‘Black Nature Residence' - spend a year in the National Park

The Black Nature in Residence Programme is offering residences for creatives from the ‘global majority,’ a collective term for ethnic groups which constitute approximately 85 percent of the global population.  

The five residencies available are in Northumberland, North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales, Peak District, and the Lake District National Parks. New Broadstruthers landscape photo

The Black Nature in Residence Programme, aims to contribute to the changing narrative around who has a right to have a connection with nature and start adding more diverse voices to the climate crisis facing society today.   

With funding from Arts Council England, this Black-led programme is an opportunity for creatives of the global majority from any discipline to spend time within their chosen park to explore their relationship with the British countryside, engaging with community and with the National Park.   

Dr. Sheree Mack, Project Coordinator of identity on tyne, said:  

“The Black Nature in Residence Programme has been many years in the making and was already piloted during the pandemic. We’re now ready to expand our efforts after recognising the lack of space for reflection, creativity and sharing stories and ideas around the natural environment for diverse communities. We’ve seen a growing demand for more creative opportunities for people of the global majority as we reconnect with nature on our own terms.   

A portrait photographer of writer Sheree Mack

“Our vision through joined up thinking and initiatives is to bring more people from diverse backgrounds together to create and enjoy culture and nature. There is power and inspiration in seeing someone who looks like you in leadership roles within the cultural and creative industries as this changes perceptions and narratives around who has a right to be and do these things within society.”  

Each residence will be self-designed and the brief open, allowing creatives to build closer links between themselves, each national park, and the diverse communities they serve.   

The programme welcomes creatives who are inspired by the landscapes and seascapes of the north and would appreciate the time and space to respond authentically to the protected nature of the National Parks.   

Mandy Roberts, Engagement Officer at Northumberland National Park Authority added:  

“Our national parks were created for everyone to explore and enjoy in whatever way they want to. The pilot Black Nature in Residence project in Northumberland resulted in some expressive pieces of writing and wider debate about land ownership and access to the countryside. It’s fantastic that this can now be expanded to more of England’s National Parks.”  

A pilot of the Black Nature in Residence Programme ran 2019-21 solely in the North-East region. Now the programme is expanding to the regions of the five northern English National Parks.  

To apply, download the full creative in-residence job description from Black Nature Residence website.  The deadline to apply is Tuesday 31 October.  

Questions or enquiries can be directed to Dr Sheree Mack idenityontyne@gmail.com