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tALk: FRED and The Cumbria Network discussion events


Monday 3rd October: Out of the Box: One day Symposium - Cumbria Institute of the Arts

Tuesday 4th October: William Furlong in Conversation - Lowood Gallery, Armathwaite

Thursday 6th Oct: Interventionist’s surgery with Adam Sutherland and Alistair Hudson - Tebay / Westmorland Services M6, northbound

Friday 7th Oct: Debate: What is the artists’ role in design quality? Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport

Friday 14th October: Debate: Why public art? Art Gene,Barrow-in-Furness

Artists Talks

Sunday 2nd October:3pm - Vincent James: Snow Bother - Grizedale Forest

Tuesday 11the October: 2pm - Margaret James Barber: Eyes on Stalks - Aira Force

Tuesday 11the October: 2.30pm - Kate Brundrett: View - Aira Force

Thursday 13th October: 1.30pm - Mark Haywood: From Landskip to Environment - Keswick Museum, Keswick.

Thurs 13th October: 8pm - Charles Monkhouse: Evening Glory - The Wilson Arms, Torver, Nr Coniston


Out of the Box: One day Symposium

Monday 3rd October - Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Brampton Road, Carlisle

Fee £15, including lunch and light refreshments; concessions (Cumbria Network, unwaged) £10; students free (lunch excluded). For details tel: 01228 400300

Out of the Box, into the Landscape is a one day seminar of artists’ talks, presentations and videos. Artists and public art interventionists will discuss why they do what they do. Hosted by CLEAR, the Centre for Landscape and Environmental Art.

Curation in a rural context: Adam Sutherland from Grizedale Arts in discussion with Steve Messam from fold.

Art and technology in non-gallery based projects: Jon Bewley from Locus + and Taylor Nuttall from Folly.

Video outside the gallery: Artists Debby Akam and Jo Hodges not confirmed

Showcase of videos by FRED 2004 artists

Chaired by Mark Haywood and John Woodman

Grizedale Arts is a commissioning and residency agency based in Grizedale Forest in the Lake District of Great Britain. Grizedale’s programme supports artists in making new works that relate to the context of the area. Much of the work made here engages with ideas of romanticism, the environment and the way the place is used both symbolically and in real terms, i.e. what does the countryside do for us and what do we expect from it? The programme engages with local communities and events, integrating artists’ thinking and communication into mainstream and traditional activities.

For many artists the experience of working here demands new ways of working, for both artists and viewer the gallery is left behind. This innovative way of producing and showing art is typified in Grizedale’s annual events, which have, to date, launched artists projects and integrated a large body of works into a cohesive whole. These projects (to date Grizedale Live and Grizedale Show) need to be experienced live, they are interactive and often present existing community activities alongside the work of the commissioned artists.

Fold exists to provide and promote access to contemporary art in the rural environment, and aims to develop an environment for contemporary artists to thrive in rural communities.

Fold was set up in 2001 to fill a gap in the availability of suitable spaces in the area to show work of an innovative nature without the commercial constraints imposed by fulltime galleries. Geographically it also helped fill the gap in art spaces between the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal and galleries in Thirsk, North Yorkshire.

Fold seeks to provide an opportunity for rural contemporary artists to exhibit their work in a rural environment where the audience may more readily understand the cultural context often lost on urban audiences. Fold also aims to enable rural communities the opportunity to experience the variety of contemporary art currently enjoyed by urban audiences. The exhibition space at Foldgallery in Kirkby Stephen is a rough 4-metre cube, similar in size to the original White Cube Gallery in West London. Exhibitions are programmed to showcase work that challenges preconceived ideas about the work of rural artists and gives the local community the opportunity to see work of an innovative nature. The size and nature of the exhibition space encourages new and experimental approaches to the presentation of art and the function of the gallery.

In 2004, Fold facilitated FRED as a pilot project showing site-specific work in a largely rural environment. Now in its second year FRED has become Europe's largest annual festival of site-specific work showing the work of over 80 artists across 50 locations around Cumbria.

Locus+ is a visual arts commissioning agency that works with artists on the production and presentation of socially engaged, collaborative and temporary projects, primarily for non-gallery locations. In each project place or context is integral to the meaning of the artwork. To date Locus+ have completed over 50 projects touring to a further 25 other venues, produced over 20 publications and 9 artists multiples.

Locus+ creates new opportunities for artists, whose work is issue-based, to work in different contexts and across formats. Locus+ responds to and initiates projects with a great degree of flexibility and freedom, working with artists with significant reputations as well as others beginning their careers. They afford equal value to each project regardless of scale or location. Every Locus+ project is generated by the organisation: they do not act as a host for existing projects.

