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Life in Lockdown in the Lakes and Dales

9th July 2020

Portrayal of young people in the media since the outbreak of COVID-19 has been varied, as has young people’s experiences…

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Insta-Live Resources: The Recovery Process for Your Organisation

2nd July 2020

On 19 June we chatted to Strategy Consultant Lisa Jamieson on how we can feel confident and resilient moving forward…

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Work experience on our RIBA Housing Competition

5th June 2020

Seth is currently in Sixth Form at Ermysteds Grammar School in Skipton and has been inspired by our Royal Institute…

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What we've shared

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29th September 2020

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28th September 2020

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28th September 2020

The #senseofhere exhibition is starting to fill up the wall…

October edition of @CumbriaLifeMag now o…

28th September 2020

October edition of @CumbriaLifeMag now out and includes features on…

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28th September 2020

Morning, welcome to the week! And if it's Monday motivation…

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28th September 2020

Cumbrian folk psychedelia on @BBC6Music this morning from our artist-in-residence…

Tomorrow night is @settlestories next FEAST. Not only is thi…

28th September 2020

Tomorrow night is @settlestories next FEAST. Not only is this…

Tomorrow night is @settlestories next FE…

28th September 2020

Tomorrow night is @settlestories next FEAST. Not only is this…

Autumn 2020 newsletter

Clementine Bogg-Hargroves

Actor, Director and Writer Clementine Bogg-Hargroves started her independent creative journey with a one-woman theatre show at Hettie’s Café in Skipton back in 2016. Clem grew up in the south of France moving back to Skipton when she was 12. She studied Arabic at the University of Edinburgh, which included a year of study in…

Public Art Now

We’re on a mission to change perceptions of the area as younger generations are choosing to leave in favour of places which are seen as more affordable with better career opportunities. The Lakes and Dales needs to attract diverse, dynamic individuals to move here or stay here. So, what has public art got to do…

Image by Yorkshire Dales photographer selected for Portrait of Britain 2020

An image taken by Juliet Klottrup, a 27 year-old photographer from Clapham, here in the Dales, and featuring a young farmer from the area has been chosen as one of 100 winning images for this year’s Portrait of Britain. 1854 Media and ​British Journal of Photography ​announced the 200 shortlisted and 100 winning images for…

Create Your Future – more important than ever

At the end of 2019 we launched our careers and business resource – Create Your Future – for help and advice on pursuing a creative career in a rural area. With young people’s GCSEs and A Levels cancelled this year and challenges surrounding results day, this resource is more important than ever. Please help us…

Live More Do More – Coming Out Stronger

As you may be aware, we pressed pause on the Live More, Do More campaign during the height of the pandemic but as lockdown eases we feel now is the time to get going with it again. This is an opportunity to join together in promoting the area as a diverse, vibrant and exciting place to live and…

Come and Live More Do More with us

Are you on TikTok? Come and see how people in the Lakes and Dales are getting creative, what they are inspired by and what they are open to on our TikTok channel @greatplacelakesdales and look out for opportunities to get involved! TikTok is about having fun and there’s also a big arts following with videos…

Tell us about your life right now

You might already know that back in 2018, near the beginning of the GPLD programme, we commissioned a research project which considered younger peoples’ attitudes towards and perceptions of living and working in the Craven and South Lakeland. See the results of this research. We’ve used these findings to inform our work from then on,…

Northern Writers Awards

Not one but TWO writers have been successful in the 2020 Northern Writers Awards. A huge congratulations to Polly Atkin and Hannah Hodgson on receiving the Northern Writers’ Award for Poetry 2020 judged by Vahni Capiledo. Both are based in the Lakes and Dales and are pictured here at our Seedfunding Social last year. What…

Aerial Festival

With the continued uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, live events programmed as part of Aerial festival in 2020 will no longer be going ahead but they’ve adapted to the unique situation. Aerial will continue to support artists by presenting its programme online, to do what Aerial was created to do – work with artists in order to…

Dales based animation studio creates music video for Katy Perry

Katy Perry’s official video for song “Resilient” from her new album “Smile”, has just been released. The stop motion animation video was directed by USA based Aya Tanimura, commissioned by Hound Content production house, and created by Skipton based animator and Great Place Creative Champion, Virpi Kettu and her Kettu Studios collective of local and…

Spring 2020 newsletter

GPLD Responds to COVID-19

In these unprecedented times, like everyone else, the GPLD team has been working hard to make the best of the new normal. It was with heavy hearts, but a sense of inevitability that we had to press pause on our offline and events activities. Aerial a festival of sounds and words in the South Lakes,…

