An arts project focussing on Keswick’s Crow Park is set to move to a new phase this month with two remote workshops planned.
Artist Rebecca Beinart was commissioned at the start of the year to work on the project at the location on Derwentwater’s lakeshore, working for North Lakes National Trust as part of the Trust New Art programme.
The project’s aim is to create a dialogue between the town of Keswick, Crow Park and the lake – but lockdown restrictions have put many of the planned events on hold.
Rebecca said: “I visited Keswick in February and March, before lockdown, and was lucky to meet up with a range of local people to start the research for this project.
“Everything has changed for now. I am working through the notes and maps I collected, listening back to some of our conversations, and starting to share this through blog posts and podcasts.
“I haven’t been able to visit Keswick during the lockdown, but I am planning two remote workshops aimed at people living in the area, or who are familiar with Crow Park.”
The first Crow Park workshop – Writing from Objects – takes place on Saturday 11th July between 2pm and 4pm. This workshop will take place online via Zoom and is free but there are limited places and anyone interested needs to register in advance.
Participants will join artist Rebecca Beinart and writer Wallace Heim for a creative writing workshop exploring Crow Park through a series of objects. Through a series of writing exercises the workshop will explore the site from different perspectives, and play with the relationship between different objects, stories and inhabitants.
Each participant will get the opportunity to create a short piece of writing and contribute to a collective set of actions or instructions that will feed into a future workshop.
The second workshop, on Saturday 18th July between 2pm and 3pm, is entitled Movement.
The event is the first of a two-part workshop with Rebecca Beinart and Simone Kenyon, to learn more about Crow Park through sensory experience and movement.
Participants will be invited to carry out their chosen action on Crow Park during the week and come back together via Zoom to reflect on the experience at a future date.
Again the event is free , but anyone interested must register in advance.
All activities will take into account current guidelines on social distancing and staying safe during the current Covid-19 pandemic.