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What makes you smile?

What do you love about being outdoors?

What are you keen to protect or change?

Add your views to the growing map

From 2019 until 2021 you will be able to add your feelings and stories to this interactive map. Browse the map to find out what others have shared, and what the connections are between you.

Artists Residencies: 2019 and 2020

We’re delighted to be able to host two sets of artists residencies, one in 2019 for local creatives from the South Lakes and Craven districts, and one in 2020 for artists from urban areas beyond the Lake District. The residencies will involve plenty of time outside, networking, mentoring, learning and reflection. In autumn 2020 work from all artists will be brought together at the Wordsworth Trust’s new museum. PLEASE NOTE : due to the Corona Virus outbreak the 2020 residencies have been postponed and the dates of the exhibition will be rescheduled.

The first residency in September 2019 was brilliant! It wasn’t easy to select the four artists from the extremely high quality applications we received: but with a lot of careful thought and head scratching we made a choice and the creatives who came together have each been producing wonderful work, and have also formed new collaborations. You can find out more on these blog posts.

The call out for the 2020 Residency will take place when circumstances allow.

Young People: Into the Outdoors & the Youth Summit

In 2020 there will be an opportunity for 12 young people from locations outside the national park in Cumbria to take part in a series of walks and overnight stays in the Lake District, and to work together to lead a Young People’s Assembly in Ambleside. It’s extremely exciting to be hosting this in collaboration with the the University of Cumbria. The shape of this will be determined by the people who take part. Unfortunately our initial plans for this programme have had to be postponed but you can read about it here. As soon as we are able to reschedule, we will do so!

Public Events and Walks

We were planning a series of Sense of Here events in 2021, including public walks to suit a variety of preferences. Watch this space for details … when it is safe to gather together once again.

Schools – getting out, getting creative

Sense of Here will be linking with schools around Cumbria for days of outdoor exploration and creative response. We’ll be leading walks with plenty of room for children to be led by their curiosity and reflect on the sensory experience of being outdoors; along with this we’ll have conversations about the different elements that make up a landscape, and take inspiration from the natural world as well as visual art and poetry. As with other elements of our public engagement, for now this has been put on hold.

Your place, your story

If you live or work in the Lake District and have a story about something that inspires or concerns you, and you’d like to share it, please get in touch. As we walk around Cumbria through 2019, and hold events in 2020, we’d love to hear from you, meet you, and feature your story about your place.

Visit the exhibition, read the book

The Sense of Here exhibition showed in the galleries of Grizedale Forest in 2020, and is available as a virtual tour here. The Sense of Here book is in progress.

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