Life Under Lockdown

As we all find our best ways of coping with life under lockdown, our creative board members and partners have been busy moving activities online where possible and sharing on social media. Here’s some of what’s been going on: The Wordsworth Trust marked the poet’s 250th birthday on April 7 by sharing a tribute from…

Create your Future

Now is the perfect time to research and be inspired for life after lockdown and this is where our Create Your Future resource comes into its own. The dedicated website createyourfuture.me.uk offers advice to young people interested in pursuing careers in the creative industries in the Lakes and Dales. Launched in January, the unique resource…

Seth Benn

Dales sixth former Seth Benn has been inspired by our Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) competition for flexible housing as he works towards his ambition of becoming an architect. Seth is completing an architectural work experience project with us, focusing on the competition, which aimed to select designs to meet the needs of young…

Funding the Future

Our Seedfundees have spent the last 12 to 18 months developing and completing their projects and despite a planned celebration event falling prey to lockdown, we are still able to celebrate successes online. Take a look at the Funding the Future booklet to get an idea of the creativity and innovation out there and be…

Juliet Klottrup

Photographer and film maker Juliet Klottrup grew up ‘down South’ but spent her childhood holidays scampering around the Lakes. She fell in love with the Dales when she moved to the area, aged 18. Juliet’s parents, originally from the north, relocated to the Ingleton area and she immediately felt inspired by the uniqueness of the…

Useful Hashtags for the Lakes and Dales

While the Covid-19 crisis is still so unpredictable and people are urged to stay at home we have hit pause on our use of the hashtag #LiveMoreDoMore but this campaign will be back and better than ever in the future. In the meantime, here’s a handy list of hashtags you or your organisation can join…

Winter 2019-20 newsletter

Live More Do More – the full toolkit is coming

Living and working in the Lakes and Dales is about making the most of every day. It’s about living more and doing more. You’ll be aware from our previous newsletter that earlier in 2019 we launched #LiveMoreDoMore . Thank you if you’ve been using the hashtag when posting on social media – it’s a great…

Aerial coming soon

Don’t miss Aerial, the new music and arts festival in and around Ambleside and Grasmere from March 26-29 2020. We’ve teamed up with some big hitters from the arts world to commission this nationally important event in our area. Luke Bainbridge (head of arts at Festival No.6, previously deputy editor of Observer Music Monthly), and…

Create Your Future – pursuing a creative career in a rural area

Check out our new jobs and business resource – Create Your Future – for help and advice on pursuing a creative career in a rural area. Head over to createyourfuture.me.uk for inspirational videos of eight local young creatives who are making a living in the sector in different ways, plus valuable business tips for being…

Play, work, stay

Young creatives came together for our innovative business skills support and networking residential weekend, Play Work, Stay (PWS). Voted an overwhelming success, the weekend at The Dalesbridge, near Austwick, saw 21 young people take part in workshops, talks and activities to give them the tools needed for a successful career in the arts and cultural…

Come into the fold

Get ready to come into The FOLD – an exciting new cultural programme of three week pop ups for 2020. Locally based steering groups in each of the three host towns – Settle, Bentham and Kendal – including 14 to 21-year-olds working alongside experienced curators, are busy shaping The FOLD ready for touring in the…

Hinterlands is back

Did you see Wild Rumpus on BBC One in December? The company behind The Lanterns at Chester Zoo and Just So Festival are returning to Skipton from 14 – 17 May with the Hinterlands International Rural Film Festival. Get your pass for just £50 giving you access to all screenings and events in the 2020…

Watch this space

Creatives were able to work on projects as diverse as songs for therapy to aerial performance skills thanks to Watch This Space. The project hooked up artists with venues and everyone managed to use the opportunity to test out new ideas or rehearse techniques over their 48 hour pop-up space takeovers. As was widely reported…

Bretten Lord

Actor Bretten Lord has turned to his second love – antiques – so he can combine living in the Dales with his thespian work. The 21-year-old, best known for his lead role in the award-winning ‘Lad – A Yorkshire Story’, has also appeared on CBBC and has worked behind the scenes on video playback on…

Rob and Harriet Fraser

Creatives Rob and Harriet Fraser don’t just live in the Lakes – they immerse themselves in the landscape through their ‘Sense of Here’ project. The couple – Rob is a photographer and Harriet a writer –  who work under the name somewhere-nowhere, live in the Eastern Lake District, and together they have developed their creativity,…

Virpi Kettu

Animator-director Virpi Kettu spent seven years working on the Wallace and Gromit films following a two-week work experience placement at the production company Aardman. “The initial connection was a combination of luck, networking and skills. It was a delightful working relationship. I felt instantly that I was in my spiritual home and learned a lot…

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.…

Chloë Hampson Ward

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…

Lisa Jamieson

Creative Economy consultant

Richard Dowson

Placemaking consultant

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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