Future Landscapes Festival

Northumberland National Park Authority will be hosting the Future Landscapes Festival at The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre and at locations within the National Park from Thursday 28th October to Sunday 5th December 2021.

The relationship between people and the landscape is likely to change dramatically in the next ten years – from farming and food production, to how we tackle climate change and connect with nature for our health and wellbeing; join us as we explore how England’s precious landscapes serve people, nature, industry and climate throughout the Future Landscapes Festival.

Newcastle University’s Future Landscapes Exhibition, available to access from Thursday 28th October at The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre, features the work of artist Gemma Burditt who visited and collected interviews from an array of land based businesses in Northumberland, exploring their relationship with the landscape through their own personal histories and livelihoods. Inspired by 70s architectural collage and the paintings of Bosch, the exhibition consists of a series of flat collage plains coming together to form a larger landscape. The exhibition is free to enter.

The Future Landscapes Festival will include a series of thought-provoking discussions and experiences designed to prompt people to think about the role landscape plays in their lives, and what they want the landscape in Northumberland National Park to look like in the future. The Festival will also feature Black Nature in Residence, a project funded by Arts Council England, which offers four writers of colour the opportunity to deepen their connection with nature through creativity; taking time and space to look beyond the beauty of the places on their doorstep to discover the hidden stories within. Led by Dr Sheree Mack, the writers will share their work and experiences through a series of podcasts and talks.

There’s something for all ages and abilities, from forest school to pottery, lectures to guided walks – take a look at the festival programme and explore your own relationship with landscape through nature, climate, heritage and culture.