria University's Ambleside campus - and open to all, for free, online. Really happy to be part of the panel alongside Mohammad Dhalech, Douglas Chalmers and David Renwick. More information and booking here: https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/about/news/articles/articles/interactive-panel-tackles-big-landscape-questions.html
Sense of Here online Exhibition Launch, October 6th 6.30-7.30pm
Join us, wherever you are, for a stroll around the Sense of Here exhibition, a short film reflecting on the project, and a Live Q&A. The evening event - 6.30-7.30pm - is being hosted by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and is free to join, and will be streamed via the RGS webiste. Just click this link. See you there!
Sense of Here Exhibition, Grizedale Forest, Opening October 1st 2020
We've been working on Sense of Here since the beginning of 2019, and it's wonderful to be able to share photography, poetry, sculpture and creative mapping of data in the galleries at Grizedale Forest. The exhibition runs October 1st - December 13th, open daily 10am-1pm and 1.45-4pm. It's free to enter. Be sure to plan some extra time: the forest is full of walking paths and cycle tracks, so you could easily spend a day here. More information on 'Sense of Here' at Grizedale here.
Wye Valley River Festival, 2020: Time in the Trees podcast
We're delighted to be taking part in the Wye Valley River Festival, which has been reimagined for these 'socially-distanced' times. Events throughout the festival, mostly online, follow the theme of 'Time' - you can listen to our 'Time in the Trees' podcast, bringing together walking, poetry, trees and, of course, time, here: https://www.wyevalleyriverfestival.co.uk/time-in-the-trees/. It's available on demand throughout the Festival week.
Tipping Points: Creative Writing Workshop, Ennerdale
POSTPONED What do people feel about landscape change, 'wilding' and land sharing in the north of England? This is one of the questions posed by the Land Lines team. This will be an inspiration for a writing workshop in Ennerdale which Harriet will be running. Visual artist Judith Tucker will be on site at the same time and we'll explore both media as outlets for creative thinking and response. More info will be available soon but for now if you're curious, read more about the Tipping Points project here.
Wye Valley River Festival
POSTPONED 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
POSTPONED 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. Preview evening, open to all: March 30th 5-7pm. More info with location etc. here.
Arts, Philosophy & Science at Studio Morland
POSTPONED We're totally thrilled to have been invited by Studio Morland for the evening as part of their Arts, Philosophy and Science Series. We'll share images, poetry and stories from our from our projects over the last decade that have brought art, philosophy and science together. But this is just a starter: mostly, the evening is about exploring pressing issues, with art as the lens, and letting conversation flow. Come along and join in. There will be drinks! 8-9pm, Studio Morland (CA10 3AZ). More details and booking 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.