Acorn Bank, Trust New Art, artist fellowship

Acorn Bank Trust New Art artist in residence Karen Guthrie

We’re pleased to announce that Karen Guthrie is this year's Trust New Art, Dorothy Una Ratcliffe Artist Fellow.

She'll be in residence at Acorn Bank, near Penrith, until  31 July and visitors will be able to see the results of her residency at a scent-rich exhibtion at Acorn Bank from 10 August – 29 October.

Karen, who is herself a committed gardener, is spending her residency exploring Acorn Bank's extensive gardens and plant collections. She in fascinated by the challenge of recording the ephemeral qualities of a garden, and is sampling and distilling plants to make hydrosols on site, as well as researching other historic and modern-day botanical archives.


How to make a hydrosol

Artist in residence, Karen Guthrie, explains how she's making hydrosols, or scented waters, from the plants in Acorn Bank's extensive gardens to create a sensory portrait of the plant collection that grows there.

Karen Guthrie is a cross-disciplinary artist who was raised on the West coast of Scotland and now lives on a smallholding in the Lake District. Karen works primarily in the fields of public and socially-engaged art and in film-making.

Recent projects include the collaboration with Grizedale Arts, “House of Ferment”  a pop-up installation and working kitchen based on Karen’s personal collection of fermented and preserved foods from around the world. It was commissioned by Science Museum London, and Karen has so far presented it at Borough Market (London), ArtBoom Festival (Krakow, Poland) and Hauser & Wirth Somerset.

In 2014 she was artist-in-residence at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, producing work for ‘Soil Culture’, a UK-wide touring exhibition by the Centre for Contemporary Art & the Natural World that celebrated the UN Year Of Soil.

Karen’s latest feature film, the critically-acclaimed autobiographical ‘The Closer We Get’ (2016), was broadcast on the BBC and has won many film festival awards around the world.

With long-term collaborator Nina Pope she won the first Northern Art Prize in 2007 for their films and installations. Together they founded their multidisciplinary organization Somewhere in 2002 and have undertaken commissions for the likes of Tate Modern and Cambridge University alongside three feature documentary films. In 2014 their work was the subject of a retrospective show at Kettles Yard, Cambridge. They are presently undertaking a creative residency with the National Trust at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk.

The Dorothy Una Ratcliffe Fellowship is delivered by the National Trust through Trust New Art in partnership with Cumbria University, Eden Arts and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Artist Serena Korda installs her ceramic mushroom artwork

Art and exhibitions in the North of England  

Discover new art across the North of England this year through Trust New Art, a programme of contemporary arts inspired by our places.