• The 10 Year Expanded Dream of Kiwanasato 2017→

    We have been invited to steer a project to connect the rural Southern Japanese village of Kiwanasato to a viable future, helping it to move from smallholder farming to a valley-wide school that celebrated and cultivates the villagers' expertise and values. Two visits in 2017 and 2018 have developed relationships and scoped and refurbished a residency house for future visits. In 2019 we consolidate the programme with more artists' visits.

  • The Valley Project / Partnership 2016→

    The Valley Project / Partnership is an ambitious cultural, heritage, educational and community pilot of diverse activities. It builds on the existing collaboration between the Coniston Institute, Ruskin Museum and Grizedale Arts to develop a meaningful partnership between the organisations - with a local, national and international impact.

  • Ruskin's Road 2018→

    A proposal for a new 'pocket park' in the centre of Coniston village, commemorating the bicentenary of the death of John Ruskin in February 2019. Building on the installation of a Japanese-inspired wood-fired oven by Takeshi Hayatsu & architecture students from Central St Martins (London) in the Ruskin Museum garden in 2018, we hope to begin re-landscaping in 2019 with an integral programme of Ruskin-inspired education.

  • The Honest Shop 2012→

    Our Coniston Institute redevelopment plan included the installation of a small, unstaffed Honest Shop, drawing on the longstanding rural tradition of selling homegrown produce at the garden or farm gate. The Shop was designed by An Endless Supply and is now a huge success, and stocks items by between 20-40 makers at any one time.

  • The Black Shed (working title) 2018→

    The Black Shed is a creative and educational project with the hoped-for primary outcome of an extraordinary house adjacent to Lawson Park’s main buildings. The house will be very compact, sympathetic to its rural context, architecturally exemplary and environmentally sustainable.

  • House of Ferment 2016→

    A collaborative project between artist & film-maker Karen Guthrie and Grizedale Arts, inspired by the domestic collections of the artist that have been gathered at Lawson Park over the last decade.

  • The Village Table 2015→

    A community catering group based in Coniston and made up of local home cooks and producers working with the occasional international visiting artist. Lawson Park Collection items and fresh produce are used to produce unforgettable meals tailored to each commission.

  • Anchorhold 2013→

    Anchorhold was originally commissioned as a community therapy building for Hailuto and Hai Arts, Finland, and since has been reconfigured for other exhibitions. Two versions are now permanently installed at Lawson Park, one having appeared in 'Apple Service Provider' by Marcus Coates, at our Hauser & Wirth Somerset show, 'The Land We Live In, The Land We Left Behind'.

  • Lawson Park Farm 2009–19

    Lawson Park is an historic former hill farm, the base for the Grizedale Arts programme of residencies and projects since 2009. The farm and grounds overlook Coniston Water at an elevation of 200m, and are bordered by Grizedale Forest.The ambition for the site is to create a collision of arts, community, political and economic thinking and hands-on practice.

  • Lawson Park Library 2009–19

    Guestroom, a collaborative project by Ruth Höflich and Maria Benjamin, was commissioned to make a library as part of the 2008/9 development of the main Lawson Park building.
    The project continues to grow with new acquisitions and related commissioned texts which will feature here on this website.

  • A Life in Stitches 2018

    The first ever retrospective exhibition of the collected handicrafts by local women Audrey Grisedale and Sheila Gaitskell, held at at the Coniston Institute.

    Both have been contributors to our Honest Shop and have made many beautiful objects for local private and public collections. It was high time their skills were celebrated.

  • The Land We Live In, The Land We Left Behind 2018

    GA director Adam Sutherland was commissioned by international gallerists Hauser & Wirth to curate a major survey exhibition on rural culture for their flagship space in Bruton, Somerset. Adam worked closely with the curatorial team for over 6 months to source and draw together an extraordinary collection of over 300 artworks and objects from private and public collections all over the world.
    The exhibition attracted 44,000 visitors.

  • Making, A Life 2017–18

    A touring retrospective exhibition of crafts and paintings by Ambleside-based artist Peter Hodgson (born 1950), an artist who has inspired countless GA artists over the years with his originality and wit.

    Peter has collaborated most notably with Laure Prouvost on her 2013 Turner Prize – winning Wantee installation, and continues to work with Laure on many of her internationally-exhibited works.

  • Against Landscape 2017

    An exhibition in the Coniston Institute that looked at the abstraction of landscape by artists over the past 200 years. Curated by Dan Sturgis and designed and built by Tom Philipson.

Past Projects