£100,000 boost for Kielder art programme
HUNDREDS of thousands of visitors to Kielder will be able to create art and architecture history thanks to vital arts funding.
The multi award-winning Kielder Art & Architecture programme is set to benefit from a £100,000 Arts Council grant that will take Kielder in an exciting new artistic direction and allow visitors to be involved in the creation of new works.
One of the top tourist destinations in the county, Kielder Water & Forest Park (KW&FP) attracts more than 330,000 visitors a year and has a long history of developing sculptural and architectural projects as well as attracting world renowned artists such as James Turrell. The Park is home to the largest open air art gallery in the country.
Peter Sharpe, curator at KW&FP, said: “Thanks to Arts Council England we can embark on an exciting new 15 month programme that will focus on commissioning critically engaged work where the audience becomes central to the making process and is encouraged to ‘get under the skin’ of how artists think, work and imagine. Where the audience once watched, now they will participate.”
The new programme, supported with Lottery funding and named ‘Seeing the Woods from the Trees’, offers the public an opportunity to get involved with and engage with visual art and artists and includes four new commissions as well as a series of workshops and master classes for visitors.
Elisabeth Rowark, director of KW&FP Development Trust added: “We are delighted to have secured this vital funding that will allow the art and architecture programme at Kielder not only to continue, but to transform and thrive. The destination’s unique environment has been a key creative theme in the past and will continue to offer limitless creative possibilities for both artist and audience response.”
The programme will begin in February 2013. For information on events and activities go to www.kielderartandarchitecture.com or www.visitkielder.com/events.
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