Artists to make waves at Kielder

artist Elaine Porter's fish scultpure

09.06.2014

Leaping salmon will be seen on the banks of Kielder Water this summer.

Picture shows: an example of artist Elaine Porter′s fish scultpure

The reservoir at Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland, isn’t normally home to salmon, let alone leaping ones.
But in August, families are invited to Northumbrian Water’s Leaplish Waterside Park to help create a large-scale sculpture of the fish as part of a series of practical arts workshops.

The family sculpture weekend, which will see salmon figures woven from willow on the banks of Kielder Water, takes place on Saturday August 9 2014 and Sunday August 10 2014, along the shore of the largest man-made lake in northern Europe.

Working with artist Elaine Porter, participants will also make their own fish sun catchers to take home and keep.
Since the construction of Kielder reservoir more than 30 years ago, salmon became absent from its waters and the Environment Agency established the Kielder Salmon Hatchery to make up for their loss of habitat. Now, the River Tyne is the best salmon river in England and Wales, largely due to the 900,000 fish the hatchery breeds each year.

In place of salmon, Northumbrian Water stock the reservoir weekly with nearly 15,000 rainbow trout each year and it also holds a huge population of wild brown trout, making it a popular fishery in the north east with both seasoned anglers and beginners alike.

The family sculpture weekend is just part of a whole host of practical workshops taking place this summer, funded by the award-winning Kielder Art & Architecture programme, offering visitors the chance to be able to interact with artists and architects.

Peter Sharpe, Kielder Art & Architecture Curator, said: “Kielder Water & Forest Park has become the country’s largest open-air space to experience art and architecture, but not many people realise that they can get so hands on with it too.

“With a variety of these masterclasses on offer from June, ran by professional artists, visitors can find inspiration in the spectacular landscape of the Park for painting, or they can get to grips with natural materials such as the willow used to create the leaping salmon sculpture and even making wooden bowls and spoons in a traditional woodcraft weekend.”
The woodcraft weekend, which takes place at Kielder Castle on Saturday June 28 and Sunday June 29, will see participants crafting an item of practical every day use from wood found in Kielder Forest, the largest working forest in England.

Visitors will get the chance to work with a professional green woodcraftsman with more than 20 years experience, carving a bowl or spoon inspired by Norwegian and Swedish design and techniques.

For more information about each event and to book, see www.visitkielder.com/booktickets.

Other events include:

Friday June 13, 2014
Plants: contemporary drawing with artist Louise Bradley at Kielder Castle
10am until 4pm
£20 per person

Saturday June 28, 2014
Traditional woodcraft weekend - Hand carved wooden spoons at Kielder Castle
10am until 4pm
£25 per person per day (or £45 for both days)

Sunday June 29, 2014
Traditional woodcraft weekend - Hand carved wooden bowls at Kielder Castle
10am until 4pm
£25 per person per day (or £45 for both days)

Saturday July 26, 2014
Landscape workshop with artist Jane Veitch at Kielder Castle
10am until 4pm
£25 per person

Saturday August 9, 2014
Family Sculpture weekend at Leaplish Waterside Park
10am until 4pm
£5 per person or £15 for a family ticket

Sunday August 10, 2014
Family Sculpture weekend at Leaplish Waterside Park
10am until 4pm
£5 per person or £15 for a family ticket

Saturday August 16, 2014
Raku Pottery with Marven Kitson
10.30am until 4pm
£10 per person or £20 for a family ticket

For more information contact Janine Scott, communications advisor, on 0191 301 6713 or Janine.scott@nwl.co.uk.

Kielder Water and Forest Park, which spans 250 square miles, is home to the largest forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. It was awarded the number one tourism experience in England by Visit England 2013, and the most tranquil place in England by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. For more information see www.visitkielder.com.

Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust is a registered charity working to develop the Park as an inspirational place. It aims to improve economic, social and environmental sustainability, provide public recreation and leisure facilities, facilitate education in all aspects of the natural environment and advance art and architecture in the Park. The Trust works with the range of communities to benefit from these activities.

Members, who have appointed directors/trustees to serve on the board, are Northumbrian Water, Forestry Commission, Calvert Trust Kielder and Northumberland County Council. Affiliate organisations that are not members but have a close working relationship with KWFPDT include Arts Council England, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, The Scout Association and local decision making bodies such as the parish councils.

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