From agriculture to culture culture

2009/10/23 — 2009/10/25

Grizedale Arts, with its base at Lawson Park, is initiating and commissioning a broad and experimental cultural programme that draws both from the very local resources of its geographic and historic context (Lawson Park Farm, Lake District National Park), as well as from its international arts related network.

"Based in the English Lake District National Park, Grizedale Arts has over the last decade acquired a significant reputation for pioneering new approaches to artistic production and exhibition. In contrast to traditional institutions and, indeed, to its own history in the UK land art movement, Grizedale Arts has neither studios nor exhibition space, but rather provides artists with the opportunity to realise projects using the social, cultural and economic networks of the area and beyond." (2)

Grizedale Arts has also developed Lawson Park, a traditional Lakeland hill farm that dates back to the 14th century and was once owned and experimentally farmed by John Ruskin. (3)

The house and former barn offer residency space for cultural producers to develop ideas and proposals in response to the broad context Grizedale Arts is located in.

Surrounding the buidlings is an area of approx.15 acres of farmland which is being developed as a site for experimental land use and collaborations with artists, curators, invited groups and local stakeholders. The farm land is organised into three themed zones: Pleasure (wildflower meadow and gardens, etc.), Production (Kitchen Garden - fruit and vegetables, Forest - mushrooms, shoots etc) and Experiment (Farming collaborations, test planting and cultivation, land use experiment, business development etc.)

The fieldtrip is to get an introduction to Grizedale Arts through visiting some of its sites and programmes, including Lawson Park, Lawson Park Gardens, Coniston village and the town of Egremont. It will look at the particular cross-cultural curatorial approach of Grizedale Arts, histories of local production in the area, and current projects which explore and expand the local as a subject and put in a trans-local and trans-cultural context, such as the Honesty Box and Seven Samurai.

Please check the Grizedale Arts website and blogs for more information on the organisation's context, sites and programme.

Other weblinks :

Lawson Park

Creative Egremont

(1) Alistair Hudson and Adam Sutherland in the spring 2009 issue of Art and Architecture Journal

(2) From www.grizedale .org

(3) The former Ruskin Home Brantwood is located at the bottom of the hill, see also

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Lawson Park, the home of Grizedale Arts

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