Northumberland National Park is approximately 400 square miles of protected landscape designated for the special qualities within it. These qualities include the archaeology, the built heritage the flora and fauna and indeed the culture found within the people who live here today and have lived here in years past. It is the most remote, tranquil and least populated English national park, its Southern Boundary being Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage site and its northern boundary being the Scottish Border. Only about 2,000 people live within it, sharing the space with about 50,000 sheep.
VARC at High Green is situated right in the middle of this wild area, in a typical moorland landscape. We have always welcomed the artists who have made High Green their temporary home and been fascinated by how they have interpreted this special place in various art forms.
Activities at our new visitor facility, The Sill Landscape Discovery Centre, and throughout the Park often use art as a tool to engage our audience. We have found that many visitors like to create their own response to the landscape, and we believe that this, combined with expert knowledge, can deepen people’s understanding and enjoyment of our national park. We have worked with many schools to achieve Arts Award using the Park as a stimuli, and have had success with products routed in creativity which help people independently discover more. For example our Poems in The Air app which allows users to experience hidden places through the eyes and words of the poet Simon Armitage.
We are very much looking forward to a whole new take on the things from the artists chosen to work on ENTWINED: Rural. Land. Lives. Art.