6 August — 18 September 2011


ENCOUNTERS, journeys through language and landscape, explored our personal relationship with the environment through a series of temporary artist installations and interventions, performances and artist led walks, along a three mile route from Fermyn Woods Country Park to Lyveden New Bield, as part of Northamptonshire’s Cultural Olympiad Igniting Ambition programme.

Specially commissioned and existing work used visual, written and spoken language to make physical and conceptual links between the rural landscape and the places we create for ourselves. The works investigated how open spaces can become places full of meaning and how we develop a sense of belonging in unfamiliar places.

Artists and poets lead walks between the two sites, exploring the area’s local history, environment and culture through music, conversation and verse.

The walk took visitors through Fermyn Woods and along the historic Lyveden Way, which was restored and officially reopened in 2005 as part of the 400th anniversary of Lyveden New Bield.

Click here to download map.

Lyveden New Bield, a National Trust property, was built by Sir Thomas Tresham, designed as a Garden Lodge, using symbolic Catholic leitmotifs. It was unfinished at the time of his death in 1605; his eldest son and heir was involved in the Gunpowder Plot and died in the Tower of London the same year.

Fermynwoods Contemporary Art gratefully acknowledges the support and assistance given by the staff at Lyveden New Bield and Fermyn Woods Country Park during the planning and realisation of this project.


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