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artist in residence in the national park

Artists in Residence

Northumberland National Park artist in residence Megan RandallOur first Artist in Residence is Megan Randall.

Megan Randall is a contemporary ceramic artist, and is a current PhD student a Sunderland University where her research focuses on the placement of domestic ceramic objects responding to the context of site.

Her work makes use of thrown porcelain alongside other less traditional materials and found objects. Recent work has focused on willow pattern designs, which create their own narrative around domestic spaces, industrial sites and the notions of home. She is interested in ‘edgelands’ the spaces on the periphery of everyday lives and how these spaces can provide opportunity to make and install artworks, surprising and intriguing an unsuspecting audience.

In the past her work has included site specific installation and interventions alongside designed and hand crafted ceramic objects.

Megan has exhibited nationally within the UK including in the British Ceramic Biennial and at The Design Event in Newcastle upon Tyne and internationally in America, Germany and India.

To find out more about Megan you can visit her website at – and follow here on Twitter.

She will be based at VARC [Visual Arts in Rural Communities] throughout February and hosting workshops in the National Park.  We will post details of these event on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Clare Armstrong

Newcastle based illustrator worked over six weeks with year five pupils at Bellingham Middle School.

Bellingham Middle School in the Northumberland National Park

They worked with Clare to produce their very own story books. The pupils responded to an exhibition by local author Kim Lewis and Ranger lead adventures in the National Park. Clare introduced them to basic book binding, worked through their storyboards and shared her skills in illustration.

The results were original and heart warming responses to Hareshaw Linn which the pupils saw exhibitioned at Bellingham Heritage Centre.

Find out more about Clare at – and follow her on Twitter.


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