Our Work / Theatre / Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Eycott Hill

“Looking at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve as we’ve never seen it before”

Prism Arts teamed up with Cumbria Wildlife Trust to deliver art workshops with school groups, care homes, day centres and our own programmes over a period of 5 years. The project was about by Eycott Hill Nature Reserve which is located near Penrith. This project came to an end this June with a large scale performance on the reserve.

Participants: Amy’s Care, Braithwaite Primary School, Distington Community School, The Eddington Centre, Greystoke Primary School, Penruddock Primary School, St Catherine’s Primary School, Cold Springs, Croft Avenue and Winters Part Residential Homes all took part in the project along with our programme, Studio Workshop.

“Participants were given free rein to respond to the nature reserve in their own way and showed us Eycott Hill as we’d never seen it before!”

The 5 years of creativity culminated in a large scale outdoor promenade performance. The audience of family, friends and VIPs were guided around Eycott Hill Nature Reserve to each of the 5 performance sites. Each performance had been created in its entirety by the groups inspired by the nature reserve.

Throughout the project textiles have been used to bring ideas to life, from the characters in the children’s stories, to banners and puppets for the performances.

There was an exhibition of the work created over the 5 years and art work was also displayed along the performance route.

Early in the project we worked with the Eddington Centre media Group to make an animation inspired by Eycott Hill which can be seen below along with the behind the scenes video.

More information about Eycott Hill Nature Reserve – http://www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/eycott-hill

Project Partner: Cumbria Wildlife Trust Artform: Theatre, Visual Arts Funders:  National Lottery Heritage Fund Artists: Ali McCaw, Vicki Maxfield, Rebecca Hamilton, Izzy Brookes, Katie Lock, David Napthine, Gail Baskett, Jane Crawford, Marian Smith, Mark Newport, Russell Burbush, The Haltwhistle Film Project, Chloe Maitland, Yohanna Ungehener and Geraldine Murray-Bowman. Participants: Children and young adults, adults with learning disabilities and autism and older people. Dates: 2014 - 2019

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