An art project, Crow Park, Keswick
What does Crow Park mean to you? Artist Rebecca Beinart is developing Desire Lines, an art project engaging with local communities around Keswick hosted by the National Trust. The project explores the connections humans have with the natural world, and Rebecca will be working with local people to get to know Crow Park from lots of different perspectives. We'll be asking how a special connection with a local green space can influence the way we think about global issues of climate change, ecology and access.
The Project - Desire Lines, at Crow Park
What happens when we shift our position from viewers of the natural world to cohabitors?
Rebecca will be working with the community on this project focussed on Crow Park over the coming year, responding to the site’s history as a picturesque ‘viewing station’, it’s role in struggles for land access and the establishment of the National Trust.
This as an exciting opportunity to work with local people to explore urgent contemporary questions about our connection to the natural world, the ways that we ‘frame’ nature, a sense of place in fragmented times, and how we collectively build stories for the future.
The project will create a dialogue between the town, the park and the lake – a series of storied landscapes that hold a tension between change and preservation. Rebecca will work with local groups and visitors to map stories of Crow Park and generate future fictions as a way of reflecting on the past, imagining the future and asking what is important to ‘hold in trust’.
These co-created stories formed the basis for a series of workshops and temporary artworks shared on site and online throughout the project, and developed into a film that was a collaboration between Rebecca and a number of Cumbrian community members and creatives.
Listen to the project podcast
Deep and Slippery Time is the first episode of a podcast by Rebecca Beinart collaborating with Cumbria-based sound artist RL Wilson. It's like an audio collage that will dig beneath the surface of Crow Park, and using people's connection with the place to time travel into the past and the future.
Episode 2 of our 'audio collage' podcast explores different ways of knowing and understanding the landscape. We’ll hear about industrial history, intelligent sheep, what plant can tell us, soil compaction, and walking as a way of knowing the fells.
Episode 3 explores Crow Park as a place of leisure, play and imagination. From the birth of the picturesque movement and beginnings of tourism, to how a traveling theatre found a permanent home by the lakeshore, and other stories.
Who is Rebecca Beinart?
Rebecca Beinart is an artist and curator based in Nottingham. She develops projects with a focus on community, ecology, knowledge-making and the politics of public space.
Rebecca makes sculpture, installation and performance, stages collaborative events in public places, and creates public platforms for dialogue. Her projects involve long term engagement with site and evolve through cross-disciplinary collaborative research.
Through her work as an artist and curator she is committed to developing socially engaged projects that respond to participants and places (including other-than-human actors) and consider shared urgencies.
Rebecca's previous work
Rebecca is currently developing Urban Antibodies, a research project that imagines the city as a living organism, looking at sites of toxicity and vulnerability, healing and care – with a focus on plant knowledge and medicine.
Previous projects and commissions include being a shortlisted for Jerwood Open Forest (2016); Imagined Geographies, a commission for the National Trust (2015); The Bureau of Urban Wilds, a commission for UP Projects (2013) and the Wasteland Twinning Network (2012-13).
For the past six years, Rebecca has worked as the Engagement Curator at Primary, an artist-led space in Nottingham, developing a place-based programme of commissions and public events.