SENSE OF HERE

We’re so very excited to be in the final stages of preparation for the Sense of Here exhibition. Given the uncertainty of events this year, we’re delighted that we are able to share work from the project in the beautiful galleries at Grizedale Forest. The exhibition opens on October 1st, and runs until December 13th.

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Time takes on a new pace when you’re walking, day after day. Our path is marked by steady footfall, mind and body become more acutely aware of the environment, and place shows itself anew. Our recent long walk – 16 days, covering 258km – took us on a circuit around the Lake District, bringing together the learning, the landscapes, and the long-distance poem which are at the heart of the Sense of Here project.

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One of the impacts of the enforced state of confinement during a state of lockdown across the country is the way that our attention has been brought more keenly to the local. While there are many people whose jobs have become more demanding, there’s a huge swathe of the population that has been put into a kind of holding pattern. What is local – life on the doorstep – has been brought into sharp relief. What’s special about your local patch? What do you love about it, or what are your concerns? If you head over to the map here, you can add your thoughts, and find out what others are saying.

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Dance, found poetry, spoken word and song, woven in to the landscape. Earth Day 2020 seems like the perfect day to share this film, created by Emmie Coxey.

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“To know fully even one field or one land is a lifetime’s experience. In the world of poetic experience it is depth that counts, not width. A gap in a hedge, a smooth rock surfacing a narrow lane, a view of a woody meadow, the stream at the junction of four small fields – these are as much as a man can fully experience.”

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Reflections from two resident artists

Back in September there was a patch of land in the Duddon Valley that became a source of inspiration, friendship and the threads of creative journeys that continue to extend. The residents who spent a few days there were tasked with giving us a sneak peak at some of the work that has emerged as a result of the residency.

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What impact can an artist residency have? How might it change views of landscape, and affect artistic development? This short film shares some reflections …

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January 1st, 2020

The first day of January: a new year, a new decade, and here we are beneath a sky that’s a drift of racing clouds, wind blowing at us from the Scafell massif. Despite the cold and nagging wind, I’m sweating: we’ve been walking steadily uphill for just over an hour. There is only the wind for noise, and the echoes of falling of water in rocky gullies all around us. We’ve just passed Sty Head Tarn and stand at the pass, mesmerized by the play of clouds across the fells.

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The light is changing from moment to moment, fast clouds skitting across the sun, and the sun itself sinking with that rapidity that characterises the days now, so close to midwinter. One moment the canvas is bright, the next it is in shade. Behind it, Skiddaw holds onto the light. This is the first blue sky day we’ve had in just under two weeks, and it’s very welcome.

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To continue reflections on the residency in September, here is Hugo Hunt, sharing his thoughts. Hugo uses 35mm film in his photography, but it’s not just about the images. Behind every image is a process of seeing. His blog reveals a few things that fell into place and maybe shifted for him, and how this is influencing his photographic work.

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During the residency with us in September, Anna was perhaps most impacted by our time in Grizedale, a place she already had associations with. In her blog, she shares what this means for her, and the key issues that she wants to portray in the prints she will be making, drawing on photographs and text collected from and inspired by the residency.

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Following on from the ‘Into the Light of Things’ residency that we ran in September, we’re sharing a second blog from the series that is being contributed by the residents. Emmie Coxey used the time to explore ideas for dance related to place … and here’s what happened.

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