Like many others who live, work in, or visit this part of the North Northumberland coast, we see this area as an inspirational and living landscape, with many old but also new and unexpected tales to tell.
The Creative Arts and Landscape Appreciation project aims to help people participate in the landscape and its heritage through creative arts projects, events and activities. This might include photography, music, painting, collage, drama or writing and will enable people to get the most out of their personal connections with the landscape.
New for 2017! Willow sculptures to adorn the NNR Nature Trail
We've joined forces with local willow sculptor Anna Turnbull and the Northumbria Basketry Group to create a series of larger-than-life willow sculptures for the Lindisfarne Nature Trail. Inspired by the fauna and flora of the National Nature Reserve, cared for by our partners at Natural England, the sculptures will be made by Anna over a series of six workshops, one per month, in the first half of 2017. The sculptures will then be positioned on points on the nature trail, with information about the sculptures available digitally and through a short leaflet.
Up to twelve sculptures will be made in total. Subjects for the sculptures include cuddy ducks, lapwing, teal, brent geese, cormorant, the fritillary butterfly and the Lindisfarne helleborine orchid. Locations for the sculptures include at the Window on the Wild, the Lough Hide, the Links dunes and the Straight Lonnen.
Anna is looking for a small group of volunteers to help create the sculptures. No problem if you’ve not done this before - tuition and guidance will be provided. In tandem with the creation of the sculptures, the Northumbria Basketry Group will be running an introduction to simple basketry techniques at each workshop - so you can try your hand at both the willow sculptures and more traditional basket weaving. For the dates and times of the workshops, and how to book, please see our Events page.