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Four young artists needed: residency opportunity in the Lake District

Harriet and Rob Fraser, who work together as somewhere-nowhere, are hosting the four residencies for young artists as an extension of their Sense of Here project. Credit: Rob Fraser

Cumbria-based creative practitioners, Harriet and Rob Fraser, are offering four young artists the opportunity to work with them during a Lake District-based residency in September. These four residencies are open to any artist aged 18-35 based in the South Lakes and Craven regions and the deadline for applications is Tuesday 6 August.

Harriet and Rob, also known as somewhere-nowhere, are working with the Wordsworth Trust and Grizedale Forest, supported by the Great Place: Lakes and Dales programme, on this extension of their Sense of Here project.

“As our projects develop and extend, we’re discovering more and more chances to collaborate and offer opportunities to others,” says photographer, Rob Fraser. “These residencies will be a great chance for four local artists to explore new ways of working while building their own skills, connections and networks.”

Each residency will include visits to the partner organisations, meetings with their curators and two days and nights spent in the Lake District National Park exploring the nature and culture of place. As well as creating work inspired by the residency, successful applicants will have the opportunity to show their work and co-curate an exhibition in September 2020 at the prestigious Wordsworth Museum.

“The theme is The Light of Things: Making Sense of Here,” explains poet and writer, Harriet. “There’s a rich and diverse pool of artistic talent in this area and we’re excited to see how the successful applicants will respond, through a range of creative practices. Their work will flow into the Sense of Here project, which is about exploring current views of our landscapes and communities. We’re aiming to use art to reveal some of the complexities and deeper layers beneath the familiar picture-postcard Lake District.”

Full details of the residencies, local eligibility, application process and the commitment, dates and opportunities involved are online at

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