about

there are truths that cannot be told in maps

but rest in bog and rock and wind

heart falling into rhythm with the land

From ‘The Light Walk’, June 2016
Looking westwards to the setting sun from the Helvellyn ridge

 Sense of Here uses walking, art and documentary in an exploration of the natural environment and our relationship with the places we treasure. It takes an artful approach to getting to know a place, and considers different viewpoints that converge on one fundamental issue: the need for an improving, healthy environment that supports natural ecosystems as well as a thriving human culture. 

We’re based in Cumbria’s Lake District, a National Park and a World Heritage Site, and most of our personal journeys take place here as we move around a geographical clockface. It’s a stunning place where people work hard to support a healthy environment in a thriving cultural landscape. Our research will focus on local issues – many of which resonate elsewhere – and it will embrace broader themes as we meet people from other parts of the UK and collect stories via the interactive map inviting people from anywhere in the world to reflect on their own home place, their own ‘sense of here’.


Timeline

2019

~ 12 months of walks and camps around the Lake District ‘clock face’
~ 12 installations of Canvas Poetry, one section per month
~ Consideration of 12 issues of place 
~ Evolving maps : one of our journeys, one of your views about place

2020 – 2021

~ Work with primary and secondary schools
~ Public walks in the Lake District
~ Young people’s conference, in partnership with University of Cumbria
~ Artist residency, in partnership with the Wordsworth Trust
~ Exhibition launch, Grizedale Forest
~ Book launch
~ Events beyond Cumbria

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