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Fellfoot Forward: Community Arts Programme

The development of our community arts project has started with the appointment of Simon Whalley and associates, who are embarking on a survey to discover the art and creative activities people would like to see, and be involved with, in the scheme area.

The community arts programme will engage with the widest possible audience and bring different communities together, across village and parish boundaries, around creative activities that engage with the rich natural and cultural heritage uncovered and enhanced by the Fellfoot Forward LPS. The arts project aims to complement and work with the existing arts in the area, including: Eden Valley Artistic Network, Hallbankgate Hub, the RSPB, Music on the Marr, Mains farm, and Glassonby’s family music and crafts weekend, amongst others.

Click here to complete the survey.

Simon Whalley said: “We are really looking forward to finding out what people want and how artists and local arts organisations want to be involved”. Get in touch with Simon by email or phone 07968095597

As part of the Fellfoot Forward community arts programme, people will be able to volunteer, receive training in new creative skills, and have the opportunity to contribute towards performance pieces, installations and exhibitions.

Fellfoot Fables, a virtual arts project, is currently running in the Fellfoot Forward scheme area with local poet and creative writer, Katie Hale, working with schools and young people to explore ways of writing about place.

The North Pennines AONB Partnership has previously worked with a number of artists to create landscape inspired artworks, including: ‘Hush’, a temporary art installation by environmental artist Steve Messam, situated within the former lead mining site of Bales Hush in Upper Teesdale. Inspired by geology, mining and landscape in the North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark, it was designed to have minimal impact on the site and wildlife.
‘Natural Creation’, created by artist Rob Mullholland was inspired by the landscape surrounding Low Force, Teesdale. The temporary sculptural installation, made up of a series of highly polished stainless steel geometrical sculptures, aimed to bring to life a 320 million year old geological story.

Photo credits:  Hush by Steve Messam in Upper Teesdale © Steve Messam 2019 & North Pennines AONB Partnership  /  Natural Creation at Low Force, Teesdale by Rob Mulholland © Lee Dobson & North Pennines AONB Partnership

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