Leadscape walk and drawing workshop


Allenheads Contemporary Arts

Join artist Carole McCourt and earth scientist Steve Cousins on a fascinating walk of discovery across the leadscape of the North Pennines and experience how the geology of the area has dictated the valley’s mining heritage — and how it still affects the way we live today.

This circular walk starts in Allenheads Village and will meander around the fells taking in some breathtaking views whilst revealing hidden remnants of the industrial heritage.

Participants are encouraged to bring their mobile phones or cameras and sound recorders to collect evidence of their findings and experiences on the walk. Mini sketch pads and pencils will be provided. All resulting media will feed into the workshop back in the gallery.

The workshop will focus on making drawings, including the special technique of metal-point, demonstrated by Carole. All art materials provided.

The walk will be at a slow comfortable pace, taking up to two hours to cover approximately four miles. It will allow plenty of time for conversations and getting up close to details. Participants should brring snacks and drinks for the walk and a packed lunch for back in the gallery, or eat at the local Hemmel café.

Carole McCourt is an artist interested in ‘noticing the unnoticed’ with walking and drawing at the core of her practice. Carole forensically researches the environs of remote areas and looks at how the physical and emotional surroundings such as geology, botany and ecology can contribute to making the stories and histories of a place accessible. The results are often multi-media installations which can include drawing, printmaking, digital and found objects.

Steve Cousins is a creative, earth scientist tour guide. He is a passionate communicator and expert story teller of Earth history through experiential activities. He combines geology, heritage and arts to inform and inspire.

This event is part of the CONNECT project supported by Newcastle University Business School.

Please wear suitable attire for all weather and rough terrain

The Old School House Allenheads Hexham NE47 9HR

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27 April 2024

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