Grizedale Arts

Lawson Park

In 2007 Grizedale Arts moved out of its longstanding offices at the Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre and relocated to a new site on the East side of Grizedale Forest, to establish a new centre of operations at Lawson Park Farm

Lawson Park lies at the boundary of the Grizedale and Brantwood estates (home to John Ruskin). It sits on the hillside 200m above Coniston Water; with dramatic views down the Furness Valley and across to the Coniston Fells. It was refurbished in 2008-2009 by Sutherland Hussey architects, and was officially opened in July 2009 by Sir Nicholas Serota (Tate) and broadcaster Eric Robson.

The 18 month redevelopment involved the conversion of this traditional Lakeland hill farm into a smallholding with accommodation, offices and research facilities for staff, artists and wardens, allowing for the expansion and development of the organisation's activities.
Selected resident artists occupy a live/work room at Lawson Park, and occasional visitors can often also be accommodated (please contact us to enquire).

We see the Lawson Park as an artwork in progress: socially engaged, sometimes confrontational, productive and creative, accessed though its many facets:

History - A fascinating evolution from 1338, demonstrating the complex nature and culture of the Lake District in one place

Land - A range of projects that propose and trial new approaches to land use, agriculture, lifestyle and ecology

Building - The story of the farm's redevelopment as a new model art institution

Gardens - The present-day gardens, created by artist Karen Guthrie and a team of Grizedale Arts participants

Collection - The Lawson Park Collection furnishes the buildings and tells a subjective history of British design

Blog - an occasional running commentary and diary

Members of the public are welcome to visit Lawson Park. However as we are not always onsite and have limited staff, visits must be by prior arrangement. We welcome advance bookings from groups for tours. Specialist and bespoke garden, art, architecture and design tours and talks are available at a reasonable charge per head.
Please email us for more information or let us know your requirements and interest and we can create a wonderful visit for your group. The acclaimed gardens have opened for charity in the past under the National Garden Scheme but at present we only offer pre-booked tours to groups of up to 20.

To find out more details on Lawson Park's contents, style and way-of-life, and to see an image gallery, click here

For Lawson Park's own website click here

View from an artist's bedroom in winter

Lawson Park's Kitchen Garden

The kitchen / dining room at Lawson Park

Lawson Park's west-facing elevation, seen from the wildflower meadow in spring