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Hinterlands Rural Film Festival will return to Skipton in 2020

29th October 2019

Hinterlands Rural Film Festival is set to return to Skipton in 2020 following this 2019’s inaugural festival. Taking place in some of Skipton’s favourite venues and unique spaces, the four-day film extravaganza showcases homegrown and international films which celebrate rural…

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The FOLD launches open call for local, Lakes & Dales and national young artists and makers

23rd October 2019

A new arts and cultural programme, The Fold, is coming to the Lakes and Dales in Spring 2020 and invites your Expression of Interest! Three chosen locations Kendal, Settle and Bentham will be hosts to an exciting programme of events…

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Song Surgery in the Lakes

22nd October 2019

Songs and poems are set to be the new pick-me-up at a trial ‘song surgery’ next month. Prescription poems and remedial tunes will be handed out to anyone feeling under par or stressed out at the special surgery being held…

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Spaces and Young People Team Up For New Initiative

1st October 2019

You can try your hand at digital art in a groundbreaking open weekend which allows young artists to test their ideas. Matthew Annable, a Skipton-based musician and digital artist, and Mary Woolf, a Settle based photographic artist, are offering an…

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Speakers for our innovative training course announced

16th September 2019

Expert freelancers, business specialists and artists are among the speakers at our free conference aimed at young people starting careers in the arts and creative industry. The first of its kind to be held in the region: Alex Zawadzki, Creative…

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Winners of our innovative architecture competition announced

2nd August 2019

Designs taking their inspiration from the longhouses and farmsteads of the past are the winners in our architecture competition for affordable homes which encourage young people to stay in the Lakes and Dales.   McMullan Studios have been chosen to…

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What do you love about living and working here?

1st August 2019

To celebrate Yorkshire Day 2019 we asked you what you love about living and working here. We’ve had some fantastic responses. Here’s some of them: Callum Spencer, Singer-Songwriter “Yorkshire has so many opportunities and great ideas.Yet it manages to keep…

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Our innovative architecture competition reaches final stages

16th July 2019

The final designs in our prestigious competition for homes which encourage young people to stay in the Lakes and Dales can now be seen online. Entries from the final six in our competition with the Royal Institute of British Architects…

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Free desk space for young creatives

25th June 2019

Free desk space has been provided in Skipton town centre as part of our Acorn and Seedfunding Scheme. As part of our aim to encourage more 16 to 34-year olds to live and work in the area, we sponsored two…

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Shortlist Revealed in Architecture Competition

5th June 2019

Our architecture competition, in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) attracted 110 entries from the UK and abroad. Architects and designers worldwide were invited to submit designs for either or both rural sites at Horton-in-Ribblesdale near Settle…

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What we've shared

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17th November 2019

Listening to @GeorgeThePoet podcasts and attending @KendalMtnLitFes talk with @ZakiyaMedia…

Creative Champion @ebruevrim.studio opens the doors to her Y…

16th November 2019

Creative Champion @ebruevrim.studio opens the doors to her Yoga-Pilates-Activewear Studio…

Creative Champion Ebru Evrim Studio open…

16th November 2019

Creative Champion Ebru Evrim Studio opens her Yoga-Pilates-Activewear Studio on…

We’re going to miss clambering down out …

15th November 2019

We’re going to miss clambering down out of the dark…

A treat for #Eagles fans tomorrow night …

15th November 2019

A treat for #Eagles fans tomorrow night at Glusburn! Grab…

Exciting times in Kendal @BACKendal @Ken…

15th November 2019

Exciting times in Kendal @BACKendal @KendalMtnLitFes @KendalFutures Great place to…

Friday is upon us once more, and with it…

15th November 2019

Friday is upon us once more, and with it comes…

LITTLE MONSTERS comes to the #BreweryCin…

15th November 2019

LITTLE MONSTERS comes to the #BreweryCinema Nov 18-20!🧟‍♂️ Starring Lupita…

Autumn 2019 newsletter

#LiveMoreDoMore

Help us put the Lakes and Dales on the map in an inspiring new way by getting involved with our new place marketing campaign. Led by the newly launched hashtag #LiveMoreDoMore the initiative is aimed at spreading the word about what’s great about the Lakes and Dales in a bid to reclaim the area’s youth.…

Dr Will Smith and Dr Polly Atkin

Wordsworth might be the cheerleader for Grasmere’s literary heritage but two book lovers and academics are putting it on the map for modern creative writing. Dr Will Smith and Dr Polly Atkin, who live in Grasmere, are setting up a series of literary events, readings and creative writing workshops. These will all be shared more…

