Grizedale Arts - England

Grizedale Arts - England

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  • Lawson Park
  • Fra Grizedale Arts
  • The Nuisance of Landscape: Grizedale - The Sequel
  • Laure Prouvost teapot production at Lawson Park

This progressive art institution is situated in the rolling mountains in the Lake District, based upon the author of the Arts & Crafts movement John Ruskins legacy.

Grizedale is run as a small farmhold, with a number of activities connected, and a vast pineforrest around which you can take walks in and encounter some of the many art installations.

The institution is a curatorial project in constant development, which give a good account of the experimental stage and inventional spirit present. 

My journey there involved a plane to Manchester, thereafter train followed by a stunning stretch of three hours past the mid-england westcoast to Ulverston, where I was picked up by director Adam Sutherland to go by car up the hills between Coniston and Lake Windermere. That’s how far it is.

I was assisting Adam Sutherland at Grizedale at the time where artist Laure Prouvost had her exhibition Wantee at the The Ruskin House in Coniston, for which she won the 2013 Turner Prize.

The title Wantee is drawn from Kurt Schwitters´ partner edith Thomas, to nicknamed due to her habit of asking ‘Want tea?’. Prouvost made a fictional story about her Grandfather, described as a close friend of Schwitters, and also a (less recognised) conceptual artist in his own right. 

Staged within his deserted living room, installed in the Grizedale Arts garden, the film tells about her grandfather, his struggle to maintain a reputation, and his battle with his wife, who would like to see his sculptures have a more useful purpose. 

Grizedale Arts was a great inspiration to visit in terms of curating off-site art projects of various kinds, approaching the programmes with an awareness of the social, economical, cultural and historical circumstances, the legacy of Ruskin, and the nature surrounding the Lake District.

The methodology of Grizedale lies in their curation of off-site art projects of various kinds, approaching the programmes with an awareness of the social, economical, cultural and historical circumstances.

The Lake District suffers from a swarm of tourists in the summer and isolation in the winter, with the seasonal shift affecting the society and the relationship to their surroundings on many levels. Grizedales take on this are slightly provocative

and I was told lots of stories of how the meetings between the artists and the community are both a challenge and platform for communication and initiatives.

Photocredit: Grizedale Arts, The Guardian, Nina Wöhlk

Nina Wöhlk



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