Although Locus+ was formally established in April 1993 it was preceded by the Basement Group (1979 to 1984) and Projects UK (1982 to 1992) the first office-based organisation in the UK. The organisation is recognised as a key regional, national and international agency for the development of new initiatives in the realisation of visual art and cross-media projects. " of the foremost agencies for public art in the UK." Greg Hilty. Chief Executive, London Arts Board. Public Art Journal.

Folly is one of Europe’s leading media arts agencies. A visionary media arts centre, a hub that has regional, national and international profile, delivering innovative and new models of media arts practice. Folly exists to advocate and promote media arts practice within the NW and beyond, to cultivate innovation, to enable participation and to celebrate excellence in emergent practice.

Folly is required to leave its existing premises during 2005 as part of the redevelopment plans for the Storey Creative Industries Centre (SCIC) by Lancaster City Council. In planning for a new phase of development Folly has chosen to take advantage of this change by attempting to address the needs of media arts delivery and development across the region. This need has been identified through the evaluation of a number of research and project based activities, including Grow Your Own Media Lab.

CLEAR, the Centre for Landscape & Environmental Arts Research at Cumbria Institute of the Arts, was established to explore and promote how the arts can contribute to our understanding of landscape and the environment. It initiates both arts projects and transdisciplinary projects with other research institutions, particularly in areas such as earth sciences and cultural history. The CLEAR strategic research theme is Changing Views of Landscape and the Environment, it is a tripartite concern that can be summarised as:-

  • visual -  indicators of landscape and environmental change
  • conceptual  - shifts in how landscapes and environments are perceived or valued

influential - shaping future understandings of landscape and the environment

John Woodman, Director of CLEAR, is an artist who minutely documents from a range of standpoints and perceptions humans’ relationships with the places that are most important to the communities that inhabit and use them. For over twenty years he has worked collaboratively with Roger Polley, their most recent book is In Search of the Sacred

Dr Mark Haywood, CLEAR Researcher, is an artist/theoretician who explores how cultural and aesthetic values are formed and evolve. He is a contributor to the publication FRED documenting the first FRED artists invasion in 2004.

With support from: Fold, The Cumbria Network and Cumbria Institute of the Arts



William Furlong in Conversation

Tues 4th October 6.30pm - Lowood Gallery, Armathwaite.

Call to book: 01768 896636


An evening talk with William Furlong discussing creative responses to sound. William is best known for his audio arts projects - recordings collated over 30 years creating an extensive archive of over 300 contemporary artists, musicians, curators and critics.

William Furlong belongs to the generation of British artists who developed a new concept of sculpture in the 1970’s and 80’s (Gilbert and George, Bruce McLean, Paul Richards etc). Furlong’s special contribution has been in the area of sound, and with the founding of ‘audio arts’ in 1973 he began a project of mapping the territory of contemporary art in a series of cassette editions. The audio arts project is not only a massive archive of interview with artists, but also contains documents of important exhibitions, symposia and festivals, plus many original acoustic works by artists. Furlong describes audio arts as ‘a recorded space for contemporary art’. In 1967 his work was included in the New Contemporaries at the new Tate Gallery, and has exhibited extensively in galleries throughout the world including: Musée d’art Moderne, Paris; Serpentine Gallery, London, Tate London and the Venice Biennial.

Lowood Gallery is a unique award winning gallery in Cumbria’s Eden Valley, generating three temporary exhibitions a year and with a permanent display of 15 award winning Cumbria and British artists.

With support from: Fold, The Cumbria Network and Lowood Gallery



Interventionist’s surgery with Adam Sutherland and Alistair Hudson

Thursday 6th October - Tebay / Westmoreland Services M6, northbound

Surgery: 2 – 5pm
Discussion: 5 – 6pm
For an appointment email  

Open art surgeries with Adam Sutherland and Alistair Hudson from Grizedale Arts.
Bring your proposals, problems, bug bears, critical issues, notions, practice related issues, moans. One on one discussion and advice, followed by a presentation and group discussion on interventionism – the whys , nots and therefores.

Grizedale Arts

Grizedale Arts is a commissioning and residency agency based in Grizedale Forest in the Lake District of Great Britain.

With support from: Fold, The Cumbria Network and Grizedale Arts.



Debate: What is the artists’ role in design quality?

Friday 7th October - Senhouse Roman Museum, The Battery, The Promenade, Maryport. 4pm – 8pm

Call to book: 01900 326333


What is the artist’s role in the development of ‘design quality’ in public spaces? The West coast has seen a number of projects that involve artists in the design phase of public spaces. This is an informal debate about how artist’s involvement is integral to the quality of space. Meet other artists working in the public realm in the networking event afterwards.


With support from: The Cumbria Network, Cumbria Community Foundation and Allerdale Borough Council.



Debate: Why public art?

