Art Fund supports National Trust’s ‘People’s Landscapes’ programme

  • Published 17 January 2019

The programme of events and activities will explore landscapes where people came together to seek social change.

Kinder Scout © National Trust Images, Andrew Butler

Kinder Scout

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© National Trust Images, Andrew Butler

Part of the National Trust’s cultural programme for 2019, People’s Landscapes is inspired by the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre and aims to invite people to explore historic landscapes that saw people come together to seek dramatic social change.

A number of National Trust venues around the country will be taking part but five in particular have been chosen for projects supported by contemporary artists, with Jeremy Deller as artistic advisor: Dunham Massey and Quarry Bank in Cheshire, the Durham coast, the Tolpuddle Martyrs Tree in Dorset and Kinder Scout in the Peak District.

The commissioned artists include Jarvis Cocker, whose work will take the subject of a protest at Kinder Scout in 1932 as its starting point. Cocker will be working with the National Trust, in collaboration with young people’s organisations and community groups, to take people on a journey of discovery from nearby towns or cities onto Kinder Scout to the places linked to the protest.

Elsewhere, artist Bob and Roberta Smith will look at how ordinary people such as the Tolpuddle Martyrs achieve the extraordinary and create change; artist family Grace Surman and Gary Winters and their two young children will be creating work showcased at both Dunham Massey and Quarry Bank as well as being part of the commemoration project Peterloo 2019; and film and photography collective Amber will be working with the local community to explore the mining heritage of the Durham coast.

For full details of the commissions, find out more about People’s Landscapes.

These commissions have been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and with additional support from Art Fund.