Over the past 25 years, the landscape around Kielder Water & Forest Park has become home to a unique collection of visual art and architecture, inspiring the creation of work in response to the scale and complexity of its unique environment and the area's varied and fascinating history.
Many people visit the Park for this open-air art experience, located at sites around the lake, in the forest, and within Northumberland National Park. It’s an ideal location, close to Hadrian’s Wall and other Northumberland attractions.
If you would like to find out more, check out the Kielder Art & Architecture website for in depth information on the art and architectural works. the people who made them, and the ideas behind each piece. Alternatively click on the links below for more informationon individual pieces.
You might choose to visit the award winning futuristic shelter ‘Kielder Belvedere’ by Softroom Architects; experience James Turrell’s light sculpture ‘Kielder Skyspace’; discover the story of Freya and Robin in Studio Weave’s ‘Freya’s Cabin’; or contemplate the play of water on the waves in Chris Drury’s ‘Wave Chamber’. There are many other varied works of art and architecture with their own stories to tell such as Fiona Curran’s ‘The grass seemed darker than ever’ , an artistic response to the history of Kielder Castle and 'Hide’, a new wildlife watching space at Bakethin delivered in collaboration with Newcastle University’s School of Architecture as part our Testing Ground programme.
Our latest addition is ‘Castles, Follies and Elephants’, a series of five inspiring installations in the grounds of Kielder Castle. Created by Newcastle artists and architects Oliver Perry, Claire Harper and James Perry, this colourful and surprising creation highlights the influences that have shaped the landscape of the North Tyne Valley.
Most pieces are fully accessible to visitors and along the Lakeside Way there is the opportunity to explore many of these contemporary works, including the three large rotating Janus Chairs and the ever-popular Silvas Capitalis, also known as the 'giant forest head'!
Purchase a copy of the Trails Guide from any visitor centre or download it here to find out how to get to each art piece and make the most of your experience.
Don't forget to keep an eye out for our forthcoming art and architecture events such as the curator led arts tours. Take a look at the events listings to find out more.