Lauren Smith, Laurenink

Former children’s worker Lauren Smith decided to follow her passion and has made her art her job. The Skipton-based papermaker and calligrapher loved art at school but opted to train in a career which she thought at the time offered her more long-term employment opportunities. Lauren said: “Like many people, it was put to me…

Jessica Harris, Settle Stories

Former estate agent Jessica Harris swapped property for storytelling and moved to the Dales for her first job in the arts. Now working for Settle Stories, Jessica is inspired by the innovative catalogue of events that the arts and heritage charity runs year-round. Jessica said: “I’ve always wanted to work in the arts sector. The…

Summer fun

Arts, culture and heritage were at the heart of a summer of fun in the Lakes and Dales. Revellers have scared themselves to death in an all-night horror film binge-watch, relaxed to live music, gasped at parkour-inspired performance and soaked up the agricultural traditions and sports which help give roots to rural communities. Audiences have…

Seedfunding update

Short films, augmented reality art, mentoring and training are among the projects now supported by GPLD Seedfunding. More than 30 individuals and organisations have received varying amounts of support for a wide range of arts, culture and heritage activities linked to boosting opportunities for under 35s in the area. Events including the Kendal Torchlight Procession,…

RIBA competition winners announced

The winners of our prestigious competition in partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to design affordable homes which encourage young people to settle in the area were announced earlier in the summer. McMullan Studios and Outpost both took their inspiration from the longhouses and farmsteads of the past in their designs which…

GPLD supports desk space for young creatives at Qworkery

Four young creative entrepreneurs have been named as the successful applicants for GPLD-funded desks at Qworkery, Skipton’s new co-working space. Musician and educator Matthew Annable, nutrition app developer Craig Whitaker, photographic artist Mary Woolf and singer-songwriter Sarah Smout will share the two funded desks at the Otley Street premises. All were delighted to have the…

New signs coming soon

Look out for Craven’s brand new boundary signs – coming soon to a roadside near you! The eyecatching, contemporary notices, designed by 24-year-old Settle photographic artist Mary Woolf and paid for by GPLD, will be in place in time for the UCI World Cycling Championships due to visit Craven during the week September 22-29. Mary’s…

Busy autumn for ambitious young people wanting to develop creative careers

We’ve a busy autumn coming up with Play Work Stay, our free and innovative training weekend for creatives starting out in their careers. It takes place at the Dalesbridge Centre in Austwick over the weekend of September 27-29. Play Work Stay raises awareness of the creative and cultural sectors as viable options for careers and…

Spring 2019 newsletter

Hinterlands

We’re very excited that the first Hinterlands international rural film festival for the Lakes and Dales takes place in Skipton from May 16-19. A partnership between seasoned festival organisers, Wild Rumpus, and GPLD, Hinterlands is a celebration of countryside-themed cinema covering genres from horror to Wild West, survival and true stories to growing up. Lots…

Support for young creatives

Congratulations go to the recipients of the first round of funding from the Branching Out and Acorn Funds, who were announced in February. Almost 50 applicants put in for round two which closed at the end of March with the successful people and projects due to be announced by mid May. Meanwhile, the lucky applicants…

Mary has designs on signs

Look out for new Craven boundary signs which will be appearing on roads around the area in time for the cycling Road World Championships in September. These signs for Craven District Council will be special – they are being designed by 24-year-old GPLD creative champion Mary Woolf. Settle-based Mary is a photographic artist. She said:…

Skipton – Happy Town

Skipton is a town of smiles. Traditionally the ‘Gateway to the Dales’, it has also found fame as the UK’s happiest place to live, according to The Sunday Times. It has a historic vibe with its imposing Norman castle keeping guard at the top of the striking High Street, but a rural feel as the…

A Future for Culture

Our ‘future-proofing’ professional development training for Lakes and Dales-based cultural organisations has had a fantastic response. Called ‘A Future For Culture’ the six-to-nine month training scheme will look at what needs to be done to engage current and new audiences in different ways and to allow true participation of all ages, especially younger generations. The…

Fresh Perspective

Pilot youth network Fresh Perspective is up and running in Skipton with plans to roll out to Kendal later in the year. The project brings together 16-25 year olds for evening get-togethers based around what young people would like to see on the cultural agenda in the area. The idea is that the group will…

