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Grizedale Arts

Grizedale Arts is a residency and commissions agency for visual arts in a rural setting. It manages a national and international residency project, providing unique opportunities to research and produce innovative visual arts work in a rural setting. It also runs touring and international projects, with other agencies, and has a strong outreach programme that supports artists working in partnership with communities. Our investment is towards a visual arts programme of new commissions, research and development opportunities for artists.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £162,616
  • 2013-2014: £166,356
  • 2014-2015: £170,681

Video feed

Let's Talk About (Jonathan) Meese

Illustrated discussion about the work of German performance artist Jonathan Meese.

The Dictatorship of Art as Total Re-enactment - Part 1

Curator Robert Eikmeyer presents his idiosyncratic take on the work of German artist Jonathan Meese.

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Introducing the Lawson Park Library by Guestroom

Adam and Charlie Sutherland talk about what the new library's about....

Sutherland Hussey @ Lawson Park: An Architectural Insight

Adam and brother, lead architect Charlie Sutherland, talk about how the newly glamourous Lawson Park building looks and functions.


A short panorama from the turning circle at Lawson Park, taken in 2007 when there is very little in what's now the Woodland Garden and just a bracken-covered slope where the productive Kitchen Garden now is.

Adam introduces Lawson Park

GA director Adam Sutherland explains the philosophy behind the rejuvenation of their former hillfarm Lawson Park. (It's shorter and more interesting than it sounds, promise)

Ye Olde Lawson Park

Taken in March 2006, this video wander around what is now becoming Grizedale's HQ shows just how far the house and land has come since then.

The Honesty Stall at Lawson Park

Director Adam Sutherland introduces the most remote 'shop' in the UK - the Honesty Stall at Lawson Park Farm.

Winner of the World Gurning Championship 2006, Egremont

GA worked with Creative Egremont to webcast the event live - this is 9 times winner Tommy Mattinson picking up the trophy and doing his iconic 'werewolf' gurn!

Pipe-smoking at the World Gurning Championship 2006

Grizedale worked with Creative Egremont to live webcast the famous World Gurning Championship in 2006 - here's the last ever indoor pipe-smoking competition!

Introducing the Lawson Park Collection

Director Adam Sutherland shows a varied few of the objects that will furnish Lawson Park Farm when it re-opens as HQ next year and explains what these bits and bobs have to do with Grizedale's bigger ideas.

Total recall

Director Adam Sutherland attempts to remember every artist he's ever worked with. Advance apologies if he forgot your name.

Ken Russell talks to artist Olivia Plender

A unique event at Rusland Reading Rooms in the rural English Lake District, where seminal film director Ken Russell talks to artist Olivia Plender about his life and career.

Egremont Folk Float test drive

The Folk Float is a mobile museum in a customised milk float, designed by artists group public works for the Creative Egremont public art programme. This is a short test drive of the float in summer 2007.

Lee Fields Raps over Johnnie Taylor

In a club in New Jersey Lee Fields extemporises over Johnnie Taylor's classic soul song 'Last Two Dollars' during a discussion with Grizedale Arts about participation in "Romantic Detachment' a performance art project at PS1 in 2004

A Search for the Romantic in New York

Adam Sutherland interviews artists Olaf Breuning, Sarah Staton, Paul Morel and Big Genius about the Romantic. This film was made during the reserch residency that led to the PS1 project 'Romantic Detachment' and was exhibited at Apex Art in NYC. Filmed and edited by Karen Guthrie, 2002/3

Lee Fields sings Amazing Grace with a Welsh Male Voice choir

A performance on a December Sunday Morning in 2004 - part of a weekend of live art events - introduced by funk great Jesse Rae in the guise of his alter ego Jock Pleasure.

Grizedale staff & Ikebukero Propulsion committee

On a R & D trip to Japan in spring 2006, we meet the people involved in the Ikebukero Arts Festival 2006 (Tokyo) in which the Grizedale Arts 'Seven Samurai' performed.

Journey from Nanling, Guan Dong Province, China

In spring 2006, Grizedale staff travelled to China to research a project coming to fruition this year (2008) with a trip to an artists' rural village in the South.

Soul star Lee Fields sings for 'Romantic Detachment'

A spine-tingling live performance of Soft Cell's 'Say hello, wave goodbye' - by legendary New Jersey soul veteran Lee Fields, at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, 2004. Part of a piece by artists' Juneau/projects comissioned by Grizedale Arts.

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Contact details


Lawson Park, East of Lake
LA21 8AD

54.34169, -3.06467

  • 54.34169 -3.06467

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