Friday 14th October - Art Gene,Bath St. Barrow-in-Furness. 3pm – 5pm

Followed by the opening of the Northern Frontiers exhibition from 7pm

Booking essential: 01931 714070 /

What is the purpose of art in the public? An afternoon’s talks and discussions on public art in all its forms, from urban tension to rural intervention. This event will bring together artists from throughout the northwest with presentations from guest artists and commissioning organisations from around the UK. The opening of the Northern Frontiers exhibition will follow the debate.

Modus Operandi Art Consultants is an independent art consultancy which provides artistic direction and a commissioning service to a range of clients. It offers a lateral and creative approach to its selection of visual artists, designers and makers, working where relevant with other disciplines including architecture, landscape, poetry, choreography and film. Its client base includes regenerative agencies, developers, architectural practices, local authorities, private sector companies, transport authorities, educational establishments, environmental and arts organisations.

Modus Operandi Art Consultants identifies highest quality opportunities for its clients and artists, and ensures that the process of commissioning a new work - whether it is the design of a public square, a bridge, a sculpture, a highway environment, a lighting scheme, street furniture, a series of paintings, a temporary video installation or a poetry trail - is as creative and enjoyable as possible.

Modus Operandi Art Consultants places particular emphasis on urban and rural regenerative projects, advocating and gaining consensus for the role that artists may play in the shaping of the environment. The range of work commissioned includes permanent and temporary art and craft, interdisciplinary collaborative schemes, artists placements and initiatives.

Juliana Capes

Leo Fitzmaurice

John Beagles

Dr Mark Haywood is a researcher at the Centre for Landscape & Environmental Arts Research (CLEAR) at Cumbria Institute of the Arts; he is also an artist and an art history tutor for the Open University.

Christian Barnes

With support from: Fold, The Cumbria Network, Art Gene, West Coast Rennaisance and NAN.


Artists Talks

Sunday 2nd October:3pm

Vincent James: Snow Bother

Meet at Grizedale Visitor Centre for 2.45pm

01229 860010

A guided walk through Grizedale forest will bring you to a large snowball stuck in a tree. Artist Vincent James will be on hand to discuss how it got there and why there are ski poles sticking out of it.


Tuesday 11the October: 2pm

Margaret James Barber: Eyes on Stalks

Aira Force, Top Car Park on the A5091 OS 398 211

Can you see who’s watching you? Like small rare flowers a strange crop of inhabitants’ eyes are out on stalks at the antics of the visitors. Margaret James Barber will talk about why there are eyes watching you watching the view.

With thanks to the National Trust

Tuesday 11the October: 2.30pm

Kate Brundrett: View

Aira Force, Top Car Park on the A5091 OS 398 211

You go through a queuing system, collect a ticket and become an authorised viewer of the landscape, but why when you can easily walk around it? Kate Brundrett will discuss the humorous as well as the deeper layers of your herding experience.

With thanks to the National Trust


Thursday 13th October: 1.30pm

Mark Haywood: From Landskip to Environment

Keswick Museum, Keswick.

017687 73263

FRED artist 2004, Mark will take us through an illustrated survey spanning several centuries of artists’ remarkably inconsistent and varied attitudes to landscape, and the shifting cultural values reflected in these changing approaches.

Dr Mark Haywood is a researcher at the Centre for Landscape & Environmental Arts Research (CLEAR) at Cumbria Institute of the Arts; he is also an artist and an art history tutor for the Open University.


Thursday 13th October: 8pm

Charles Monkhouse: Evening Glory

Meet at The Wilson Arms, Torver, Nr Coniston for 8pm (015394 41237).

See the lights beforehand - best seen on the A5084 road from Greenodd to Torver.

Charles Monkhouse will talk about his installation of a chain of lights circling The Old Man of Coniston. View the lights from the beautiful setting of Torver, and then meet the artist at The Wilson Arms for an informal talk and to find out about the history, astronomy and Greek mythology imbued in the illusion.

“One of the issues I've encountered while working on Evening Glory is the diverse number of stakeholders laying claim to the English Landscape. The LDNPA, landowners, the National Trust, farmers who graze sheep on the mountains, walkers and climbers, Friends of the Lake District, the local mountain rescue team and the local community. So where does the artist fit in? What are the rights of the artist today? They are allowed to look, to take photographs, to paint and draw. But a more contemporary pro-active involvement with the landscape, can be problematic as stakeholders fight to 'protect and  enhance the special qualities of the distinctive and  inspirational  landscapes' (Friends of The Lake District 2005). And when does protecting and enhancing become censorship for the artist? Are we completely at the mercy of our heritage culture?
Fortunately there is a way forward through partnership between different parties including artists. Not only are many landscape stakeholders very keen to engage in and with the contemporary arts but such partnerships open up new possibilities as practices, approaches and values of different disciplines are shared and revitalised.”
Charles Monkhouse 2005


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