A new project to create 12 “viewmarkers” is getting underway in Teesdale. This projects forms part of our Teesdale View's Project and is being delivered by arts charity ARTworks in Teesdale with additional funding from Arts Council England.
The project’s aim is to identify and celebrate some of the iconic views around Teesdale – particularly those that inspired great artists in the past, such as Turner, Cotman and Sir Walter Scott.
“It was our idea to get artists involved and to get some really creative alternatives to signs or plastic maps or explanation boards”, said Judy Caplin, co-manager at ARTworks in Teesdale. “The aim is to create something that will be sympathetic to the landscape, and enhance the view without intruding upon it.”
The project will be a competitive commission. ARTworks in Teesdale are asking for interested creatives to fill in an application form. There will be an interview and up to 3 artists will be asked to develop plans which will go out to public consultation in the summer.
"We want people who live in Teesdale to be consulted and to see the designs and understand the benefits of the project," said Judy. ARTworks in Teesdale have deliberately not defined what a “viewmarker “ might be, to allow artists to be as creative as they can. They could involve signs, seating or shelters or something completely different.