Kane Pulford-Roberts, The Clubhouse Coffee & Cycling

Work brought Kane Pulford-Roberts to Leeds, but the pull of a growing indy coffee scene and fantastic cycling was behind his decision to move to Skipton. Kane fulfilled a long-held dream to work for himself when he opened a specialist café in the town in July 2018. The Clubhouse Coffee & Cycling does exactly what…

Josh Simpson, The Art Mill

Kendal based artist Josh Simpson is behind Picasso’s Playground, a project to bring a theatrical life drawing experience for all the family to festivals and schools. Josh runs The Art Mill, at Mealbank in Kendal, home of the upcycling initiative Ragtag Community Scrapstore, and studio base for emerging artists, along with his sister, Emily Dewhurst.…

Emily Wilson

Creative Economy consultant

Winter 2018-19 newsletter

Inspirational Creative Champions sought

Creative young people who have put down roots in the Lakes and Dales are being urged to help inspire others to make a local lifestyle work for them. The Great Place: Lakes and Dales (GPLD) programme is looking for what it calls ‘creative champions’. It already has a number of young people who are happy…

Creative Connections a big success

Great Place: Lakes and Dales (GPLD) took over a wellness venue near Skipton to host Creative Connections in November. With more than 120 delegates across two days, the conference explored the power of creativity and placemaking. It welcomed a range of keynote speakers, including Alastair Humphreys and Wayne Hemingway. Several exciting projects were launched: Branching…

Hinterlands is coming to Skipton

Movie fans are in for a treat with a major new international rural film festival called Hinterlands hitting a range of venues across the Skipton area from May 16-19. GPLD is working with Wild Rumpus, an award-winning arts organisation, to bring the celebration of all things countryside on the silver screen to the southern end…

Karen Merrifield

Business Relations consultant

Jael Williams

Business Relations consultant

Kendal is calling

Creative arts are flourishing in Kendal as the town is quickly establishing itself as the festival capital of the North West. It’s the spiritual (and namesake) home of Kendal Calling, the music festival which has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity in recent years – so much so that it has outgrown its venue twice…

Zanna Dennis

Zanna Dennis is having a positive impact on young people across the North of England through dance. From a farming background, Zanna lives near Bentham, where her father is the local livestock auctioneer. Her passion is using dance and creativity to educate and empower young people and she has been entrepreneurial in making sure she…

Steph Dwyer

Steph Dwyer’s Great Place is underground, literally. Among the UK’s foremost cavers, Steph and her partner, Mike Bottomley, recently took over Settle-based Yorkshire Dales Guides, which allows them to combine their passion for underground exploration and the outdoors with a viable business. Yorkshire Dales Guides takes people out into the countryside of the Lakes and…

Rachel Thornton

Bentham artist Rachel Thornton took the plunge to become a full-time artist in 2017 and she has never looked back. Born in Suffolk, but a North Craven resident since she was two years old, Rachel always loved art. She was awarded a first from UCLAN in fine art in 2013 then worked in the family…

Get up to £10k for innovation

Got a bright idea for working differently to support young people to live and work in the Lakes and Dales? Then there could be up to £10k in grant funding available to help you make your dream a reality. Our new seedfunding scheme was launched at the Creative Connections conference and money is available for…

Autumn 2018 newsletter

Boxer and Hound

Katy and Jake’s Settle coffee bar and bottle shop, Boxer and Hound, is a labour of love and the ticket to a country lifestyle for their family. The couple moved to the area a couple of years ago from Bradford, attracted to Settle because the train links meant they could commute to their sales jobs…

Steep and Filter

Michael Jennings never considered living in the rural North until he met his wife, Alex, who is from Skipton. The couple, who met at university in Liverpool, decided to make the town their home, drawn by Alex’s roots but also a desire to live in a lovely area but one which is also accessible to…

Ollie Collie

Heather Thomas moved with her family from the Midlands to Sedbergh nearly four years ago. Said Heather: “We had always talked about moving to the country and when our son was coming up to finishing primary school we decided it was now or never. I was pregnant with my second child and didn’t want to…

Events around our great place

GPLD creative consultants have been out and about at various events throughout the area. France-Leigh and Emily, our creative economy team, have been chatting to people at the first two of the monthly Bob-Ups: get-togethers held in Skipton and Sedbergh so far. The next one is planned for Bentham Community Library on Thursday November 1…

Settle Down in Settle

Settle has a vibe unlike anywhere else. It’s stunningly beautiful, outdoorsy and artistic, contemporary yet traditional, safe, lovable and bursting with opportunity. It was also recently named in The Sunday Times top 10 of places to live in the countryside in the UK – no surprise there for its 2,500 residents. Once you’ve fallen for…

Know any good places?

