People's Landscapes exhibitions, art installations and events

The Durham Coast

To mark 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre, a turning point in our democracy, our 2019 programme, People's Landscapes, is exploring the connections between our places and the rights and beliefs we hold dear today.

Across the country, we are delving into the deeper stories behind these places of change, through a series of events, walks and talks, including a collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery and projects supported by contemporary artists, with Turner prize winning artist, Jeremy Deller, as artistic advisor. 

Here are some of the events and installations you can experience throughout 2019.

Sutton House

‘Late’ events 

On 1 November, Sutton House in London is welcoming people for an evening of music, art, debate and film. Exploring social change through protest and the landscape, highlights include talks from Bob and Roberta Smith and performances from the Siobhan Davies Dance Company, along with a pop-up bar and a specially curated late night playlist.

Artists, led by Jeremy Deller, to share their creative projects

Artists explore landscapes at the forefront of social change 

Jeremy Deller, Jarvis Cocker, Bob and Roberta Smith are among the artists helping us explore how the landscapes we love brought people together to shape the history of our nation.

These commissions have been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and with additional support from Art Fund. 

Beatrix Potter, Nature's Champions, Dunham Massey

Faces of Change: Nature's Champions at Upton House, Warwickshire 

From 21 September, get face to face with champions of the natural world in a new exhibition opening at Upton House in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery. From Sir David Attenborough and Linda McCartney to William Wordsworth and Octavia Hill, we will be celebrating those who have shaped the way we think about nature today.

An illustration by J.F Mullock depicting the attack on the Westgate Hotel by the Newport Chartists.

Riches and Rebellion: Tredegar House and the Newport Rebellion 

Our new exhibition at Tredegar House, marks 180 years since the Newport Rising, the deadliest rebellion of the Chartist movement. Riches and Rebellion explores the Morgan family’s role in the uprising, the surveillance of their tenants and Octavius Morgan’s passion for collection and curation.

View of the Botallack mines

Contrasts of the Tin Coast at Gorthwedh, Cornwall 

Set within the Cornish Mining World Heritage site, the National Trust on the Tin Coast will be starting a new Arts Council England funded project called Gorthwedh: Contrasts of the Tin Coast. Gorthwedh means contrast in Cornish, and this project will reflect on the area’s industrial past, social change and its meaning to residents and visitors today.

Rangers and wardens reunited on Kinder's summit

More People's Landscape events 

Across the country, you'll be immersed in the stories behind the history, with a series of expert-led walks and talks. From the recreation of the Kinder Scout mass trespass to dawn chorus walks, there are lots of opportunities to engage with the landscape.