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Curator appointed to oversee Lake District culture

Published on: Monday 9th March 2015
Categorised under: Play , Culture, Lake District

Lakes Culture has announced that Aileen McEvoy has been appointed as Artistic Curator for the latest Lake District arts event ‘Lakes Ignite’.

Aileen will be curating ‘Lakes Ignite’, which will run between April 6th and May 26th. This event is part of a new arts programme forming the Lakes Culture project, designed to celebrate and highlight the rich cultural life of the Lake District, Cumbria.

Aileen said: ‘’I’m looking forward to commissioning work as part of Lakes Culture’s spring arts programme. Artists can offer us a fresh perspective on how we view this magical landscape and the people and histories that have formed it.

"The new commissions will complement the diverse cultural calendar that already exists in the county. They will also be a very visible showcase of what is going on in the Lake District arts and cultural scene, a strong reminder of the part this distinct place has played and continues to play in the UK’s rich cultural life.’’

Jane Beardsworth, Senior Relationship Manager, Arts Council, said, “Our Cultural destinations programme, part of the three-year partnership between Arts Council England and VisitEngland, aims to position culture as a prominent part of the tourism offer. The funding will enable Lakes Culture to increase cultural tourism and plan for the future. We should look forward to seeing an exciting programme which residents and visitors alike can enjoy.”

Aileen, now has the enviable task of working through the range of innovative submissions from more than 40 artists throughout the UK and further afield, to decide which pieces should be commissioned as part of the ‘Lakes Ignite’ programme and therefore complement the exciting range of art, sculpture, photography, performance, film, music, theatre and opera already programmed between April 6 and May 26.

McEvoy has a long standing interest in Cumbria’s arts and heritage, amongst her favourite places and artworks are, Castlerigg Stone Circle, Isel Hall, Baillie Scott’s Arts & Crafts masterpiece Blackwell, and Andy Goldsworthy’s ‘Sheepfolds’, believed to be the world’s largest sculpture.

The Lake District is one of only ten locations in the country to benefit from Cultural Destinations initiative a focused programme set up by Arts Council England and VisitEngland. The aim of Cultural destinations is to enable arts and culture organisations working in partnership with destination organisations to increase their reach, engagement and resilience through working with the tourism sector. Closer working between the two sectors will contribute to the economic growth of the cultural and tourism visitor economies.

Organisations involved in the project include Kendal Brewery Arts Centre (Lead Organisation), Lakeland Arts, Kendal Arts International, Wordsworth Trust, Theatre by the Lake, The Forestry Commission - Grizedale, Cumbria Tourism, The National Trust, Lake District National Park and South Lakeland District Council.

The Lakes Culture project will also form a supporting strand of the World Heritage Status bid to be submitted by the Lake District National Park and partners.

To find out more about art and culture in the Lake District, Cumbria or about ‘Lakes Ignite’ please visit:

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