Writing and Creative Arts Workshops

Castle Howard Nature Writing and Creative Arts Workshops: March 2020 (POSTPONED)

Please note that the Where is the Wild? Workshops at Castle Howard have been postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis. Please check back on this page for new dates when they are formalised. If you have already booked a place on one of the workshops, we will contact you via Eventbrite and you will have first refusal for the new arranged dates. Thank you for your patience!

Where is the wild?

In our two nature writing workshops at Castle Howard on the 21st and 28th March 2020, join writer Amy-Jane Beer in capturing through words the magic of the Castle Howard landscape – truly a place like no other. You’ll spend the day in and around one of the country’s most extraordinary historic buildings, and draw on Amy-Jane’s knowledge of the estate and its varied wildlife. You’ll enjoy privileged access to material from archives including maps that tell the history of the landscape and have the opportunity to imagine its ‘wild’ future.

Amy-Jane Beer has written numerous books about nature and is a frequent contributor to The Guardian’s Country Diary.

For the creative art workshops, also taking place on the 21st and 28th March 2020, join visual artists Melanie Rose and Judith Tucker for a full day of creative responses to the landscape of Castle Howard!

The day will start with a short walk through the grounds, after which you will be able to experiment with a wide variety of media and approaches, from observational drawing to working with objects and maps. You will have privileged access to material from archives, including historical maps. Through noticing, listening, and paying close attention to the “landscape” that you will walk through, the workshop will explore ideas of the rural, the wild, the natural, the unnatural, domestic, farming-related and designed landscapes, past, present and even future.

Melanie Rose and Judith Tucker are both artists whose work considers landscape, social history, and personal memory. Both have exhibited extensively: Judith Tucker has been twice shortlisted for the Jackson’s Painting prize and for the inaugural Westmorland Landscape Prize in 2019. Melanie Rose was a finalist in the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition in 2019.

The workshops run from 10am to 3.30 pm and include refreshments and lunch, plus free entry to the house after the workshops, along with a small bursary of £10 per person to help with travel costs.

With the creative art workshop, there will be an optional walk around the grounds of Castle Howard lasting approximately 20 minutes, so please wear sturdy walking shoes and appropriate outdoor clothing for the weather on the day.

The route around the house and grounds is fairly accessible, with level access and ramps and mostly paved, gravel paths and maintained lawns outside the house. The upper parts of the house are accessible by stairlift, for anyone wishing to take a tour of the house at the end of the day.

The workshops are free, and you can sign up for either Saturday 21st or Saturday 28th March. Please book your space here via our Eventbrite page!

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Header image used with permission from: http://www.somewhere-nowhere.com/projects/sense-of-here

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