Artful Ways is all about community and the rather large team of people who have wanted to help steer the project reflects this. The project has been made possible with the help of funders, supporters and venues from across the county. We know that the team of makers, doers, enthusers and contributors will grow over the summer – but here’s an overview of the people and organisations that are co-driving Artful Ways.

Project Managers

The project is being led by Harriet and Rob Fraser of somewhere nowhere, a creative practice that engages people with issues of place & natural environment, and frequently combines walking and creativity.

Funders and Project Partners

This project has been made possible thanks to generous funding from Arts Council England, Cumbria Museum Consortium and Great Place Lakes and Dales.

Funders and Project Partners

Artful Ways has a wonderful team of project partners who between them are supporting and taking part in events during the Artful Ways month June – July and helping the touring exhibition to be a success.

Project Gatekeepers

The Artful Ways ‘gatekeepers’ are going to be running events in their local areas and are also a point of contact if you are in that region and want to find out more. Email any gatekeeper through and we’ll make sure the message is sent on.

Stefan Escreet from Ragged Edge Theatre is in the Bassenthwaite / Cockermouth area. Among other things, he took a day to walk around the shores of Derwent Water for ‘Answers on a Postcard Please‘, and has also taken a leisurely stroll to Millican Dalton’s cave and made a beautifully evocative audio recording with Peter MacQueen.

Danielle Chappell is the gatekeeper for the Barrow and Furness area. Danielle’s incredible event, curated with teams from Dalton, including a brass band, love hearts, and more.

Kate Brundrett from The Studio Morland is the gatekeeper for the Eden region, with a geographical base in Morland. Kate has organised walking routes that anyone can join in with, and link with the maps and creative packs in the Big Yellow Box of delights that sits outside the studio’s front door. Kate has also run events in July.

Florence Arts Centre in Egremont has the gatekeeper role on the west coast and has been encouraging visitors to walk in this stunning area where industry meets geology meets art.

In Kirkby Stephen, Conrad Lynch from We Are Team has brought his boundless energy to the project and helped us connect with the WI and people running the Dawdles walks … and is persuading plenty of people to wander around the town and up hills.

Harriet and Rob Fraser (of somewhere nowhere, and Artful Ways project managers) are acting as gatekeepers for the Kendal region. They have carried out 4 guided walks during July and are planning a Kendal walk linking up some of the main cultural venues and plenty of creative folk.

The project is also benefitting from the support of independent creative practitioners:

Lauren Frost, who has joined the ‘My Artful Way’ commissions selection panel;

Hannah Hodgson, who will be the project’s Accessibility Ambassador.

Artful Ways has mapping Expertise and support from Addy Pope at ESRI.

All the partners and supporters will be sharing ideas about their own Artful Ways in the blog.