Grizedale Arts

Lawson Park

In 2007 Grizedale Arts moved out of their longstanding offices at the Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre and relocated to a new site on the East side of Grizedale Forest, to establish its 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.

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).

There is also plenty of accommodation locally in the village of Coniston and the Crake Valley. Links can be found on the Coniston Community Website
We also offer a more remote accommodation facility for up to six hardy souls at Low Parkamoor

The following websites can also help with accommodation:

Lawson Park is an historic hill farm that is the base for our programme of residencies and projects.
It was refurbished in 2008-2009 by Sutherland Hussey architects, and officially opened in July 2009 by Sir Nicholas Serota (Tate) and broadcaster Eric Robson.

We see the farm is an artwork in progress: socially engaged, confrontational, productive and creative, accessed though its many facets:

History - An evolution from 1338 that demonstrates the complex nature and culture of the Lake District

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 - a running commentary and diary

Members of the public are more than welcome to visit Lawson Park. However as we are not always onsite and have limited staff, visits must be by prior arrangement. We also welcome advance bookings from groups for tours. Specialist and bespoke garden, art, architecture and design tours and talks are available. 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 are open for charity annually under the National Garden Scheme.

To find out more about Lawson Park and to see an image gallery, click here

For Lawson Park's own website click here

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Lawson Park's Kitchen Garden
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Lawson Park Public Opening, 2009
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Living Room