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Get out there... at sunset - © Sally Barker 2008

FRED lives ...

This year around 50 artists are taking their work into the wide open spaces of Cumbria creating one of Europe's largest annual al-fresco art shows.

FRED - the annual art invasion of Cumbria is happening again this year. From the 26th September - 12th October 2008, artists from around the globe will be creating new work in some of England's most spectacular landscapes in what has become Europe's largest annual festival of site-specific art.

For sixteen days artists take their work out of the confines of the gallery and into the big wide world. Previous FRED events have seen work on buses, up the fells, under the lakes, in the woods, at the service station, down the pub and around a mountain. Over the past four years, over 350 artists have created 164 projects in over 250 locations.

Rail - regular services from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Contact National Rail Enquiries
Air - nearest airports - Manchester, Durham Tees Valley and Newcastle
Bus - most sites are accessible by public transport. Download bus timetables here

download the free guide:

download here (4Mb zip file)

Last minute alterations:

The following projects have been removed due to weather damage:

Feather Flotsam (Caroline Dalton)

The following projects will now only be up from 7th October:

Domestication (Chloe Burns & Hannah Stewart)

The following projects may be temporarily unavailable due to technical difficulties:

Ripple (Steve Messam)

ThickSpace_FRED (illuminations - otherwise visible during daylight hours)

The following project will now take place in November:

Lighthouse Lullaby (Ailis Ni Riain)

To book accommodation, call 0845 450 1199 or book online at

Call for Volunteers:

It takes a lot to realise the 50+ projects and events for FRED this year. If you would like to get involved and get your hands dirty, please get in touch. We are particularly interested in fit and able people to help install particularly large and intricate pieces in the Coniston and Carlisle areas.

volunteer for FRED

there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with FRED, including working with the artists. See here for more details.


Map now online:

We now have a Google map of FRED locations for 2008. You can view it online on our maps page or download it for Google Earth here. We also have details of convenient tours to get the best out of a short visit to FRED.



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