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Natural England Exhibition

October 15, 2012

Natural England Artists

Yesterday I had the pleasure of travelling to NeST art gallery in Barnard Castle to hang my first poem in an exhibition of work produced by writers and artists for the Natural England Exhibition.The work was developed following a trip to Moor House Natural Nature Reserve in May this year. The trip was organised by myself and Lead Outreach Advisor Heather McCarty as part of the reserve’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

Heather enlisted a Green Guide to take a group of writers and artists on a circular walk across the fell so that we could soak up the atmosphere or perhaps I should say that the atmosphere soaked us up. Despite wearing five layers of clothing, the wind chill still managed to penetrate my bones to the marrow and there was fresh snow on the hills. Typical Pennine weather. One member of the party lost a boot to the bog. It was retrieved before it sunk and I’m glad I didn’t have to wear it. The stitching on one of my boots had also given way with the suction from the peaty terrain so I could empathise with having a cold and muddy foot. I can only describe the experience as being like traversing a giant bouncy castle. Not only did we survive, but four of us were inspired to produce work for the Natural England exhibition (as above).

From left to right, June Redfearn completed a watercolour of Rough Sike, I superimposed a poem onto a framed view of Cross Fell, Keith Palmer produced a mixed media canvas of a flock of sheep braving similar weather conditions and Tony McGuigan combined photography and graphic design techniques to create a series of ‘eco-heroes’ including the native sphagnum and reindeer moss.

The work is on show at NeST, 25 Newgate, Barnard Castle, DL12 8NG until the 11th November. See

If you are interested in taking part in future writers and artists trips in Teesdale, County Durham, please leave your details via e-mail: or mobile: 07808 063944


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  1. Fabulous experience and one that stays with you for a very long time. Really enjoyed being part of the day.

  2. Judith, I love the feature and your blog, you’ve been absolutely BRILLIANT organising these creative events and you’ve been good for me too! You’ve given me a lot more confidence than I had previously to get involved in exhibiting and signing up to the art groups and networks… Thanks again Judith! x and a hug!

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