Our wild and wonderful national park has long provided inspiration to artists with artists’ studios dotted around in the remote villages.
The Park Engagement team have often used art projects as a creative way of helping local people, visitors and school children find out just what is so special about this area.
A Taste of Past Projects
Recent examples of successful projects include the creation of a fabric map of Northumberland National Park by two artists in Gateshead and Newcastle. Much of the work on the map was achieved through five public workshops involving over 100 individuals.
Other projects include partnering with Visual Arts in the Rural Community to run workshops around printmaking and photography led by artists Julia Barton and Ingrid Pollard.
Back in 2006 a quirky permanent installation, Falstone Stell, was developed through community work with artist Colin Wilbourn, and can still be enjoyed by visitors to Falstone riverside today
What’s happening now?
We are working with the Arts Council to enable visiting artists to produce original work as a result of time spent in this awesome landscape.
Thanks to funding from the Arts Council and a generous legacy from Val Stoddart, the first year of our project has enabled us to work with two textile artists, Zac Jones and Lindsay Duncanson; Poet Simon Armitage; Schools Artist in residence, Clare Armstrong and Artist in residence Megan Randall.
In 2015 Bellingham Heritage Centre has hosted two exhibitions of work inspired by Northumberland National Park; ‘Sewing the Landscape’ and ‘Over the Hills’. There will be an exhibition of textile work at the Queen’s Hall in April 2016. We are always happy to fill exhibition space with similar work.
In addition to pop up workshops where families can meet and work with artists, around 50 young people are in the midst of achieving a variety of levels of Art Award based on our current artists’ practices. Read about our work with Bellingham Middle School here.