Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Eycott Hill

Prism Arts teamed up with Cumbria Wildlife Trust to deliver art workshops over 5 years inspired by Eycott Hill Nature Reserve This project is coming to an end this June with a large scale performance on the reserve.

School groups, care homes, day centres and our own programmes have participated in this project. It has been made possible thanks to funding by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Children from local primary schools including Greystoke, Penruddock, St Herbert’s in Keswick, Braithwaite, St Catherine’s in Penrith, and Distington have visited the nature reserve and worked with artists from Prism Arts to craft wildlife, folklore, landscape, and imagination into wonderful tales of adventure. They were given free reign to respond to the nature reserve in their own way and showed us Eycott Hill as we’d never seen it before! 

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 a very special performance (coming soon!), and to capture an essence of the nature reserve, it’s flower rich meadows, and the wildlife you might encounter there.

Children , adults with learning disabilities, and older people with dementia or in residential care, have all worked with artists from Prism Arts and Cumbria Wildlife Trust project staff to create beautiful pieces of work using fabric, wool, and felt.

 

Hunting for mini beasts, delving into the sites geological past helped the children to draw out ideas and dream up creative characters, which were then transformed into stories and animated by the Edington Centre Media Group.

Working with Haltwhistle Film Projects, the Edington Centre Media Group learnt how to use blue screens, voice characters, and stop motion techniques in order to bring the footage to life.

Located between Keswick and Penrith, near to the village of Mungrisdale, Eycott Hill is 216 hectares of exceptionally rich wildlife habitat and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for both its biology and its geology. A five year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and WREN’s Biodiversity Action Fund will restore a mosaic of habitats for the benefit of wildlife and improve access to the site for people.