The Long View Poster

Launching: June 21st – August 31st, Grizedale Forest

We’re very excitedly making final preparations for the launch of The Long View exhibition on midsummer’s day in the beautiful galleries in the heart of Grizedale Forest, which pioneered the installation of sculptures in woodland in 1977, and continues to combine art with the care, use and exploration of forests and woodland.

The exhibition will celebrate the beauty and value of trees and the experience of walking through the Lake District and pausing to spend time with seven specific trees. These trees are like beacons in a wider landscape, and representatives of trees further afield. Through them, the exhibition explores the way trees are valued across the country, what trees do for us, and the special relationship that people have with trees. We’ve also used our journeys to discover more about hill farming in the Lake District, and learn from farmers, who arguably know the land better than anyone else, since they walk through it and observe it every day of the year.

The exhibition will use photographic images, poetry, prose, word art and 3D work to introduce each of the seven trees as well as the environments around them. There will be over 30 photographic images comprising hand-printed black and white images made with a large format camera and full colour digital prints; and 20 written pieces of poetry, word art and prose, as well as living trees.

There will be a section devoted to the Dark Walks and to the Light Walk. In addition to images and writing, there will be a 180-cm wooden installation crafted from the wood of the seven tree species to represent the seven-day walk linking the seven trees. The exhibition will also feature word art pieces developed from the seven colour installations at the trees, and materials used in the making of these installations.

Through the exhibition, we want to draw visitors into ‘tree time’ and provoke thought and discussion about the way we value our landscapes and relate to the natural world. We also reflect on the value of slowing down and pausing, outside, and what is being lost – or should be carefully guarded – as our culture and way of life become increasingly determined by technology. And, in the spirit of The Long View, the exhibition will present opportunities for visitors to become involved by sharing their own views.

We hope to see you there!

Venues and dates

June 21 – August 31, 2017
The Galleries at Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre

January 20 – March 4, 2018
Great North Museum: The Hancock, Newcastle

May 7 – May 28, 2018
North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford

May 30 – June 10, 4 2018
ONCA, Centre for Arts and Ecology, Brighton

Further venues and dates TBC