The Universe Next Door

9–11 Aug 2019 / Cumbria


Date: 9–11 Aug 2019

Cost: £80 (exc. food) with range of discounts available

Details: Friday evening to Sunday lunch

Location: Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre, Ennerdale



Run by: Dave Camlin

Further information:

A creative residential weekend in the remote Ennerdale valley in Cumbria with a cappella quartet Mouthful and guests artists to create a temporary artistic community, and explore creative ways of being with each other in fellowship, in harmony, in nature.

Over the weekend, we will make art together – including singing, song writing and composition responding to the natural environment. The project is a way of imagining a more harmonious and sustainable future – a culturally democratic artistic antidote to more commercial forms of mass entertainment, and a means of building and strengthening communities.

Exploring themes of freedom, hope and social justice, there will be music and singing, as well as willow sculpture and other forms of creative expression that you bring with you or wish to explore! Bring your ideas, voice, instruments if you have them, and whatever tools you choose to assist your creative expression…

The event is for anyone interested in how art-making in the natural world can help us find our common humanity. Families are welcome, as are activists, artists, diggers and dreamers. It’s a welcoming space to develop your creativity and your artistry among a temporary community of like-minded creative souls.

The residential is facilitated by an ensemble of socially engaged musicians including a cappella quartet Mouthful (Bex Mather, Dave Camlin, Katherine Zeserson & Sharon Durant), Dirk Proost (oboist and improviser) and Sarah Verhulst (Early Years specialist) from Antwerp, NE percussionist Brendan Murphy, and Cumbrian willow artist Phil Bradley.

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