We’re on the hunt for Lakes and Dales hidden gems, the unused or unusual spaces from Skipton to Grasmere and everywhere in between, which could be used differently as part of our creative work to highlight our area’s uniqueness. We’d love to hear from anyone with their suggestions. It will all be part of our…

Creative Conference to Unveil Research Findings

We’re getting excited about our Creative Connections conference which will be held on Broughton Hall estate, near Skipton, on November 22 and 23. The results of our major research commission will be revealed and plans for new cultural events discussed at the two-day interactive event to be held at Avalon, the newly opened wellbeing centre…

France-Leigh Hadrysiak

Creative Economy consultant

Richard Dowson

Placemaking consultant

Shaun and Beth Nixon

Digital consultants

Summer 2018 newsletter

Research will be at the centre of GPLD

A major research study to explore and try and understand the perceptions of younger people towards living and working in the Lakes and Dales will steer GPLD programme delivery. The Audience Agency, which specialises in cultural research and has worked on a wide range of rural place based research commissions, is leading an expert and…

Famous designer hosted inspirational events

We are delighted that inspirational British designer Wayne Hemingway is working with us as an ambassador to pioneer a major cultural festival celebrating our Great Place. The co-founder of award winning multi-disciplinary designers, HemingwayDesign, and whose first brand was Red or Dead, hosted two interactive events in Skipton and Kendal to get people involved in…

Grassington was the place

We teamed up with Grassington Festival to make it easier for younger people to access the event and to provide some free fun activities. We worked with Hope and Social to run their ‘This Must Be The Place’ music project linking locations with people’s memories and ‘sense of belonging’, which was the theme of this…

Be inspired by our creative champions

Be inspired by our Creative Champions It’s always interesting to hear how younger people are bringing an entrepreneurial approach to creating work opportunities to enable them to live and work in the Lakes and Dales. Many inspirational people have been in touch telling us their stories, about how much they love the Lakes and Dales…

Photo competition

Love taking pictures? Love the Dales and Lakes? Combine the two to show us your creative talents and capture what opportunity looks like in the area for you. It could be a building, a place, a landscape, a local business, creative people or somewhere/someone that simply inspires you. Think outside the box but be sure…

One year on

In autumn 2018 GPLD will be celebrating its first 12 months with a creative two day conference in November at Broughton Hall just outside Skipton. A mixture of creative workshops, inspirational key note speakers, guest panels and cultural activities will feature along with publication of our research commission findings and announcements of new GPLD schemes…

Get involved in your Great Place

If, like us you’re passionate about our Great Place and want to help ensure it’s an appealing area to call home for younger people, please get involved! From contributing ideas to sharing your thoughts via a blog, hands-on help for events to shaping planning policies and local plans, we need 16 to 44-year-olds on board…

Elisa Lafuente

Elisa Lafuente, who was born and brought up in Spain, found artistic inspiration in the Lakes and Dales, settled in Kirkby Lonsdale and is exhibiting her paintings at Farfield Mill, Sedbergh this summer. Her website is www.emlafuente.com. Elisa said: “The open countryside inspires me for my work and the super-fast internet connection in the area…

Em Hill

Em Hill gave up the chance to move to London and pursue a career in singing because she felt her home was in the Lakes. Now she is managing The Jumble Room restaurant in Grasmere and hasn’t looked back since. “I was born in Grasmere, grew up in Hawkshead and now I live in Outgate,”…

Alice Cummings

Alice Cummings moved to Malham because she always wanted to live in the countryside. Six years later she has retrained as a dog groomer so she can work from home and stay in the village she has grown to love. Alice said: “I love living in Malham and I see this self-employed job as the…

David Smurthwaite

Craven District Council

Manon Keir

Programme Officer

Lindsey Hebden

Programme Manager

Welcome

WELCOME FROM LINDSEY HEBDEN, GPLD PROGRAMME MANAGER Welcome to the first newsletter from Great Place: Lakes and Dales (GPLD). We have hit the ground running working towards using culture and heritage to encourage younger people to live and work in the Lakes and Dales. I have enjoyed an incredibly busy but very rewarding first few…

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