In 2007 we left our longstanding base at the Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre and relocated to the East side of Grizedale forest, establishing a new centre of operations at Lawson Park Farm. Lawson Park dates from the 14th century, and lies at the boundary of the Grizedale and Brantwood estates (former 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. In near-ruins when we discovered the site, it was painstakingly refurbished by Sutherland Hussey Architects, and officially opened in July 2009 by Sir Nicholas Serota (Tate) and broadcaster & writer Eric Robson.
The redevelopment created accommodation, offices and research facilities for staff, artists and wardens, allowing for a vast expansion of our activities. Resident artists each occupy a spacious live/work room in the main Lawson Park building, and occasional visitors can often also be accommodated by arrangement with us.
We see Lawson Park as a work in progress: socially-engaged, productive, educational, creative and occasionally confrontational.
Members of the public are welcome to visit by prior arrangement. However as we are not always onsite and have limited staff, visits must be booked ahead. 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. The acclaimed gardens at Lawson Park have opened for charity in the past under the National Garden Scheme but at present we offer pre-booked tours to groups of up to 20.
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