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Watch Out... there’s a FRED about!

FRED was a 16-day Art Invasion across the whole of Cumbria. Over 80 artists from across the UK and beyond took their art out into the big wide world in Europe’s largest event of its kind. From the beautiful west coast to the unspoilt hills of the Pennines, from the Solway Firth to Morecambe Bay, FRED was the hills and on the walls, in the towns and the villages, on the bus and on the train...

and it was FREE!!

As well as the cream of cutting edge art in the countryside, there were over a dozen one-off events to learn more about art in the great outdoors. From workshops and guided walks with artists, to seminars and topical discussion events. From children to creative professionals, there was something for everyone.


A free guidebook to FRED and a set of limited edition postcards by Graham Rawle are available from participating venues and Tourist Information Centres throughout Cumbria.


FRED is facillitated by Fold

FRED 2005 has been supported by the following:

FRED management team:

Steve Messam (Director, Fold )
Hilary Thorn (Project Coordinator)
Helen Fletcher (Project Coordinator)
Richeldis Messam (Access & Involvement, Fold)
Kate Brundrett (Director of the Cumbria Network - tALK; contextual events and events coordinator)

Paul Gardner (Osprey Communications - Press & PR)
Tony West (Photography)


FoldNWDARural Regeneration CumbriaNorthern Rock FoundationArts Council England


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