Grizedale Arts

Parkamoor

Parkamoor (www.parkamoor.org) is a remote and isolated, off-grid farmhouse that is managed by Grizedale Arts as residential project space and retreat for artists and small groups. It is located 200m above the east shore of Coniston Water and 2km to the south of its 'sister' farm Lawson Park, the Grizedale Arts HQ.

This picturesque, 16th grade II listed house was recently restored as a collaboration with its owners, the National Trust, to provide a unique resource; to accommodate artists, writers and creative collectives in need of the traditional facilities of the idealised artist retreat - tranquility and seclusion.

Parkamoor has no mains services and is only accessible by foot.

The first project at Parkamoor was that of Dan Robinson and Artist House (Laura & Bryan Davies) under the name Thinking Space for the North, which included the design and installation of furnishings at the house as well as public events.

Other past visitors include artist Harold Offeh and the Urbania collective, The Princes Drawing School, Adam Chodzko, Ken Russell (http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2005/oct/01/comment.news) a weezing Weasel (http://www.theweasel.co.uk/articles/27) and a collective of London art gallerists.

Parkamoor is available for hire as an 'uncurated residency' as much as an overfashionable eco holiday let, offering the remote retreat that Lawson Park is not. The house sleeps six in three bedrooms. Water is pumped from the well, with cooking and water heating on the wood fired range. There is no bathroom and the composting toilet is to be found in the outside privy. This is eco-living 1820 style and in keeping with this low impact approach, guests must walk up to the farm, one mile, ascending 200m above sea level to reach Parkamoor. Working for the house is part of the charm and a work of art in itself. As such, is equally suitable for artists projects and management training workshops.

Parkamoor costs £400 per week including fuel, Friday changeover. Artists' groups can receive a discount if coming to work on a project. Contact us for more details.